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#21 OFFLINE   SoCalJT

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Posted 19 April 2018 - 05:22 PM

Bought these grille and rear wheel aerodynamic covers back in January 2018 from ptjones, before I even bought my car since I was still in the market for one. Then the car arrived from the freight shipper from outta state and with an unexpected majorly cracked sunroof and that took some time to get sorted out and replaced. I then wanted to drive the car a full tank before before adding the mods and I wasn't doing much driving at the time and I let my dad use the car more than I did since he's in the market for another car and he only has our work truck to drive around currently and the mpg isn't great at all (especially compared to a hybrid lol).

 

So I plasti dipped the covers satin black (as I didn't want to see the velcro and/or 3m tape, plus I like the red/black contrast) and installed them at the end of last week finally before my 

 

So here I am on only my 2nd tank of gas when I installed these and have driven the car ~350 miles with them on.

 

I had to remove the lower grille less than 50 miles after installing it, as the car warned me the engine was getting too warm... it was ~65* F outside in the evening and I was driving on the freeway during a 90 mile trip when it happened. So I pulled over and off it went and temperatures dropped back to normal operating temperature right away.

 

I reckon I won't need the lower grille block off much at all here being inland in southern California with the heat we get here, maybe only for a month or 2 in the winter when we get some cold fronts.

 

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#22 OFFLINE   raadsel

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Posted 20 April 2018 - 10:03 AM

Bought these grille and rear wheel aerodynamic covers back in January 2018 from ptjones, before I even bought my car since I was still in the market for one. Then the car arrived from the freight shipper from outta state and with an unexpected majorly cracked sunroof and that took some time to get sorted out and replaced. I then wanted to drive the car a full tank before before adding the mods and I wasn't doing much driving at the time and I let my dad use the car more than I did since he's in the market for another car and he only has our work truck to drive around currently and the mpg isn't great at all (especially compared to a hybrid lol).

 

So I plasti dipped the covers satin black (as I didn't want to see the velcro and/or 3m tape, plus I like the red/black contrast) and installed them at the end of last week finally before my 

 

So here I am on only my 2nd tank of gas when I installed these and have driven the car ~350 miles with them on.

 

I had to remove the lower grille less than 50 miles after installing it, as the car warned me the engine was getting too warm... it was ~65* F outside in the evening and I was driving on the freeway during a 90 mile trip when it happened. So I pulled over and off it went and temperatures dropped back to normal operating temperature right away.

 

I reckon I won't need the lower grille block off much at all here being inland in southern California with the heat we get here, maybe only for a month or 2 in the winter when we get some cold fronts.

 

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They look really good in black, good job.


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#23 ONLINE   ptjones

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Posted 20 April 2018 - 10:12 AM

What WT were you seeing? I don't worry about it until it gets to 230*F.  The alarm goes off at 246*F and the system is design for 264*F before it boils. :sad:  I didn't think about it, but I could have used black LEXAN. When New the Grill Covers aren't very noticeable. The Black looks good. :) What's the MPG's looking like on this tank compared to last? 

 

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#24 OFFLINE   SoCalJT

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Posted 24 April 2018 - 11:43 AM

What WT were you seeing? I don't worry about it until it gets to 230*F.  The alarm goes off at 246*F and the system is design for 264*F before it boils. :sad:  I didn't think about it, but I could have used black LEXAN. When New the Grill Covers aren't very noticeable. The Black looks good. :) What's the MPG's looking like on this tank compared to last? 

 

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I'm not sure what the temp was, I pulled over as soon as the warning light came on and I knew I had to remove the lower cover.

 

We have LOTS of hills here in SoCal, both on the streets and highways... so it's been hard to push for higher mpg considering some of these uphill battles that just pull away the mpg.

 

I've been hovering around the 43 mpg mark for the most part and that's with I'd say 75% highway driving.


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#25 OFFLINE   joshg678

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Posted 24 April 2018 - 02:18 PM

Black does look Really Nice.  

The Big one kept falling off for me with the license plate (Once wind, another car wash that i didn't know was automated [used to be hand wash]) so i don't have any on my car currently since its been mostly above 50.



#26 ONLINE   ptjones

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Posted 24 April 2018 - 04:49 PM

Black does look Really Nice.  

The Big one kept falling off for me with the license plate (Once wind, another car wash that i didn't know was automated [used to be hand wash]) so i don't have any on my car currently since its been mostly above 50.

You need to screw on permanently the center Grill Cover so if can't come off, no reason to take it off. All the cooling can be done with the bottom one.

 

I'm not sure what the temp was, I pulled over as soon as the warning light came on and I knew I had to remove the lower cover.

 

We have LOTS of hills here in SoCal, both on the streets and highways... so it's been hard to push for higher mpg considering some of these uphill battles that just pull away the mpg.

 

I've been hovering around the 43 mpg mark for the most part and that's with I'd say 75% highway driving.

You can setup My View with Empower of left and WT on right side.  Did the buzzer go off?

 

Paul



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Posted 24 April 2018 - 08:59 PM

Black does look Really Nice.  

The Big one kept falling off for me with the license plate (Once wind, another car wash that i didn't know was automated [used to be hand wash]) so i don't have any on my car currently since its been mostly above 50.

I honestly ditched the velcro that came with the kit (no offense to ptjones), but most of the pieces I got the peel away paper seemed to be permanently adhered to the back and ended up just ripping it apart.

 

I have a bunch of heavy duty 3M dual lock velcro (snaps in) that I use for work and just cut up a bunch of pieces larger than supplied for solid holding power... but small enough to fit between the grille slots and just doubled them up due to the depth of the grille. Over 500 miles on them so far (mostly highway doing 65-70 mph) and solid as can be.

 

You can get them at your local home depot/lowes.

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#28 OFFLINE   SoCalJT

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Posted 24 April 2018 - 09:01 PM

You can setup My View with Empower of left and WT on right side.  Did the buzzer go off?

 

Paul

Good to know, thanks! The buzzer and notification did go off.








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