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Old 07-09-2008, 10:07 AM   #11 (permalink)
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From your first pics of your new dam I would have suggested taking the ends further all the way to the wheel well and maybe flaring the edges to push air away from the front edge of the tire (actually bend the coroplast just past 90 degrees and screw it into the inside lip of the front of the wheel well). This will also cause a vortex to draw air out from the engine compartment through the wheel wells and aid cooling flow.
I'm not done! I still have to get that part (the sides) done today. I was thinking about making the wheel well smaller by extending the air dam about 1" past the wheel well opening, and potentially having a slight outward lip on it. Any thoughts on this - good/bad idea vs. wrapping around the corner of the wheel well?

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Old 07-09-2008, 11:18 AM   #12 (permalink)
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cant hurt to get some more air out of the wheel well..

as for air flow, i just made a small hole drove around watched the gauge, went home made the hole bigger , drove returned made hole bigger , then once i got the needle downto standard temps i stopped making the hole bigger, my hole is the size of a licence plate on my CRX.. 1.5 liter no AC
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Cool. I think I'll infringe on some of the wheel well space this afternoon.
I think I'll just have a "winter" cover for about 1/2 of the area of my intake; if it gets warm outside, I can alter that easily. Since I had to use the ductwork to make sure the air was reaching the radiator, I'm glad I made it just big enough to accommodate a/c on hot days, and I can always cover it to make it smaller.
This morning I worked on some other simple stuff; removed the passenger wiper and mirror, roof racks (and made some temporary fillers for the holes they left behind), and repositioned the driver's side wiper to the lowest possible position. Pics will be up soon!
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Deleted the passenger wiper.

Didn't like how high the drivers' side wiper sat, so I adjusted it - you can only do this on some cars - my wipers sit on a multi-splined bolt with a nut to hold them in place, but others may have just one spline.

Deleted passenger mirror - coroplast and duct tape cover plate, with WindoWeld Sealer to keep water-tight

Removed majority of roof rack - other small pieces will get removed when I clean it up later.

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Finished grill block; integrated partial front wheel skirts, and installed new mirrors, including mini - drivers side one. More details and pics on my blog!



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