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Old 07-16-2012, 05:12 PM   #51 (permalink)
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Spent the weekend with a bunch of manual Insight Hypermilers. It was both fun and scary at times to say the least, and opened my eyes to the world of hypermiling, EOC, FAS, driving slowwww (we even passed a turtle crossing sign on the mpg race) and racking up the numbers! Learned a lot. Highest mpg in 16 mile race without MIMA was around 96mpg, with MIMA someone got around 105mpg. My CVT got 72.6 in a bad run where i even passed the leading insight and a few unplanned stops. The winner took the wheel of my CVT and got 78.4mpg.

With what i learned i managed to improve my 42.6 mile commute. Got 79.6mpg to work personal best, and 63.6mpg back home which was worse than usual for a 71.6mpg average commute for the day.

With planned aeromods and driving style 75mpg average will require hard work, but i think it's realistically achievable.

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Old 07-16-2012, 08:33 PM   #52 (permalink)
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Old 07-16-2012, 10:06 PM   #53 (permalink)
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Looks like that was a good day.

I have a moan and groan report. Sorry, but I feel a need to vent.

I spent this past weekend addressing some maintenance issues. Unfortunately, not all are fully resolved. Replaced the Civic's sway bar links and their bushings. The car still squeaks and groans as it moves over the road, so I suspect ball joints or???

Removed two damaged front wheel covers in the process of doing the sway bar links,I haven't decided yet how I'll deal with those. Replaced 5 psi of air lost from the front tires. Replaced 4 rivets lost from the belly pan. Changed the oil.

Lean Burn Civic has some kind of issue with the accessory belts - I think the shop made them too tight, or some pulley bearings have gone south.

Today, went out with some friends driving along side in their pickup, shot some tuft test videos of the Civic's Kamm roof extension. This was my first effort at a tuft test video. Hooo-boy. I think I'm gonna do a writeup of how NOT to shoot a tuft test video. It definitely is not as easy as it looks in the videos I've seen posted here occasionally. Short version: Ours were shot mostly into the sun, which makes it harder to see the detail. That was my fault; I requested that travel direction due to trying to avoid a crosswind.

Also I'd recommend a camera with good zoom capability, preferably optical zoom capability. The videos we got don't show enough close detail of the tufts. What you can see looks pretty good, but I haven't yet found a good shot of the top panel, only of the left side panel. Those side panel tufts look pretty good, I have to say.
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Old 07-17-2012, 10:04 AM   #54 (permalink)
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Wish I had a sway bar to mess with. The DX control arms don't even have mounting points for one.
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Old 07-17-2012, 10:16 AM   #55 (permalink)
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Update: gas gauge shows 4/20 bars remaining on the U.F.O.'s current tank, at 94.7 mpg on the OEM display at about 800 miles. The driving I'm doing lately is even more MPG-friendly than usual: ~100 mpg round trips a couple of times a week to a cottage cruising along in lean burn on rolling back roads. Ahh, summer...

(P&G results on this route would be waaaay over 100 mpg, but I prefer to just cruise.)
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Old 07-17-2012, 01:34 PM   #56 (permalink)
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Update: 89.3 mpg / 250 miles on my tank. Still well above F. I need to bring that up above 90 to reach 1200 miles on this tank.
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Old 07-17-2012, 04:58 PM   #57 (permalink)
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Update: gas gauge shows 4/20 bars remaining on the U.F.O.'s current tank, at 94.7 mpg on the OEM display at about 800 miles.
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Update: 89.3 mpg / 250 miles on my tank. Still well above F. I need to bring that up above 90 to reach 1200 miles on this tank.
Update: 77.6 mpg / 390 miles on the tank. Battery charging issues may be resolved so alternator delete is full time again. And routes, weather, and side skirts all helping.
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Old 07-17-2012, 08:05 PM   #58 (permalink)
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I got about 48.5 mpg coming home from work today. Two weeks ago I was getting about 55-56 mpg, but now I have a carpool buddy and it's HOT here in the Northeast, so we're running a/c some afternoons.

I still hope to pull low 50's mpg for the tank. Not bad at all for this car, just not the stratospheric numbers I wish I was getting.

Tomorrow the car goes back to the shop which somehow mishandled adjusting the three accessory belts. Likely will get all three belts new, and an idler pulley installed. It's been squealing and scraping like a hurt pig.
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Old 07-18-2012, 12:59 AM   #59 (permalink)
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I'm not sure if this is the right place for this post, but I figured if anybody could help me it would be here.I asked this question before, but didn't get many responses, thought I would try here with other Honda people. I am having a problem with my vehicle speed reading on my mpguino. 80% of the time the reading is good, but the other 20% of the time my speed on the mpguino will become very erratic. Ranging anywhere from 15 mph over my actual speed, to 0 mph. At the end of the tank the mpguino mpg is still very close to the actual mpg's, it's just annoying when it happens because I don't really know what I did for that specific trip. Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks.
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Old 07-18-2012, 02:19 AM   #60 (permalink)
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I'm not sure if this is the right place for this post, but I figured if anybody could help me it would be here.I asked this question before, but didn't get many responses, thought I would try here with other Honda people. I am having a problem with my vehicle speed reading on my mpguino. 80% of the time the reading is good, but the other 20% of the time my speed on the mpguino will become very erratic. Ranging anywhere from 15 mph over my actual speed, to 0 mph. At the end of the tank the mpguino mpg is still very close to the actual mpg's, it's just annoying when it happens because I don't really know what I did for that specific trip. Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks.
Speed sensor? Is there an open in a wire somewhere?

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