I'm in the "rev it as high as you want as often as you want" camp. These engines are tough. I've never heard of one wearing out, throwing a rod, or anything, unless it was overheated.
I have been consumed by body work which is preventing me from finishing the car and getting to know it better. So this is VERY helpful in helping me figure out how these mods work, and I want to start installing them as soon as I'm on the road (this week, hopefully!) Today I put some work into a Logitech Wingman which is going to be my new shift knob and gives me three momentary buttons and one momentary trigger button, which will be used for these functions.I have a complicated relay setup and four switches. First I'll detail how my Millennium Falcon-esque setup is wired, then I'll explain how I use it while driving.
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Awesome, then I'm going to steal your idea and use this as a master switch.# Yeah the one on the left acts as a master-off switch. I put it there months before I got the S2000 steering wheel which has the extra buttons on it, so it's kinda redundant, but I like it because it has a LED that illuminates it when the switch is on.
This is good to know. I was hoping I could regard the clutch switch, when enabled, kind of like an "economy" or "normal" mode, and the pushbutton to provide instant "power" or "boost" (even though it's really the normal mode). Nice to know that if things are dragging and I need assist, pushing the button will give an immediate kick.# IMA assist starts IMMEDIATELY upon turning off clutch switch. No warmup or lag or anything it's there for you in a fraction of a second of turning the switch off.
Saw your auto-stop design. I recall that you are faking out the speed signal to the IMA. Nicely done.# I drive with clutch switch on at almost all times, except when like regening. I almost never use IMA assist because my IMA is dead. The reason I still have it in the car is because I use it to start the car, and I use that Auto-Stop "EFAS" button of mine which like with the IMA there when I shift into gear the IMA makes the car come out of Auto-Stop like normal.
I prefer Auto-Stop over other forms of stopping the engine because while in normal Auto-Stop the car:
- Keeps the EPS working
- Monitors the brake system and will start the car and recharge the brakes if the hydraulic pressure goes too low
- Car lets you shift into gear to restart instead of having to key-on start it
- You get Lean Burn again after only 4 second after restarting engine (as opposed to 10 seconds if you use an injector-kill switch or key-off or whatever)
I've been thinking about installing an RFID reader to enable these features and maybe others.# A Valet doesn't need anything disabled, except maybe the clutch switch. If they don't perform the right sequence of inputs for example, the EFAS button on the shifter won't do anything. If they look at the steering wheel buttons they have stock writing from Honda indicating cruise control functions. If they were to press those they'd either get the brake lights to light up or they'd see the clutch switch light turn on and off. None of this would present a safety concern in a valet context.
If I wanted to I could maybe put a switch somewhere hidden to cut power to the circuit board with Arduino #2 and that would disable the steering wheel buttons.
Sounds like low or no priority then. Thanks for the tips.# Stomp detection... I've had a clutch switch in all of the Insights I've driven since 2015 putting approximately 60k miles on them if you added it up, and I've never like been in a situation where I had to floor it so suddenly that I would have urgently needed IMA assist. With my steering wheel buttons, like I can disable the clutch switch right there at my right thumb in less than a second if I needed to.
I'm usually only flooring it if I'm like starting to go again and there's a hill immediately in front of me or if I'm on the highway and I come to a long hill. Sometimes I might floor it on an onramp.
Minor correction, it sends a fake VSS (vehicle speed sensor) signal to the ECU not the IMA, on ECU connector C pin 5. (Connector C is the blue connector.) The idea isn't mine, it came from racer26 and he implemented it on his Insight before I joined the community, but he rolled his Insight at some point and left us. My implementation is a little different though.Saw your auto-stop design. I recall that you are faking out the speed signal to the IMA. Nicely done.
I'm late to this party, reading up on clutch switches. I have the exact same question as above, which was never addressed in this thread. If one of you folk who can speak to this would it would be epic. Everything I'm reading and being told by Bumblebee people tells me the IMA needs to be exercised regularly or the battery life is compromised.Clutch Switch and IMA pack life
My daily drive is 60 miles of gentle rolling interstate with 4 miles of city at either end. When the pack was weak a few years ago, before I replaced it with a new BumbleBee, i would get through town, turn of the IMA with the clutch switch for the highway leg, then turn it back on in town to preserve the pack charge. This nursed the weak pack for a year.
The question I have is, would driving the same way with a healthy pack (disabling IMA for the long, easy interstate leg) lengthen the life of the pack, or be detrimental because the IMA system is not being exercised through the complete, normal operation of the car?
Clutch switch use: I use it to turn off charge/discharge when I’m driving at highway speeds, like the others say. A use I’ve not seen mentioned (or missed). If the car is very hot, like from sitting in the sun, I turn off charge/discharge until I get the interior of the car cooled down so the battery can work at a more reasonable temperature.
Thank you both. What I was trying to find out was not why, I understand that part, but my question had to do with the battery. If we are forcing it not to be used and chargeD, does that not possibly sacrifice reliability since from what I am hearing from the BUMBLEBEE Yodas the battery needs to be used regularly to stay healthy?The G1 does some dumb things with the battery such as using it all for no reason on a long hill and then it starts to regen while you're still going up the hill. You can use the switch to stop undesired behaviour like that.