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Old 01-02-2023, 04:17 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Surprised all that happens in gunnison. Stayed there in February to go ride at crested butte and its one of the smallest cities in Colorado Ive ever stayed in. Barely even had an Arbys to eat at or real grocery stores. Im assuming its tourists who are doing the bad driving when in town.
At least four of the crashes were by local drivers. One guy actually ran over his own long time friend on a bicycle there in Crested Butte no that long ago. I knew the guy for a long time too as we had worked together at a few different jobs.

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On the way to Bonneville Salt Flats, I ran through Eastern Oregon in the middle of the night, to maximize the overall mileage for the trip, in the Superbeetle -- 34MPG.



One stop for gas in 1500 miles, plus top-ups on the side of the road.

Instead of rebuilding the engine that needs a refresh, I shall use the Mileage Motor I've had on the bench fo a decade. That should be good for 40MPG before any aero mods.
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1994 Nissan Sentra SE-R running 185/75/14 tires instead of the normal 185/60/14 tires.

Ive been averaging about 41 mpg for the past two years with most of my driving between 55-60 mph. But, I always seem to run the engine to 6500+ rpms a few times on each tank. I took two 2500 mile trips over the past 3 years where I spent most of the time at 80 mph on the I-40. I got 35 and 36 mpg on all those tanks of gas. And I used the air conditioning between Amarillo and Memphis.

One of these days I hope to do some aerodynamic work on the car.
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1994 Nissan Sentra SE-R running 185/75/14 tires instead of the normal 185/60/14 tires.

Ive been averaging about 41 mpg for the past two years .
I had to go look up aspect ratio to understand your tire sizing difference above. So you are driving a taller tire. I had not realized that one could do that and get better MPG.
Here's what ChatGPT told me about it, "A taller tire with a higher aspect ratio (the ratio of the tire's sidewall height to its width) can potentially lead to better gas mileage because the taller tire has a smaller contact patch with the road, which can result in less rolling resistance. However, it's important to note that a taller tire also has a taller gear ratio, which can result in a lower top speed and can negatively impact acceleration. Additionally, taller tires can also negatively impact the vehicle's handling and stability. So, it is important to consider all factors before making a decision to change the aspect ratio of the tire"

I will take the better MPG.
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That chart says rolling resistance doesn’t change with speed, but in another thread peiple were saying it goes up with speed but just at a much smaller degree

Another confusing thing is that Julian Edgar said that wind resistance doesn’t actually increase until you hit about 37mph

But I agree, slower on shorter trips is much better and losing a few minutes. But if you’re driving 900 miles in a day, the difference in time between 55 and 80 is huge!
With some tires, up to standing-wave velocity, the power absorption coefficient is constant, providing a straight line power 'curve.' ( 1996 Honda Accord )
Other tires' coefficients vary with velocity, producing a 'curved' horsepower curve with speed.
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PS: The standing wave occurs above the tire's speed rating, which is above the car's top speed, so technically, one could never experience the self-destruction which can accompany standing wave.
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Here's what ChatGPT told me about it,
First use I've seen of that particular argument from authority
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Neither arguing nor appealing. Just interested to share how a higher aspect ration can reduce the amount of rubber touching road.
Did not mean to affirm or deny authority here.
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No judgment. I was just pointing out the use of ChatGTP as a resource. Implying it fallacious was my bad.
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I posted to this thread because I feel Ive done some decent testing about the difference in mileage my car gets at 55 mph versus 80 mph.

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So you are driving a taller tire. I had not realized that one could do that and get better MPG.
Yes. When I bought the car I was getting 32-35 mpg. As with all the other 4 cylinders with 5 speeds Ive had I wished it had a 6th gear for better mileage on the highway. With the normal size tires the engine runs at 3000 rpm at 60 mph. In a less than 2500 lb. car with 140 hp and 132 lb-ft of torque I think its ridiculous to run the engine at such high speeds on the highway. I wish it turned 3000 rpms at 75 mph. That would rarely cause any problem. Id probably have to use 4th gear in some places like west of Denver on I-70 but most of the time it would cruise just fine in 5th gear on four lane highways.

