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Old 06-12-2012, 07:39 PM   #15
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If it does, then a half inch layer of love bugs on the front cap has to hurt mileage to say nothing of the extra weight.
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Old 06-12-2012, 08:21 PM   #16
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Probably once you get to 100 mph it'll make a difference.
I thought of that... but at 85 the spoilers deploy to increase downforce negating the benefit of the wax.

I get it guys. Thanks.

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Old 06-12-2012, 08:26 PM   #17
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maybe we should wax our tires so they dont drag on the pavement so much.
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Old 06-12-2012, 08:30 PM   #18
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This thread reminds me of a Mythbusters TV show I saw about wind resistance.

They found out that dimples on a golf ball are designed to reduce wind resistance so they scaled it up and tried it on a car. It actually made a minor difference in resistance. The car looked awful though.
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I still wax the hull on my 36' Sloop, does it move thru the water faster, you bet you. It's quite a difference, in the water that is. Of course John/ Quietstorm 36 Sloop 1978 Mariner/Rochester N.H.
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Yes and I use the same wax on my short wave antenna. It lets the RF energy slide off the antenna and I can get the signal to travel farther......

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As you use the wax from the can , the can will get lighter..
Lighter weight improves fuel mileage
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I still wax the hull on my 36' Sloop, does it move thru the water faster, you bet you. It's quite a difference, in the water that is. Of course John/ Quietstorm 36 Sloop 1978 Mariner/Rochester N.H.
But water is about 800 times more dense than air. (Temp and pressure changes the ratio) A slight improvement in 'slipperiness' would make a much more dramatic change in movement through the medium.

Wax might not make a difference in mpg, but a shiny vehicle drives better, and that's a fact.
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Is this the Balboa Zoo/S.D. Calif/ Just Kidding
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So why are Funny Cars so Polished? They Go Faster......Less Res
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But water is about 800 times more dense than air. (Temp and pressure changes the ratio) A slight improvement in 'slipperiness' would make a much more dramatic change in movement through the medium.

Wax might not make a difference in mpg, but a shiny vehicle drives better, and that's a fact.
Didn't the Navy some years ago determine that subs travel better thru the water if their surface is not smooth. Something to do with the study of the skin of dolphins or such??
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Spent 2 yrs on a tincan in gulf of tonkin, crystal clear flat water, we moved much faster to pick up downed pilots. Bad weather, depends on where the wind is how you quickly you move. Fresh hull paint, very fast.
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Stars and Stripes, US entry in America's Cup, 1987 used 3M tape with tiny 'riblets,' V shaped grooves in the surface to improve laminar flow and reduce friction. It was outlawed in sail racing. The texture requirements of the surface varies with speed, wave conditions, location and shape of the hull at that point...it gets very complicated. Again, this is all in water, 800 times denser than air. The surface effect would have much less influence traveling in air.

I though funny cars were shiny to make them funny, not faster. If smoothness improves speed, why do race cars have so many stickers and vinyl letters on them?
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I do not see how-we are still pushing a barn down the highway
I asked my friend that once and he said if they tilted the windshield back, it would be like driving a atrium down the road.
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