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Old 08-11-2008, 08:49 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by NeilBlanchard View Post

Can you post a picture of the front of your car? I'll bet that a grill block and/or blocking some other "features" would help.
Just added picture to my profile. Don't know how to insert it into body of post.


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Old 08-11-2008, 12:48 PM   #12 (permalink)
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You can insert images by uploading to an image hosting site like www.imageshack.com or www.photobucket.com (both free) then posting a link from there to here.




Results may vary on your aero mods. This is why individual field testing is so important because what a grill block gets for me on my route in my Scion may not be applicable to the gains for Bearleener on his route in his Golf. I also had to take into account of the high temps -- full block had the best GPH gains but I was tripping the electric fan after 20 miles of city and idling drives. I compromised and used an upper block and a mesh for the lower block (which deflects air proportional to the speed I'm traveling).

Unbiased testing with repetition also helps remove any placebo gains that mods may create in a driver's mind.

I've also gotten to the point that I can help my FE by driving a new route. A shorter distance is not worth the hit I take when I have to deal with other drivers and all the lights. (I'm on the prowl to beat 43mpg/tank and humanity is not helping... )


My 5 pillars of fuel efficiency:
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  • aerodynamics
  • tires
  • weight reduction
  • engine maintenance
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