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Old 12-16-2011, 09:30 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I cant say that I notice new vibrations, but then I am running Snow tires, and the balance on them was already terrible so I might not feel a small addition. Been holding off on getting them balanced as I plan on going to some more road worthy tires in the near future. But I agree, you need to be carefull when adding weight to a spinning mass. I think as long as you get the fiberglass reasonably smooth (even) that the difference should be negligible.

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Old 12-18-2011, 06:00 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Any idea how much the kitten is improving your aero?

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Old 12-18-2011, 07:36 PM   #13 (permalink)
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everything, everywhere I have read all says keep air out from under the car at all costs. So, I have used a plastic chin spoiler on many cars - if it scrapes, no big deal.

1/8 inch UHMW is really tough stuff, but you can't glue it - only screw it to things using bolts and sheet metal screws.
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Old 12-18-2011, 10:28 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Any idea how much the kitten is improving your aero?

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Dont know how much the kitten is improving my aero, but I'm more likely to jump on the gas when hes around so it kinda balances out.




im still in the prototyping phase, and doubt ill make it to where stuff is all smooth and production looking so Im good with Bolting and screwing stuff together. Cant say I am familier with UHMW. what is it and where can I get it?
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after 2 days trying to form a fiberglass plate to fite my mirror delete I just bolted on some coroplast.



Latest tank was 40.44 mpg. down 4 mpg despite numerous updates. I think it might be because I used seafoam in this tank, not sure though.

Stopped into a busy gas station to get fuel and got comments from "Dude! Thats wicked" to "I think id rather take the drop in milage than driving around looking like a tool". Se la vi, everyone has their own opinion.
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Old 12-24-2011, 11:16 PM   #16 (permalink)
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I haven't done ANY aero mods and I gets lots of grief. They ask why I was late for work. I tell them my pull-start cord broke. I can take it and deliver it!

Keep up the good work - you're giving me good ideas!
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My thought was "If I didnt want to look like a tool I wouldnt be driving a Metro" Unfortunately I didnt think of it till two hours later(yeah, im not the fastest tool in the drawer).

a pull starter? Hmmm bet THAT would take some load off the battery. Maybe a kick start like they have on old motorcycles!

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Nice modding! I wish I could get my hands on some coroplast easily in The Netherlands, (we call it 'kanaalplaat'). I was looking at your front headlights and I just cant help but notice that they are not really smooth or streamlined! Aren't there any aftermarket solutions to get them streamlined?
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Nice modding! I wish I could get my hands on some coroplast easily in The Netherlands, (we call it 'kanaalplaat').
Deze webshop voor allerhande kunststofplaten toevallig al gezien ?
de webshop voor kunststof platen, folie, buis en staf
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I was looking at your front headlights and I just cant help but notice that they are not really smooth or streamlined! Aren't there any aftermarket solutions to get them streamlined?
Part of the reason I bought THIS car is i wanted to do a headlight cover mod. My original plan was to cut up a couple 2liter soda bottles for the plastic. unfortunately the plastic is JUST big enough to cover the head lights and I cant get the labels off on the area where they glued it. Still working on it though.

Headlight mod is DEFINITELY in the works. Stay tuned true believers!

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