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Old 12-31-2007, 05:20 AM   #41
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I cannot improve on CharlesB's design but I say get the diesel.

The diesel gives you a lot of advantages.
I consistantly got 49 mpg with an '85 Escort diesel hatchback. No mods.
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Old 12-31-2007, 05:55 AM   #42
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Great list of tips/mods! ...
Kudos for the excellent summary, Clencher.
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Old 12-31-2007, 04:16 PM   #43
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I use a 203 degree thermostat. It's the only engine mod I've ever found to work on my diesel truck.

If you want to go E85 (non-diesel), modify your engine to take advantage of its very high octane. 14:1 compression and a huge ignition advance are possible. Both improve engine efficiency. Keep in mind that E85 has only 60% the heating value of gasoline, so you will have to accommodate a bigger fuel flow.

An idea I recently heard, but have not (obviously) tried but may be good for this project: Motorcycle tires. There are 16" motorcycle tires available (they are used on Gold Wings) and their small contact patch may afford lower rolling resistance. I have not tried this myself, so you are on your own. Motorcycle tires are considerably softer than car tires and wear quickly.
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Old 01-01-2008, 04:37 AM   #45
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I use a 203 degree thermostat. It's the only engine mod I've ever found to work on my diesel truck.
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http://www.brightgreen.us/improve.htm
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Old 01-01-2008, 01:12 PM   #46
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....and the winner is.....
Well, a lot of good 'tips' submitted as well as some good 'photochops'.

Thanks ZugyNA for your numerous suggestions, but theclencher seems to have put together the most thought out modification list.

Congrats 'theclencher' ! You win this GasSavers.org Contest and $100.00 in free gas!
Please PM me with your preference of gas station card, or if you would prefer PayPal.

For those who didn't submit an entry, but would still like too...there is a similar contest here:
http://forum.ecomodder.com/showthread.php?t=246

And you can also follow the actual build thread here:
http://forum.ecomodder.com/showthread.php?t=464

Thanks again to all, and Happy New Year!
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Xfi delivered the prize! Thanks buddy!

I'm kinda surprised nobody has anything to say about his contest or the results; good, bad, or otherwise?
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