I currently ride a 250cc Honda Rebel and am going to look at a CRX HF on Monday. I've always stayed local so didn't feel interested in FE beyond jumping on my small motorcycle to keep it cheap, but now I'm looking at 30,000-50,000 miles of driving a year so I'll be studying everything around here, asking questions, modding whatever vehicle I end up with and generally being the awesome personage that is SteadFastStylee.
Some of the things I'm thinking of doing are:
1. Front grill dam(or whatever it's called)
2. Full moon hubcaps
3. Wheel Skirts
4. Passenger and rear seat removal
5. Driving habit changes including drafting which I allready do for long trips on my motorcycle
I'm not totally sure on, but had these ideas flickin' around in my noggin :
1. Ethanol conversion/home brewing
3. Underbody streamlining
4. Larger Wheels(although this one might confuse me pretty good when figurin' out speed)
5. Lower the car
For the Ethanol conversion I was looking at http://www.flextek.com and possibly the use of a small fuel cell containing E85 for starting and shutting down and then a larger cell for main usage of homebrewed ethanol that hasn't been completely de-watered(190 proof) to keep brewing simple.
The Ethanol thing is only a pipe-dream right now though as It would require quite an investment of funds, license to brew, and time to brew.
Another option is of course just using nothing but gas station E85, but I'm still unsure about availability and of course the big $$$$$. With Ethanol FE lowers, so if the fuel cost at the pump doesn't reflect the lower FE it's just not a good choice.
One big advantage I've seen for Ethanol is it's ability to lower engine temps as compared to gasoline, which in turn can allow more "bottling up" of the front grill.....but would any additional aerodynamic advantages of further grill damming offset ethanols FE woes? I doubt it....it's brew or bust(or possiblly co-op brewing of ethanol like is done with bio-diesel, but then the question of liquor sales, tax issues, etc. etc. pop up BLAH!).
And yes it is alot of driving...would be 300-900 miles 4-8 times every 5-6 weeks...and one bad thing for data collection is that it would be a different route every 5-6 weeks....not alot of constants, but it would be good for overall US Interstate driving conditions and FE possibilities.
Cost and return on investment are what I'm trying to work on...How much is the average cost for a d15z1? I'm already going to be dropping a bit over a grand for the CRX HF, the cost to put on new rotors, supply costs for aerodynamics, and possibly some other small things.
I'd also have to get the engine installed, so that's another few bucks....would it be worth it on a financial basis, or would it be all about geek factor(which I might be able to live with .
I actually have a question about engine swaps...would there be an advantage of putting the 1.3L in a HF? I'm not versed in Honda's, swaps, and the average fuel consumption of engines, so you'll have to forgive me if it's a stupid question.
I definately don't want to pay the asking price....but it is looking more and more likely I'll get this HF...The guy that is selling the other one is local, but everytime I've sent him a e-mail he either doesn't respond, or has put me off...I even included my cell AND home numbers in hopes I could talk person to person and set up a time to look at his HF....only so many days I can spend trying to look at a car.
That better looking HF is about 300 miles from me, so I've been kinda hoping something would pop up locally, but it isn't looking good.
Wish me luck on the motorcycle ride to go up and take a look at that HF....and also wish nme luck on it being a decent HF(looks through Digital pictures can be alot diff. then in person).