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Old 07-16-2009, 03:42 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I'm using my (GPS) navigator. I set a fixed speed limit at which I can hear a cow. It tells me that I'm going so fast that the cows can't look at me when I'm passing by.

I also set a cuckoo clock when I'm over the speed limit. It tells me that it's better to be late in life than to be early in death.

Else the fastest real time feedback are the trip odometer and the guessgauge...

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Thats almost ironic, I have a cow MOOO sound that goes off on mine when I'm going over the speed limit, but being in the country my GPS does not have the speed limits of about 98% of the roads so it is pretty much worthless for me

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Old 07-16-2009, 04:04 AM   #12 (permalink)
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I have a similar thing to the sticker idea - as I don't have a MPGuino/SG/kiwi etc I have a piece of masking tape - stay with me on this - it sits above the fuel guage and on it are scribbled my past bests for each increment of the gauge :

from ov Full - full = 50miles
@7/8 = 112miles
@3/4 = 156
@5/8 = 208.........................etc

each time I beat it I scribble on the tape and replace it when i fill up. because the last half goes quicker than the first it gives me known milestones to aim for and its a constant reminder to 'featherfoot' it!!
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Old 07-16-2009, 11:54 AM   #13 (permalink)
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I have a similar thing to the sticker idea - as I don't have a MPGuino/SG/kiwi etc I have a piece of masking tape - stay with me on this - it sits above the fuel guage and on it are scribbled my past bests for each increment of the gauge :

from ov Full - full = 50miles
@7/8 = 112miles
@3/4 = 156
@5/8 = 208.........................etc

each time I beat it I scribble on the tape and replace it when i fill up. because the last half goes quicker than the first it gives me known milestones to aim for and its a constant reminder to 'featherfoot' it!!
Yeah I know when I get to half a tank if iv gone 170 miles Im doing good, its about my normal...... Since I got those LRR tires I was at 195 O.o I can't wait to see the results at the end of this tank..
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Old 07-16-2009, 02:22 PM   #14 (permalink)
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You don't necessarily need to cut anything. I can't find a large image of the Neon engine compartment, but up near the intake manifold (where the air intake connects up), there are vacuum lines. You can identify them because they aren't clamped in place, and when you disconnect them and put your finger over one end or the other, you'll feel suction while the engine is running. Cut off a small piece of the aftermarket hose that came with the gauge (3 inches or so.) You can then attach the small piece of the aftermarket hose to the intake vacuum port, put the "tee" in, and then attach the original hose to the other end, with the hose to the vacuum gauge at the third port of the tee. That way, if you even want to go back to original, the factory hose is still the original length so you can reattach it back to the manifold.
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Old 07-16-2009, 02:48 PM   #15 (permalink)
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You don't necessarily need to cut anything. I can't find a large image of the Neon engine compartment, but up near the intake manifold (where the air intake connects up), there are vacuum lines. You can identify them because they aren't clamped in place, and when you disconnect them and put your finger over one end or the other, you'll feel suction while the engine is running. Cut off a small piece of the aftermarket hose that came with the gauge (3 inches or so.) You can then attach the small piece of the aftermarket hose to the intake vacuum port, put the "tee" in, and then attach the original hose to the other end, with the hose to the vacuum gauge at the third port of the tee. That way, if you even want to go back to original, the factory hose is still the original length so you can reattach it back to the manifold.
Oh, thats a good idea, but how would I run it up to my interior without drilling holes in my fire wall or something?
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Old 07-16-2009, 02:56 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Oh, thats a good idea, but how would I run it up to my interior without drilling holes in my fire wall or something?
There are rubber grommets where your existing wiring harnesses come into the cabin. In my car, there was one under the driver's side above the pedals. I used an old metal pen to poke a hole through from the engine compartment, and then pulled the hose through there. This is actually the most difficult part of the whole thing.
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Yeah, you can also just run it through the door channel. There's a gap between the uppermost part of the fender and the a-pillar, run it through there, into the gap, then through the area where the door seal contacts the chassis.

If you do that, you'll want to watch that area, since the hose will rub paint, which could cause corrosion, and the hose could "rub through" causing a vacuum leak.
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Old 07-16-2009, 03:21 PM   #18 (permalink)
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I was on Cingular which was crap, but cheap. Then Verizon which was good, but sleazy. Now I'm on Sprint which is good, but their selection of phones leaves much to be desired...

Anyway, you could always rig up your dashboard to always have the "low fuel" light on. It might be even cheaper than a sticker! :-)
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LOL - A mod should change this topic to "Subliminally saving tons of gas!! While discussing cell phone carriers...

I don't care too much about my phone... it's a phone. It calls people, gets calls coming in, and I can even text on it. That's about all I need. I'm good.
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