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Old 07-13-2010, 07:50 AM   #1 (permalink)
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With EM getting popular it scores high in search engines, plus publicity in articles. But back when I found EcoModder it was somewhere between the 5th and 7th page of a Google search, but I found that out only after finding EM. Here's the story:

First we go back 7-8 years, I was in a small city in the middle of the Utah desert for 2 days. There, I noticed an old (circa 1950's or 1960's) pick-up truck with rear wheel skirts. I believe they where DIY's, but the rust on them and on the truck helped them blend right in.
Fast forward to late 2008.
The Wife and I are planning to buy our first car, and since we are both eco-minded weirdos we were looking for something with very good FE. But that wasn't enough for me, no, I wanted to further reduce the fuel consumption of the car we hadn't even bought yet. So, I googled. I had those wheel skirts in the back of my head all that time, but I didn't even know what they were called, but after a while I found the following article at MetroMPG.com: Testing grille blocking & wheel skirts: +5.7% improvement. Nice. Finally some real info. From there I quickly found a link to EcoModder.com, and, well, here I am. My name is Adam, I've been addicted since...

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Old 07-13-2010, 08:08 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I think I got here from http://www.metrompg.com. Feels like years ago... oh wait, it has been years.
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Old 07-13-2010, 10:14 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Fleeing from another gas mileage forum (gs) that started down the path to the dark side - snake oil add-ons that don't work.

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Old 07-13-2010, 10:24 AM   #4 (permalink)
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...while GOOGLE-searching for information on the MPG-gauges.
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Old 07-13-2010, 11:31 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I was part of 4btswaps.com for the longest time, and it was because i wanted to get a 4bt put into my Explorer for fuel economy. Time went by, and I realized I wanted to learn more about improving gas mileage, but kept finding snake oil sites instead. I googled several different phrases and finally stumbled on this site, the first one that wasn't trying to sell me something. Been here ever since.

EDIT: After reading Laurentiu's post below me, I recall also that it was the 100+ hypermiling tip that brought me to this site. I read an article about a new fad called "hypermiling" and googled it, which brought me the the link listed in the next post.

Thanks to Laurentiu for reminding me!
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I think you missed the point I was trying to make, which is that it's not rational to do either speed or fuel economy mods for economic reasons. You do it as a form of recreation, for the fun and for the challenge.

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Old 07-13-2010, 12:27 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Yes, I remember very well, it was the 100+ hypermiling tips,

100+ Hypermiling / ecodriving tips & tactics for better mpg - EcoModder.com

And I found that after googling the word "hypermiling" with the word forum.
Such a strange word I thought then...hypermiling...


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Old 07-13-2010, 12:45 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Dox, linked me to the site (from Matrix Owners).
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Old 07-13-2010, 01:31 PM   #8 (permalink)
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First I saw a video of someone on YouTube showing their Toyota Yaris getting 40+MPG on a Scan Gauge II. Then I looked up Scan Gauge II and found Gas Savers. I saw MetroMPG posting their and looked at some of the links in his signature and found this place.
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Old 07-13-2010, 01:40 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I found ecomodder by searching for the word hypermiling. Which I found while searching for economical (not new) cars options. Initially got hooked reading basjoos thread for making the aerocivic. What the "F___" is a basjoos? I found that one too. ;-)
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Old 07-13-2010, 02:22 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I think I came over from a mileage log sig-link on CleanMPG. How I got to Clean MPG, I'm totally not sure.

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