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View Poll Results: What is the best project in the past three months?
dcb's (& company) open source MPGuino fuel economy computer 19 45.24%
Paul & Sabrina's open source motor controller 5 11.90%
MetroMPG's Designing/building front wheel skirts 1 2.38%
Trebuchet03's JettKamm 0 0%
Ben Nelson's Electro-Metro 0 0%
Basjoos Aerocivic 11 26.19%
TomO's Clear Kammback 2 4.76%
Akashic's aermodded Tacoma Prerunner 3 7.14%
Jomelmaldonado's load sensitive cruise control 1 2.38%
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Old 02-06-2009, 05:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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VOTE! January Mod of the Month

Vote for modification of the month!

In no particular order, here are the links to the projects:
The poll will be open for one week and will then be closed.

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Old 02-06-2009, 05:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Blackfly - '98 Geo Metro
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90 day: 52.07 mpg (US)

Winter beater Metro - '00 Chevrolet Metro
90 day: 61.98 mpg (US)

Fancy Metro - '14 Mitsubishi Mirage top spec
90 day: 58.72 mpg (US)

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Man, this is difficult. It was so hard to pick just one.

(Complete opposite of political voting, where you hold your nose and just choose the least repulsive!)

Mine doesn't deserve to be on the list. I only ever finished the driver's side skirt before winter hit!
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Old 02-07-2009, 11:16 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I didn't even vote for my clear Kammbach, lol.

Not a worthy thought compared to the benefit of dcb (and company) for their work with the MPGuino.

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Old 02-07-2009, 12:28 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Olivia - '03 Pontiac Vibe base
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Wow, that is a hard list to choose from. I went with the Aerocivic because of its iconic status here on ecomodder. The MPGuino, Jo's cruise control, and the Electro Metro are also worthy contenders. Good job to all the nominees!
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Old 02-07-2009, 02:18 PM   #5 (permalink)
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RippinRoo - '05 Subaru Legacy Wagon 2.5 GT
90 day: 21.16 mpg (US)

Helga - '00 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
90 day: 53.91 mpg (US)

Olga - '03 Volkswagen Jetta Wagon
90 day: 46.24 mpg (US)
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Very very difficult...
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Old 02-07-2009, 03:00 PM   #6 (permalink)
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WonderWagon - '94 Ford Escort LX
Last 3: 51.52 mpg (US)

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90 day: 48.97 mpg (US)

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They're all deserving projects, but I voted for Basjoos' Aerocivic. As Tango Charlie said, it's iconic here.
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Old 02-07-2009, 06:58 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Wow...this is like choosing which of your kids you like the most...impossible!

I decided to go with dcb's MPGuino because I think it has the widest reach and impact for everyday drivers. While drivers might be inclined to mimic the other nominees work I thought dcb's project had the potential to influence the mass market of drivers. That being said, some of the other nominees might attain higher % increases with their physical vehicle mods.

In no way does this diminish the other modders work...all incredible projects and worthy recipients of the award! I think if you pared the list down by 1 each month all of them would win over the course of a year!
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Old 02-07-2009, 07:06 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Gascort RIP - '93 Ford Escort Wagon
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Great work to all; I like this idea - I found a couple threads I had missed somehow, and really enjoyed seeing the mods, like TomO's clear Kamm - I'm on board for it.

Another vote for dcb's work for being awesome + the most influential; the open source nature of it is a gift of his time and skills to anyone, anywhere.
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Old 02-07-2009, 10:58 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Silver Bullet - '03 Mazda Protege LX
90 day: 29.51 mpg (US)

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90 day: 37.06 mpg (US)

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wow, hard choice. Almost voted for the mpguino, but had to give it to basjoos.

The mpguino won't inherently save you fuel, although it offers a larger percentage improvement for an average driver, but you can't help but save fuel with the aerocivic.

Both ideas are things that auto makers really need to be looking at. Good job to all!
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Old 02-08-2009, 04:02 AM   #10 (permalink)
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scenic - '01 renault scenic
90 day: 43.09 mpg (US)

megane - '97 renault megane classic
90 day: 72.53 mpg (US)

dennisius - '06 Toyota Prius
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Originally Posted by Daox View Post
Vote for modification of the month!
All these projects do merit to be a mod of the month, so congrats to all the nominees.

As this is the first vote I interpret it as a vote for the best project up to now. I hesitated between the MPGuino and the Aerocivic. The MPG sensible cruise control and the electric projects were very close to the short list as they represent the future. If instrumentation has a big importance in saving gas and I do love Open Source, aeromod has the property to be driver independent so I voted for Basjoos.


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