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Old 05-31-2007, 07:10 AM   #1
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if you look a the front on my car you can see two "vents", when i bought the car i quickly saw that they do nothing. looks only. i was wondering if blocking them or covering them in corplast would have any effect? would the air just pile up inside and then not be a problem?
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Old 05-31-2007, 07:27 AM   #2
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Good question. I have two foglight holes that I have wondered the same thing about.
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Old 05-31-2007, 08:51 AM   #3
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I'd definiely fill or cover the fog light holes on the Element. I think the angled corner faces are well suited to sliding air off to the sides however I'd guess that the deep pockets are cusing a lot of turbulence.

I'd produce a flat cover for the openings.
I considered installing a round dome fog light there except due to the angle of the face, a plain lens front would be badly aimed. So just make it pretty flat and smooth unless you really like adding lights to your ride.
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Old 06-05-2007, 08:03 AM   #4
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what type of screws do people use to attach the lawn edging to the front of the vehicles?
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Old 06-05-2007, 09:11 AM   #5
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Well... I built mine using 1/4" or 5/16" plywood. I used #8 stainless screws with nuts and washers to fasten my work to the OEM air dam and all other fastenings.. Should have used lock washers or locktite; I found most screws had loosened after a couple weeks.

However I'd think that for lawn edging, rivets might be very good.
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Aren't the sunfires holes there to provide air to the radiator? At any rate, most radiator openings can be mostly blocked with no over heating problems.
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Aren't the sunfires holes there to provide air to the radiator? At any rate, most radiator openings can be mostly blocked with no over heating problems.
i wish. i hate things on cars that don't have a purpose. those air vents are just for show. i will try and post pictures later tonight.
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Form < Funtion

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plastic rivets.

I just found out about plastic rivets, apprently they are commen in auto body repair because they work well with plastic, don't rust, blend in with other plastic, and are a bit larger so they don't rip out as easly, after hitting a bit of dirt with my factory front air dam and riped out two of the screws I used one of these, it worked great.

my civic vx has the standard teal color, so to block my useless front vent areas I used chunk of black colored plastic, some flat black paint would work on other colors of plastic, altho it might flake over time, but with the black you don't notice it unless you look hard, check my garage for a photo.
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ok some close up of the font.

this is the hood and front bumper cover. i want to find something that can cover this gap. i find water and mud behind this so i know that air is getting in there. i think that it would help a bit to have it covered.


this is the under side of the front. as you can see the "air vents" do not feed the rad. it does have a neat airfoil that sucks air into the rad. with a small air dam to deflect more air up. i might try and make that larger.
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