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Old 05-14-2015, 03:41 PM   #361 (permalink)
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Nnnnice ! Love the look.

I was wondering about that bra on the front. I wonder how much drag it is producing.

Any plans to add gap fillers around the front wheels ?
Thanks! Actually, I had thought more about a front fender cut/recession. Was pondering some ideas across in my head, then stumbled upon this.




What do you guys think?

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Old 05-14-2015, 04:37 PM   #362 (permalink)
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The Honda Insight had them, just not that extreme!



With your awesome fab skills, you should definitely go for it!
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Old 05-14-2015, 06:37 PM   #363 (permalink)
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^ I'm tempted!
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Old 05-14-2015, 07:01 PM   #364 (permalink)
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^ I'm tempted!

You would be the only dude I could think of that could pull it off!

I'd suggest you get another set of fenders and go for it. That way it can go on the back burner if necessary, and you're still out there cruisin in style until the next upgrade. (I'm going to do some practice work on my extra fenders and driver door one day)

I know it will take you a little while to get it to your perfect vision (because I've seen the thought & love you put into things) compared to "quick and dirty" work a hacker like myself would drive around in. ..

But when you do finish, dude, I'm already drooling. Have i convinced you? Please?

Haha! I speak truth! Beautiful work is an understatement.
That's some Sexy vx action you got going on there..

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Have you considered a turbo? It would give you a little more pep and get you up to cruising speed faster, and I'm sure there are some great, low spooling turbo's kits out there for an EG civic. There is an insighter that turbo'd his insight (was the first to do it actually) and he gets better MPG than I do. I have driven it and I absolutely love it, it lean burns easily and I get up to cruising speed much faster
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OG VX, Question for you on the Acura RSX that you built. Could I put an E-VTEC engine and transmission in an RSX? If so, what would be my hang ups?
I'm pretty sure the rsx had a "b series" motor. That means conversion mounts (motor/tranny) at least? Different cv axles/wheel hubs. Wiring/ecu. Different exhaust. Etc etc etc. .


I've been wanting to do it to an Integra. Those can be had with d series stuff.

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Have you considered a turbo? It would give you a little more pep and get you up to cruising speed faster, and I'm sure there are some great, low spooling turbo's kits out there for an EG civic. There is an insighter that turbo'd his insight (was the first to do it actually) and he gets better MPG than I do. I have driven it and I absolutely love it, it lean burns easily and I get up to cruising speed much faster
With a turbo, you can run leaner AFRs due to the extra mixing done by the compressor. 2-3 psi is what you would want at cruise for maximum efficiency, IMHO.

And could we get a link to the turbo Insight?
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Guys, thank you for your responses and feedback. Man, some great insights (ba-doomp, kish!).

Alright, you've convinced me. I'll give the fender mods a shot! However, since the car is going to paint shortly, I'll have to this mod now, before paint. So, I'll get right on it this weekend and post progress pics soon. No need for extra fenders Victor. If I goof, I'll go get some from more, ha!

After thinking on this, and building it a few times in my head in a few different ways, I've decided the path outlined below. Definitely up for changes though, if anyone has another idea/way. The reason for going the below described path is what I think will be the easiest way to get the curve right coming out of the fender. In the Gray Civic above, they did custom foam shaping and then fiberglass to get the flow out of the fender. I'm going a bit more simplistic path, I believe. Maybe I'm wrong though...

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- Cut straight line from fender opening back about 7.5" towars back of car (parellel to ground), and then cut straight down (right angle cut) leaving enough meat on fender to still leave bottom fender bolt to body in tact.

- Make support brace out of thin metal from bottom of straight parrellel cut to chassis of car (fender wheel). Bolt on with 2 SS alan head bolts to fender (for beauty) and install rivet nuts to bolt braces to inner fender .

- Attach black plastic shield just under that bracket, flush with fender cut straight through to inner-fender wall, creating a "ceiling" for the fender recession. Plastic celing piece gets riveted to fender brace listed above, as brace goes towards inner fender well.

- Take a black rubber sheet (planning on using a thick/strong yoga mat) and cut it to "stretch" from the inner part of the fenderwell across the fender and through about 1 foot of the door. (yep, that far, all the way into the door area).

- Attach the yoga mat with 3 alan head bolts to the door, using rivnuts drilled to door (hey, I've already got abouty 30 installed, what's 6 more?!).

- Attach Yoga mat to inner fender well, cutting and shaping/stretching it, and attaching it in a way that follows a nice curve-exit of air coming out of fender well behind tire.

- When door opens, yoga material will collapse out (like an accordian). When door closes, it pulls tight to the body, hugging the "curve" as well and allowing for smooth airflow.

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We'll, thats the plan, atleast. Aesthetically, I think it will pull off well. Straight cuts on the fender well will make the cutting/modding easier, and prevent warping to the fender. The black material stretching back into the door frame is wild, i know, but I believe (hope) the finished result will be similar to the looks of an Audi R8. (though nowhere near as luxurious, ha!)

THOUGHTS?!

I've got to hurry, as I have to submit my entry-application with 5 pictures by 5/31 to get reviewed for entry into the VIP show area for Honda Day in June. Car has to be painted, and back together by then. I really want the VX in the VIP (show) area, and not the parking lot, to help spread news about hypermiling and ecomodding to the Honda tuning community.
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Here's a quick rough draft illustration of what I'm thinking. The gray dots represent bolt mounting points for the yoga fabric.


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