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    Sticky: "Beauty Rings", they were very common prior to...

    "Beauty Rings", they were very common prior to the 90's before everything went to either full plastic wheel covers or alloy wheels. They're not cheap because if they're worth having, they're made of...
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    Sticky: I know you don't want to glue your threaded ring...

    I know you don't want to glue your threaded ring in place because you want it to be removable. What about drilling a small hole in the ring and safety-wiring it to something to keep it from...
  3. The Mirage engine tuning is pretty amazing with...

    The Mirage engine tuning is pretty amazing with what it can do at low RPM. The combination of VVT and electronic throttle goes a long way.
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    This warrants its own thread.

    This warrants its own thread.
  5. Mini road trip the other day. 3 hours round trip....

    Mini road trip the other day. 3 hours round trip. Around 95 miles total.

    Google's quickest route would have been about 3 miles less and taken 30 minutes less, but traffic would have been a LOT...
  6. Leaving the BATTERY disconnected with no...

    Leaving the BATTERY disconnected with no occasional charging for a year might not be great for the battery. But, the car... it doesn't care if there's a battery connected. Probably good for it. No...
  7. Thread: Chevrolet Volt

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    I know two people who bought used Volts for right...

    I know two people who bought used Volts for right about $14k each... maybe 2-3 years ago. Was a fantastic price at the time. They both bought into them for the geek factor. I did drive one of them...
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    There's never a "good reason" to do something...

    There's never a "good reason" to do something like this. You do it because you want to do it, and you set your own goals.

    If you're not going "flat out" as fast as you can, then chasing a time is...
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    Mitsu is not going to have anything to do with an...

    Mitsu is not going to have anything to do with an illegal cross-country run. Period.

    Make it a legal cross-country economy challenge, then you might get some interest from various sponsors.
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    This is the kind of dumb idea that I can get...

    This is the kind of dumb idea that I can get behind.

    I've done my share of road trips, TSD rallies, economy challenges, and competed in the One Lap of America twice. I'm down! When do we start?
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    That's the federal requirement for a NEW car...

    That's the federal requirement for a NEW car being sold in the US.

    As a consumer, there's no law that says you need to MAINTAIN that system. (that I'm aware of)

    If your state doesn't have...
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    To answer the question, 80-85 mph cruise should...

    To answer the question, 80-85 mph cruise should net you somewhere between 30 and 32 mpg. Typical "20 miles after the fuel light comes on" fill-up in a Mirage is no more than 7.5 gallons.

    So, you...
  13. Made my weekly "take the car out for some...

    Made my weekly "take the car out for some exercise" trip yesterday. Netted 59.8 indicated. Could have done better, but there was some traffic.

    I try to be efficient while I'm just driving around...
  14. I was going to say we're "vehemently agreeing",...

    I was going to say we're "vehemently agreeing", but the conversation is pretty mellow for that phrase!
  15. I think we're all agreeing from different angles.

    I think we're all agreeing from different angles.
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    Interesting thought. I'd not considered that....

    Interesting thought. I'd not considered that. (and people who build Frankenstein projects like this often don't)

    Here's a good read: ...
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    It never ceases to amaze me how far off topic...

    It never ceases to amaze me how far off topic this forum gets and how quickly. I've literally given thought to abandoning this forum for it because it happens so often.

    Back to the show.
  18. I just wish I lived somewhere that was a bit less...

    I just wish I lived somewhere that was a bit less "big city". This is the hardest environment to get decent gas mileage in.
  19. Oh, for sure. The ENGINE is most efficient...

    Oh, for sure. The ENGINE is most efficient somewhere in the range of its torque peak. It's making the most rotational force with the amount of fuel that it's burning. That doesn't account for what...
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    Thanks, this was just a quick hack, I didn't...

    Thanks, this was just a quick hack, I didn't spend time on cleaning it up much. I used to do a lot of graphic design work for websites and advertising, and got reasonably good with Photoshop.
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    If the Smart had a proper manual transmission and...

    If the Smart had a proper manual transmission and got significantly better gas mileage, I would agree that "it exists".

    You could almost say the same for the iQ. But, it doesn't have a proper...
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    Also adding to the simplicity: No cutting/fitting...

    Also adding to the simplicity: No cutting/fitting glass, and no messing with door latches, hinges or handles.
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    What if there were a Mirage coupe?

    Okay, so most of you know I'm a bit of a lightweight vehicle nut. That's what drew me to the Mirage in the first place. And I've shaved around a hundred pounds of of my Mirage with various...
  24. Thread: Hyundai Ioniq

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    CVTs are great. My gripe with them is that they...

    CVTs are great. My gripe with them is that they have no soul. They have to work all kinds of magic with the computer to make it behave more like a traditional geared transmission because NOBODY likes...
  25. Thread: Hyundai Ioniq

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    90's? Oh, dear boy. Here, read this: ...

    90's? Oh, dear boy. Here, read this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Automatic_transmission
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