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We put out a call on several forums for DIY Car hacks that were non-aesthetic (i.e., not cosmetic) and that actually improved your car’s performance. We’ve received some cool entries and are considering making this a regular feature. Check out the latest hack below from Hyundai Forums:
Hm. I’m not sure if this is what you’re trying to get, but I’ve built duct systems for my brakes and my intakes. Often cars have fog light ports which they either have lights in or plastic plugs. You can remove the lights/plugs and on eBay you can get a $30 flexible plastic tube with an anodized metal funnel at the end. These can be directed from the ports to the brakes to keep them cooler either on track or street and only requires some zip ties, bolts and time.
It’s fun and easy. The same goes for an intake duct. I also suggest getting some heat tape and heat-wrapping your intake piping. You can get basic heat wrap at O’Reiley’s or you can find some thicker stuff from Heatshield Products online.
I like projects like this because they’re easy, no-risk, and functional. I try to keep my gas cool, air cool, and engine warm. Anyways, I hope this is within the ballpark of what you’re looking for.
You can’t really tell, but that metal baffle has been thoroughly sprayed with 5000 degree resistant heat shield “paint.”
You can see the funnel near where the foglights would be. I removed and sold them because I found they were unnecessary.
I focus a lot on heat reduction, weight reduction and handling.
- Delusions of Hyundai Grandeur? (petrolblog.com)
- 2013 Hyundai Accent Car Review (kbb.com)
- Hyundai Developing Gasoline-Burning Compression-Ignition Engine (caranddriver.com)
This was the second Ferrari F12 Berlinetta I ever saw on the street. The first was earlier that morning at The Inn at Spanish Bay, also within the Pebble Beach premises. Monterey Car Week is always a great place to see the newest exotic cars running around, and we saw a few more F12 Berlinettas running around over the course of the weekend.
Prevent Accidents with this Car Hack
Okay, everyone know (or should know ) that you SHOULD NEVER OPEN YOUR DOORS WITHOUT LOOKING first but even when you take all of the necessary precautions and do all the right things you still can’t count on other people being quite as aware. That’s why we were impresed when we found tis simple, unobtrusive Car Hack at the following: http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2012/02/paint-the-inside-of-your-car-door-to-prevent-accidents/ So, what is it all about?
Brightly Colored Rwraps Can Save a Life or a Car Door
In the the Lifehacker post referenced above, they recommend painting the inside of the door but, if you look closely, you can see that the DIYer in question accidentally spray their interior as well. Luckily for all of us, self-adhesive vinyl wrap kits are the perfect solution to the dilemma. They are available in a variety of colors such as yellow, neon green and orange.
So, is this something you would do? Let us know and don’t forget that we offer a $20 instant rebate on all eligible photo submissions.
Nitrogen versus Oxygen for Tire Inflation
There are a number of threads on the various automotive forums (Gearhead Central, Cheers and Gears, etc) about using N2 in your tires. Supposedly there is evidence that it reduces deflation from seepage and can give you a 1% gain on MPG overall. The claim is that the N2 is larger than O2 but just looking at the Period Table you see that N has a weight of 7 and O has a weight of 8. These gases are diatomic so that means N2 weighs in at 14 and molecular oxygen at 16.From the weights at least it seems that oxygen might be the bigger molecule so it should seep less. Then again it’s been awhile so there may be more to this than meets the eye (think VSEPR theory).
So, the results are in and…
…it turns out that I need to go back to school. For reasons that I won’t get into, diatomic nitrogen is a bigger molecule and can’t escape from inside the tire as easily. So, what are other potential benefits of using N2 in your tires? In short, they are as follows:
- Prevents wheel rot
- Cooler running temperatures
- Better fuel economy
- Improved tire pressure
It’s clear that using nitrogen in your tires wheel save you money and heartache in the long run. And, according to Drew from Cheers and Gears, Costco offers standard inflation with 100% N2 and great warranties to boot so it’s not like you have to go anywhere exotic to take advantage of this low tech, high concept money saver. Happy Monday everyone!
- Molecular Geometry and the VSEPR Theory (joshfarha.wordpress.com)
- Insight: what happens to dissolved organic nitrogen during wastewater treatment? (environmentalresearchweb.org)
- Nitrogen/Oxygen Generating Plant by Pressure Swing Adsorption (angstromadvanced.wordpress.com)