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Old 05-10-2019, 01:16 PM   #181 (permalink)
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My "Superflex Ozite Automotive Carpet" sampler from yourautotrim.com came today. "Medium Dark Pewter" (color id 2077) is an almost identical match to the Insight's beige/gray interior ('05 - '06 Insights). This is the same carpet that Natalya used when she redid her Insight's carpet (link to her write up).

Since the color so closely matches the Insight's, I will probably just end up recarpeting the rear post IMA delete, rather than the entire car, even though I'd rather go with a black or gray interior (I'm cheap ). Plus, I'll probably end up recarpeting the whole car if/when I do a lithium or long-range EV conversion many years down the road when I can hopefully afford it.

The actual color of the carpet is slightly darker than the sample shown in the picture from the website and isn't blotchy. Those with '05 or '06 Insights will know what I mean. All the colors are slightly off in the picture than in the actual sample, and there are some colors, like white, that don't seem to be available anymore. The current list of color options is available on their site here.


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Old 05-10-2019, 10:22 PM   #182 (permalink)
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First time over 100 MPG!

I did it! I finally broke over 100 MPG for a trip! This was the return trip from the gas station (85.74 MPG tank, new record). Trip to the gas station was 92.3 MPG on a cold engine, and the return trip was 103.6 MPG!! First time over 100 MPG for a trip!! Negligible elevation change between the gas station and home although I do have to drive on 0.6 miles of dirt road to get to any paved road, which costs me a few MPG on these trips. I was at 108.9 MPG before I hit the last 0.6 miles of dirt road leading to my house. Sorry, I'm excited.

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Now do it again, but father.
I've gotten over 100 MPG every time on my drive back home from work so far - highest is 106.6 MPG - but only 85-95 MPG on the drive in on a cold engine. Unfortunately right now, other than pizza delivery driving when I can't hypermile, all my driving is just short 6.5 mile drives to work and back.

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Added some more rear underbody paneling to the Insight today.

In the picture, the front panel is one that goes from Scott's aluminum belly pan up to the downstream catalytic converter. Both that one and the dirty rear one in the back have been installed for a couple thousand miles now. The smaller piece on the left helps fill in some of the gaps, and the larger panel on the right fills in most of the poor aero there in the exhaust area. Coroplast is at least 1 1/4 inches away from any exhaust piping or muffler. I may add some aluminum sheeting if I find that it still doesn't hold up to the heat.

All panels are attached securely with zip ties in either stock holes or small holes drilled into the stock plastic underbody panels. Panels also each overlap by 1-2 inches to prevent any gaps, and Tyvek tape was used to seal up the areas where they meet. So far Tyvek tape has proven much more durable in harsh weather than duct tape.

Would it be a bad idea to extend the underbody paneling underneath the suspension components up front and in the rear?

How about the center where the catalytic converter, resonator, and more exhaust piping reside? Should I do aluminum there or coroplast? Also worried about heat being trapped if I were do add a panel there, which might mess up some stuff in the surrounding area.

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How about the center where the catalytic converter, resonator, and more exhaust piping reside? Should I do aluminum there or coroplast? Also worried about heat being trapped if I were do add a panel there, which might mess up some stuff in the surrounding area.
Mine was coroplast (pallet liners) from about the middle of the car all the way to the rear. I cut out around the cat and tailpipe and it held up for a long time

I had forgotten til I pulled up the pic I had used a Harry's sign (free version of Scott's aluminum pan) for the front under the engine bay.

https://ecomodder.com/forum/showthre...tml#post507791

The two pics were from the day I added the belly pan and over a year later during an oil change

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