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Old 08-13-2008, 06:38 PM   #21
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I managed to grab a rust free 97 CX today with a 130,000 miles. I have to throw a muffler on it and the clear coat is starting to crack; but other than that it's had a bunch of work to pass our required yearly safety inspection. And it has the yellow head lights going on for sure

I'll get it insured and on the road real soon so I can start posting my mileage. It was funny driving a car with no power steering.

So I'm thinking I might drop it an inch or two. Will this increase my mileage?

Would I have to get anything other than springs to do this wicked cheap? There are tons of parts for sale up here since all the cars rust out. What springs will fit? 92 thru 2000 civic?

Maybe someone should just send me a link to a decent civic site where I can ask the appropriate questions

Thanks all!
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Old 08-14-2008, 06:41 AM   #22
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honda-tech is about the best I know of. There's still a lot of "ricer" going on there, but there are gems buried if you dig.

I think you might need to adjust the camber if you drop more than an inch or so. It will probably help your mileage, but I can't say for sure.
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Old 08-14-2008, 08:18 PM   #23
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honda-tech is great, but also www.clubcivic.com. They've got plenty of knowledge there and I still use that site, even though I've sold my civic...

and get that mother's mag and aluminum polish for $3! Its definitely worth it, but after that, make sure to seal it in with a wax or sealant (or both). www.autopia.org is a great place to learn about exterior detailing.
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Old 08-21-2008, 05:43 PM   #24
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I own a 96 Cx 5 Speed. Awesome rig. Pics and more info here....

http://www.gassavers.org/showthread.php?t=8833


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Old 08-24-2008, 11:06 PM   #25
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My current Cars:

97 civic ex auto: avg.36.4 while beating on it and hypermiling on it the other half.120lbs removed while keeping interior intact-carpet.

96 civic lx 5-speed. lx trans. Avg. 38-40 while thrashing it.
Soon to be semi-built y5 with custom lx trans. Mpg to be announced.

Hope that gives you an idea
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Old 08-27-2008, 08:12 PM   #26
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So I'm thinking I might drop it an inch or two. Will this increase my mileage?

Would I have to get anything other than springs to do this wicked cheap? There are tons of parts for sale up here since all the cars rust out. What springs will fit? 92 thru 2000 civic?

Maybe someone should just send me a link to a decent civic site where I can ask the appropriate questions

Thanks all!
You can get away with just buying some quality lowering springs, but I'd recommended upgrading the shocks as well. honda-tech is easily the best honda site btw.
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So I finally filled up my first tank in the little CX; 37mpg! I drove 65 or 75mph whenever I was on the highway and rev'd it up a bit a few times; but other than that I was pretty easy on it. Should be a good baseline.

I'll be uping the tire pressure from here on.

I haven't checked yet but I think one of my struts might be suspect so I'll probably end up dropping it if I have to replace it. Just have to wait till I fix the jeep to get some dry time in the garage.

topher,
How'd you drop 120lbs in your civic?

I joined up on honda tech; found a lot of good stuff.

Thanks for the tips all!
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Old 09-13-2008, 12:31 PM   #28
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MFR: I havn't updated the list in a while but, here's an idea to get you started.


1.AC condenser: 9.2lbs
2.AC compressor 12.6lbs
3.AC lines/fittings 3lbs
4.AC reciever drier 1.2lbs
5.Lug wrench 1.4lbs
6.Jack 3.2lbs
7.Spare tire 20lbs
8.Spare tire cover(cardboard)4.6lbs
9.Power steering (for wimps anyways) 6.5lbs
10.Sunroof cover 5lbs
11.Half of bulkhead blanket 3lbs
12.AC evap 5lbs


So far iv'e managed 74.7lbs
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Aside from the spare and probably the bulk head blanket I don't have any of that stuff cause mines the cheapo CX.

My tires say 35psi max; I have them at 40psi so I'm seeing how it goes before I take the spare out, lol.
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Aside from the spare and probably the bulk head blanket I don't have any of that stuff cause mines the cheapo CX.

My tires say 35psi max; I have them at 40psi so I'm seeing how it goes before I take the spare out, lol.
When you do go to take the spare tire out. Do what BMW does with there new cars. Put a can of fix-a-flat back there
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