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Old 08-08-2008, 12:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Semi-moon disc.. :)

I found some "Outdoor" duct tape at Lowes. Looking at the wrapper, it seemed
to be silver, like regular old duct tape..


check out the shorty mudflaps..


As you can see, it's really dark gray. Nowhere near the shiny silver I wanted..

Anyways, this tape job saves gas instantly! Without even starting the ICE!
My CRV is so ugly, the girls won't ride in it anymore! More gas savings!!

As for actual driving, this mod is going to be a real challenge to test.. If it works, I'll think about adding some little skirts on the back wheel wells. There is an awfully big opening just above the tires!

Maybe I should also cover over those holes in the 6 roof rack brackets.?.

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Old 08-08-2008, 12:44 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't think it looks too bad. At least I've seen worse haha. Good for testing. Let us know how it works out.
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maybe extend the tape to the center of the hub for a smoother surface.

I wonder what kind of vortex that hole creates?
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maybe extend the tape to the center of the hub for a smoother surface.

I wonder what kind of vortex that hole creates?
The Renault Vesta-II had a single hole in their wheel covers,for brake cooling and valve stem access.A very practical solution and compromise.And at 146-mpg,had little impact on overall performance.
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Cool move Xringer!

Next step? Lose the roof rack.
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Cool move Xringer!

Next step? Lose the roof rack.

No way Jose! The rack gets a lot of use.. But, I am thinking about taping up
all those holes in the (6) brackets.



They are pretty flat on the back and not so bad on the outside either.
I think they could be taped down pretty easily.. Heck, I bet no one would even notice..
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I like them because I like asymmetry in design. They remind me of the old reel-to-reel computer tapes that you'd see in the NASA control rooms.

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No way Jose! The rack gets a lot of use.. But, I am thinking about taping up
all those holes in the (6) brackets.

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They are pretty flat on the back and not so bad on the outside either.
I think they could be taped down pretty easily.. Heck, I bet no one would even notice..
I would try to retrofit a removable cover that turns the rack into a streamlined "fin".

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You USE the roof rack???

Wow, an SUV owner who uses his roof rack ... who woulda thunk it?
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I would try to retrofit a removable cover that turns the rack into a streamlined "fin".

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Wait a sec! This is starting to sound like a lot of work!!
I'll tape the holes up and lower my AM/FM antenna half way down,
but that's it for the roof area..

If I can't hit my goal of 35 highway, then I'm going to start thinking about
the underbelly. Maybe some cute little tire dams.

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