The Crimson Crawler

Discussion in 'My Ride' started by Nevyn, Feb 9, 2010.

  1. Nevyn

    Nevyn Well-Known Member

    Nay, I think it was a MAJOR P&G I did coming home Sunday. I knew I pulsed up, but didn't realize I went THAT high. I coasted in neutral down to 55, was about a mile and a half of N-ICE-On coasting. :) No idea what happened to Trip A; not anything major, I know the mileage from when we bought it. Now I just have to do the math. :p I gotta get new tires on it come payday.
  2. Nevyn

    Nevyn Well-Known Member

    Re: The Crimson Crawler, 03-15-10

    Been a while since last update. Several things to report.

    3-13-10: Put in CD player/HD radio from the Blumina. No major issues, one annoying one. Get it all put back together, and have no dash lights. Check dash fuse, is totally fine. Check Elantra forums; turns out this is normal. Replace the RH Tail Illumination Lamp fuse? :confused::confused: Check fuse, dead! Crazy Koreans. Replaced and all is well.:woot:

    Sold the Blumina! :woot::woot::woot: He'll be down to get it on Friday or Saturday.

    Ordered new tires (2) today. Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max. Should be in on Wed/Thur. Replace the bad ones on the rear, and move 'em to the front. Move the current fronts (Uniroyal Tiger Paw Touring) to the back.

    13.591 gallons, to the tip-tippy top! (As usual; that's how I try to remove ONE variable)
    Had MAJOR discount! only paid $1.559 for 87. Even if it is really, REALLY bad E10 it's more than worth it. Regular price was $2.759/gal.
    450.7 miles
    33.16 MPG!:flag:

    ScanGauge and getting used to car really helping. Also, having warmer temps helped a bunch too. SGII is pretty well bang-on, at 9.0% offset. Reported 13.6 gallons as it's guess; pretty good compared to 13.591 actual. Mileage was off by about 3 miles or so. No big deal in my book.

    Can't wait for new tires, plugs/wires, and ATF change. But, money being what it is (hard to come by), those will stretch forward a ways...
    Last edited: Mar 15, 2010
  3. Nevyn

    Nevyn Well-Known Member

    Re: The Crimson Crawler, 03-17-10

    Got my tires on today! 45 mins, not bad at all. Had the AMX's put on the front, and the TPT's moved from the front to rear. Of course, only filled to 32 psi; drove a mile down the road to free air supply at Giant and set 'em to 50 (the others were already 50). The car feels smoother, and is a LOT quieter! Then again, there was about 1/32 of tread on the ones that came off.

    Reset "Trip A" to measure mileage since tires put on; using Trip B for tank-to-tank mileage.

    They feel sooooo good, and they put my mind at ease as well.

    Only 60.7 miles on this tank of gas, so I'll have almost the whole tank to see how they do.
    Last edited: Mar 17, 2010
  4. Nevyn

    Nevyn Well-Known Member

    Re: The Crimson Crawler, 03-19-10

    Quick update on new tires. They seem to be WORSE ever so slightly in cold temperatures; my drive to work has been 31-32 MPG instead of 32-33. No big deal, could just be the increase in diameter and me getting used to needing less throttle now.

    The drive home, in warm temps, has seen MAJOR improvements. SGII reporting 44 MPG average for the trip, instead of the usual 35-37. Very, VERY quiet tires.

    Only had to buy two, the others were fine. Looked them up, Uniroyal Tiger Paw Touring seems to come in at Crr of 0.00704 - not the greatest in the world, but still LRR - thank you previous owners, and you probably didn't even know it!
  5. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    When I put these on the van last year, there was a very noticeable break-in period. They took maybe 1000 miles to stabilize. They gained probably 5% mpg over that period.
  6. Nevyn

    Nevyn Well-Known Member

    Not sure what's on 'em now, a couple hundred for sure. Supposed to rain for the next several days; we'll see how they do in the wet. Didn't like the feel, so I aired 'em up "a little" more. :D:D:D They feel much more secure.
  7. Nevyn

    Nevyn Well-Known Member

    Re: The Crimson Crawler, 3-25-10


    So, was time to fill up tonight. Would have been tomorrow, but we went out to a nearby mall for an Easter egg hunt for the kiddos.

    522.5 miles
    14.672 gallons
    $2.859/gal, total cost $41.95
    35.612 MPG! :woot: :woot:

    Of the 522.5 miles, all but the first 60.7 of them were on the new tires. I can't wait for the next tank's numbers...

