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Old 08-22-2009, 01:13 AM   #21 (permalink)
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Oooh man... That forum reeks of stereotypical uber straight guy.

But there is some interesting stuff on there. Thanks Carlos

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Old 08-22-2009, 01:16 AM   #22 (permalink)
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Oooh man... That forum reeks of stereotypical uber straight guy.

But there is some interesting stuff on there. Thanks Carlos
LOL. I love how you said that first part... But aren't most forums like that?
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Taurus Club was quite progressive... Then again, a Taurus isn't exactly a 'car,' more an orb in which moving a lever commences transport.
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Old 08-22-2009, 01:31 AM   #24 (permalink)
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Well, I don't think you'll find the reactive attitude here at all.

RE: Taurus - They're great cars, as long as you only want the engine/ECU/wiring, and plan on shoehorning it all into an Escort chassis, purely for fun. Eco-minded goes out the window immediately when performing this swap... you can trust me on that one.

Taurii are just way too heavy, and even the SHO left room for improvement, except that you could tell it had some easy torque gains to be made from the 3.2 models. The "newer" generation of Taurii, which used the Duratec platform, had quite the issue with engines grenading due to the press-fit cam gears, which would slip - valves meet pistons and make sweet, sweet (rather expensive) love.

I'm still waiting to see how the 2010 Taurus SHO makes out with it's TT ECO-Boost V6.
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Oooh man... That forum reeks of stereotypical uber straight guy.

But there is some interesting stuff on there. Thanks Carlos
Haven't been there much, but I bought a "SERVICE ENGINE SOON" T-Shirt from them because it visits me every day in my instrument cluster. I just noticed the sometimes-self-deprecating slogans in the banner. They know they're an odd breed in the tuner world.

There is a thread on saturnfans linked to sixthsphere where someone was transferring a turbo-diesel into a SC#. He was doing it for performance, but there is the implication that you could do the same for economy. Lot's of hard-core metal fabrication involved.

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School has started!
My shiny new commute has inspired me to get the best milage I can. With an hour and a half of windshield time every school day (3 days a week), I have a lot of time to contemplate the efficiency of my automobile.

Removing the spoiler and tuning SCarlet up, along with a lot of EOC and drafting (I drive through an industrial area full of big trucks... yay) has netted me... *drum roll*

43.75 MPG

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Fantastic stuff. Can you characterize your route? Elevation changes, miles, on/off peak traffic, and stuff like that?

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I scheduled all my classes to be off peak traffic. I drive to school at noon and head home while everyone else is eating dinner.

I drive about 12 miles on country two lanes with a few large hills and lots of curves, punctuated by the occasional stop sign. Then I hop on MN 36 which is mostly freeway. I'm always in the slow lane. There are two large hills I EOC down while the rest is minor elevation changes. I can usually pick up the draft of a truck while I'm north of St. Paul. Eventually I enter I-35W (yes, the one that falls down once in a while) and draft my way into Minneapolis. More coasting lands me in the traffic snarl that is Henepin Avenue. Then I coast a few blocks to my parking spot.

If traffic is light and I'm in no hurry, I'll P&G.
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Jimbo - congrats on the new ride & 44 mpg. Shiny!

Not a fan of drafting, myself. I like to know what's going on ahead down the road. Harder to do when your windshield is full of the back of some other vehicle.

You might want to dig into the spoiler issue a bit more. I seem to recall that one of Saturn's bespoilered coupes (not sure if it's your SC1... was there another before it?) had a lower drag coefficient than the non-spoilered model. Of course, referring to the OEM spoiler.

That ring a bell for anyone else?

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