Wheel covers to increase MPG? - Fuelly Forums

Click here to see important news regarding the aCar App

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 02-03-2009, 05:21 PM   #1
Registered Member
coolcat_in_tx's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 1
Country: United States
Wheel covers to increase MPG?

I was looking around online to see if anyone had posted data on wheel covers that increase MPG. I found a couple things from "pizza plates" to covering the whole wheel well itself. I decided to invest in a set of moon hub (not racer/flat) caps online and see what kind of improvements I could get out of my honda.

$100 and a tank of gas later... I didn't notice any increase in MPG after the fact. I suppose the only thing I did get out of the deal is some nice, shiny rims. I've had a few people mention " VW " rims and " 50's " style. I think they give the car a unique look, so I'm not really complaining.

I use a ScanGuage II, drive easy and try to keep weight to a minimum. However, the best I've seen is 360 miles from a 12 gallon tank of gas. I estimate about 30 city/35 hwy. Being as NEW cars get the same/less mpg than I do, I'll be hanging on to my 10yr old Honda for a while longer.

1999 Honda Civic LX
coolcat_in_tx is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-03-2009, 06:26 PM   #2
Registered Member
JanGeo's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 2,444
Country: United States
Location: Tiverton, RI
Send a message via Yahoo to JanGeo
It depends upon what you had on the wheels before you switched. My xB has the 9 spoke plastic mag wheel covers and they were a lot of work to keep clean. I go tthe racing disks but they are rounded not flat - my garage has a top view in it so you can see how much of a dome they have. I noticed higher mileage than usual after putting them on but I have not gone back to the old wheel covers to see the decrease again. The slightest things can affect mileage so it is hard to say exactly what really helps a lot but if it helps at all you just have to stick with it. Usually if your mileage is not very high in the first place the major factor in your mileage is the engine efficiency and a small aero improvement will not help much anyway.

JanGeo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-05-2009, 06:40 AM   #3
Registered Member
aalb1's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 207
Country: United States
Man... that's a real bummer that you paid 100 bucks for those and didn't see any real improvement.
I know it may be a little late but here's a link to some guy on EcoModder who put Wal-Mart Pizza Pans on his wheels... I'm sure your's looks way nicer
aalb1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-22-2009, 12:54 PM   #4
Registered Member
fowljesse's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 188
Country: United States
I covered my back wheels with lightweight (expensive) plastic. They looked great, and were smooth, and I saw about .25mpg increase.
I kept breaking them on curbs, so I don't use them anymore.
fowljesse is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Not very precise mpg calculation larjerr Fuelly Web Support and Community News 4 08-20-2012 01:03 AM
Where does it all go! dkjones96 General Discussion (Off-Topic) 26 03-14-2010 05:49 AM
total fuel cost for fill-up instead of price per gallon EmptyH Fuelly Web Support and Community News 1 08-26-2008 11:14 AM
Ability to comment on Fuel Tips randomic Fuelly Web Support and Community News 4 08-21-2008 11:25 PM
It seems everybody is going WOT Silveredwings General Maintenance and Repair 11 06-18-2007 12:51 PM

» Fuelly iOS Apps
» Fuelly Android Apps
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 05:04 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.