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Legend_Master 11-26-2012 10:47 PM

Hello everybody
Been trolling these forums for a couple months now. Decided I would join up, and get in on some of these topics. I recently took a 5300 mile road trip, and used a lot of the hyper-mileing techniques learned on this site. I have not done anything very aggressive as aerodynamics yet, but I plan on building an under-body trey. I don't really want to do anything that is irreversible, or makes the car looks to ridiculous (sorry not trying to sound bad). Kinda trying to make a factory looking nice gas mileage, comfortable, and fun car to drive.

Current car setup.
1988 Honda Accord hatchback LX-i

I have swapped in a 97 Honda CRV b20 engine, converted it to OBD1, and tuned it more towards MPG then HP. I have deleted the power steering as well.

Current Suspension setup:
The car has been lowered 1", poly urethane bushings all around. I have also put some low drag hub caps and rims on there. The car has some hidden gems I added to bring it up to date a little. Currently upgraded to rear disk brakes, and 11" Integra brakes on the front. I also have larger sway bars installed.

Here are a couple pics of the little lady.

Currently started testing gas milage since my road trip, it was mostly highway and scews my numbers a bit. My average is 27MPG, roughly 28-30 highway, and 24-26 city. All this while making 130HP, 120TQ

With the hatchback design I think this is a good platform to get at least and average 32MPG city driving (with headlights down). I'm hoping some deflectors for the wheels, an under-body trey, and some kind of rear diffuser will make that attainable.

Dyno results of current setup:

Legend_Master 11-26-2012 11:08 PM

Added pictures!

Fat Charlie 11-27-2012 09:32 AM

Welcome, Legend, and sweet ride! I had an 89 sedan in that color. Years later I replaced it with another one. I miss those cars.

MetroMPG 11-27-2012 10:17 AM

Wow - I haven't seen that body style for years and years. I had an '89 sedan LX 5-speed. Died (from body/chassis rust) at ~450,000 km.

Welcome to the forum.

sheepdog 44 11-27-2012 10:17 AM

I would delete the rear wiper. It sits low, but the way it's angled against the wind can't be good.

Legend_Master 11-27-2012 01:22 PM

Thanks Fat Charlie I have had 3 now, first 2 were lost due to accidents. MetroMPG these cars will last forever so long as you maintain them regularly, did the rust start in the rear wheel arches? Thanks for the welcome. Sheepdog 44 I currently don't even use it since I could not find a working hatchback combo switch. Once I can find a grommet to fit, I will remove it.

MetroMPG 11-27-2012 01:53 PM

Rear arches, front quarter panels behind the wheels...

nbleak21 11-27-2012 02:58 PM

Looks great! Wish they kept the hatch through the years!!!

Legend_Master 11-27-2012 03:52 PM


Originally Posted by MetroMPG (Post 342147)
Rear arches, front quarter panels behind the wheels...

Sadly that's one of the major issues with this chassis, you have to clean the wheel wells often.


Originally Posted by nbleak21 (Post 342157)
Looks great! Wish they kept the hatch through the years!!!

Me to, I think an 05 hatchback accord would be awesome! Have you ever looked into the 3rd gen accord aerodeck? They were an aerodynamic try by Honda.

nbleak21 11-27-2012 06:00 PM

Just googled accord aerodeck... I'd take any of them, they look great!

cRiPpLe_rOoStEr 11-27-2012 08:58 PM


Originally Posted by sheepdog 44 (Post 342106)
I would delete the rear wiper. It sits low, but the way it's angled against the wind can't be good.

I'd do it too, and also consider to get a single-wiper at the windshield.

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