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Old 12-24-2013, 06:42 PM   #91 (permalink)
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Old 12-25-2013, 12:31 AM   #92 (permalink)
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Old 12-27-2013, 06:10 PM   #93 (permalink)
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Alignment at "zero toe"

Thanks for the notice on the antenna delete blanking!

Had to get alignment service and so I took the opportunity to have it set to zero toe in order to cut down on rolling resistance. Posted the details in another thread: http://ecomodder.com/forum/showthrea...tml#post404536

But here are the images of the settings:

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Old 01-02-2014, 02:57 AM   #94 (permalink)
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I like seeing the things you did to your civic and it gives me a good baseline with mods and ideas to go off of for my 98 civic ex I just wish it wasn't an automatic
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Old 01-04-2014, 09:12 PM   #95 (permalink)
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I like seeing the things you did to your civic and it gives me a good baseline with mods and ideas to go off of for my 98 civic ex I just wish it wasn't an automatic
Thanks! Your autotrans at least has slightly taller gearing than the EX manual, though (IIRC).

And here are a few more tweaks to existing mods. First is the redo of my upper grill block using some aluminum flashing I had laying around from a fireplace project. Then, second, is a series of pics for the wheel well skirts. The only change is the addition to which are two more clips to each skirt to hold them more snugly against the car. I made the clips from small aluminum mint boxes I had saved to reuse for something.









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Old 01-05-2014, 01:38 AM   #96 (permalink)
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Thanks! Your autotrans at least has slightly taller gearing than the EX manual, though (IIRC).

And here are a few more tweaks to existing mods. First is the redo of my upper grill block using some aluminum flashing I had laying around from a fireplace project. Then, second, is a series of pics for the wheel well skirts. The only change is the addition to which are two more clips to each skirt to hold them more snugly against the car. I made the clips from small aluminum mint boxes I had saved to reuse for something.
At about 60mph I'm running about 2450-2500RPM, at least that's what my speedo says while my scangauge says 2400RPM.

Do the added side skirts scrape at all with normal driving? I have 6in lawn edging on my front bumper and it scrapes from time to time so I would imagine that edging on the skirts would scrape as well.
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Old 01-07-2014, 01:24 PM   #97 (permalink)
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At about 60mph I'm running about 2450-2500RPM, at least that's what my speedo says while my scangauge says 2400RPM.

Do the added side skirts scrape at all with normal driving? I have 6in lawn edging on my front bumper and it scrapes from time to time so I would imagine that edging on the skirts would scrape as well.
At 60mph my car is at something around 2000 rpm, IIRC. Maybe 2100. The side skirts do not scrape often, only occasionally and only slightly when/if I go over a speedbump with both wheels perpendicular too it and kinda quick. The amount of suspension travel in that situation produces a light scrape sound occasionally. Otherwise nothing. The front airdam often scrapes on driveways, but it is very flexible and always bounces right back. No problem.
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Old 01-07-2014, 10:29 PM   #98 (permalink)
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At 60mph my car is at something around 2000 rpm, IIRC. Maybe 2100. The side skirts do not scrape often, only occasionally and only slightly when/if I go over a speedbump with both wheels perpendicular too it and kinda quick. The amount of suspension travel in that situation produces a light scrape sound occasionally. Otherwise nothing. The front airdam often scrapes on driveways, but it is very flexible and always bounces right back. No problem.
Didn't you say that you cut the lawn edging in half for the side skirts?
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Old 01-07-2014, 10:39 PM   #99 (permalink)
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Didn't you say that you cut the lawn edging in half for the side skirts?
Nah, I cut part off (not half) for the airdam, but the side skirts are rain gutter, with one side of the channel cut off, then painted black and then painted with black plasti-dip, as it the rest of my trim now.
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Old 02-23-2014, 04:26 PM   #100 (permalink)
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Mod how to: increased brake booster volume

A buddy nearby has been modding a 1992 Metro, and occasionally I work with him on his or my car, or both. That's what we did yesterday, and the result is this brake booster mod, which for him was practice for his own car and for me was an excuse to become more familiar with my braking system and upgrade the car's abilities. The mod works well and seems to have doubled or tripled my braking capacity when the engine is off. It is mostly a safety mod, though it does allow longer EOC in long downhill zones because of the longer span of safe braking I have without restarting the engine, so it might benefit over all mpg averages. Might.

Supplies: 14" section of 4" diameter PVC pipe, two PVC endcaps, PVC glue, copper strap "tape," 3' or 4' vacuum hose, a "T" splitter for vacuum hoses, and a hose fitting for vacuum canister, 4 new hose clamps.

Tools: drill, wrenches, pliers, snips, screwdrivers.

Pic 1: the vacuum line in its bracket. The check valve is located between the two ends of the bracket, so cut into line for the "T" on the right:


Pic 2: some of the supplies:


Pic 3: the assembled and glued 14" x 4" diameter canister:


Pic 4: threading the top of the canister for the hose line nib (drilling already done):


Pic 5: Engine bay, showing installed canister top on left beside battery and the "T" in the master cylinder vacuum line on right near the firewall:


Pic 6: closeup of canister with hose attached and secured in place using existing screw holes for copper strap (bottom of canister wedged into a frame section below battery):


Pic 7: closeup of the "T" in the vacuum hose beside the master cylinder:


Driving home yesterday, during EOC I experienced at least two or three times the reserve braking boost over the OEM setup.

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