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Old 04-25-2018, 12:11 AM   #161 (permalink)
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replaced my uper and lower control arms and upper and lower ball joints... wow... what a difference in handling!
took my alternator belt off again for the warmer weather... now strictly solar charging. MPG's are climbing quickly.
I plan on making a kamback and using my solar panel as part of the kamback structure. I hope this helps with my Drag Coefficient!

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Old 04-25-2018, 12:40 AM   #162 (permalink)
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Yep... I may actually work on that in May. I just replaced my upper and lower control arms as well as the ball joints. Wow what a difference in handling! Not sure if taking all of the slack will help in my MPG's, but could a very tiny bit I suppose. I still need to check the alignment this coming weekend, but if feels like it didn't change.
I'm going to check into materials that I can use to make the kammback inexpensively. I want to get to 70 mpg's on a full tank.
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Old 05-05-2018, 07:42 AM   #164 (permalink)
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Solar panels as part of a kammback? Now that's an idea!
If we went with flexible solar panels we could match both the roof curvature and the transition to the Kammback... I seen 100W (12V) flexible panels advertised and by their dimensions it seemed as if I could fit three of them on my roof, with the Kammback I had... once de-rated for not being perpendicular to the sun, I could have likely expected 12-15A(144-180W)... I wanted to delete the alternator and AC but wifey issued a firm veto lol...

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Do we know which engines would benefit from a wai?

And how can i measure advance? I have a 99 mb e200, and it doesnt have the standard canbus socket unfortunately.
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Old 05-05-2018, 06:30 PM   #166 (permalink)
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A solar panel like this one?

Boguang 100 Watt Monocrystalline semi flexible Photovoltaic plate Solar panel 16v 100W cell kits 12V 12 Volt Charging batteries-in Solar Cells from Consumer Electronics on Aliexpress.com | Alibaba Group

Could make a good part of a cammbak.
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My solar panels are inside the car. When I park it at work or at home I open the hatchback and let the panels get direct sunlight. The two panels charge it in an hour or two from the 6 mile drive. My plan is to make a kammback using the larger 18W panel. I honestly think the 18W panel is enough because the 13W panel could in most days charge it full well before the end of my shift.
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Well... I bought fibeglass mesh and resin. So then next chapter starts with the kammback and then the rear wheel skirts. The solar panel will be part of the kammback and the great part is in the Winter, I can park the car in such a way that I can open the glass hatch and direct it toward the Sun in the southern skies for optimal charge. Then I just might be able to delete my alternator for the entire year so I can enjoy the roughly 10% gain year round.
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I'm buying another Prius so both my wife and I have one. So... unfortunately, my Civic VX Hatchback will only we a winter driver. In 4 years I will be giving it to my grandson to enjoy. At least it will be staying in the family

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