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Old 05-09-2019, 10:07 AM   #231 (permalink)
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I wonder if a smaller battery pack could be used that was made up of a few cells from the IMA. Less expensive, and you'd keep autostop, at least for shorter stops.

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Old 05-09-2019, 12:48 PM   #232 (permalink)
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I'm thankful to live in such a small area with such limited traffic. Makes getting good MPG on the daily drives much easier, as I have all the traffic lights pretty well memorized and know when to take back roads to avoid heavier traffic (which means harder to predict lights, basically). I'm sure my higher-than-average city MPG has much to do with the lack of ever seeing "bumper to bumper" traffic.
Sounds like my driving environment: Pretty much have carte blanche to use whatever techniques I want without affecting anybody else.

I swear by the RE92's as well, even on non-Insights! If you do a lot of EOC, it pays big dividends to be able to coast farther. I've got an old set on my Metro for summer tires and just turned in a tie for my best ever tank mpg (ranges from low 50's mpg in winter weather on dedicated winter tires and steelies, to low 70's mpg in mild weather on RE92's on light alloys).
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Old 05-13-2019, 09:36 AM   #233 (permalink)
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I can't believe how much better these tires are...

They aren't broken in yet and I've read many times that tires get better after a few hundred miles (or whatever). Still got the nubs all over these things even! But still... from my old tires, it's pretty well blowing my mind how much more coasting I can get away with! Where I'd usually have to bump up to 20+mph for my last leg of my trip to work to just coast into my spot, I'm coming around the corner with no bumping up (I believe I got away with around 17mph) and coasting into my usual spot with headroom still!

It will take some getting used to on these tires. I'm still trying to figure out how much less I need to coast. Also, there's a hill I climb in lean burn that I usually start around 30mph and push it to the very limit of 4th gear, holding around 70-75mpg and usually end up at the top around 27-28MPH. I'm starting at the same MPH, doing 80-85mpg, and still coming in around 28-29MPH! So yeah, lots of learning required with these awesome new tires.

All this to say: Those who doubt these tires can take my word on this! They are definitely worth the upgrade from whatever you got on there now!

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Old 05-13-2019, 10:17 AM   #234 (permalink)
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I do the same thing when switching from winter tires to the RE92's -- have to recalibrate all my coast starting points!

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