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Old 08-24-2009, 10:41 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I see the newer model excludes these, but would they help for even a mpg? I see this guy from my metro fourm I am a member of made these that screw on the body. I was looking at something that was not too difficult to remove in need of service or tire change.

I am sure once its too cool for ac the grill block will do wonders and this guy said front fender skirts are not needed since he has the deflectors on the edge of the front bumper.

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Old 08-30-2009, 12:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Im sure it would help. But I dont think I would want to screw something like that on my car.
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Im sure it would help. But I dont think I would want to screw something like that on my car.
I agree. It'll help, questions is: how much? It would be interesting to know if Robertwb70 has been progressively testing to see what effect his mods are having. But looking at the picts he's posting he's got the right idea: redirecting airflow around crucial areas to minimize drag.

Being an 'old guy' (despite my 'junior' status) I remember in the mid-late 70's when the second fuel crisis hit. A friend was driving an old AMC Ambassador, a large, four-door, V-8, sedan, that got abysmal mileage. He added a 1/2" plywood air-dam under the front bumper and a sheet metal spoiler-ala-NASCAR to the trunk lid. It looked like hell, but as I recall, it got him about 2-3 more MPG - which doesn't seem like much, but he was only getting 12 or so to begin with, so he saw a significant % increase.

My guess is Robert will see some fairly noticeable mileage gains with his mods.
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I don't think that fender skirts improve mpg since they just improve the drag force and will just be an additional weight to your car. Oftentimes, they are just use for aesthetic purposes.

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After all that the guy said it lowered, not improved his fuel economy 3mpg. He decided to lower it 3 inches and loose all that crap, got his lost 3 back and got 3 more mpg.
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Thanks for the update!
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Thanks for keeping us posted Cobb.
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