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Old 08-25-2014, 08:01 AM   #21 (permalink)
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Heat gun on low will melt the glue and make for easy removal. Naptha should remove any residue.

Really nice looking Insight! Congrats!

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Old 08-25-2014, 08:15 AM   #22 (permalink)
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The gen 1 insight looks gorgeous. Too bad they didn't sell it here in europe
They did, actually.
In Germany and in the UK.
Only around 250 cars in UK and 150 in Germany IIRC, so they are not easy to find, but still, they are in Europe.
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Old 08-25-2014, 08:23 PM   #23 (permalink)
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The gen 1 insight looks gorgeous. Too bad they didn't sell it here in europe
They did sell them in the UK though, if you're allowed to drive RHD cars?
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Old 08-26-2014, 03:26 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Congrats - it looks in great shape!
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Old 08-27-2014, 07:05 AM   #25 (permalink)
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So far, so good!
Not bad mileage for a noob trying to learn how to drive his first hybrid. since I can actually take Turtle on the highway this tank is about a 50/50 mix of highway versus city.
All with the AC cranked, btw!

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Nice work!! Do you notice any power loss with the A/C on?
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I've never driven it without the AC on yet, so it's hard to tell. Seems like it has plenty of power though, for a 1 liter 3-cyl.
I shoot it up to speed as quickly as possible using the assist and shifting at around 3K, then in third gear between 45-50 mph I jump straight into 5th gear, where I get an average mpg of between 65-75. It seems the quicker I get up to speed the better the overall mpg, and of course the slower I drive in fifth gear the better.
I use the econ button on the AC when I'm in town, so it autostops at lights much like I was doing in the Black Widow (only without any effort). But when I'm on the highway I turn off the econ mode and it's fully blasting, and with the AC and stereo cranked I can still average 65-70 mpg.

Anybody got any tips for squeezing more mpgs out of it?
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Old 08-27-2014, 10:53 AM   #28 (permalink)
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1) Put an engine kill switch in it (expand the auto-stop envelope). AKA "Calpod mod / Forced Auto Stop / FAS mod" at Insight Central.

2) Put the IMA-inhibit switch in it (so you can control when you want assist or not). AKA "clutch switch mod".

3) Learn how to keep it in maximum lean burn as much as possible while cruising. That's where the magic happens.

4) Pump up the tires & aeromod it to expand the lean burn envelope.
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Old 08-27-2014, 11:33 AM   #29 (permalink)
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1) Put an engine kill switch in it (expand the auto-stop envelope). AKA "Calpod switch / mod" at Insight Central.

2) Put the IMA-inhibit switch in it (so you can control when you want assist or not). AKA "clutch switch mod".
#1. Is called FAS (forced auto stop) not calpod/card switch. #2. Called a Calpod/card/clutch switch is to trick the car into thinking the clutch is engaged therefor disabling assist and regen. MetroMPG I know you know this already, but your wording was a little confusing.
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EDIT: double-check. Are you sure I've got it wrong?

CALPOD was the originator of the engine-kill/FAS mod. I've seen it referred to as the "Calpod mod". But yes, I should have also used "Forced Auto Stop / FAS" in the description.

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