    P.S. This is all on E10.
  8. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    At this rate you'll be at 100 mpg in no time at all! :D

  9. Nevyn

    Nevyn Well-Known Member

    Nope. I'm already approaching the "terminal velocity" of MPG in this car, I think. On sunny afternoon trips home from work I can get the AVG up to 44-45 MPG, which is BARELY holdable once I get into town and caught by a couple lights as I approach my house. DWL at 35 mph is between 44 ant 48 MPG - so it's REAL tough to make up for getting stuck at a red light. And the fact that they're not timed at all it seems around's real easy to get down to 41 MPG and get stuck there. Morning trips in are still between 28 and 40 degrees, which makes for a real killer.

    I've found an "island of stability" it would seem as well. 55 mph, TPS 12-14, gives 35-42 MPG depending on terrain. 67 MPH, TPS 12-14, gives 38-48 MPG! I think the higher speed puts the engine into a better spot for the CVVT to work. I'm still testing.
  10. Nevyn

    Nevyn Well-Known Member

    Some more photos (grille block seen in place).



  11. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    How do you see out the windscreen with those enormous ornaments hanging off the rear view mirror?? :eek:
  12. Nevyn

    Nevyn Well-Known Member

    No one says I leave 'em up while driving. That'd actually be enough to get me ticketed in PA for obstruction of view.
  13. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    Nice car, nice grille block.

    Mirror ornaments - what are those things, anyway?
  14. Nevyn

    Nevyn Well-Known Member

  15. Nevyn

    Nevyn Well-Known Member

    Re: The Crimson Crawler, 04-02-10


    New record for trip TO work! I normally average 32-34 so far in the mornings due to cold temps and elevation (work is higher than home). I've been having success lately with P&G, which I finally believe I have figured out, so I tried the route to work I normally avoid.

    It's straight, flat, level (except for the godzilla-hill at the end up to the office), and full of trigger lights.

    I normally avoid it due to heavier traffic and catching all the lights wrong, as the trucks come out of all the industry and have the main road red at almost every intersection. Today, I decided to try to P&G in "competition mode" and see what would happen.

    Well, I got good timing, and was only borked on TWO of the seven lights. Between that, and P&G, I managed to take a normally 32-34 MPG trip, and turn out...
    36.1 MPG! YAY!

    I'm hoping now between this, and warmer temps, and other things, I can keep my tank average over 36 MPG. :Banane45:
  16. Nevyn

    Nevyn Well-Known Member

    Re: The Crimson Crawler, 04-02-10

    36.274 MPG for the tank; filled up this morning. And so it begins...

    509.9 miles
    14.057 gallons

    Got a bath today too; get all that filth blown off. Almost time for an oil change already!
  17. JusBringIt

    JusBringIt Be Inspired


    Jeff, would you like some friendly competition? I'm sure it'll help boost your mileage up :D.
  18. Nevyn

    Nevyn Well-Known Member

    Ha! I think that when on "best behaviour" in a competition-mode mindset you and that voodoo avenger would eat me alive. I wouldn't mind a bottle of whatever secret sauce you run in it though... ;)

    Side note, I'll take a close-up pic of my cubes and post up. I take 'em down to drive and put 'em up when I park; they're like 4" on each side.
  19. JusBringIt

    JusBringIt Be Inspired

    Winter kills my drive to maximize my mpg with sorry numbers I could get without hypermiling during summer. Now that the weather's changing and my car has both the wheel bearings replaced (twice in the last year), I can feel comfortable listening something other than just the noisy wheels going down the road. I think once you learn more about the car I wont be of any competition, but it'll be fun watching you rip me a new one once everything is broken in.

    I've had some embarassing tanks I'll tell you that much. You seem like the perfect candidate for some good competition for the warm season :p.

    There is a secret sauce...I guess you could say my foot gets saucy sometimes. :p All I have is a kill switch and a FAS switch, I'll run my numbers against yours. I just wish my starter was a bit more quiet. I like attention, but not everytime I leave a stoplight :cool:

    a close-up? lol, I'm not sure if they'll fit in view
  20. Nevyn

    Nevyn Well-Known Member

    Remember though, that I've got an automatic. On top of that, it's ZERO use of engine-off coasting for me. From what I've read, the tranny is licensed/bought from Mitsubishi and uses some sort of weird rubber-compound clutch packs. Coast with the engine off for more than a few FEET and suddenly you have no more gears.

    So, I think you'll always be able to eat me alive just due to that front. If I could EOC (Engine-Off Coast), My trip to work would appear to "shrink" from 14 miles down to 11, and my trip home would go from 14.5 to about 9.1. That'd boost me up by 15 to 20% on my overall average.

    I do have more aero mods planned, but need a day where I have time to "play" in the garage.

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