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Old 01-07-2008, 10:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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American Muscle Challenge!!!

Hey guys...
Yes, I'm a new guy... but I'm a go getter so I skipped the "Intro Forum"

I have a 5.0L 1994 Ford Mustang GT... LOVE the power (mostly that sexy rumble)... hate the mileage. Now, I like my cake and I want to try to eat as much of it as possible. So... I've been practising "Hypermiling" and doing quite well for a youngin...

The challenge is... "Can we Aero my Five-Oh"...

I've read it has a 0.36 Cd (did not calculate that myself)...
Already have cold-air intake...
And have an aftermarket exhaust... given my body style.... what more can i do?
here's a good idea of what we're dealing with... i'm working on my own pictures...

http://ruddscars.com/218726__94_must...op_640x480.jpg

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Old 01-07-2008, 10:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'd start with some basics...

Where do you do most of your driving? (City/freeway?)

What kind of hypermiling techniques are you using?

Are you tracking your fuel consumption? How are you doing?

Got a ScanGauge yet?
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Old 01-07-2008, 10:22 PM   #3 (permalink)
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uh... slower acceleration (probly the hardest one)...
keeping under 70 on the highway...
using more "engine breaking" then the actual break pedal(its a 5spd stick)...
also coasting more then braking...
using nuetral to roll down hills... etc etc

i JUST started with fuel consumption today... i know its not BAD (low 20s probly)...
looked for scan gauge but i couldn't find where to purchase one...

believe it or not... this is my commuter car i drive approx 40miles highway round trip... aside from that it sits in the driveway.
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Are there any options for a 5th gear swap, it being used mostly on the highway...?
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i'm pretty sure i have the stock gears (bought it from a friend a year er so ago)... i know i have a set of lower torque gears in the garage (4:10 i think) i know THAT won't help anything.
I rememeber my friend mentioning that this rear-end was a version that was very difficult to work with... meaning lots of money to swap the gearing (thats why the gears are still in my garage)
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Grille block.
Spoiler delete.
Mirror delete.
Smooth wheel covers.

That should give you something to start with for improving your highway mileage.
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For reference, I've stickied & updated the List of aero mods you can do to your vehicle .
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where do you guys get your coroplast... HomeDepot... Lowes... what section is it usually going to be in?
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I tried all the local home improvment, hardware, and even hobby shops and nobody had corroplast. I finally did some digging on gassavers.org and someone had recommended a sign shop. So, I called up the local sign shop and bingo, they have some. Still waiting on a quote from them though... Gotta call them today. Thanks for the reminder.

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