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Old 11-23-2013, 08:51 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Any pics of the current mods done to the car?

Do you have a roof rack that needs to be removed?

Side skirts if you can't get the belly pan on in time?

Pizza pans on front wheels?

MPGuino or vacuum gauge to help with driving technique while on the trip?

Put the end of your intake between your radiator and exhaust manifold and you shouldn't have any issues with too hot of air.
I'll try again to upload some pics but ive been having problems with it.
No roof rack. Had pans on the front but had problems with em coming off probly reengineer those tomorrow. I had side skirts on my blazer for awhile and the seemed to help so i may put some on the car. Cant get a mpguino in time and none of the parts store here have a vacuum gauge for under 65$ so i'll probly pick one up next weekend and use it on the return trip. I dont have to work tomorrow so if it doesnt snow to much im gonna try to get the car to the shop and do an oil change and some more mods

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Old 11-24-2013, 12:19 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Sure it's not an easy goal, but since you've quoted replacing glass with plexiglass in another thread to remove weight that may help...
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Yes it may help....... Im still trying to get plexiglass scraps that are big enough...plexiglass is'nt cheap if you have to buy it and i dont want to spend more on materials than i did for the rest of the car for one mod that will maybe give a 1% gain. Im slowly collecting scraps that are big enough for a window. Maybe i can replace one or two of the small windows with what i've got.
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For the 450 mile all highway trip that you plan on taking, I would be surprised if you even see a difference in FE after replacing the glass with plexiglass. I believe your time would be better spent elsewhere.
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Im only gonna do the plexiglass if i have extra time and have all my other mods done. I think im going to change my drivers seat for a more comfortable one.... If im comfortable im less likely to get in a hurry to get done with the trip so i can focus better on how im driving. I enjoy roadtrips till my back starts hurting and honda seats arent exactly great
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Since plexiglass has a good resistence to impacts, it's still a good option to consider. Anyway, you still have a lot of room for improvements in that wagon. One thing you could consider is a single-arm windshield wiper, since it saves a few pounds and does a slight decreasement in the drag - no wonder it's widely used in race cars.
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Old 11-24-2013, 10:24 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Get some prelude seats or integera ones far more comfortable and they usually are an easy Honda swap. Hated my civic seats prelude are big improvement.
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Im only gonna do the plexiglass if i have extra time and have all my other mods done. I think im going to change my drivers seat for a more comfortable one.... If im comfortable im less likely to get in a hurry to get done with the trip so i can focus better on how im driving. I enjoy roadtrips till my back starts hurting and honda seats arent exactly great
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45 MPG might be tough with an auto. But if you've gotten 39 already, maybe not. I'd probably get around 55 MPG at 55-60 MPH. That's with an HF trans. 1800 RPM @ 60 MPH.

Here is some of the aero stuff I've done to my Wagon:


The most recent is the Wake Trimming Flap (WTF):

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