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Old 01-21-2015, 03:43 PM   #11 (permalink)
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cowmeat I wouldn't be suprized if you had a higher top speed too.
Yeah probably, I'm gearing limited to about 165. Gets there really fast though

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Old 01-21-2015, 03:46 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I'll go head to head with you in Turtle any day, bro!

Only this time let's do it cross country style for 500 miles, using eight gallons in our tanks tanks like you just burnt through.

Of course you'll smoke me off the line, and more than likely keep a huge lead for the first five miles or so. But during the last 495 miles I'll be driving and you'll be walking!

Even if I feel sorry for you and let you make a pit stop to refill with another eight gallons every five miles, after 99 pit stops and 800 gallons of fuel burnt you'll spend 100 times more than me on the gas and still lose the race.

If I were you, I'd take the dog box out of the bed, the spot lights off the roof, the shotgun out of the gun rack, and the brush guard off the front before the race to give yourself a little weight and aero advantage, but honestly I still don't think your truck has the staying power to keep up with the likes of me!

You're right, man. That wasn't cool.
Funny thing is I don't have any of those things lol! I have the opposite, air dam, front pan, Fiberglass tonnue cover and I'm thinking of adding smooth hubs to see if it improves highway mpg. I cant even make it 500 on one tank lol!
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Spinning tires means you needed to launch in 4wd lol
Would have blown up my TC if I did, my engine had over 650 TQ and 575 HP at the crank lol
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Old 01-21-2015, 03:47 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Ouch! Racing V8s is not a good idea when you are thinking about fuel economy. Of course, you might not have wasted a quarter of a tank in 5 miles, the gauge just reads an estimate, not really anything close (mine can read 2/3 tank left, then magically jump down to 1/4 left in the course of 5 miles).
Yeah I noticed that, I hate it and wish the fuel meters would just show exactly how much is in the tank
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Old 01-21-2015, 03:48 PM   #15 (permalink)
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cowmeat I wouldn't be suprized if you had a higher top speed too.
Let's do some math. The speed limit is 65 the whole way, and Cow decides to do 55 or 60. 800 miles would be ~13.5 hours with no stops. Now let's assume that for every 10 gallons you go through, you spend an average of 5 minutes per gas station (some fill fast, others slow). With a 32 gallon tank, we will assume that Striker refills every 30 gallons for simplicity's sake. 5miles / 8 gal would be 0.625 MPG. That would be 1280 gallons of gas. So Striker will go 18 miles at around 120 MPH between each fillup. That means ~9 minutes between fillups. With no fillups, going 800 miles at 120 MPH, Striker would do the run in about 6.5 hours. But, for every 9 minutes, he has to wait 15 minutes to fill up the tank. The total trip would make Striker spend 1035 minutes or 17.5 hours. The average speed of the trip would be about 45 MPH.

As for highest top speed, Cow would be able to maintain top speed of about 120(?) for significantly longer than Striker's (assumed) top speed of 145(?). I think it's safe to assume that Cow could probably maintain top speed the whole time while Striker does 60 and still get there faster using less gas (maybe, my car does 8 MPG floored at 72, not sure how the Insight does).
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That sounds like fun, but it's no excuse to "forget" to include the next fill-up in your fuel log. Let's see how good your fuel economy was on this tank.
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Old 01-21-2015, 05:59 PM   #17 (permalink)
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As for highest top speed, Cow would be able to maintain top speed of about 120(?) for significantly longer than Striker's (assumed) top speed of 145(?). I think it's safe to assume that Cow could probably maintain top speed the whole time while Striker does 60 and still get there faster using less gas (maybe, my car does 8 MPG floored at 72, not sure how the Insight does).
Yeah, I get around 60 mpg at 70 mph, but if I drive 55 the whole way I get more like 85 mpg. If I never had to stop and start and it was all highway miles, I could drive 55 mph and go way over 900 miles.

My wife wondered what it would cost us if we drove from central Florida up to southern Illinois to see her family. She was hoping maybe we could do it for less than 300 bucks. I told her if we took our time I could fill up as we left Lakeland and make it to Illinois on one tank, which is less than twenty bucks at this point. Round trip, including driving around for a couple hundred miles up there, would be about fifty bucks.

She doesn't get shocked easily after living with me, but that did it!
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Let's do some math. The speed limit is 65 the whole way, and Cow decides to do 55 or 60. 800 miles would be ~13.5 hours with no stops. Now let's assume that for every 10 gallons you go through, you spend an average of 5 minutes per gas station (some fill fast, others slow). With a 32 gallon tank, we will assume that Striker refills every 30 gallons for simplicity's sake. 5miles / 8 gal would be 0.625 MPG. That would be 1280 gallons of gas. So Striker will go 18 miles at around 120 MPH between each fillup. That means ~9 minutes between fillups. With no fillups, going 800 miles at 120 MPH, Striker would do the run in about 6.5 hours. But, for every 9 minutes, he has to wait 15 minutes to fill up the tank. The total trip would make Striker spend 1035 minutes or 17.5 hours. The average speed of the trip would be about 45 MPH.

As for highest top speed, Cow would be able to maintain top speed of about 120(?) for significantly longer than Striker's (assumed) top speed of 145(?). I think it's safe to assume that Cow could probably maintain top speed the whole time while Striker does 60 and still get there faster using less gas (maybe, my car does 8 MPG floored at 72, not sure how the Insight does).
Nice math, only thing I'm going to argue with is that I can maintain over 90 mph at just over 2400 rpm so I wont be burning as bad as I was when I was going all out pedal to the floor 6200rpm drag racing
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Oh and yes, Ill post the results of this tank.......its gonna be fail as heck
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Not sure how well Turtle would hold up at 90 mph, but I'd be pulling over 40 mpg while it lasted! I'm assuming you'd be pulling maybe 10 mpg?
Actually, if I tucked in behind you at 90 mph I could pull between 50-60 mpg the whole time and wait ya out! If you pumped 35 gallons in your tank and I put the usual 9 gallons in mine, I think by 400 miles in I'd be driving and you'd be walking

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