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PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2016 2:26 pm 
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I happened to see this 2000 Metro car in my area and stopped to talk to the owner. He was convinced that the tall truck tires he installed and lifted suspension was saving him money on fuel on the highway. He said he added the fender flares were necessary to smooth the air flow. What do you think of it?

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2016 3:32 pm 
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Likely killing his fuel economy

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2016 8:53 pm 
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what I think?

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2016 9:17 pm 
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why do you ask our opinions... look at example posts above... :lol:


I also wonder where did he get rare lifted suspension from. :roll:


Well from my POV... I think he wants his metro to be truck...

Tall, wider and heavy wheels will fatally hard on acceleration (and possible at stop) except high speed like highway...maybe 1 MPG improved on highway. not worth for tranny is 4.39:1.
Lifted suspension never improve the mileage for many reasons.
Fender flares... where? I don't see it clearly. It also not help but this ugly one.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2016 4:19 am 
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Ugggh, looks horrible. If he does almost exclusively highway then maybe he's saving fuel. Also, if it's an automatic, then maybe.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2016 11:26 am 
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Classic laws of Physics dictate that the larger wheels and tires weigh more and cannot result in an mpg savings.
F=M X A
Simply put: lighter wheels and tires take less energy to spin. Less energy to spin = increased gas mileage.
(All other factors being the same...)


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auto or standard? must be hard on clutches! :-P

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2016 12:43 pm 
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auto or standard?


I'm pretty sure it was a stock 3 cylinder 5 speed manual in an otherwise clean and well maintained car. There was a lot of extra wiring in the engine compartment, but I didn't get to ask him about that. (maybe a secret hyper-warp drive) :alien:


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2016 4:38 pm 
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I've said this time and again. Why do people do this to destroy a vehicle? I know we have members here that hype this style as eco-modding but I call it just plain stupid. Wanna save the earth? Ride a bicycle. These things already get great gas mileage and maintained properly, will last a while. The ticky - tack add ons scream GAY!

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