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Old 02-05-2011, 10:30 PM   #201 (permalink)
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What a cool idea to use that stuff to skin it. I had planned on using that stuff or something similar to cover a Recumbent bike I am planning on building. I also have a 150cc Scooter planned to make it into an aerodyn recumbent with the same skin! Shooting for 100 MPG! Thanks for the tip, keep up the good work. :{)

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Old 02-25-2011, 09:38 AM   #202 (permalink)
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I also have a 150cc Scooter planned to make it into an aerodyn recumbent with the same skin! Shooting for 100 MPG! Thanks for the tip, keep up the good work. :{)
That may not be difficult. I regularly got 90-95 mpg commuting to work on a 225cc motorcycle without any aero mods whatsoever. I did ride smart, ditched the knobby tires (it's a dual sport on/off road model), and kept the tires firm (which didn't hurt road handling and helped tire wear). Of course it was mostly 35-45 mph zones. When I hold 55-60 mph on highways it drops to 85-90 mpg. Two up with my wife on the back it can drop as low as 80 mpg. I don't suppose you're planning much highway cruising with only 150cc but if you are then fish fairings would help a lot. Around town fairings could do more weight harm than aero good at low speeds. Food for thought maybe.

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Old 05-16-2011, 10:03 AM   #203 (permalink)
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What kind of shrink plastic did you use? Where'd you get it. It looks very thick.
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Old 11-01-2011, 10:13 PM   #204 (permalink)
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What is this plastic that was used and where can I find this?
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http://ecomodder.com/forum/showthrea...tml#post151129

This was my attempt at explaining the plastic.

I believe this was the exact item I purchase in black 4 mil thick: Film-GardŽ Polyethylene Sheeting in Various Sizes & Colors - Polyethelene Sheeting - Ace Hardware

Coincidentally, I recently had to destroy the cap and send it on its way to a new life as something else. The plastic was amazingly intact considering I thought it would only last for a year or so.
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Old 11-02-2011, 12:00 PM   #206 (permalink)
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I did the same thing to my aerocap, and used 6 mil black from a local lumber store. It is used as vapor barrier in crawl spaces, as long as it is Polyethylene it should work as heatshrink. I used a heatgun to shrink it, it took a long time. And you gotta be careful, it's a fine line between shrink and melt.
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Looks good, but I've always wondered about the hindrance of your view with these caps.
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You'll lose your rear view mirror, unless you opt to use one of them back-up cameras. Personally, it'd be like driving a service van. They normally don't have any rear view to speak of, either. It's pretty easy to get used to. I've been driving with an aerocap for 4 months now, with no rear-view mirror related issues.

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You'll lose your rear view mirror, unless you opt to use one of them back-up cameras. Personally, it'd be like driving a service van. They normally don't have any rear view to speak of, either. It's pretty easy to get used to. I've been driving with an aerocap for 4 months now, with no rear-view mirror related issues.

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Few know how to use mirrors, it seems. Any discussion of traveling legally at slower than the upper limit seems to try to dodge the use of mirrors in a new, expanded way by rationalization [denial] versus skill acquisition. Here, RV boards, and other vehicle enthusiast boards, all too many are adamant about fearing the loss of sheeple coloration.

To the point: consider the OEM towing mirrors. The "loss" of mpg may be next to nothing, especially compared to the gains of the aerolid. A win all around (as trucks are expected to be loaded or towing as central to their function).

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Better results

Drop the end gate and extend the slope to eliminate more verticle surface. It could be a second piece that can be put away when not on the highway for example.

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