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Old 10-22-2008, 12:44 PM   #1
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Have I topped out?

I think that I have at least until spring. My last 2 tanks in the Cavalier have been 43.9 and 43.5. I am hoping to maintain at least 40 MPG through out this winter. I put on a front end/bumper block last week end and blocked the bottom half of the radiator. I need to block the area between the top of the bumper and the hood. I also need to tweak my WAI. I have basically cut a section out of the side of the air box and blocked the other end. I need to rig up something to bring up the temps. Right now I am only running about 10-12 degrees above ambient temperature. I would like to see 20-25 degrees at least.
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Old 10-22-2008, 01:35 PM   #2
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it is ironic that I am trying to give you advice since your mileage is above mine but take a look at my garage at my warm air intake and grill block.

also, I used generic weather stripping (automotive of course) to block the area between the bumper and the hood. something to look into maybe

*edit* another good garage to look at is "2003 cavalier" it belongs to phleas and he is in the top 10 with 60+ mpg. I stole some ideas from him myself.
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Old 10-22-2008, 10:48 PM   #3
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I also see my mpg dropping now that the weather is cooling off.
Luckily it's almost coroplast season.
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Old 10-23-2008, 05:22 AM   #4
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I assume "coroplast season" means after elections when candidates discard their signs. How do you identify which candidates are going to discard their signs?
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Old 10-23-2008, 07:16 AM   #5
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If it says "Obama 2008" or "McCain 08", you can be pretty sure it's not going to be used again. I doubt either of them will be running again in 100 years.
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OIC. I haven't seen many coroplast signs for them. The coroplast signs seem to be all for local politicians who would generally plan to run again.
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Old 10-23-2008, 12:19 PM   #7
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I finished up with my mods. At least for now. I used some rubberized foam for the gap in between the hood and bumper. I used some aluminum ducting for the WAI. Those 2 have bumped up my IAT about 25-30 degrees above the ambient temp. I added some pictures to my garage.
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