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Old 05-29-2014, 11:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi, my name is Holden I live in Ohio. I currently drive a 97 Honda EK Hatch with Stock y7 5 speed. 130000 miles on it. Car is mostly stock but has some modifications from the guy i bought it from who thought it was race car. I drive about 70 miles a day mix of freeway and city looking to get some tips and get better mpg's. Well here whats been done to my car so far


Paint-Dark amethyst pearl
Fluids and filters
Master cylinder
Distributor
wires
Ngk plugs
Pads and rotors
both o2 sensors
Full 2.25 exhaust
Coolant temp sensor
timing belt
Water pump
Head gasket
tensioner
Alternator
Alternator belt
Ball joints
Radiator
Radiator fan
Shifter bushing
2 New tires
Quarter panels replaced and painted
Front wheel studs
Lug nuts.
Clutch
Flywheel
Throw out bearing
Type r spoiler
Type r headlight knock offs

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Old 05-30-2014, 12:04 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Welcome! We have nearly the same car. If you check out my garage entry you'll see (too much) information applicable to your car. Here are some other ideas, first thoughts, looking at your list...

You should lose the type r spoiler. Unless they're flat against the trunklid, they make drag because they are there to reduce lift. If any of that other stuff is "racer" think about whether you might get rid of it, especially aftermarket quarterpanels that look "aero" but are probably counterproductive. Got pics? What are wheel studs? Give us some more details.

Oh, and switch to a stock exhaust size at the first opportunity.

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Old 06-02-2014, 12:37 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Oh, and switch to a stock exhaust size at the first opportunity.

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Wouldn't a bigger exhaust help mpg?
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Welcome to the site Holden. You have a very capable car in your hands. What kind of mileage are you currently getting with it?
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Wouldn't a bigger exhaust help mpg?
Apparently not. It's a debate that has been had repeatedly on this site. Here is a summary: http://ecomodder.com/forum/showthrea...tml#post289125
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For starters I have no idea what kind of mpg i get at the moment I just traded a Honda Accord station wagon for it in order to improve my fuel costs and I believe the VSS went out in the hatchback. No speedometer and no odometer at the moment but I was gettin 24 in the wagon and I can go longer on a tank and its a smaller tank so that's a good sign.
The exhaust on the other hand is cheap and annoying a more stock size with a thrush muffler is most likely going in as soon as I can do it
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I've locate a set of HX wheels im going to pick up shortly also as a bonus
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Old 06-04-2014, 11:00 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I've locate a set of HX wheels im going to pick up shortly also as a bonus
HX wheels are a nice find. You might already know this but even though you have the y7 engine that came in the DX coupe, LX, and CX models, in the DX hatch and the CX trim the y7 was paired with the same transmission as the HX. You can see it here: http://ecomodder.com/forum/showthrea...tml#post378478

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