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Old 04-23-2016, 10:09 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Talking Hi Everyone

Hi guys, new member here. I recognize some people from Insight Central, I joined them last year after buying an Insight, but I often wound up lurking here so now I'm joining.

I have 2 cars:
2001 Honda Insight 5-Speed Manual
2006 Ford Mustang V6 Automatic (PP)

My dad bought the Mustang when it was new, and it was a daily driver since then until October or November last year. I got the Insight in September and my cousin and I worked on it for about a month until it could pass the safety inspection. At that point I parked the Mustang for the winter for the first time in its life.

Now it's spring and I've revived it from winter hibernation, but driving the Insight has me thinking all about MPG's all the time, and I want to get more out of the Mustang. That's why I'm here.

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Old 04-23-2016, 11:15 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Welcome!!! There are several v6 mustangs on here.... MustangDave ....
....And ULTARC wink wink!!!..
comes to mind!
Up the psi in the tires to 40+ for starters.
MetroMPG: "Get the MPG gauge - it turns driving into a fuel & money saving game."

First: ScangaugeII

Second: Grille Block

Third: Full underbelly pan

Fourth: rear skirts and 30.4mpg on trip!

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Old 04-23-2016, 12:51 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I'm sure you've seen the tips and modifications up top, since you've been lurking

Also, take advantage of the search function- there has been a ton already thought of and attempted here, and people are great about responding to threads from years ago (cough cough, MCrews, like a few days ago).

I have had success with my Mustang, but if you are going to be going for FE in it, I HIGHLY suggest a ScanGauge or UltraGauge. The UG is a better all around monitoring tool, but the SC is a better testing tool in my opinion. Even for the price, I would still take the SC ($150), over the UG ($70).

Welcome aboard, and good luck!

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Old 04-23-2016, 01:26 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I like the belly pan you are making for the Insight, looks a lot more legit than my first attempt. I need to free up some time and make one for my current Insight, I'll probably scam some ideas off yours

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Old 04-24-2016, 06:32 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Welcome aboard, Natalya!
In my experience with the 4.0 Liter V-6 Mustang, the largest gains in MPG are from "adjusting the nut behind the steering wheel'. I'm running my tires at 50 PSI (sidewall max is 51 PSI).
Switching to 0W-30 synthetic motor oil from the factory 5W-30 gained about 1/2 MPG. Installing an ASP under-drive crankshaft pulley gained close to 1 MPG - I made it through this past Winter without dropping below 31 MPG.

Try to limit your RPM to 2500 while accelerating (most of the time, if you can ), limit your freeway speed to 65 MPH (if you can).
Fuel economy is nice, but sometimes I just gotta put the spurs to my pony!

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The presence of traffic is the single most complicating factor of hypermiling. I know what I'm going to do, it's contending with whatever the hell all these other people are going to do that makes things hard.
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Old 04-28-2016, 11:21 PM   #6 (permalink)
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On the weekend I checked the tire sidewalls, saw the max pressure is 51 psi. I tried them out at 46~ and it seemed to help without hurting ride quality. I'm going to try 50 this weekend.
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Old 04-29-2016, 09:31 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Welcome to the site! Nice pair of cars you got there.

Current project: Adding regenerative braking to the Mirage
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