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Old 12-26-2010, 01:23 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Old 12-26-2010, 07:14 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I like the hose as a stop, along the curve -- great idea!

What material is the skirt itself?
I do all my Eco-Mod shopping at the Home Depot The "hose" is 3/4" PEX tubing, it is very flexable, but I still needed the heat gun to get the curve to fit nice. Then I drilled thru to the fender and used SS screw to hold it in place. I put some strips of adhesive velco between the PEX and the fender so it wouldn't rub thru the paint. The skirt is Fiber Reinforced Plastic panel, you know, the bathroom wall 4x8 sheets that have the bubble texture. It's fairly strong and flexable and thin so you can make a tight fit.
I read about a lot of different skirt mounting ideas till I combined a few to get what I wanted.
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Old 12-26-2010, 08:58 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Tygen,
Doesd that panel come in a clear?????
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Old 12-26-2010, 09:11 PM   #14 (permalink)
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No, it is white or beige, I just bought some Lexan for the front lower grill block, also from HD.
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Tygen,
I did not see how you torqued all the front end parts after installation.
As an Auto Tech for the last 35 years allow me to offer a little advice. (You may have done this, but others might need to hear it)
When putting final torque on any suspension parts, the weight of the car should be on the wheels. You can either put the car on the ground and reach through to torque, or, place jack stands at the hub, or under the lugs, and torque in the air.
*When using stands at the edges of the suspension, be sure to have some under, but not touching the frame. Just in case.*
Meaning;
If the wheels are hanging free, while you are tightening the suspension, this places unnatural stress on the bushings.
The bushings will be loaded at an angle, rather than being loaded while in their sprung position.
This leads to premature bushing failure. You spent hard earned dollars for those bushings. (very nice BTW) You do not want to buy new ones again in 12 to 18 months because these are already half twisted when you put the car on the ground.
Or, to put it another way, the bushings think the car is bottomed out, rather than sitting level. Then when the car does bounce on a dip, the bushings become over rotated in their brackets.

I hope you get your FE back. It is a splendid job you have done. I am sure when you tell the wife you are spending less on fuel she will forgive you entirely. (after you use the savings to take her to dinner)
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If the wheels are hanging free, while you are tightening the suspension, this places unnatural stress on the bushings.
The bushings will be loaded at an angle, rather than being loaded while in their sprung position.
Thats interesting, I would have thought you just wanted to "get the suspension out of the way" so your torque is up to spec. Thanks.
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Old 12-28-2010, 01:36 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Interesting thoughts Mr. Schultz, I hadn't considered that. I will take a look at this when the snow melts and temps rise above freezing.
I did preload the a-arms for the torquing of the sway bar end links.

I'm taking my wife to dinner and movie this Friday, maybe that will smooth things over
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Looks factory - well done.
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Old 01-14-2011, 01:45 PM   #19 (permalink)
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The repairs and modifications are paying off, the last two tanks were right at 45mpg, which is much better than last year in the same temps.
Yay!
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Old 01-16-2011, 07:52 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Glad to hear you back on the road. The Elantra is coming along. Got 38 mpg on a trip down to Beaufort back. About a 130 mile trip. Next up Scan gauge and WAI.

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