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Old 07-22-2010, 12:16 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Cool LaFawnduh the Honda

Hi all, I've been lurking here for a while and thought I'd introduce myself now that I've used a couple of the ideas I found here.

This is my 1989 Accord LX with 195,000 miles on the odo. Her name is LaFawnduh, 'cos I met her on the internet (just like Kip from Napoleon Dynamite, get it??). She's just a couple months older than me and we get along great.



She was getting pretty decent mileage thanks to her manual transmission and broken AC. Together we averaged 33.6 mpg over the course of a 2,000 mile road trip this spring... with four adults and luggage in the car. I was satisfied with that until I stumbled across this website.

After reading a bit, learning to drive properly, taping the upper grille, removing the passenger side mirror, and covering the empty spots where fog lights could go...



...LaFawnduh got 40.7 mpg on our last long out-n-back drive. That might not be super accurate, but I filled up at the same pump both times, so it's plausible. Temps were in the 80s and 90s and I only had to have the pop-up headlights on for half the trip.

Of course, I still want to do more. Being carbeurated, she's ineligible for a scangauge, but I'm still honing my driving. I might do pizza-pan wheel covers, but that may not be worth it without skirts (your opinion?). All the mods I've done so far have been free or very cheap.

Anyhow: thanks, EM community, for what I've learned from you already!


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Old 07-22-2010, 12:28 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 07-22-2010, 12:49 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Napoleon Dynamite was what I thought of when I read the title.


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Old 07-22-2010, 02:59 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Welcome to EM! To show you how much times have changes, your Accord is about the same size as a Honda Civic today.

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Woo, LaFawnduh!!




Exactly the same as my old Honda. Except mine was called Fred.

'89 Accord EX 5-speed (LX with power windows & locks ), which I sold ~5 years ago, and found out this week that it was just retired by the guy I sold it to because someone gave him a free Acura. Well, he's keeping Fred for one more year for winter beater duty. 440,000 km / 273,000 mi.

FYI, in summertime highway driving, I regularly got 40 mpg US (5.9 L/100km, or 48 mpg IMP). Just by keeping the speed down to 90-95 km/h (about 55 mph).

The EPA vs the EX (and the V8): beating the ratings - MetroMPG.com

My only real efficiency mod was the VX wheels. And their weight advantage in stop/go driving was probably cancelled out by the horrible aerodynamics (vs. the stock wheel covers) at highway speeds.

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Thanks all for the welcome, I do feel welcome haha.

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To show you how much times have changes, your Accord is about the same size as a Honda Civic today.
Isn't it crazy? The listed curb weight for the current, 8th gen Accord is a full 800 lbs more than my car. Even the Civic coupe is a hundred pounds heavier- though I hear the next generation will be smaller again. I need to park next to a new Accord and take a picture if I get a chance.

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My only real efficiency mod was the VX wheels.
How much lighter are they? Light enough to cover with coroplast or aluminum and still end up with a weight loss compared to stock steelies?
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So I'm working on a solution to the pizza pan wheel cover problem. That being: there is no easy way to make them stay on. The plan so far is to drill holes in the pizza pan and run bolts through into my soon-to-be-extended lug nuts. A barrier is that I can't find lug nuts that are long enough. I need more than three threads showing. Has anybody been able to find 12mm x 1.5 lug nuts that are open ended and quite long?
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No, I haven't seen open-ended lug nuts with more than about five threads. One method among many that's been used here is to get closed-ended ones and drill & tap them.
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Old 07-27-2010, 08:28 PM   #9 (permalink)
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That might be what I have to do. I haven't been able to find any bolts that would fit the m12-1.5 lug nuts, either. No better time than now to learn about tapping etc.

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