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Old 04-29-2008, 12:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey Everyone,

I've been a big fan of small cars and great fuel economy for years. I recently purchased a '96 Geo Metro that needs some serious mechanical TLC (on the verge of having a JDM engine installed soon) but otherwise in good condition. I've recently become more interested in aerodynamics and their effects on fuel economy. I'm looking forward to the mods to come!

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Old 04-29-2008, 12:34 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Welcome Al!

Another Metro? They are really hard to find where I live. Nice choice.
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Old 04-29-2008, 12:34 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Welcome to ecomodder, al! You've got a great base car, got any mileage goals?
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Old 04-29-2008, 12:43 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks. I'll be happy with anything in the mid to upper 50's for highway mileage (after modding). 60 would be good, of course! If I happen to scare-up an XFi camshaft I'll set my sights a bit higher!

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Old 04-29-2008, 09:14 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Old 04-29-2008, 10:31 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Hi Al - welcome to EM and Metro ownership.

I think you'll find those goals within your reach, depending on the critical unmentioned factor: how fast do you want to be going while achieving those mid to upper 50's?

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Old 04-29-2008, 02:00 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I'm hoping to achieve 60 mpg at 60-65 mph. Do you think this is in the realm of possibility?

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Old 04-29-2008, 02:20 PM   #8 (permalink)
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In warm weather, with driving technique plus moderate to extensive aero and mechanical mods, yes.
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Old 04-29-2008, 02:20 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Possible? Yes. Easy? Haha, no. Thats pretty quick and your going to be dealing with a lot of wind resistance at that speed. Driving techniques should get you into the 50s. Getting another 10 mpg out of modifications is no simple task. However, I'm trying to do close to the same thing.
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Old 04-29-2008, 03:22 PM   #10 (permalink)
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