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Old 01-11-2017, 02:50 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Kelly - '00 Honda Insight
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2000 Honda Insight
183k miles
Manual
Best Trip: 83.1mpg over 100+ miles

I picked up an Insight for $3100 with some extra filters, 2 brand new Potenza RE92's, a full size spare, Kicker hidden subwoofer, aftermarket head unit and speakers, a cruise control system, and a grid charger. I sold the cruise control kit and audio equipment to recoup some money and lighten the car for better economy.

To Do
  • Install new tires
  • Wire clutch switch to disable charging
  • Rewire regen button
  • Fix light DRL that is out
  • Finalize injector kill switch wiring
  • Remove intake expansion thing under driver headlight
  • Install hot air intake
  • Replace shocks
  • Lower vehicle
  • Inflate tires to 50 PSI
  • Delete rear wiper motor and wiring
  • Delete AC system
  • Replace/fix engine mounts
  • Add more to the under tray

Completed Modifications
  • Removed rear wiper
  • Removed/sold the subwoofer, box and amp
  • Removed/sold the cruise control kit
  • Installed an injector kill switch
  • Plastidipped inside of rear windows for pitch black windows


This is Kelly. My ex(and now best friend) named her for me:






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Old 01-11-2017, 04:43 AM   #2 (permalink)
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The first owner installed a push button to enable full regen.
You should consider installing one of Daox's 3-button shift knobs. Here's the link to my install of the first one he made off hiS 3D printer. It makes the Insight experience a lot more fun, and makes it way easier to hypermile it

With my gas savings, I bought this! (2000 Honda Insight)
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Old 01-11-2017, 11:19 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Old 01-11-2017, 02:07 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Get a hybrid automotive grid charger and harness ASAP. I recommend one discharge(to 100v) and recharge cycle immediately. You don't know what condition the battery really is in, and preventative maintenance is key with these little cars.
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Old 01-12-2017, 09:31 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Pictures shortly!

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Get a hybrid automotive grid charger and harness ASAP.
The previous owner included a grid charger and it has the harness already installed. The guy really seemed to take care of the car while he owned it for the past three years. I'll look up the process for it and figure it out!
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Old 01-12-2017, 09:49 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Sounds like a deal. Get those pics up ASAP!
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Old 01-13-2017, 03:32 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Sounds like a deal. Get those pics up ASAP!
Pics are up! Now time to begin the process of modifying this mpg beast.
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Old 01-13-2017, 03:39 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Looks very nice! (and familiar haha) I'm looking forward to see what you do with it.
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Old 01-14-2017, 05:18 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Is anyone interested in buying the aftermarket cruise control kit that is installed on this thing?

Here is a link to it:

2000-2006 Honda Insight Complete Rostra Cruise Control Kit
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Old 01-17-2017, 04:34 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I filled the tank the day after I bought the car and am currently at 465. Doing some math, I have used 7.5 gallons for an average of 62 mpg. I'll be driving to the airport 110 miles away tonight so with an average 80mpg on the highway I should hit just barely over 700 miles for my first 10.5 gallon tank.

I'm trying to get double what I was getting in the VW before it died, so anything over 640 miles for this tank will be awesome!

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