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Old 02-06-2009, 07:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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New to all this, presntly running a 1997 Nissan Vannette Cargo
2.3 Diesel,

Based on Isle of Wight (United Kingdom).

Vehicle is used as main "car" so lots of urban mileage

currently getting approx 34 mpg

Looking at aero mods for now!! got two massive mirrors that need

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Old 02-06-2009, 08:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi Binky - welcome to the forum.

Of course you realize that returns on aero mods won't net you as much at urban speeds as on the open road, but may still be worth pursuing.

In city driving, adjusting the nut behind the wheel is where you'll find the biggest gains.

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Old 02-10-2009, 04:06 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Hi Darin

I suspect that having a pair of trash can lids on either side will do damage to MPG even at urban speeds !

That and removing the ariel might give me one mpg if I lucky!!!,

Not much else I can do at this point as funds are shorter than a hamsters legs!

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What are Isle of Wight winter temps like? Probably derive greater benefit from a grille block than from mirror delete in urban setting at this time of year?
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Hi TestDrive
Winter temps around the 0 to minus 5 deg Cen, Not sure how much of a difference a grille block would make as engine is mid mount under drivers seats!, (nice an warm in cold weather) will try some out and see if it makes a difference!, Will also post some picc's so you know what I is working on, for now if you take a brick add 4 wheels an a couple of trash cans, you just about got my Birtha!!!
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