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Old 11-25-2007, 08:50 PM   #109 (permalink)
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Blackfly - '98 Geo Metro
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05-22-2006, 11:57 Am

one of the things the car needed to pass inspection was a set of tires. so, on went a set of snows i last used on my accord which were sitting in the garage.

they're significantly bigger than the stock tires. the car has gone from stock 145/80/12 to 175/70/13 with wheel revolutions per mile decreasing from 954.303 (12's) to 890.595 (13's), or 6.7% from stock. (handy web calculator)

the effective gearing change should help things when electrified, since the electric motor's torque is way down low, and its RPM range isn't as high as the stock engine.

their rolling resistance is surely not great. (max sidewall is 35psi, and those blocky treads are sure to squirm in warm weather).

they're big winter boots for this little car, and it shows.

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fat treads

12 to 13 inch rims, before & after

at least i now have the tires mounted on a set of rims i can swap over to the blackfly when the depths of winter return, instead of relying on the crappy snow/ice abilities of the goodyear invictaaaaAAAAAAAAGGGGGHHHHH's


why bother electrifying the car when it's already a hybrid?

a hybrid mix of suzuki, geo and pontiac!

Honda mods: Ecomodding my $800 Honda Fit 5-speed beater
Mitsu mods: Oops, I did it again! Bought another cheap, 3-cylinder Mirage. Mods in progress...
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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