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Old 08-22-2007, 06:00 PM   #21
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I wonder if there is irony in criticising someone for being too critical

Velo, I think we will all have to care about more than ourselves for us to get along, without continued major conflicts.
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Old 08-22-2007, 08:33 PM   #22
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I save money while driveing to my job with the extra hours and have fun at the same time! Money is not everything sometimes my being happy is all that counts
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Old 08-22-2007, 09:10 PM   #23
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i plan to get smaller sleeker mirrors just because my stock mirrors (if you ever see an s-10's mirrors you will notice ) they look like dumbo's ears or somehitng, thier freaking huge and mine dont stay where you position them anyways. but id never delete them. i like being able to see the sides of my truck so i know how close i am to stuff while backing up. i wish my chevette had a passenger side mirror cuz its mighty annoying not being able to see that side of the car either it be backing up, or changing lanes.
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Old 08-22-2007, 09:46 PM   #24
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In response to Veloman

So the mirrors might make up for maybe +0.2 mpg.

Indeed, a red light can shatter that savings in city traffic...

But let's figure constant highway cruise for a moment.

If you add-up all of the similarly small items, a significant improvement in FE can occur (both in drag, and other mods like LRR/highly-inflated tires, for example).

It's the sum of these parts that make a forest of the trees.

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I'm not trying to criticise, just offering my viewpoint. Because I've gotten to the point of trying so hard to get the best mpg, that it's not worth the stress or time or whatever.

Now, I still drive smoothly and efficiently, but I'm not going to pop it into neutral anymore.

I mean no offense
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It really helps to know your route intimately. After months of doing this I know every hill larger than a gumwrapper and the location and timing of the lights and other obstructions such that I rarely get "caught" by one. It is a lot different perspective of my commute to know it by these landmarks.
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Old 08-23-2007, 05:53 AM   #27
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And he wasted gas by making that addition stop on the highway.....how many miles of 'non-outside mirror' would it take to recoup that wasted gas?


IDK, some of you guys are a bit extreme to get that extra .2mpg.


The problem I see with being sooo caught up in this FE thing is how pissed off do you get when a light turns red right in front you.....one that you very well could of stayed green? A sudden stop from 45mph like that would destroy my mileage for the trip. What difference is removing a side mirror going to really make, when there are sooo many outside influences we have no control over?

Just trying to keep a practical perspective.

I know it's a hobby too, but think of the extra money you could of made if you devoted your energy into something that really makes you more money. I know I've spent too much time thinking about FE and planning routes, and taking the slower route, and all that stuff. Not to mention the mental energy required. What if I put that energy into working a couple more hours a week.....I have a lot more money in my pocket in the end, over the small gas savings I would of made. even right now, as I type this....this is what I'm talking about.....
thanks, but as I said above..
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I plan on hitting the motorcycle junkyard today or tomorrow to try finding a small aero mirror off some sport bike. Probably get some parts for my moped too .
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I am legal now . I bought a used gsx 600 mirror at the junkyard. Here are some pics compared to stock. I haven't had time to finish around it yet.
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