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Old 07-21-2014, 12:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi All-- Have been looking at this site for a couple of weeks after my brother turned me on to the term 'hypermiling'. I have turned what used to be a weekend-home 72-mile (each way) commute (twice a month or so) into a pretty much daily commute.

Because of ecomodder.com and all the other great information I've seen so far, I realize that:
a) my 72-mile commute is actually extremely good for hypermiling and aeromods. It is mostly lightly-trafficed highway with a few lights at the beginning and end; has long, relatively low hills that will be ideal for improving performance if I can reduce drag.
b) The 2004 Honda Accord I bought six months ago is ideal for aero-modding. It's old enough that I won't be too concerned about aesthetics, but new enough that it is still solid and has a lot of miles left in it.
c) After immediately going out to buy a scangauge, I now know that my stock fuel gauge is telling me to buy gas when it still has 5 GALLONS left in the tank!
d) My first full tank that I'm using for baseline numbers is taking FOREVER and I want to get started testing new techniques and mods.

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Old 07-21-2014, 12:21 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 07-21-2014, 12:28 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Hi Daox-- Thanks for the welcome. Mostly concentrating on the basics for now (remove passenger side mirror, grill block, air dam, and wheel covers). Plus hypermiling driving techniques, of course. Not sure I have the time, skills or most likely, spousal permission, to go into highly technical stuff (removing alternator, etc.). Although, I am thinking that a Kammback may not beyond the realm of reason .

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