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#1 OFFLINE   ptjones

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Posted 02 December 2015 - 05:52 PM

I have had a number of members ask me for LEXAN Grill Cover Sets which they can't do themselves, so I decided to help them out.  I bought some more LEXAN Sheets to make Grill Covers for those who need them. They are going for $100 including USPS Priority Mail.  PM me for the details. :)

 

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Posted 03 December 2015 - 11:02 AM

FYI for those interested - foam pipe insulation costs less than $5 & offers a number of advantages over the covers that Paul makes. Foam insulation is infinitely adjustable in terms how much much grille space is blocked. It is also much more air-tight if you so desire. It also provides better insulation when the car is off.


Edited by hybridbear, 03 December 2015 - 11:02 AM.

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#3 OFFLINE   okashira

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Posted 03 December 2015 - 05:40 PM

Thx Paul - will mail check tomorrow



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Posted 10 December 2015 - 03:05 PM

FYI for those interested - foam pipe insulation costs less than $5 & offers a number of advantages over the covers that Paul makes. Foam insulation is infinitely adjustable in terms how much much grille space is blocked. It is also much more air-tight if you so desire. It also provides better insulation when the car is off.

This is true, but from my testing I saw a 2mpg improvement from the smooth aerodynamic surface at HWY speeds. If you really want to save money just use Packing Tape, it's just as effective as foam and doesn't cost anything. :yahoo: But it doesn't look that great, function over looks.

Top Grill taped

 

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I just drove to Williams, AZ  and back, about 3600mi on   I-20/I-22/I-40 and averaged 47.2 MPG with temps from 20*F to 70*F(most of the time 40's to 50's) and strong winds in OK and TX, not ideal conditions for the best FE.  BTW  I use clear packing tape to tape around the edge of center Grill Cover to seal it off completely, (very aerodynamic) when it is cold.  Also I  taped up the Top Grill to limit the cold air in ICE compartment and Air Intake before coming back from AZ. I monitor air intake temp on ScanGaugeII and typically it is abut 10*F warmer than outside temps at FWY speeds so best IT(air intake temp for ICE(engine)) is probably in the 90-100*F range, outside temp 80-90*F when we get the best FE.  That helped raise up IT by 20-30*F which I think helped my FE by 1 mpg and speeds up heating up the ICE also. :)  I averaged EV% about 43% of the time.

 

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Edited by ptjones, 10 December 2015 - 06:42 PM.


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Posted 11 December 2015 - 06:40 PM

Hope to start shipping Grill Covers Monday. :)

 

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Posted 12 December 2015 - 10:38 AM

I just remembered when ordering Grill Covers I need to know if you need to install License Plate on center Grill Cover. :) 

 

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Posted 14 December 2015 - 02:27 PM

I shipped out today all Grill Covers ordered by members and they should have them by Thursday according to USPS. I do have a few sets left for those interested, I'm excepting Pay Pal and checks for payment.  I'm sure CMAX members would appreciate hearing from those getting them about their results. :) 

 

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Posted 18 December 2015 - 06:11 PM

Has anyone got their Grill Covers yet? :)

 

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Posted 19 December 2015 - 10:46 AM

Top Grill taped

I would recommend taping up the Top Grill to minimize cold air getting into the ICE compartment, optimum IT is around 80-100*F.  This morning with preheating ICE w/Oil Pan and Block Heaters to 110*F (only took 1/2 mile to get WT to 128*F) with outside temp 33*F.  I only got to 48*F IT in seven miles with all Grills blocked off.wink.gif

Also I would recommend permanently  attaching center Grill Cover for there is no good reason to remove it all year long.smile.png

 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

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Posted 20 December 2015 - 07:18 PM

I had 60% of my top grille tapped but ran into some issue when I needed to add water to my windshield washer... :-D



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Posted 20 December 2015 - 07:43 PM

I had 60% of my top grille tapped but ran into some issue when I needed to add water to my windshield washer... :-D

Yes that is problematic. LOL  I made a LEXAN one but it is more trouble to install but I can open the hood. ;)  Did you get your Grill Covers on?

 

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Edited by ptjones, 20 December 2015 - 07:44 PM.


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Posted 04 January 2016 - 06:31 PM

Did anyone have any comments about their lexan covers?

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Posted 04 January 2016 - 09:58 PM

Did anyone have any comments about their lexan covers?

Four sets have been delivered with one installed with no problems. Waiting to hear on results. Go to  "CMAX Grill Cover Testing, 2-5mpg Gain"  Thread to see what others have said in the past 3 years.

 Tonight I filled up at BJ's Premium 93 Octane  made four trips:

 

13. mi. 59.7 mpg at 36*F

10.6 mi. 50.7 mpg  33*F

7 mi     48.3 mpg    33*F

7 mi.   60mpg         32*F

with speeds 45-55 mph.  IT 57*F and WT got up to 190*F and I also had top Grill taped off too.  I averaged 54 mpg total. I think these are very good numbers given the outside temps. :)

 

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Edited by ptjones, 05 January 2016 - 10:35 AM.


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Posted 17 January 2016 - 09:29 PM

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Mine is on... After some mods.

I wanted to keep my license plate holder, and use a positive attachment, not glue/Velcro. My grill is blacked out with PlastiDip, and I didn't want to remove it under every pad.

I fit it in the recess with fingers between grill ribs. I had some plastic standoff rivets like under the hood so its still removable, but not going anywhere!

Also filled with 91E0, so lets see how I do in cold this year!

Have fun,
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Posted 17 January 2016 - 09:31 PM

Duplicate.

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Posted 17 January 2016 - 11:02 PM

Ah... grill covers, E0, 91 octane - sound great.  A boattail is next!


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Posted 19 January 2016 - 01:41 PM

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Mine is on... After some mods.

I wanted to keep my license plate holder, and use a positive attachment, not glue/Velcro. My grill is blacked out with PlastiDip, and I didn't want to remove it under every pad.

I fit it in the recess with fingers between grill ribs. I had some plastic standoff rivets like under the hood so its still removable, but not going anywhere!

Also filled with 91E0, so lets see how I do in cold this year!

Have fun,
Frank

Was wondering what the rest of the cover looks like? :) Any results yet?

 

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Posted 19 January 2016 - 02:05 PM

The rest of the cover is on the shop floor... or were you looking for a long shot? It's in my gallery, as I didn't greek my license plate.

 

Seems to heat faster, but it's been hard to measure shivers/minute...

 

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Posted 19 January 2016 - 06:14 PM

The rest of the cover is on the shop floor... or were you looking for a long shot? It's in my gallery, as I didn't greek my license plate.

 

Seems to heat faster, but it's been hard to measure shivers/minute...

 

Frank

Is that a Scientific Measurement? :) Did you install lower cover? I couldn't tell and It is very important to keep temps up.

 

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Edited by ptjones, 19 January 2016 - 06:21 PM.


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Posted 19 January 2016 - 08:54 PM

Is that a Scientific Measurement? :) ....

 

Paul

No - at least not on a whale watching cruise!

"What’s the difference? About 10 shivers per minute. (Okay, so that’s not scientific. But you get the idea.)"

But I like the concept - an SPM Meter!  Could be the next great smart phone App!

(If you have a passenger, you could also measure Complaints / Minute! :rant: )


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