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Old 09-03-2008, 11:39 AM   #1
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My sig is full...so I might as well move some of it into a thread and just put in a single link to the thread, right? From now on, I'll add things here and send people here to see them rather than trying to squeeze them into my sig.

Open-source ECU tuning for Subaru/Mitsubishi/some Mazda/presumably some Chrysler:
http://www.gassavers.org/showthread....527#post139527

Fuel injector cleaning using DIY chemicals or sending them by mail to be professionally cleaned and tested:
http://www.gassavers.org/showthread.php?t=6648
Another post about professional cleaning:
http://www.gassavers.org/showpost.ph...4&postcount=31
See also a BITOG thread where it seems like Gumout Regane and Redline Sl 1 are the best store-bought cleaners and BG 44k is the best you can get:
http://www.bobistheoilguy.com/forums...Number=1142046
More DIY injector cleaning ideas (remove injector, pressurize with aerosol can of cleaner, fuel pump, or vacuum pump)
http://www.gassavers.org/showpost.ph...9&postcount=13

Lug patterns (bolt circle diameter):
http://lugpattern.net

An old list of DIY modifications...
http://www.gassavers.org/showthread.php?t=2692

Why MPG (or any Distance Per Volume) can be a difficult measurement to use instead of l/100km (or any Volume Per Distance):
http://www.gassavers.org/showpost.ph...0&postcount=19

Why using higher octane rated gas isn't going to help FE or power:
http://www.gassavers.org/showthread....636#post129636

Honda factory service/repair manuals for 1987 Civic, 1992 Civic, 1996-1998 Civic, 1993 and 1994 Integras, and wiring diagrams for 1988 Integra:
http://www.redpepperracing.com/technical/main.php
http://www.honda-tech.com/showthread.php?t=1998336
http://www.spoonertuner.com/manuals?...c9ef14fe962b31
http://www.honda-tech.com/showthread.php?t=2053807
http://www.hondahookup.com/manuals/
Exploded parts diagrams for Hondas: http://www.hondaautomotiveparts.com
http://hondatech.info/downloads/Auto/Manuals
"DeSchlong's" DIY Install Guides for the 5th Generation (5G) 1992-1995 Honda Civic.
Honda wiring and pinouts

Also, general sources for Haynes/Chiltons style manuals:It looks like Bentley ( http://www.bentleypublishers.com ) doesn't offer online content, but most of the other repair manual companies (Chilton's, Helm, Alldata) offer online access for a fee.

Upgraded exhaust system: Good for FE, or not helpful?
http://www.gassavers.org/showthread.php?t=10274

Why fuel-saving devices, additives, and other products don't work:
My intro to hypermiling:
http://www.gassavers.org/showthread.php?t=7781

Glossary and busted/confirmed FE mods/stratgies:
http://www.gassavers.org/showthread.php?t=1088
Glossary and acronyms:
http://www.gassavers.org/showthread.php?t=7428

Calculators/formulas:
Tire size calculator with non-metric sizes:
http://www.1010tires.com/tiresizecalculator.asp

Tire size calculator that specializes in equivalent diameter listings:
http://www.tiresizecalculator.info/
http://ejelta.com/tiresize

Gear calculator:
http://f-body.org/gears

Tire size calculator with equivalent size list:
http://www.wheelsmaster.com/rt_specs.jsp

A tire and gear calculator in the form of a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet:
http://www.gmfullsize.com/forum/showthread.php?t=80330

Collections of calculators mainly for off-road truck configurations but may be useful for other purposes:
http://www.4lo.com
http://www.ringpinion.com/Calculators.aspx

Another tire size calculator somewhat like the miata.net one in my sig
http://www.roversd1.nl/sd1web/wheelcalc.html
This one has more detail about gear ratios and requires you to enter more data, but calculates more driveline data.

