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Old 05-07-2017, 08:30 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by pete c View Post
I've been considering getting a new car for work.
I have been looking an insights, G1 and 2. Both have mileage covered, but my concern is they are both very light and I might eventually hate being in the thing for upwards of 8 to 10 hours a day.
Are you considering the base, or type-s? Both? G2 insight is not light. What is the concern about being light? I have heard that G1 has pretty loud road noise, but nothing a good amount of sound deadening couldn't fix.

A while back I compared the profile of the G1 insight to the RSX, it was EXTREMELY close. I just couldn't understand how the drag coefficient on the RSX was at .32, while the insight had .25. I think the major differences contributing to the RSX's higher number are: No undertray, non-aero wheels, no rear wheel skirt, no boattailing the SIDES of the rear of the car, fenders not radiused, wider tires, bigger radiator, etc.

Originally Posted by pete c View Post
I recently have been looking at RSXes. Yeah, the mileage ain't anything to write home about as they are rather short geared, but I was wondering if with a few mods, grill block, taller tires, WAI, would it be possible to at least get into the mid 30s? I also read that the K motor is happy with lean burn.
If you use the ecodriving tips above, you should have absolutely no problem hitting mid 30's stock. Also...
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No. Seriously. You should be aspiring to MUCH higher goals than mid 30's if you get a base RSX. I would suggest grill block, undertray, rear wheel spats(if it doesn't have already), engine block heater (about $50-60 OEM). I just recently got an engine block heater for my car, makes me wonder why I didn't get it sooner. It doesn't have to be cold for you to benefit from it, I turned mine on when it was 75 degrees F outside. Came to the car 2.5 hours later with a coolant temp of 125F.

Originally Posted by pete c View Post
Does anyone know if it can have a higher top gear installed? This engine is known to have pretty good low/mid range torque. Seems kind of silly to have it spinning 3k at 65 mph.
Yes, you can swap in the 5th gear from an accord, or other cars listed above. The 8th gen (2008-2012) accord in the list above has the tallest 5th gear. The 2002-2004 RSX Type-S has a taller final drive than the 2005-2006 Type-S. I don't know who told you that engine has good low end torque, but they are lying. My K24 accord, which is torquier than the K20 in the RSX did not have good low end torque. Mid range torque? Yes, lots of it, but not much low end torque. Yes, it would be able to pull a taller top gear with no problem at all.

Originally Posted by pete c View Post
I would like to hear from anyone that has one. Oh and it must be a 5-6 speed.
The base is a 5 speed, type-s is 6 speed.

Originally Posted by pete c View Post
Imagine a taller 5th gear and lean burn. It might approach 50mpg.
My V6 Accord is approaching 50 MPG, of course it could approach 50 MPG! It could probably do it out of the box with the right commute and driver.
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Best trip in V6: 52.0
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