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Old 03-28-2012, 08:06 AM   #67 (permalink)
38 time NHRA/IHRA Champ
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A few years ago I put the under drive pulley kit on a SOHC 98 Neon that I drag raced. The Micromachine picked up nearly 3 tenths in the 1/4 mile and a full 2 mpg at 55-60 mph. It never felt like it affected the steering. Last August I pulled ALL of the power steering stuff off of my 95 SOHC Neon that I drag race. It picked up nearly 8 tenths in the 1/4 (equal to about 8 hp!) and my mpg went from 42 at 55-60 to 46! It has a nice firm steering feel on the road, but in the parking lots it is a bear....SO, I will be putting on an electric pump from a Honda, MR2, Jeep, or Prius...and have it hooked up on a 12v switch so I can simply turn it on when low speed tight turns occur. I kept the AC working since some one posted the smaller belt that is needed to place on the car. The compressor has no adjustment, but the belt worked almost perfect....a couple of spacers between it and the block should tighten it up enough to eliminate the small amount of squeel that I sometimes get. BTW, using my AC at 55-60 mph uses 4 mpg more fuel...but I am wus and in hot weather near Cincy I run the motor all the time to keep the AC running, then shut it off when I head to the lanes to keep the condensation off the track. I actually checked my mpg filling up here, driving the 110 miles to the track, racing, driving back home and it used to get 26-27 mpg total, without the PS stuff the car now gets 30 for the entire trip.
42 time NHRA/IHRA drag race champ

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