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Old 07-10-2008, 10:56 AM   #21 (permalink)
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That is just an incredible pressure reduction over stock. Looks great!

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Old 07-10-2008, 11:12 AM   #22 (permalink)
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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.
We literally found a bumper on the highway, I believe it was from a Nissan Maxima, the previous generation to current. the flat portion of the bumper happen to be wide enough to fill the gap and the underside curve of the bumper was perfect to make the flat top that sits over the radiator support.

Heck even the bumper curve worked out well against the Vibe. Once cut we used a 2 part plastic repair epoxy sold by SEM to bond the two plastics, after that, it was just light putty and primer. I will repeat the process again next week when I do the fogs, this time though I'll bring the camera .. LOL
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very nicely done. I've been thinking that I would never want to cover up my fogs, but then i realized... every time i turn on my fog lights in the fog, i can't see as well anyway. they are totally pointless. Still not sure if i want to mess with it though. I guess since my bumper is cracked, I might as well, as I'd source a new one if i ever sold the car. Its a mazda... i'll probably own it for 15 years, if gas doesn't go out of style.
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That looks amazing. I've been wanting to cover up the two holes on the bottom of the Paseo's bumper for a while now. I was planning on getting another bumper and doing some plastic welding, but if this epoxy works good enough I don't see any reason to go through that hassle. How did you maintain the curve so well? Did you need to bend the plastic or did it just match up good?
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On the Vibe flat plastic would have worked out just as well, however this bumper has a slight curve to it that just lined up perfectly with the Vibe's lines, funny part it, the right side of the bumper is the left side of the grille and vice versa. This epoxy is plastic, it is made to bond 2 different types of plastic together, is sandable and hardens just like plastic, so it flexes too.

It is expensive, the tube set cost me $50.00 and I about used all of it on the grille. It also has a set time of under 2 minutes, so you need to work really fast or else.

Just as a note to you guys I did not cover the original grille, the inlays I used fit just inside the holes after removing the plastic ones, so it sat flush with the bumper, minimizing the amount of prep work I needed to do. It's just amazing how different it looks once primered.

The fogs may be more challenging, but I will know for sure when I start it again on Tuesday.

All I can say about it is this ... These past 2 days I have had to run without EOC because of a dying battery, so despite idling and neutral coasting I am achieving the same numbers now as when I was EOCing, so I will go out on a limb and say it is working better than the previous version I had on there.

I'll know for sure in a couple of tanks.
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That looks like really good work. The brand engineers won't like it though!
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Amazing work! Looks great and I bet it will work out well too.
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"Brand engineers"... as an engineer that term offends me. Call them what they are, marketters. The engineers behind these vehicles probably prefer to see their hard work, that was ruined by a marketter, being fixed by a hypermiler.
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OK this week was a wash because it was raining all day and I could get very little done. However here is a picture of the pieces that are being molded in.

Please note how much lower I am setting it to the ground. I want it to act as a deflector leaving only the center open for breathing and passing air under the car. Don't worry I'll have enough clearance too ...

Is this wrong? Should I just trim it to the size of the bumper and say screw it? BTW the red is a base coat and not the finished product and yes I am going to have an Ecomodder wrench made as a vinyl and put on that new grille block ...

BTW, another bumper courtesy of I-95, what a resource for recycled plastic ... LOL

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Old 07-17-2008, 07:56 PM   #30 (permalink)
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Looks much nicer than my mismatched color coroplast blocker.

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