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Old 12-02-2007, 09:17 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Did you meet your 2007 modding & fuel economy goals?

My 2007 list was obviously too ambitious. Bit off more than I could chew (mostly due to Project ForkenSwift).

Ah well, gives me something to do in '08.

- make a permanent version of my partial Kammback ... [nope!]
- ... then use it as a platform for a removable boat-tail... [nope!]
- put in an XFi cam ... [yup!]
- do a lowering experiment, and chop the springs if it shows promise ... [nope!]
- make shaped wheel spoilers/wheel boat tails (foam/fiberglass)... [nope!]
- experiment with front wheel skirts ... [nope!]
- quick release wiper arms ... [nope!]
- play with increased EGR ... [nope!]
- toy with the idea of hybridizing the Flea - along the lines of an EV 5th wheel. ... [nope!]

Just for fun, I also want to try for a 150 mpg round trip, a la Insight marathon style: low speed P&G ... [nope!]

Also... get the Forkenswift on the road ... [yup!]

And make a recumbent bike or trike. (Could still be a winter project.)

Man, that's a lot of stuff.

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Old 12-02-2007, 09:50 AM   #2 (permalink)
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40mpg average. (I switched cars in the middle of the year. So I have been way under 40)
ride bike to work more (well, there is always 2008)
1800 miles on a bike (I hit that less then a month ago)

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Old 12-02-2007, 11:46 AM   #3 (permalink)
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The big thing I missed in my list was getting that spare d15z1 rebuilt. Maybe I can work on it over the winter?

Otherwise I got the others, and more things done to my car.
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Old 12-02-2007, 12:13 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Do you have somewhere you can work in the winter? I guess you could bring an engine inside if you wanted.
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Old 12-03-2007, 12:37 PM   #5 (permalink)
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My garage is insulated and can be brought up to about 50°F in an hour just by body heat and a super small propane heater. So I can work out there this winter on the motor. Heck, if I just pulled in a car the heat from the motor warms the garage to about 40°F, lol.
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Old 12-03-2007, 10:16 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Yes and No

Yes: I hit a 40 mpg mixed tank
No: I didn't get the aero mods set up (especially for Winter).

Long Story Short, the engine block heater works great -- it gets the coolant and tranny fluid up to efficient temps early. Torque Converter engagement works great with using the EBH -- but otherwise I would've liked a manual override (difficult) -- but tightening the throttle linkage actually gets the engine to lug at 35 mph in full lockup Otherwise, the Transmission Control Unit has a mind of its own. It needs lots of warmth.

Cold soaks and highway runs (read: parking at the airport) ends up with a tough engagement problem. The TCU needs and rabbit transitions to calculate loads. I just need to take the time to fool with it

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