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Old 02-12-2020, 02:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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EcoModder's 25 most popular topics/threads of 2019!

With another lap around the sun, it's time again for a re-cap!

Rule change: I realized the query to find the topics for this list handicaps topics started later in the year. So the search was expanded to include topics that were started in Nov & Dec of 2017 as well.

Notable this year:
  • Project threads are down. Blame low fuel prices in the western hemisphere and declining interest in tinkering on increasingly efficient "regular" cars.
  • Tesla topics are hot - I bet other car manufacturers wish they could generate this much buzz without spending money on marketing!
  • The first lawnmower thread to make the top 25
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Without further ado...

1) The Slow Death of the Internal Combustion Engine



Is conventional drivetrain modding as we know it drawing to a close?

14408 views ... 509 replies ... latest post
Started Feb 18, 2019, by Taylor95 in Off-Topic Tech



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2) Prius 75-91mpg



Nathan Jones has done some fairly aggressive weight reduction and aero mods to his 2nd gen Prius.

12913 views ... 132 replies ... latest post
Started Dec 24, 2018, by Nathan jones in Success Stories


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3) Blade Runner Redux - Tesla Cybertruck!




Everybody has an opinion about Tesla's wild-looking pick-up truck prototype.

8173 views ... 424 replies ... latest post
Started Nov 22, 2019, by botsapper in Fossil Fuel Free



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4) Would you resurface your own cylinder head?

Xist wonders if there's a DIY method that makes sense to attempt.

10519 views ... 129 replies ... latest post
Started Apr 1, 2019, by Xist in DIY / How-to



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5) 70 MPG challenge (non-hybrid gasoline and diesel cars)



California98Civic gives out virtual swag to non-hybrid members who can do 70 MPG US on a trip or for a whole tank.

8023 views ... 171 replies ... latest post
Started Jul 2, 2019, by California98Civic in Success Stories



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6) EVs Are Great Around Town, But.......

What about using a portable generator or pusher trailer to extend highway range?

7446 views ... 198 replies ... latest post
Started Dec 4, 2018, by Angel And The Wolf in Hybrids


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7) Showcase for Wheel Discs




Some members have made some extremely impressive DIY discs. (Mine, above, are not in that category.)

6413 views ... 55 replies ... latest post
Started Jul 24, 2019, by Snax in EcoModding Central


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8) BMW i3 - Low Hanging Fruit (improving aerodynamics)



Snax seeks advice on aero modifications to improve his electric BMW's efficiency.


3935 views ... 98 replies ... latest post
Started Jul 9, 2019, by Snax in Aerodynamics



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9) Lawn mower options for 0.75 acres

Way off topic, but it sure got people talking! Ecky bought some property with a sizeable lawn and needs a budget lawnmower.

3927 views ... 97 replies ... latest post
Started Feb 28, 2019, by Ecky in Saving@Home




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10) Advice on rolling stops or full stops




Lots of discussion about people's views on stop signs, safety, legality and saving fuel.

5480 views ... 33 replies ... latest post
Started Mar 25, 2019, by prr in Hypermiling / EcoDriver's Ed


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11) Friendly Wager: 60 mpg 95 Mercury Tracer



Can an old Mercury be coaxed toward big MPG numbers to win a bet?


5241 views ... 87 replies ... latest post
Started Oct 15, 2019, by M_a_t_t in EcoModding Central


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12) Autonomous Cars - Are They Realistic?

It seems like the promise of fully self-driving cars keeps moving further into the future. Will it ever happen?

4915 views ... 92 replies ... latest post
Started Dec 10, 2018, by NeilBlanchard in Off-Topic Tech


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13) My new car can go 410 miles on the energy of one gallon of petrol; unmodified!




A lightweight, futuristic-looking super-aerodynamic electric car... now taking deposits for future construction. Where have we seen this story before?

4390 views ... 90 replies ... latest post
Started Jul 5, 2019, by teknomage2012 in Aerodynamics


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14) DIY Electric RV?



Ben Nelson has bought a big, electric box truck and wonders how practical it will be to make it into a zero-emissions home on wheels.

5046 views ... 78 replies ... latest post
Started Apr 10, 2019, by bennelson in Fossil Fuel Free



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15) Improving the AC system's efficiency

Given the big hit on fuel consumption from using air conditioning, what steps can you take to make it more efficient?

