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by NeilBlanchard
Fri Nov 08, 2019 5:53 pm
Forum: Pictures, Videos of the Bolt
Topic: rear well modification
Replies: 11
Views: 7476

Re: rear well modification

The Premier has the Bose woofer in there. I would like to do this, though. I bought a generic scissor jack that really needs a home.
by NeilBlanchard
Fri Nov 08, 2019 5:47 pm
Forum: Chevrolet Bolt Reviews
Topic: Winter Tires
Replies: 12
Views: 2774

Re: Winter Tires

We just got Nokian Hakka R3 winter tires on new 16" steel wheels - they are a taller aspect ratio to make up for the smaller diameter wheel. This saved us about $150. The 17" steel wheels were hard to find, and they were 7" wide (vs 6.5" for the stock wheels and the 16" we g...
by NeilBlanchard
Thu Oct 17, 2019 8:10 pm
Forum: Technical Discussions
Topic: Trailer Hitch
Replies: 30
Views: 13796

Re: Trailer Hitch

By drilling the holes at the corner (which is what I did also) the corners are radiused and much less likely to tear or crack. Thanks for the video - it will make the process much clearer.
by NeilBlanchard
Tue Aug 20, 2019 4:53 pm
Forum: General / Main Chevy Bolt Owners Forum
Topic: Best solvent to remove California CAV sticker residue?
Replies: 10
Views: 4942

Re: Best solvent to remove California CAV sticker residue?

Goo Gone which is an orange based cleaner, is what I have used many times, with excellent results.
by NeilBlanchard
Tue Aug 20, 2019 4:50 pm
Forum: Technical Discussions
Topic: Trailer Hitch
Replies: 30
Views: 13796

Re: Trailer Hitch

The clips on the rear wheel arches is the hardest part. We used a drill at the corners of the hole - this makes it possible to use metal snips to cut the edges - and it relieves stress to prevent tears that are likely with sharp corners.
by NeilBlanchard
Mon Jun 24, 2019 7:54 pm
Forum: News and Main Chevy Bolt EV Forum
Topic: Bumpy Ride - Stiff Suspension
Replies: 88
Views: 29080

Re: Bumpy Ride - Stiff Suspension

I'm hoping that Koni makes their FSD shocks for the Bolt. This would make it softer on bumps, and firmer in roll and pitch. Short of that, the parts diagram makes the rear shock look like a straight tube with pretty standard ends. Has anyone taken a look at fitting aftermarket shocks to the car? Th...
by NeilBlanchard
Tue Jun 18, 2019 7:18 pm
Forum: Technical Discussions
Topic: How common is it to charge 300 miles?
Replies: 11
Views: 3545

Re: How common is it to charge 300 miles?

Last year, we regularly got the median range estimate of 340+ miles. This year, we are using the hilltop start mode.
by NeilBlanchard
Mon Jun 10, 2019 5:03 pm
Forum: Technical Discussions
Topic: Trailer Hitch
Replies: 30
Views: 13796

Re: Trailer Hitch

Can you link to the wiring kit you used? Edit: found it - https://www.amazon.com/Curt-59236-Multi-Function-Taillight-Converter/dp/B010QCH7VG Did you take pictures of the location you spliced into? Do all the lights work - taillight, turn signals, and brake lights? Do you have to open the hatch in or...
by NeilBlanchard
Thu May 30, 2019 8:02 pm
Forum: Buying / Leasing / Dealerships
Topic: Problem: Full charge capacity dropping
Replies: 11
Views: 3523

Re: Problem: Full charge capacity dropping

The range estimate is not the way to measure battery capacity.

Your driving, the temperature, elevation changes, weather conditions, road surface, tire inflation, how much you use the heater or A/C - all affect the driving range.
by NeilBlanchard
Wed May 22, 2019 5:40 pm
Forum: Batteries and Charging
Topic: DCQC charging rates
Replies: 16
Views: 5501

Re: DCQC charging rates

I said about 15 miles, not 15 minutes. That included a brief stint on the Mass Pike. I have been driving EVs for about 5 years, and over 50K miles. The battery pack wasn't too cold to take 50kW. The problem is the wimpy EVgo unit.

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