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Old 09-08-2020, 01:58 PM   #321 (permalink)
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MPGiata - '90 Mazda Miata
90 day: 53.56 mpg (US)

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90 day: 58.72 mpg (US)

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New best tank = 55.6 MPG




MPGiata gets a new tank record: 55.6 MPG = 4.2 L/100 km. I'm callin' that 56.

New mods this tank:

- lowered suspension about 1 inch
- ... which lowered the existing air dam as well
- side skirts
- revised variable grille block, which I used more regularly than the previous version

I was a little surprised by the result considering this tank included some kayak-on-the-car trips.

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Further thoughts on lowering:

I've scraped the air dam on a bunch of stuff, but no epic hits yet. (Though I did dodge some rather large roadkill that would have been a problem!)

Also, a portion of this weekend's road trip included a stretch of highway with pretty poor (broken) pavement, and that was fairly harsh. But not quite badenough to make me want to undo the change unless all the roads I drove on were that bad.


My friends' cottage is on an "unserviced" (to put it mildly) coarse gravel road with lots of dips, bumps & ruts. (They drive a Jeep.) I seriously considered parking at the end and walking in, but the car made it without serious incident. Video game steering technique!




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