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Old 09-18-2012, 11:55 AM   #1 (permalink)
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the red car - '94 Ford Aspire Four Door
90 day: 43.46 mpg (US)

Adventure Wagon - '01 Kia Sportage EX 2wd 5 door
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Long time, first time

My name is IVTenvy and I live in Grover Beach, CA. I drive a 1994 Ford Aspire 4 door hatch back because I am cheeeeeeeeeeeeeap. I intend to squeeze every mile I can out of it for fiscal purposes only. My wife is driving a 2001 Kia Sportage and I am here to learn what I can do to make it more efficient and practical. Living on the central coast of CA, I have permanent sunshine and temps 60-80 F. My philosophy in engineering testing is to start with the best ROI first. I am an Aircraft Maintenance Technician by trade and I hope to share some tribal knowledge in aerodynamic fairing construction and weight and balance technique.

Thanks for your contributions to saving conscious people money.
ps: My name reflects my dream of finding the holy grail of drive trains, a practical infinitely variable transmission.

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Old 09-18-2012, 12:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Welcome to the forum, sounds like you will have no problem understanding aero and building aero mods. Two things to read at the top of the page, 65 efficiency mods,and 100 hypermilling tips.
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Old 09-18-2012, 03:51 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Blackfly - '98 Geo Metro
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MPGiata - '90 Mazda Miata
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Winter beater Metro - '00 Chevrolet Metro
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Fancy Metro - '14 Mitsubishi Mirage top spec
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Even Fancier Metro - '14 Mitsubishi Mirage top spec
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So your main goal is your wife's vehicle... is she on board with this money saving business?? Sounds like she might not be, given the vehicle choice.

If she is on board, first goal (assuming immediately trading for a more cost efficient vehicle isn't an option!) should be adjusting the nut behind the wheel. She needs instant feedback to start tracking her results (playing the "beat the high score" game). That means a resettable average & instant MPG gauge.

If she isn't on board, good luck! (What's that saying about horses & water?)
Project MPGiata! Mods for getting 50+ MPG from a 1990 Miata
Honda mods: Ecomodding my $800 Honda Fit 5-speed beater
Mitsu mods: 70 MPG in my ecomodded, dirt cheap, 3-cylinder Mirage.
Ecodriving test: Manual vs. automatic transmission MPG showdown

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
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Old 09-18-2012, 05:32 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Here is your IVT, US Patent 7677208.

Patent US7677208 - Radial rotary engine with energy storage - Google Patents

Welcome aboard

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Old 09-18-2012, 08:27 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Max - '14 Ford C-Max SEL
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have you looked at our wiki of mod's and user results? :Car MPG Efficiency Modifications Main - EcoModder

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