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Old 10-18-2011, 01:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Black and Green - '98 Honda Civic DX Coupe
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90 day: 66.42 mpg (US)

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Interesting Civic tech quirk

I have long noticed that my speedometer is about 2.5 MPH too fast, relative to roadside police radar readouts and more recently against my Ultra Gauge. I just stumbled across a possible explanation--though I am not sure. Using this calculator I estimated the difference in my car's stock wheel/tire combo with a 5th Gen Civic's stock wheel/tire combo. The difference in MPH readings is about 2.279 lower with my 14" wheels as opposed to the previous gen's smaller 13" wheels. I know the transmissions often just bolt onto one another, and I have learned that most gearing is about the same 5th/6th gen, but the final driven gear is often taller on the 5th gen cars. Did I figure this correctly?

See my car's mod & maintenance thread and my electric bicycle's thread for ongoing projects. I will rebuild Black and Green over decades as parts die, until it becomes a different car of roughly the same shape and color. My minimum fuel economy goal is 55 mpg while averaging posted speed limits. I generally top 60 mpg. See also my Honda manual transmission specs thread.

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