3956 views ... 87 replies ... latest post
Started Mar 27, 2019, by EcoCivic in EcoModding Central


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16) '08 Toyota 4Runner aero mods = 14% better fuel economy!



Mannydantyla documents ecomodding efforts on his truck.

4968 views ... 25 replies ... latest post
Started Dec 11, 2018, by mannydantyla in Aerodynamics


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17) Good, efficient, used vehicle for ride sharing? (EG. Uber / Lyft)


What would you buy if you were driving a taxi?

3311 views ... 87 replies ... latest post
Started Mar 2, 2019, by 19bonestock88 in EcoModding Central


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18) A better alternator delete




Daox revisits this well-known efficiency mod with a higher-tech approach to disabling the alternator on demand.


3561 views ... 86 replies ... latest post
Started Oct 22, 2019, by Daox in EcoModding Central


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19) What PSI do you run on your tires?




Spirited discussion about about the pros & cons of elevated tire pressure.

3359 views ... 74 replies ... latest post
Started Oct 27, 2019, by Taylor95 in EcoModding Central


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20) My Metro died. What car should I get? Thinking Camry/Accord appliance.



What to buy when the old econobox breathes its last?

2218 views ... 74 replies ... latest post
Started Sep 30, 2019, by Shaneajanderson in General Efficiency Discussion


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21) Just bought a "fixed" dieselgater



Pete C picked up an ideal long-distance, efficient highway cruiser with additional warranty tacked on by the manufacturer for the fixed cars.

4134 views ... 70 replies ... latest post
Started Apr 14, 2019, by pete c in EcoModding Central


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22) Low rolling resistance tires 2018




What are the good up-to-date options?

4029 views ... 36 replies ... latest post
Started Dec 11, 2018, by oil pan 4 in EcoModding Central



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23) Opinions on the best value in a used EV




More than a few EcoModder members have picked up cheap, used electric cars in the past year or so. What would you recommend?

3756 views ... 70 replies ... latest post
Started Jul 12, 2019, by Hersbird in Fossil Fuel Free


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24) 2019 RAV4 Hybrid Limited




The RAV4 hybrid has de-throned the Prius, and is now Toyota's best-selling hybrid. GK13 has one, and is looking at mods to further improve its efficiency.

3462 views ... 69 replies ... latest post
Started Sep 7, 2019, by GK13 in Aerodynamics



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25) MPGuino colour touch





Abbalooga has done some amazing work updating the open-source MPGuino fuel economy computer with a colour touch screen.

3850 views ... 38 replies ... latest post
Started Mar 7, 2019, by abbalooga in OpenGauge / MPGuino FE computer

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Old 02-12-2020, 03:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
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MPGiata - '90 Mazda Miata
90 day: 52.8 mpg (US)

Winter beater Metro - '00 Chevrolet Metro
90 day: 73.57 mpg (US)

Fancy Metro - '14 Mitsubishi Mirage top spec
90 day: 58.72 mpg (US)
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Old 02-13-2020, 12:42 AM   #3 (permalink)
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The Van - '95 Chevy Astro Cl
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90 day: 16.39 mpg (US)

The new bike - '17 Kawasaki Versys X 300 abs
Motorcycle
90 day: 60.77 mpg (US)

The Mercury - '95 Mercury Tracer Trio
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90 day: 33.31 mpg (US)
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Whats the ranking based on? Views and replies don't seem to track for all of them.

I didn't expect to be on this list. Pleasant surprise to say the least.
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My other hobbies have no ROI (making things go fast). So I'm having fun modding my car for better mileage and the side effect is that I save money on gas day to day.
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Old 02-13-2020, 10:33 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Blackfly - '98 Geo Metro
Team Metro
Last 3: 70.09 mpg (US)

MPGiata - '90 Mazda Miata
90 day: 52.8 mpg (US)

Winter beater Metro - '00 Chevrolet Metro
90 day: 73.57 mpg (US)

Fancy Metro - '14 Mitsubishi Mirage top spec
90 day: 58.72 mpg (US)
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Yours was one of the more active project threads.



The overall list is a combination of the top 25 threads by views and the top 25 by activity (post count). There was a certain amount of overlap between the 2 lists, but it wasn't complete. I exercised some editorial discretion to omit some topics that were higher up the list (eg. I think there were 4 Tesla threads; I left in 2). I omitted active off-topic threads in favour of ecomodding-related ones.

I think the kids call it "curating" these days.

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