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Old 09-04-2012, 06:07 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Old 09-04-2012, 11:12 PM   #12 (permalink)
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thanx for the kind words so far!

did a bit more today, but nothing worth posting, lots of sanding and smoothing. tomorrow i'll apply some bondo to smooth it all out, then just prime and paint. looks like the front grill and the hood wind deflector will be done at around the same time.

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I also filled up "The Rock" today (my bone stock 2007 Tacoma 2.7L), i've been hypermiling as best I can on this last tank, and I managed 27.6MPG overall average! thats INSANE for a 3300lb truck that is rated at 21mpg overall EPA! maybe once i'm done with the Civic HX, i'll do some mods on the Tacoma and shoot for 30mpg! ohhhhhhhh yeah !
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Old 09-06-2012, 06:42 AM   #13 (permalink)
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drivers side view mirror


where did you get that mirror on the drivers side? i've been looking for something like that.
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Looking good, the grill block will look great with some sanding and paint and the new mirrors should help a lot, both from a weight and aero point of view
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I'm thinking of buying and installing for my Bimmer mirror or mirrors from a motorbike.

These are cheap and small
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accomplished a bit more work today.......


still building up the hood lip. put expanding foam ("great stuff!") in behind the lip, and taped it shut. it helps the foam expand less, and dry thicker and more study. plus if you dont tape it up, it will expand EVERYWHERE! so yeah, taping stuff over after foam is key folks... ask me how i know..... anywayz, here you can see the lip, and 1/2 the car w/ the tape removed, after the foam has dried.



a close up of the lip. its made from window blinds. the big thicker white plastic type for the main body of the lip, then the little thin metal type (2 glued together) that round off the trailing edge. then some bondo on top to smooth it all out.



installed some polyurethane motor mount inserts. in the left and right side of the motor. the rear mount looks hard to get to, so i'm not going to bother. the car felt MUCH better after this install. wow was the motor shaking around in there before! i also replaced the rear lower motor mount, and both trailing arms in the rear suspension



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and some final, final, final last layer of bondo, and some more sanding..... folks; this is the last pic you will see of her - until i post up pics of her back on the road with the hood lip AND front bumper all painted and done!!!! i'll tell you what tho: she looks smooth and stealthy, especially with the flat black...
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Old 09-11-2012, 11:23 AM   #18 (permalink)
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Very nice work!

How did you decide on the angle for the rear hood lip?
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Planning on keeping your power steering? I am sure that is robbing you of alot of potential mpgs.

Really like the front bumper. I plan on doing mine in the same fashion only with a more centered opening so I can still get some benefit from my AC.
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Very nice work!

How did you decide on the angle for the rear hood lip?
mostly dominated by the fact that i didnt want the lip to be more than about 3 inches from base to trailing edge. adjusted angle so that this 3 inches (when angled) covered the windsheild wiper blades, when you look at the car straight from the front (as air hits the car). it wasnt a very exact science i assure you hahaha i figured so long as it isnt too straight up and causing more drag than if it wasnt there at all; nor too far down as to defeat its own purpose - it was good


i might remove the power steering, still undecided. doing so is pretty low on the priority list. is there a thread somewhere that explains how to remove the system? did anyone do any before and after tests and measure a *substantial* MPG gain? if the answers to both is "yes", and if its not too much of a PITA, i might more seriously consider it...


and on another fun side note: i've still been driving the Tacoma full time, as i'm doing mods on the civic HX.... I averaged 30.08mpg over 350 miles!!! soooo happy i broke 30! tho i was driving at 60mph or 55mph while i was on the freeway, and doing lots of P&G on the streets

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