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Old 09-14-2010, 05:13 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Specs on the car is as follows
2.0-liter, 143-horsepower (at 5800 rpm) and 136 lb-ft of torque (at 3500 rpm)
EPA estimates are 22 city and 30 highway
Engine Type dual overhead cam 16-valve aluminum
alloy inline 4-cylinder
Engine Size 2.0 liters / x cu. in.
Horsepower 143 @ 5800 rpm
Torque (lb-ft) 136 @ 3500 rpm
Transmission 5-speed manual
Wheelbase / Length 98.4 in. / 177.6 in.
Curb Weight 2668 lbs.
Pounds Per Horsepower 18.7
Fuel Capacity 13.2 gal.
Fuel Requirement 87-octane unleaded regular gasoline
Tires P205/50 VR17 Dunlop SP Sport 7000
Brakes, front/rear vented disc / solid disc,
ABS and EBD standard
Suspension, front/rear independent MacPherson strut /
semi-independent torsion beam axle
Drivetrain transverse front engine,
front-wheel drive

EPA Fuel Economy - miles per gallon
city / highway / observed 22 / 30 / 27
0 to 60 mph 9.2 sec

Fifth gear in this car is a real disipointment and is not geared properly for the states most of the areas I drive the speed limit is 75 so at those speeds the fuel economy drops considerably. So my plan was to change the tires that are now worn enough to not be safe for the upcoming winter from 205/50/17 to 225/55/17. I know I may take a small hit for the wider size but that is ok since it will enhance grip in the turns and that is where I typically push the fun factor. Since the tire is a little taller it will fill the gap between the tire and fender. I think it will help the final gearing a little, do I have that right? There is close to 4 inches of gap. I'm at 36000 so when I hit 60000 and the stock struts are worn out I wll be droping the ride 2.5 inches maybe 3. Will blocking the lower opening on bumper make that much of a difference? How much can I gain from underpanning, the entire car? Any mods I do has to look good so I'm at a loss on how to block the lower bumper opening it is pretty big. I will not block the upper portion I will not risk overheating the car. I have a 100,000 mile warranty to keep in mind.
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