Ive checked the odometer/speedometer error at least 10 times on the Interstate over 100 miles. With the taller tires for instance, I would pass mile marker 100 with my trip odometer at 100.0 miles. When I reached mile marker 200 my trip odometer would read 192.4 miles. Ill check it occasionally over 1 mile and I see the trip odometer read a little over 0.9 miles and I do ten mile checks sometimes and see that the odometer reads less than 9.3 miles. So for speed corrections I divide by 0.93 to know my actual speed although Im erring against what might be the true mileage and speed. 60 mph / .93 equals 64.5 mph. At 93 mph on the speedometer I should be going a little over 100 mph.

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"A taller tire with a higher aspect ratio (the ratio of the tire's sidewall height to its width) can potentially lead to better gas mileage because the taller tire has a smaller contact patch with the road, which can result in less rolling resistance.
The contact patch should be the same since both tires are supposed to be 185 mm wide?, but the 75% ratio tire does appear to have a little narrower contact patch. You get slight variations in tire dimensions even though they are labeled the same.

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However, it's important to note that a taller tire also has a taller gear ratio, which can result in a lower top speed and can negatively impact acceleration.
I doubt there is much difference in top speed with this car. The coefficient of drag on this car isnt that good. Total drag probably has the most influence on that. I can tell the acceleration is negatively effected. The effect is little enough I have no concern about it. With the taller tire the car is a little higher off the ground so Im probably increasing the drag a little bit.

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Additionally, taller tires can also negatively impact the vehicle's handling and stability. So, it is important to consider all factors before making a decision to change the aspect ratio of the tire"
The taller tire does have a bad effect on the cornering. Thats not enough to bother me. It still drives good. The taller tire also had an effect on the ride quality. It rides smoother and quieter. I forgot to mention Im using the alloy wheels off a 1999 Sentra. They are lighter than the original wheels so that should help the handling a little and have a good effect on the ride quality. I have no idea whether the taller sidewall or the lower unsprung weight improved the ride quality most. I doubt the weight difference has much effect on the mileage. Ill measure the difference in weight some day. I also had to use spacers on the rear wheels to push them out from under to spring perch otherwise the tires would touch the underside on the perch. Thats likely to wear out my rear wheel bearings sooner. Ive had no problem with clearance on the front wheels but I have had the rear tires rub two or three times but I was carrying several hundred pounds if not as much as 1000 lbs. in the car.

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I will take the better MPG.
When I first changed the tires, I would get the same mileage calculations from how many gallons it would take to fill it compared to the reading on the trip odometer. 1 / 0.93 = 1.075. Im now traveling 7.5% farther than the trip odometer measures and going 7.5 % faster than the speedometer measures. 35 mpg / .93 = 37.6 mpg. Ive learned to drive the roads in my area better so Ive gotten better mileage than when I first moved here. Ive also replaced several engine parts trying to get it ruuning as good as possible. I do coast some times in neutral with the engine running and I keep my eye on the traffic lights trying to stay in 5th gear as much as possible. Its kind of amazing how little brake pads I use compared to 30-35 years ago.

Im not as exacting as many people on this forum but I think my measurements are decent. Ive not recorded less than 41 mpg the last two years except for the two high speed trips on I-40. Ive calculated 42 mpg two or three times, 44 mpg once, and a remarkable 47 mpg once in the past two years. I always try to use 10 gallons before I refill the tank to reduce any errors from the difference in the level I fill the tank. Id doubt difference in the level I fill the tank is ever more than 0.2 gallons. With my best mileage, the pump indicated 10.25 gallons. I calculated 492 miles / 10.3 gallons for 47.76 mpg. If I did a poor job filling that tank and actually used 10.5 gallons that would only change the mileage to 46.86 mpg.

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Just interested to share how a higher aspect ration can reduce the amount of rubber touching road.
Thats something I might argue is wrong. The first number 185 is supposed to be width of the tire in millimeters. The second number is the percentage of the width that the tire should measure from the tread to the bead? I have no idea where the width measurement is supposed to be taken, the tread or near the widest points on the sidewall?

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