Just installed the Belly Pan, Grille Block and front wheel spoilers on the VX.
I also installed all of the instrumentation that I had on the Del Sol. The Dash is pretty full but I am well informed now. Notice the accuracy of the Air Speed Indicator. This was a leasurely drive in the park from a cold start. The 35.55 km/L translates to 83.5ish MPG.
Looks like someone is getting down to bussiness. There could be a shake up in the top 10 soon. Every body better bring there A game to GS.
I forgot to mention that I don't think that the VX is running right. When I had the Del Sol and was playing around with a chipped ECU, I put in the one that Ben sent me and when I started it up, it threw a CEL and stunk bad. Truned out to be a bad ecu. When I first started the VX it smelled the same way and had a CEL. After changing the O2 sensor, the smell was reduced but not totally gone. The DMM shows that it idles lean but is still smells bad. Im concerned that it won't pass emission testing.Does anyone have a clue what could be wrong? Bad cat? Bad EGR?
In this article, it says that only the California Emmissions VX had the EGR in it. So, that means that you are releasing more Nox into the air....which would be why you have the funny smell....
It was cold and rainiy, numbers were a few MPG lower. Not a good day for comparison. I wouldn't expect to see much on my commute. Hoping for something on long highway runs, like I will be doing starting 9/18.
I have completed several mods that are meant to maximize the highway FE, which after getting some results, I will share here. My belly pan is complete with aluminum ala basjoos and the pan includes the muffler. I have wheel spoilers at all 4 but they actually rake forward which is prolly not a good thing. I removed the XM antenna and stuck it on the rear hatch out of the air flow. I removed the FM antenna and installed a blockoff plate. I am also driving with the drivers mirror folded in and am using a blind spot mirror mounted inside the car to give better visibility. I also have the coroplast wheel covers cut and painted with Krylon Fusion silver. I will mount them using clear RTV this Saturday before I leave Sunday morning for the 640 mile trip to the beach.
I will commute to work from the beach (225 miles, 4.5 hr RT)for a few weeks before I close on the house. Then the commute will be down to 135 miles, 2.5 hr RT. I'm hoping for some nice results but I really don't have much to compare with due to the new commute so the gains won't really be quantifiable until I remove the aero mods for NC inspection in Dec or Jan.