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Old 07-23-2010, 11:55 AM   #1 (permalink)
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new ecomodder here.

what up people. i am new to ecomodding but not new to car modding.
my car is a 96 dodge stratus. its not my first choice for an eco car but the price ($150) made it attractive. i have done some things to it to improve mileage and figured i should join a forum where like minded people reside.

anyone else from palm beach area?

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Old 07-23-2010, 12:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Love the name, Welcome to Ecomodder! I'm on the exact other coast, but you'll find quite a few helpful tips here, so no worries.

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Old 07-23-2010, 12:46 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Hey...150$...wow ! that's really cheap. What engine ? Auto/manual ?

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Old 07-23-2010, 01:44 PM   #4 (permalink)
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thanks guys. i'm glad someone got my name and quickly too.

The car was purchased with a blown timing belt from my neighbour. She was going to sell it to the junkyard for $75, so I told her I would give her $150. Since I am a mechanic, I was able to pull the heads, put new valves in, lap them myself, and put it back together for about $100 in parts.

Since then I have done so many things to the car. look in the garage for a partial list of mods. (theres a reason my user name is c3h8). :P
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96 stratus "es" v6 auto-stick
supplementary propane injection
injector kill switch, alternator kill switch
Charging system voltage increased to 15.5V
secondary and tertiary 12v batteries in the trunk
on-board battery charger
lights converted to led's
potentiometer controlled tps for ign timing
welded straight pipe in place of cat-cons
removed egr
3 inch body drop
90psi fuel rail & -50% low volume injectors
run 15% diesel 85% gas
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Old 07-23-2010, 02:19 PM   #5 (permalink)
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welcome there is a lot of great stuff here.
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Old 07-23-2010, 02:49 PM   #6 (permalink)
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tinypic.com/player.php?v=2drfh2d&s=3

there's my video i made. i am getting 50mpg @ 50mph with the propane on, windows down, no a/c and the alternator at 15V.
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96 stratus "es" v6 auto-stick
supplementary propane injection
injector kill switch, alternator kill switch
Charging system voltage increased to 15.5V
secondary and tertiary 12v batteries in the trunk
on-board battery charger
lights converted to led's
potentiometer controlled tps for ign timing
welded straight pipe in place of cat-cons
removed egr
3 inch body drop
90psi fuel rail & -50% low volume injectors
run 15% diesel 85% gas
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Old 07-23-2010, 09:19 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Old 07-27-2010, 08:45 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Hmmmm.... A propane powered Stratus.... That would be interesting to see.... how do you intend to implement this? Are you going to swap out the ECU for something like a Megasquirt? It will be an interesting build and I look forward to seeing what you can do with the money you saved just buying the car!
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Old 07-29-2010, 11:14 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Hmmmm.... A propane powered Stratus.... That would be interesting to see.... how do you intend to implement this? Are you going to swap out the ECU for something like a Megasquirt? It will be an interesting build and I look forward to seeing what you can do with the money you saved just buying the car!

Hi, I don't intend to implement this, because I had finished version 1.0 of the injection a month ago. i'll do a little write up about it in a few days when i have enough time. I will also grab some pics so everyone can see the setup.
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96 stratus "es" v6 auto-stick
supplementary propane injection
injector kill switch, alternator kill switch
Charging system voltage increased to 15.5V
secondary and tertiary 12v batteries in the trunk
on-board battery charger
lights converted to led's
potentiometer controlled tps for ign timing
welded straight pipe in place of cat-cons
removed egr
3 inch body drop
90psi fuel rail & -50% low volume injectors
run 15% diesel 85% gas
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Old 07-29-2010, 05:23 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Sounds like a unique car!

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