Go Back   EcoModder Forum > Introductions
Register Now
 Register Now
 

Reply  Post New Thread
 
Submit Tools LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 01-28-2014, 06:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
EcoModding Lurker
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Seattle area
Posts: 24
Thanks: 0
Thanked 5 Times in 4 Posts
Hello Normandy Park Washington (Seattle area)

I just registered as a user today and thought I should introduce myself. I live near Seattle WA, drive a 96 civic HX and enjoy backpacking, cycling, hunting, fishing and building stuff. Interested in improving the MPG on my HX. Thought about replacing the sideview mirrors with cameras and digital display, reducing the electrical demand and therefore the horsepower necessary to generate power. I.e. enable a vent mode on the climate control to allow mild airflow without fan motor, LED lighting wherever practical. Taller gears for efficiency a higher speed. LRR tires & lightweight wheels. Just bought new tires and lost a couple MPG, grrr.

Anyone else try some of these ideas.

  Reply With Quote
Alt Today
Popular topics

Other popular topics in this forum...

   
Old 01-29-2014, 02:05 PM   #2 (permalink)
Batman Junior
 
MetroMPG's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: 1000 Islands, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 22,201

Blackfly - '98 Geo Metro
Team Metro
Last 3: 70.09 mpg (US)

MPGiata - '90 Mazda Miata
90 day: 53.56 mpg (US)

Winter beater Metro - '00 Chevrolet Metro
90 day: 61.98 mpg (US)

Fancy Metro - '14 Mitsubishi Mirage top spec
90 day: 58.72 mpg (US)

Even Fancier Metro - '14 Mitsubishi Mirage top spec
90 day: 70.75 mpg (US)
Thanks: 3,778
Thanked 6,612 Times in 3,431 Posts
Welcome to the forum.

People have done those mods (except maybe the vent one -- does your car not already have a vent setting?)

Bummer about the new tires dropping MPG. That's normal, even if you stick to the same tire (deeper tread = more losses).

I'd start by adding instrumentation if you haven't already. Driving style has the single biggest impact on consumption, and feedback is the way to fine-tune it.

Since you've got the HX, you really need an MPGuino for accuracy. (OBD-II tools don't properly calculate fuel consumption when you're in lean burn mode, but the MPGuino does.)
__________________
Honda mods: Ecomodding my $800 Honda Fit 5-speed beater
Mitsu mods: Oops, I did it again! Bought another cheap, 3-cylinder Mirage. Mods in progress...
Ecodriving test: Manual vs. automatic transmission MPG showdown



EcoModder
has launched a forum for the efficient new Mitsubishi Mirage
www.MetroMPG.com - fuel efficiency info for Geo Metro owners
www.ForkenSwift.com - electric car conversion on a beer budget
  Reply With Quote
Old 01-29-2014, 02:31 PM   #3 (permalink)
EcoModding Lurker
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Seattle area
Posts: 24
Thanks: 0
Thanked 5 Times in 4 Posts
Thanks, I'll check it out.

  Reply With Quote
Reply  Post New Thread


Thread Tools




Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.5.2
All content copyright EcoModder.com