Time to payoff for buying a more expensive, more efficient vehicle vs. a cheaper, less efficient vehicle:
http://www.sporkforge.com/finance/gas_cost.php

Best cruising speed (didn't work for me):
http://www.gassavers.org/showthread.php?t=7130

Drag coefficient:
http://www.gassavers.org/showthread.php?t=4904
http://www.gassavers.org/showthread.php?t=5904

Aerodynamic drag, rolling resistance, and a whole bunch of other stuff:
http://metrompg.com/tool-aero-rr.htm

Effect of air pressure changes due to temperature:
http://wahiduddin.net/calc/calc_hp_abs.htm

Aerodynamics:
Drafting distance:
http://www.gassavers.org/showthread....4033#post94033

Cd vs. CdA -- how aerodynamic drag coefficient actually affects your MPG:
http://www.gassavers.org/showthread.php?t=8487

Tool for visualizing aero vs rolling resistance:
http://www.gassavers.org/showthread.php?t=601

Research on Aerodynamic Drag Reduction with Vortex Generators:
http://www.mitsubishi-motors.com/cor...004/16E_03.pdf

The effect of boattails and other aerodynamic modifications on tractor trailers:
http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/p...ain_H-2283.pdf
http://permanent.access.gpo.gov/webs...00-01-2209.pdf
http://www.greencarcongress.com/2005...at_tail_d.html
There's diagrams in those links that show the airflow around trucks, which may help car drivers better understand drafting.

Other:
Search junkyards (sorry, "auto salvage yards" (oops, "used auto parts dealers" (I apologize for my political incorrectness, "auto recyclers"))) nationwide for the part you need:
http://www.car-part.com

Air filters tested -- paper vs. K&N vs. other brands, and so on:
http://bobistheoilguy.com/airfilter/airtest1.htm
More on K&N air filters:
The generally accepted authority for questions, data, and myth-busting about motor oil:
http://bobistheoilguy.com
(Keep in mind that it is still a forum and has plenty of people who subscribe to all the myths without an ounce of skepticism.)

Weight: Does it really make that much of a difference? Well, not for bicyclists:
http://www.gassavers.org/showpost.ph...1&postcount=39

More on weight reduction, with actual measured results:
http://www.gassavers.org/showthread.php?t=8361
When it's all said and done, some cars can have a measurable FE difference of ~1% MPG per 1% weight change -- so, to get a 10% change in MPG, one would add/remove 230 pounds on a 2300 pound Civic. Other cars may not respond to weight loss at all, such as a 2.5% MPG change resulting from a whopping 19 percent weight change.

Stuff that's still in my sig:
Hypermiling/FE "sleepers" -- cars that get better FE than expected or respond particularly well to hypermiling techniques:
http://www.gassavers.org/showthread.php?t=7449

Good threads about drafting:
http://gassavers.org/showthread.php?t=7219
http://www.gassavers.org/showthread....4033#post94033
- In summary: A draft at highway speeds extends to three times the length of the vehicle, resulting in a 2 to 3 second following distance behind standard sized tractor-trailers -- that's not close, probably further than you were going to be anyway.

My DIY fuel rate meter thread:
http://www.gassavers.org/showthread.php?t=7714
- Also contains links to many other DIY fuel rate meter / MPG meter / electronic info threads

Tire pressure myths, facts, observations, effects:
http://gassavers.org/showthread.php?t=7712
In summary: You would probably benefit from additional tire pressure.

The effect of tire width on rolling resistance:
http://gassavers.org/showthread.php?t=7713

Low rolling resistance tires, which models are good:
http://gassavers.org/showthread.php?p=110803

Tire size calculator -- tells you the difference in diameter for any two sizes, and calculates speedometer/odometer error (and therefore your fudge factor for figuring your FE):
http://miata.net/garage/tirecalc.html

You're probably not actually lugging your engine when you use too high of a gear, just making it growl a little:
http://gassavers.org/showpost.php?p=100910&postcount=13

Lowest gas prices from websites approved by the EPA (instead of the junk spam we get advertising such sites):
http://fueleconomy.gov/feg/gasprices/states

O2 sensor for Honda Civic VX:
http://www.gassavers.org/showpost.ph...10&postcount=4
http://stores.channeladvisor.com/Aut...-36531-p2m-a01
http://www.gassavers.org/showpost.ph...8&postcount=46
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nice FAQ

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Old 09-03-2008, 03:51 PM   #3
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I second the motion... Let's sticky it.

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Really? I only posted it so I could make some room in my sig...

What can I say, I'm flattered.
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Today's edit: Added vehicle comparison FE payoff calculator http://www.sporkforge.com/finance/gas_cost.php
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Added link to very informative exhaust thread:
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