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Old 01-21-2012, 03:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Location: Canton, MI
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Casey - '11 Mazda 2 Touring
90 day: 46.49 mpg (US)
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A long distance test

Hello all,

Im going to be making a long trip on the first of the month and I would like to put some of the ecomodding techniques to the test. I made the same trip (from Atlanta to Detroit) around the same date last year with my car loaded with the same amount of weight and managed to get 35.1 mpg over the full 697 miles in my 2011 Mazda 2. When will I have another opportunity for such a perfect test?

My question is: using things like duct tape, cardboard, and minimal tools what sort of mods would you like to see made?

Also, if anybody is in the Atlanta area with tools and time they would like to donate, Im happy to get more in-depth with the mods. I just don't have a)much ability b)anything more than duct tape and a dremel (I am a pathetic excuse for a man!!!)

I will post the results when I finish the trip if there is sufficient interest.

Here is what I am planning so far (mostly deals with driving style):
  • Average 55 mph - track using both indash computer and gps tracking
  • inflate tires to sidewall max (already done)
  • airial removal (I don't listen to over-the-air transmission when I drive long distance)
  • grill block

Last edited by Cassem; 01-21-2012 at 04:24 PM.. Reason: velociraptors
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