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California98Civic 07-09-2011 08:53 PM

(mini) skirts on my wheels
 
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These are sorta temporary, though they work and I think look alright. With the airdam and the skirts on a freeway drive today it felt like a different car. Mainly quieter. With pulse and glide (neutral coasting) I averaged 60mph and somewhere around 60mpg.

drewb 07-10-2011 09:09 PM

They look awesome! Are you going to do any A-B-A testing to see the increase in efficiency? I'd be interested to hear about that. I have considered adding rear wheel skirts, but I'm not sure how much it would help on my taurus

California98Civic 07-11-2011 11:38 AM

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Originally Posted by drewb (Post 249595)
They look awesome! Are you going to do any A-B-A testing to see the increase in efficiency? I'd be interested to hear about that. I have considered adding rear wheel skirts, but I'm not sure how much it would help on my taurus

Thanks man! Eventually, I am sure I will test. These are a prototype. I want to improve the shape, test it, and then make them out of fiberglass or something if they are useful. I'm reading about mold-making in a prop-makers manual a dude on here recommended. I have to say though, the noise level in the wheel well area at highway speeds seems to have decreased, which is a good sign about the air not being forced through it so much.

Dunkler 07-11-2011 11:44 AM

Nice!

jedi_sol 07-11-2011 03:47 PM

Very clean! Don't be afraid to go full skirt, they will definately help. One thing you can use to make a full skirt more stable is to get aluminum bar from Home Depot and bolt it across the wheel well.

Once you have a finalized shape for your skirt, fiberglassing is easy. The most basic way to fiberglass it is to simply apply 3-4 layers on top of your skirt, let it harden, then sand/finish/paint. there is no need to make a complicated "mold" piece, you only need a "mold" if you plan on making multiple copies.


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