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Old 08-27-2012, 03:58 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Re: instrumentation - whatever works! But there's something to be said for a display that you can have in/on your instrument cluster where it can be easily eyeballed & become part of your driving routine.

I'm sure you've seen bondo's professional looking aero shell - it works like a hatchback AND you can remove the hatch if you want. . Something to think about. (Aero shell = better than a flat tonneau.)

Savings from removing all the AC components would be minimal, but real. Likely not detectable in tank-to-tank results, but I'd yank them if you don't want/need them and it's not hard. Automakers are beginning to scrounge these days to pare any extra weight they can. Finding 50 lbs to delete would be like manna from heaven to them!
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

has launched a forum for the efficient new Mitsubishi Mirage - fuel efficiency info for Geo Metro owners - electric car conversion on a beer budget
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