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Old 06-11-2013, 05:20 PM   #51
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Plus consider how much weight you'd be adding covering the exhaust tunnel and really I'd rather keep it open to disperse heat and not collect debris. There's a point you're hindering performance for the sake of a little protection and questionable MPG gains.
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Plus consider how much weight you'd be adding covering the exhaust tunnel and really I'd rather keep it open to disperse heat and not collect debris. There's a point you're hindering performance for the sake of a little protection and questionable MPG gains.
Yes, you are correct. Although I do not think the weight would be that great, from what I was seeing, 16 gauge aluminum is about 0.75LB/sq. ft. and you would probably end up using 15-20 sq. ft. to cover everything... although I do agree that it is probably not worth the time and effort unless it made a large difference in MPG, and even than, the debris thing is definitely a factor.

I do still think it would be cool to try if time / money permitted though.

But back on topic, Chaos, any ETA on skid plates / diffusers?
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As soon as I get a new plasma cutter. I also just bought a house the my funds are little. I'm hoping to get one soon.
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Old 06-18-2013, 10:57 PM   #54
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Seems useful, my car is not lowered and I drag a little unless I straddle the hump just right. Never noticed that the skid plate is the same carpet stuff in the wheel wells.
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How much, how thick, what materials.
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I do occasionally rally cross and run full rally courses nearby. This would be super..
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Btw you can Dimple die the exhaust tunnel, it will look good. You could also have a small "Channel" running along the skid plate to direct debris out.
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How much, how thick, what materials.
Everything is in the first post. I use aluminum in whatever thickness you want. Price will depend on metal. This is only for a mk3 as I do not have any older focus' to mock one up on.
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Front and Rear Please!

I'd like front and rear... Whenever you start cranking them out...
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Smile Full under-body skids...

The Maserati is the only vehicle I know of that has FULL under-body skids, to include covering the exhaust well... It is supposed to improve aerodynamics quite a bit, and the weight is not enough to offset the gains.

Just saying, for any of those interested. It is a functional piece of engineering already in use, albeit only on high-end autos...



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It's not whether I like it or not, it's about usefullness. No need to be defensive. My car is still very new to me and I haven't noticed the wet/sag issue yet. But then I haven't thought to look. What does it weigh compared to the felt one? I assume aluminum? What gauge material? Is it thick enough to install a threaded boss?
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