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by watkins
Thu Oct 18, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: Tranny Talk
Topic: How have you brought home a recently purchased used car?
Replies: 7
Views: 133

Re: How have you brought home a recently purchased used car?

When I brought my wagon home I just put the (illegally not installed) front plate from the Viggen on it. I had a bill of sale and a plate registered to me, so it probably wouldn't have been a huge deal. I really only put a plate on to hopefully stop cops from taking a second look.
by watkins
Thu Oct 18, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: Parts and Problems
Topic: Octane Ratings, when did they drop
Replies: 19
Views: 410

Re: Octane Ratings, when did they drop

But that wont have any impact on new production vehicles. The stuff I actually deal with daily.
by watkins
Tue Oct 16, 2018 12:52 am
Forum: Parts and Problems
Topic: Octane Ratings, when did they drop
Replies: 19
Views: 410

Re: Octane Ratings, when did they drop

Multi-sparkplug Hemi engines can make horsepower cheaply when naturally aspirated, or grandly when supercharged, and all that with only 2 valves per cylinder. If and when the Hemi goes the way of the dodo, theres no way the replacement will be nearly as simple, reliable, and relatively efficient. I...
by watkins
Mon Oct 15, 2018 9:04 pm
Forum: Parts and Problems
Topic: Octane Ratings, when did they drop
Replies: 19
Views: 410

Re: Octane Ratings, when did they drop

From my perspective, thats far too large of an engine for a four cylinder. The rotating assembly becomes so big and heavy that it cancels out the theoretical fuel savings from not having as many cylinders.
by watkins
Mon Oct 15, 2018 8:45 am
Forum: Parts and Problems
Topic: Octane Ratings, when did they drop
Replies: 19
Views: 410

Re: Octane Ratings, when did they drop

Absolutely. That's well within the safe power band for a long life span too.

I also fat fingered. Should be more like 350 lb-ft, not 380.
by watkins
Sun Oct 14, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: Parts and Problems
Topic: Octane Ratings, when did they drop
Replies: 19
Views: 410

Re: Octane Ratings, when did they drop

I should have around 310hp and 380 lb-ft from my little 2.3 that first debuted back in 1998. That makes your truck sound wimpy :lol: My commute is nearly all stop and go for 18 miles each way. Id love to see what a reasonable drive cycle would mean for my fuel economy. Ive never really gotten a good...
by watkins
Fri Oct 12, 2018 12:03 pm
Forum: Parts and Problems
Topic: Octane Ratings, when did they drop
Replies: 19
Views: 410

Re: Octane Ratings, when did they drop

Oh, I know. That's why I stopped caring so long ago.
by watkins
Thu Oct 11, 2018 11:21 am
Forum: Parts and Problems
Topic: Octane Ratings, when did they drop
Replies: 19
Views: 410

Re: Octane Ratings, when did they drop

AHTOXA wrote:
Wed Oct 10, 2018 8:34 pm
Yeah. I run 87 during the colder months here in TX but 93 during the blistering heat.
"Colder"

I wish I could do that. I'm a 93 year round kind of guy. I don't even think about it any more honestly. Its honestly better not to when Im getting 20mpg out of a four cylinder station wagon.
by watkins
Wed Oct 10, 2018 8:33 am
Forum: Parts and Problems
Topic: Octane Ratings, when did they drop
Replies: 19
Views: 410

Re: Octane Ratings, when did they drop

I'm pretty sure 87 has been considered "regular" for about as long as gas hasn't had lead in it.
by watkins
Tue Oct 02, 2018 8:12 am
Forum: Tranny Talk
Topic: Manuals you'll miss in 2019...
Replies: 32
Views: 1300

Re: Manuals you'll miss in 2019...

bk7794 wrote:
Mon Oct 01, 2018 9:45 pm
You can add the Jeep Renegade to the list.
Im not sure anyone is actually going to miss that.
by watkins
Tue Sep 25, 2018 10:40 am
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Misc Thread VI: Return of the Threadi
Replies: 54899
Views: 1222360

Re: Misc Thread VI: Return of the Threadi

Emissions are still within standard testing parameters at all times. No monitors have been disabled or tricked. I should still see an increase in fuel economy.
by watkins
Mon Sep 24, 2018 2:33 pm
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Misc Thread VI: Return of the Threadi
Replies: 54899
Views: 1222360

Re: Misc Thread VI: Return of the Threadi

Saw my tuner Friday night. He loaded what he calls "stage fun" for the wagon, which is essentially a timing-heavy and angry version of his stage 3 software. Hes run this tune on his own car for 60k+ miles with no issues and said it dynos at a calibrated 310ish horsepressure, which is up from the sto...
by watkins
Tue Aug 28, 2018 7:24 pm
Forum: Members' Cars
Topic: Watkins' other Saab
Replies: 39
Views: 964

Re: Watkins' other Saab

So as you may remember from several pages ago, when I bought the wagon it looked like this: https://farm1.staticflickr.com/937/30087132048_9f962e69db_o.jpg I hate that bumper with a firey passion. I think the lower half of the Dame Edna 9-5 front bumper completely ruins and otherwise decent looking ...
by watkins
Sat Aug 18, 2018 3:02 pm
Forum: Members' Cars
Topic: Watkins' other Saab
Replies: 39
Views: 964

Re: Watkins' other Saab

That wood went about 4-5 miles and I never got over 30mph. No trailer brakes, and waaaayy overloaded.
by watkins
Fri Aug 17, 2018 12:25 pm
Forum: Members' Cars
Topic: Watkins' other Saab
Replies: 39
Views: 964

Re: Watkins' other Saab

I read extensive reviews before my purchase, and all were good. I bought the 1200 lb gross trailer, which leaves me with about 1000 lbs of load capacity. Ive put probably well over double that on it for short trips. Aside from having to pull over to bend up the fenders because they were rubbing, all...