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Old 01-13-2014, 05:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Talking Finally Did a Grille Block

Just got around to doing a grille block. I found some black duct tape that is a near match to the OE black on my HX. Not that I care since this car is purely my commuter, and I'm not trying to make a $500 car look good!

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I'll grab some better quality shots when free time arises.

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Old 01-13-2014, 06:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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That'll work, but watch your temps. Yours is even more enclosed than mine, and on long hill climbs my temps rise to the middle and high 190s. In such situations, I will run the heater sometimes to prevent the temp crossing 200. But I think I miht need a new radiator fan or thermostat or something too. Did you duct what air come in the remaining opening into the radiator?
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Old 01-13-2014, 07:03 PM   #3 (permalink)
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That'll work, but watch your temps. Yours is even more enclosed than mine, and on long hill climbs my temps rise to the middle and high 190s. In such situations, I will run the heater sometimes to prevent the temp crossing 200. But I think I miht need a new radiator fan or thermostat or something too. Did you duct what air come in the remaining opening into the radiator?
I have only 1 hill climb on my trip to work. It's approx. 1 mile and not sure of the grade, but nothing too intense. The same hill on the way back is a shorter hill, around 1/2 a mile.

It's FREEZING here in winter (As low as -2F so far this season). Summer definitely can hit the upper 90's with high humidity, but I figured as that rolls around I'll have a better setup than this, or can duct it at that point as you said.
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Old 01-13-2014, 08:29 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Personally, I prefer mine, although I really need to do A-B-A, I just always feel too busy, and if I ever did the things that I feel that I need to do instead of A-B-A testing, I would feel much better about myself.

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Old 01-14-2014, 01:19 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I'm already catching slack from co-workers about it. "You put duct tape on your car?!" Yep... I put duct tape on my $500 car. I'm a bad man lol.
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I'm already catching slack from co-workers about it. "You put duct tape on your car?!" Yep... I put duct tape on my $500 car. I'm a bad man lol.
Get ready for the "your cars gonna blow up!" comments.
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Old 01-14-2014, 03:23 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I'm already catching slack from co-workers about it. "You put duct tape on your car?!" Yep... I put duct tape on my $500 car. I'm a bad man lol.
Tell them you get heat faster, the car saves fuel, and the engine stays warmer longer in between trips. You save a little money (a little) and you're more comfortable. Luxury!
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Did you block off any openings in the "chin" area, so that all air that goes in the opening, goes through the radiator?
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Wow. Just an MPG update. FWIW: I use the same pump at the same station every time I fill up. This past tank I got stuck in traffic twice, for a total of 45 minutes of additional stop and go traffic. The tank before I got stuck once in traffic. This is the first full tank with the "aero mods" on the front of the car.

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Old 01-21-2014, 01:19 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Nice work! Other factors are surely in play, but there is sure to be a difference.

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