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Old 08-19-2012, 07:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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metro body style (which generation has lower drag?)

Which Geo Metro body style is better for modding, 94 or 95? Which has lower drag?



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The 95 is safer.



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Old 08-19-2012, 09:39 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I think that the '94 has less drag. Notice how the rear of the '95 is raised like some kind of grasshopper!

The earlier '90's ones are the kings of mpg's for Geo's.
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Old 08-19-2012, 09:45 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Old 08-20-2012, 08:17 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I am not sure if I like the GEO engines, only 77 mm stroke. My 1355cc honda had 82 mm stroke, the geo is not as torquey.
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Old 08-20-2012, 09:00 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I think the first one as long as you drive in reverse all the time
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arcosine: FYI, the XFi camshaft is for - shifts torque band lower in the rev range. Not going plow fields with the Suzuki engine, but it helps some.

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I have wondered if the 1st generation car has less frontal area than the 2nd. Don't know.... wait, now I know: Vehicle Coefficient of Drag List - EcoModder

The 2nd gen car apparently has 1 sq. ft. more frontal area.
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Something like this:

Something like that would be amazing. Do it!
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Old 08-20-2012, 05:16 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Something like that would be amazing. Do it!
One problem would be seeing over the dash and steering wheel. The steering wheel can be shimmed lower down a bit.

I think red would be a good color. Almost looks like an insight. Iv'e never been good a body work, always turns out looking rough.

I wonder how much tail it should have.

Yes the third generation (95) has more head room. These metros always looked like they sit too high.
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Old 08-20-2012, 05:29 PM   #9 (permalink)
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The second gen Metro has a lower drag in its sedan form than the Hatchback version! Thats kind of surprising when i first found out. But you have to decide if the Hatchback will be better to ecomod vs the Sedan version?
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Old 12-19-2012, 09:25 PM   #10 (permalink)
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