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Old 04-25-2009, 12:47 AM   #1 (permalink)
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What would you do to all-out modify (ecomod) a Honda Insight (gen 1)?

The question: if you had a first gen Honda Insight, what mods do you think you would actually do to it?


I was talking to Tim (Daox) today, and compulsive car shopper that he is, he told me about a gen 1 Insight he was looking at.

(Not the Insight Tim was looking at - this is the Insight RobertSmalls is restoring/modding)

(Not sure why there seem to be more than a couple of current Insight threads on EM lately... aside from the fact it was the pinnacle of efficient vehicles in North America, and maybe more of them are coming available as "project" cars.)

I told Tim I thought that because he's a tinkerer at heart, he'd eventually get bored of repeatedly punching out 100 mpg commutes in a bone stock Insight.

"What would you do to mod it," I asked. It would be tough to improve on the king of efficient late model cars. But that just makes it more of a challenge.

Any thoughts? We came up with a decent list for a hard-core ecomodder, but then I closed my IM window.

My opening thoughts were:
  • Mirror delete/relocation (to inside A pillar)
  • Rear wiper delete
  • Articulated front wheel skirts
  • Full belly pan (Tim says the stock one is OK, but could be better)
  • MPGuino (because SG doesn't do lean burn well, and you want a resettable fuel economy gauge)
  • 155/80/13's on VX rims with smooth wheel covers
We came up with a pile more than that. Want to flesh this out? I'll come back to this post and update the list.

Latest mods test: 15 mods = 15% MPG improvement: A-B test, 2007 Honda Civic 1.8L, 5-speed
Ecodriving test:
Manual vs. automatic transmission MPG showdown: Nissan Micra 1.6L

has launched a forum for the efficient new Mitsubishi Mirage - fuel efficiency info for Geo Metro owners - electric car conversion on a beer budget
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