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Old 05-12-2014, 02:33 PM   #21 (permalink)
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That could also be the reason!

This is the little monster by the way



And in front of the gate the car :P

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Old 05-12-2014, 06:05 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Gotta have to agree with you about the alternator belt removal, since it's a mod I also wouldn't feel so confident to perform. Anyway, even considering that it's already one of the lightest versions of the car, you may eventually still find a few spots to eliminate some dead weight. For example, have you never considered a single-arm wiper conversion? I know it's a popular mod among street-racers, but it actually provides some aerodynamic advantage alongside a little weight reduction...
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Old 05-12-2014, 06:40 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Gotta have to agree with you about the alternator belt removal, since it's a mod I also wouldn't feel so confident to perform. Anyway, even considering that it's already one of the lightest versions of the car, you may eventually still find a few spots to eliminate some dead weight. For example, have you never considered a single-arm wiper conversion? I know it's a popular mod among street-racers, but it actually provides some aerodynamic advantage alongside a little weight reduction...
I had an single arm wiper on my previous car, the CitroŽn AX. Really hated it because the double arm wipers work much better in my opinion. And after all, in my opinion is safety/visibility first
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I had previous experiences with single-arm wiper in the Fiat Uno, and it didn't bother me at all.

Anyway, if you would consider to make some aeromods in the 106 I'd tell you to use some lighter materials to reduce the weight penalty in city traffic, since the energy spent to break the inertia and put the vehicle running is always higher than to keep it running at a constant speed. What about a Kammback extension? You could make it for cheap using Coroplast, and if you would consider to replace the entire hatchback with a custom piece already integrating the Kammback you could reinforce it in some spots using fiberglass (or eventually some old rags soaked in glue if you would rather wanna go the dirt cheap way).
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If alternator belt removal is too harsh (totally understandable), then how about a ON/OFF switch on the alt's field wire? Only partially reduces the load on the engine, but much safer. Of course, only works with non-self-exciting alternators.

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Most of the time I'm driving on the highway and larger secondary roads between 80 km/h and 110 km/h. Last week it was more in the city than usual that lead to more slow traffic driving.
At those speeds any aeromods will bring noticeable benefits.
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I found out on the forums that a grill block is a nice/cheap/reasonable effective way to improve the aerodynamics of the vehicle.

When looking to the front of my car I found out that there are only two small slots to provide air to the radiator. There is not really much to block :P
To test it out I really must install a coolant temperature gauge first I guess. Don't want to overheat the girl.
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You can still get some improvements by getting the front bumper and grille smoothier. There's no real need for some of those gaps in the bumper and the grille.
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New record! 19,5 km/L, that's about 44,7 mpg!
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Well done! Now the warm weather has returned you will even improve on that, no doubt.

Saw another 106 yesterday; noticed the grille slots in the bumper were wider than yours (extending beyond the license plate on both ends).
You better be very careful if you consider blocking them in the summer...
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When looking to the front of my car I found out that there are only two small slots to provide air to the radiator. There is not really much to block :P
There won't be much to be gained, I'm afraid.
You could close it off in winter.

Central heating pipe insulation / swimming pool floats are popular to close off this kind of opening.

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