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Old 09-19-2004, 06:44 AM
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Default BEST MODS TO UPGRADE HORSE POWER AND GAS MILEAGE

i JUST PURCHASED AN ELEMENT ABOUT TWO WEEKS AGO AND I LOVE IT. BUT I WAS OWNDERING WHAT ARE THE BEST UPGRADES TO IMPROVE GASMILEAGE AND MOSTLY HORSE POWER. I WOULD PREFER BOLT ON ITEMS AND THE CHEAPER THE BETTER. PLEASE HELP.
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Old 09-19-2004, 07:40 AM
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First, welcome to the forums. You should check the Perfomance Pursuits forum first and post there next time. There are a bunch of posts about the different products. You might want to also check the archives and do a search as there were some helpful threads a while ago. I think what seemed to work best was to get better rims. The lighter the rim the better. The other point was to have as light an E overall as possible. That is, an E without extra weight like side steps, rear seats, cargo in the rear will perform better. I think what people seemed to say is that most of the products out there only marginally improve hp or gas mileage. There are a lot of cat back pics around here to take a look at. I would say the most popular mod here are the rims and tires. There are a lot of pics of those too. Things like the air filter / intake and the chip mods are less popular.
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Old 09-19-2004, 09:12 AM
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Default Re: BEST MODS TO UPGRADE HORSE POWER AND GAS MILEAGE

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i JUST PURCHASED AN ELEMENT ABOUT TWO WEEKS AGO AND I LOVE IT. BUT I WAS OWNDERING WHAT ARE THE BEST UPGRADES TO IMPROVE GASMILEAGE AND MOSTLY HORSE POWER. I WOULD PREFER BOLT ON ITEMS AND THE CHEAPER THE BETTER. PLEASE HELP.
A BRICK!


Put on the gas peddle to increase power.

Put it under the gas peddle to increas mileage! :twisted: :twisted:

All the other accessories are bunk! (Well almost all)
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Old 09-20-2004, 05:18 PM
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Gas mileage ^ =lower weight, lighter foot, higher tire pressure, longer trips, less braking, cleaner car finish, less exterior accessories, and well lubricated. All these are quite inexpensive.

Power ^ = different engine. Anything you can bolt on cheaply will only increase power in some ranges, other ranges will suffer.
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Old 09-20-2004, 06:46 PM
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Some of the posts I've read have mentioned that after you put on the first 1,000 miles or so, the mileage increases. I'm only on my third tank of gas; my second tank only netted me 18.5 MPG. I was blasting my air conditioner the whole time, though. This tank, I'm forcing myself not to use the air. I want to see how much of a diff' there will be.
The E is a great balance of power, fuel economy and function. You could change the rims or lighten the load. I guess you could even put a great big wing on the roof or nitrous... but, why sweat it? The E is a laid back kind of vehicle...relax and enjoy the ride
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Old 09-21-2004, 09:16 PM
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Yeah, enjoy the ride. The faster you go, the more UNaerodynzmic the brick becomes, pushing more wind from in front of it. Put some flame decals on it (like mine) and enjoy the stares people give you!
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Old 09-21-2004, 11:23 PM
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And don't forget the best part...

the Element can't roll over...

it just kinda goes clunk.

[schild=6 fontcolor=008000 shadowcolor=00FFFF shieldshadow=1]'lik tryin' ta roll a refrigerator![/schild]
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Old 09-29-2004, 08:51 PM
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At real world speeds, I don't think that the Elements aerodynamics are as much of a factor in gas mileage as the number of speed changes per mile.

I get 30-50% better mpg cruising at a steady speed of 65 mph on the interstate, than in traffic around town at 35 mph. My best mpg ever (27.4) was on a 700 mile trip.
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Old 09-30-2004, 04:13 AM
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At real world speeds, I don't think that the Elements aerodynamics are as much of a factor in gas mileage as the number of speed changes per mile.

I get 30-50% better mpg cruising at a steady speed of 65 mph on the interstate, than in traffic around town at 35 mph. My best mpg ever (27.4) was on a 700 mile trip.
Try driving that highway trip at 55MPH and you will see just how much aerodymanics affect mileage.

But stop and go is still worse.

(Actually its more the stop then the go!)
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Old 10-23-2004, 10:45 AM
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It's worth mentioning that the Acura TSX motor (2.4L 200hp) is the same motor as in the Accord/CR-V/Element, but with a different variety of VTEC.
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