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Old 10-12-2011, 07:44 PM   #2 (permalink)
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90 day: 55.97 mpg (US)

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90 day: 70.75 mpg (US)

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Moral of the story: obviously... tire choice can have an enormous impact on vehicle efficiency!

Stuff I learned:
  • I was surprised how much better the RE92's were - not only did they have the best result overall, but they also had the biggest improvement when looking at the difference between each set of tires.
  • The spare tire/donut performance surprised me. Part of me hoped they would have magical properties. Instead they were awful.
  • PSI over 50 seemed to make little to no difference with the RE92s:
The next day I did a test of tire pressure vs. rolling resistance using the RE92's in the same parking lot. I went from 20 to 70 PSI in 10 PSI increments, 3 runs per increment. From 20-50 PSI, there was a measurable improvement each time. At 50, 60 & 70 PSI, there was no significant change in finishing position - the ending 9 chalk marks (3 PSI x 3 runs each) were mixed & clustered together along a 4.5 foot line.

I've done a test like that before:
Project MPGiata! Mods for getting 50+ MPG from a 1990 Miata
Honda mods: Ecomodding my $800 Honda Fit 5-speed beater
Mitsu mods: 70 MPG in my ecomodded, dirt cheap, 3-cylinder Mirage.
Ecodriving test: Manual vs. automatic transmission MPG showdown

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