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Old 12-14-2016, 09:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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"Proper Shitbox" (SOLD) - '96 Honda Civic LX fully optioned no weight reduction
90 day: 41.9 mpg (US)

Plue Brius - '10 Toyota Prius II
90 day: 57.73 mpg (US)

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2010 Prius Build Thread

I figured I'd try and start an actual build thread for fun and to help me keep up with an organize the data and things I do to my car. I plan to put as many miles as I can on this car to see how long it will go, and so I can save up for another race car. So here it is!

2010 Toyota Prius iii: Cloth seats, JBL speakers... the typical three pack.
Drove from Akron, OH back to my hometown 700 miles and averaged 39.1mpg at 45F. Not quite the EPA estimate of 51/48/50 :P

When I got back I realized what I thought was a good setup was a ...
1. Dirty air filter,
2. Conventional oil change,
3. Tires from 20-30 psi,
4. Left rear tire at 0.34 neg toe and all the other tires at .02 neg toe,
5. Cooper CS3 tires.

Round One of improvements:
(no alignment or oil change yet...)
1. New standard air filter for 8 bucks,
2. All tires at 50 psi cold,
3. Weight Reduction! (Goals: no effect on NVH or comfort)
Items removed: Jack Kit, spare tire and foam, trunk mat, trunk pull shade, rear carpet mats, engine snorkel, engine cover, owners manuals, front plate frame, three rear head rest (increased visibility too), rear wiper, oem antenna, washer fluid drained (typically a little over a gallon at about 8 pounds).
Well take this as a 95% accurate measurement since I have a crap bathroom scale but... 66.6 pounds. Ironic.
Edit: passenger wiper removed. -3.2lb
4. Aero improvements: Rear wiper delete with stud still hanging out, passenger mirror folded in, three inch stubby antenna, front plate and bracket removed, EDIT: deleted passenger wiper as well.
5. Some Trump stickers for good measure. I have to let people know i'm a straight republican 20 year old male. (can't have the standard barrage of liberal stickers )
6. 35w LED low beams. Looks premium AF *slightly sarcastic* but hey they have the oem hid bling factor for cheap and are very bright.
7. I have an EBH and a wifi smart plug ready to be installed too when i get time

So i'm sure we cut some drag and rolling resistance nicely, and if specs are right we reduced weight 2.3% for free!
Old: 3042 lb
Current: 2972 lb
Since lighter cars are more fun to drive and cheaper on consumables.

Next on the agenda?
1. Honda 0w16 Full Syn
2. Front: 195/65/15 Michelin Energy Saver a/s
3. Rear: 175/65/15 Michelin Energy Saver a/s
4. Alignment with the new tires. Set closest to 0.01 neg toe at each corner as possible.
5. Remove brake dust shields and other small weight improvements.
6. Convert the oem setup to coilover springs on the cheap. 150lb front/ 175lb rear springs, adjustable heights, 20-25lb weight reduc.
7. 90% Crystalline Windshield, 40% around.
8. Delete plug and remove full rear wiper assembly
9. Mirror cap for passenger mirror delete

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