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Old 01-06-2008, 11:54 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Blackfly - '98 Geo Metro
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Last 3: 70.09 mpg (US)

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90 day: 61.98 mpg (US)

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90 day: 58.72 mpg (US)

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Originally Posted by Caelum Rex View Post
I noticed in your article for beginners that you mention loosening the alternator belt to remove the alternator load from the engine. Wouldn't it be easier to just wire a switch into the wires that go to the field circuit of the alternator.
Yes, that would be easier.

That said, running a vehicle off its battery alone is a pretty extreme mod. Yes it will save fuel. It will also destroy a regular starting battery in short order, since they're not designed to be deeply & repeatedly dis/charged.

This is a mod I often use in summer months. But I've got a supply of old deep cycle batteries which I can ruin at will.
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