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MIMA or Manual Integrated Motor Assist Open discussion on the Honda Insight's MIMA mod.

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Video of Exposed IMA/Battery Module assembly - Illustrated Breakdown of Components

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Old 09-03-2007, 10:26 PM
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Re: Video of Exposed IMA/Battery Module assembly - Illustrated Breakdown of Component

MIMA #37 here, Ken Keuler from Milwaukee WI area. Did my own install just after HF2007, so have been using it for a little over a month. Mike's video would have helped me on the install, but I got it from him just after I did it. Took some time but I don't commute every day, so had plenty of time to enjoy the install. Had 2 people check my work to be sure, and the success the first time gave me great satisfaction. There were a few calls to Mike and he was always available when I needed him. I would be happy to assist anyone else in my area with installation.

I'm amazed at the versatility of MIMA. It will take a long time to explore all the possibilities and combinations of things to do. For me the best feature is much more control of assist and regen. What really makes me grin is watching the MPG increase as I climb a hill and maintain same speed! The other huge advantage is being able to regen at will or not regen. Highly recommend this thing called MIMA.
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Trip B is never reset so I know my FE the last 2000 miles. Lately it's been at 70.7mpg, but due to my MIMA battery managment (actually lack of...) it's now 70.0mpg. I know it will get better, but I'm still doing stuff like going out the alley almost in EV mode, then watching FE tank while I regen.
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Chuck,
Sounds like a clear case of the leadfinger syndrome.
Only as much assist as necessary when it does the most good, and a dribble of the charge back in will be the cure, but like most people, it is almost too much fun to press the joystick and feel the electric turbo kick in.
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Re: Video of Exposed IMA/Battery Module assembly - Illustrated Breakdown of Component

I've got a learning curve ahead.

I'm probably looking too much at the factory Charge on the dash and not enough on the MIMA display on top of the steering column - need to work on the dribble charge.

First work commute with MIMA - 86mpg...I'm going to say it's about what I'd done without MIMA, meaning plenty of room for improvement when this becomes second nature.
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There are about 100 MIMA users now.
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