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Old 03-09-2012, 03:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Just got my first I1! whats the best modification or maintince to improve mpg considering difficulty and costs?
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Double post.don't do that. Have patience, someone will respond.
Learn to drive differently. Then the mods can come into place.
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Get the Potenza RE92 tires and air them up to 50psi. That makes a huge difference! The other big thing is just learning to drive the I1 to take advantage of its unique abilities.
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I think and correct me if im wrong but the mima would be ideal for highway because your in lean burn and when you need to accelerate the car kicks out of lean burn AND assist. IF MIMA was added then you could assist while still in lean burn?
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That is correct, and is the main reason that MIMA allows a 5-15% boost in fuel economy depending on your local conditions.
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Old 03-09-2012, 06:45 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Is there anyway to mess with the computer for the MiMA
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Next to MIMA would be a PHEV kit. Depending on the manufacture you can get up to a 15mpg boost.

Next of course is eco mods that apply to all cars. Grill blocks, extending the lower air dam, moon disks, make sure your rear wheel covers are on in place and playing with tire psi.


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Old 03-10-2012, 10:58 AM   #8 (permalink)
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The very best mod and cheapest (virtually free) is to modify the "nut behind the wheel." Slowing down to the PSL on the highway, timing lights so they're green when you get there, conserve momentum, route planning (time of day, grouping trips together, etc.), drive as though your brakes are out, accelerate at as close to 50 mpg on the FCD as possible, let speed drop when cresting hills by holding the throttle steady instead of pressing harder to maintain speed are just a few of the "mods" I use. Of course, several of those things will be dependent on how much traffic is present. Also, untill you maximize your driving skills it will be difficult, if not impossible, to tell how effective the mods are/were.
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is there anyway to mess with the IMA computer I dont want to have to manualy tell my insight to charge and to assist I want it to do it by it self or if a MIMA system can o back into auto mode??
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A "CARD" switch is the best way, but learn to drive for max. mpg first.

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