Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Pleasant Hill, CA
First of all, excellent research, modding and writeup Viper. I just have three questions:
1) In stock condition, if the recirc button is not pushed, then the car is drawing air from the outside as well as the inside, so it's airflow is not limited by the obstructed holes in the passenger footwells, right? So at that point you're seeing the most airflow the vehicle is capable of delivering under any circumstance, right? The reason I ask is because in my car there's no discernible difference between the airflow with the recirc engaged on not engaged. I don't have a tool to measure it but giving it the hand test I don't feel any difference. Does that mean that freeing up the footwell vents won't make a difference for me since it can't blow any harder than I feel with the recirc off anyway? (which is the same thing I feel with the recirc engaged) Viper, set me straight on that please.
2) does the aluminized finish of the adhesive insulation contribute to its reflective insulating capability? Or, put another way, if I paint the aluminum finish black will it reduce it's ability to reflect, and therefore contain heat? Or does it not make any difference?
3) If those tubes under the radiator feed the HIVAC system, then wouldn't it make sense to insulate them as well rather than just duct tape over them? Or is the layout of the piping such that that's the point of diminishing returns?
Thanks and I look forward to being educated further on this.
best to all,
'05 Bordeaux Red/Biscuit Elise
FF 275 turbo kit (actually 325 hp!)
rear panel delete & custom mesh panel replacement
painted center console & AC surround
upgraded JL/Kenwood/JVC audio
duct & panel mods to enable AC to function