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Old 09-02-2012, 07:11 PM   #211 (permalink)
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Next up is thought into grille cover! What are you guys using?
I cut coroplast to fill the lower grill opening as needed. Used zip ties to hold it in place (fully reversible).

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Old 09-02-2012, 07:11 PM   #212 (permalink)
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anything that works

tape, chloroplast, sheet metal, cardboard all work
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Old 09-04-2012, 12:20 AM   #213 (permalink)
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That looks easy enough. I also happen to have a can of colour matching paint to spray my grille cover once installed. Either that or flat black. Just used that to spray my wiper arms. They had peeled and the glare with the sun behind me was blinding. It's awesome now. I have some coro somewhere... now where'd I put it?

Oh, and by the way: I got my second best ever commute of 83 mpg on the highway portion and best ever 110mpg in the city. I got the sweetest run of lights ever. I'm thinking this is my last shot at a best tank this year. Weather turns colder tomorrow and I'm near the end of this tank. Too bad I messed up about 100 km of this tank already and am in damage control mode. Still best so far at 58.
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Old 09-05-2012, 09:33 PM   #214 (permalink)
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Got my best commute yet at 58.53 mpg (US). That's not a spot on some of you guys but my average mph is 38 ish (I just filled up and forgot to record it, but did look at it today) due to 80% of my commute being highway. I need to get a job in the city already. My city mpg rocks. Which is the complete opposite of my last car with it's auto trans.

Noticed right at the dregs of the tank that bump starting was pretty... well... bumpy! Herky jerky even. Guess the fuel pump was sucking air. I don't usually run so low but I wanted to break 1000km. I ended up with 1070 km and 2 litres left in the tank.
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Old 09-06-2012, 10:50 AM   #215 (permalink)
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When you get down that low, try cycling the ignition off and on a few times before bump-starting. It takes more than the standard 3 seconds to get the fuel pressure up. Do a really fast off-on, wait for everything to click, do it again, and then again. If you do this on a quiet morning you can actually hear the fuel pump's tone change once the pressure is up. It sounds like the difference between an automatic idling in N and then in D.
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Got my best commute yet at 58.53 mpg (US). That's not a spot on some of you guys but my average mph is 38 ish (I just filled up and forgot to record it, but did look at it today) due to 80% of my commute being highway. I need to get a job in the city already. My city mpg rocks. Which is the complete opposite of my last car with it's auto trans...
+1 on highway miles pulling down mpg somewhat. And good use of P&G can get you great results in city or in slow traffic.

I also mostly drive highway with avg spd in mid to high 30's. My mpg is a bit higher at about 55-56 but I have several aero mods and lean burn helping that.

I'd say you're doing great. Nice work!
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Old 09-06-2012, 11:42 AM   #217 (permalink)
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Re. The dregs -
It's. Ice to post a tank with huge miles or km BUT I'm not so sure the dregs are good for car. Could suck unwanted junk I to fuel system and clog things up?

Also I'm told the fuel is what cools the in-tank pump. I don't want to have to replace mine.

Anyone here have actual knowledge on those issues?
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Old 09-06-2012, 11:59 AM   #218 (permalink)
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i'm no rocket surgeon but..... the fuel pump pulls fuel through the strainer/sock which always sits at the bottom of the tank anyways, and anything that could hurt your pump/injectors/engine isn't going to float on top of the fuel. water is heavier than fuel be it gas or diesel and rolls around the bottom of the tank and would get sucked up if it gets to the fuel pick up which is still at the bottom. the pump is cooled by fuel that flows directly through the pump and over the armature as its sucked up and pushed to the engine, it's not cooled just by sitting in fuel, so as long as your pumping fuel and not actual fumes because you ran out of gas your pump is being cooled.
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OK, so I'd only be concerned for:
A) Small amount of dirt floating on top of fuel finally moving down to where sock can pick it up. and
B) Sucking too much air through pump = poor cooling.
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Old 09-06-2012, 12:32 PM   #220 (permalink)
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both of which in my opinion you have to try prettty hard to accomplish= nothing to stress about.

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