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Stupid Puddles!

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When I say Puddle.... I really mean small pond! I was driving to a workshop to get some work done on my race car. I slowed down to 15 mph to cross what looked like a small puddle in the road.

But no, stupid Atlanta and thier horrible drainage had left me a suprise half a foot deep pond in the middle of the road. The force of the water hitting the underbody covers on my car bent some of them backward. Now they are scraping on the ground!

I am going to take them off. I called the honda dealership today to price some new ones. The guy at the desk told me he didn't think the part I wanted existed and that I should bring the car in for service!

I am going to pull the panels off and take a look. As an Aerospace engineer, I do see some small benifit to the drag coefficicent of the car from these thigns. But if I can find a honda dealer that belives that they exist, I probably wouldn't pay more than 30 dollars for them!

Any one have a source for the part?
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Justin you may be able to use a heat gun to carefully rework the covers if the damage is not too bad. I made a fiberglass one to replace the three under the engine. It is about 40 percent larger than the ones I removed. I believe it improves air flow and helps to keep the engine warm when used with the radiator block mod. Tonight it was below freezing and I was getting lean burn and 76 MPG without the warm air duct. That's the next project. All the best with your race car!
 

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After reading multiple posts on the hot air mod and radiator block my conclusion was that the engine was just producing too little waste heat (owing to high efficiency and low power) for lean burn to function properly. I took photos and will try to get something posted. I used a flat sheet, slightly curved in one plane to clear the oil pan. An aluminum sheet would have worked too but I had the fiberglass sheet on hand.
 
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