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Old 05-08-2008, 11:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all! I'm new to the eco-modding scene, but have been a fan for years... I actually photoshopped rear-wheelwell skirts onto my Civic the day I got it, 7 years ago With gas more than twice what it was that fateful day, I've decided it's time to mod in real life. I've always enjoyed getting good mileage with the Civic, and I'm a pretty conservative driver so I tend to do ok. This past tank of gas I got just over 40 mpg, which isn't bad considering it's a 10 year old car with no mods yet, not to mention it has daytime running lights (a mod that was required by law when I moved to Canada from New Hampshire ). Planned mods:

Belly pan
Front end work
Wheel well skirts

I'm planning on using coroplast like on the Aerocivic, but I'm hoping to make it look a bit cleaner. Hopefully I'll see some good ideas/methods here to help

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Old 05-08-2008, 11:04 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Welcome to ecomodder! Still got that photoshop?

Looking forward to seeing what you do with the car! Got any mileage goals?
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Old 05-08-2008, 11:34 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Salut, Nick. What brought you to Lennoxville? Bishop's?

Great wheel skirts story! I'm assuming you were inspired by the Insight 7 years back.

Decided what you're going to tackle first?
Project MPGiata! Mods for getting 50+ MPG from a 1990 Miata
Honda mods: Ecomodding my $800 Honda Fit 5-speed beater
Mitsu mods: 70 MPG in my ecomodded, dirt cheap, 3-cylinder Mirage.
Ecodriving test: Manual vs. automatic transmission MPG showdown

has launched a forum for the efficient new Mitsubishi Mirage
www.MetroMPG.com - fuel efficiency info for Geo Metro owners
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Old 05-09-2008, 11:00 PM   #4 (permalink)
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The Photoshop'd image is somewhere on a drive, I'll post it hopefully later this month (long story involving inlaws, Vermont, and a baby due in less than a week )

I *almost* bought an Insight when I got my Civic, but it was $2,000 more, an automatic, and a 2 seater. At the time I was getting rid of a '92 Accord which I loved, but had 260,800+ miles on it. I was starting Bishop's in the fall (Have friends who went there MetroMPG?) but working in New Hampshire (where I'm from originally) so I spent a lot of time on the highway I've always been a conservative driver, but I like getting awesome mileage in an old car with no speeding tickets I generally get around 45mpg in the summer, so I'm hoping to routinely get 50+ in the summer, and 40+ in the winter (Quebec roads + studded snowtires kill mileage).

My wife and I are hoping to get a plugin Prius when they come out around 2010, but in the meantime with family in New Hampshire, Vermont, Texas, Montreal, and friends all over the continent, we're looking to get more mileage out of our Civic. My plans are (tentatively) in this order:
Radiator block
Windshield wiper covers
Underpan cover (after seeing how much rust is under there)
Rear skirts
Front skirts

I'm planning on following in the footsteps of the Aerocivic in terms of the corrugated plastic (I had an RC plane made out of the stuff that was nigh indestructible!), but possibly making it look a little cleaner... Any suggestions on what kind of thing to tackle first in terms of ease?
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Old 05-09-2008, 11:26 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Welcome! Soon the Civics will dominate the forum. Bwwahahahahaha.

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