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Old 05-08-2008, 10:29 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I did discover that my thermostat for the dash readout has to be somewhere behind that grille though, because all day long it read in the high 90's instead of actual accurate temps ....
Temp sender is on the Hood latch brace, behind the center (top) grill. You could relocate it to the bottom for more accurate temps it it matters to you.

Let us know how it turns out!

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Old 06-30-2008, 08:30 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Update 6/30/08

Well guys the Vibe is well on its way to hitting 50mpg, with a single tank high of 49+. With that success I am going to make the bumper mods permanent.

Next Tuesday the Vibe is going into the body shop where I will make the front end properly out of plastic and leave it as OEM looking as possible. I will be sure to update with pics so you can see the cool plastic welder I will be using.

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Well guys the Vibe is well on its way to hitting 50mpg, with a single tank high of 49+.
*jealous!*

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Thats excellent. Ive been pretty impressed with your fuel log as well. Would you say there is any one thing that gave the most mpg gain?
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Thats excellent. Ive been pretty impressed with your fuel log as well. Would you say there is any one thing that gave the most mpg gain?

Yep, slowing down and over inflating my tires (seriously driving techniques help the most) Now its a game so the rest is for pure bragging rights.)

Then comes the Acetone

Then the EOCing

Everything else yielded 1mpg here and there.

Wheel skirts, mirror deletes, bellypan and Kam spoiler next ...

Then I lower it ...
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Body Shop Mods

Well guys, first let me apologize for not having more pics other than the finished shots, to be honest, pics of me sanding and the pieces of plastic I used would not make for a good pic album anyhow. These mods however come with a great story, of course ...

This day started with me trolling for a bumper to hack up and weld to my existing front end. So the plan was simple, head out to a U-pick and grab a suitable numper and get to work. Well, my buddy and I head out from the shop and jump on I-95 to head to the U-pick when he yealls STOP, PULL OVER !! Sure enough, on the entrance ramp to the highway was a bumper than someone left behind from an accident earlier in the morning. We looked it over and realized that it would be perfect for the job. So we threw it in the trunk and the rest as they say is history.

For the record this mod is no more practical that the aluminum I had, however, I am someone who strives to have a good looking vehicle no matter what, so I thought the effort was worth the expense. Total cost in materials, $75 + a full day of sanding and prep work. This mod would easily run $400 if dropped off at a body shop you trusted. Next week I fill in the fogs and hopefully paint the entire front end ...

Enjoy the montage of phases this grill has gone through..





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You going to air brush a grill on that? :-)
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You going to air brush a grill on that? :-)
The funny thing is that I thought of that very same thing the first time I stepped back and saw it. Now I wonder how many people would bust a knuckle checking to see if it was real.
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Can you elaborate on the details of what you did? You said you found a bumper on the side of hte road, was it a bumper for your make and model car and you used it to mod up, or did you cut it up for pieces or what? Looks pretty stylin', i'd say. Good work.

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