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by Don
Thu Aug 16, 2012 5:45 am
Forum: Suggestions for Mitsubishi
Topic: autolights fooled by Mitchell Fwy Bridges Perth Western Aust
Replies: 14
Views: 6717

Re: autolights fooled by Mitchell Fwy Bridges Perth Western

If I understand the purpose of the auto-lights correctly, I'd guess they were put on this particular car just to save battery energy? . . . . and they do that just fine as they are. I never turn mine to 'auto' until it begins to get dark (why would you do otherwise?) so I can forget about them and t...
by Don
Thu Aug 16, 2012 5:13 am
Forum: General Technical Discussions
Topic: solar on the car roof
Replies: 67
Views: 17664

Re: solar on the car roof

. . . . I thought you might enjoy the following two photos of a solar-assisted Solectria Force which were posted a few days ago on our local Electric Auto Association mail list. No information available about this contraption. Well, he accomplished three things for sure! 1.) He's got enough panels ...
by Don
Wed Aug 15, 2012 11:50 am
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: Reactions from bystanders
Replies: 54
Views: 8306

Re: Reactions from bystanders

Mazda Miatas have been 'Gay' cars to some folks ever since they came out in 1990 - My i feels right at home . . . . it's parked directly behind my Miata in the garage :lol:

Don
by Don
Tue Aug 14, 2012 2:27 pm
Forum: General Technical Discussions
Topic: solar on the car roof
Replies: 67
Views: 17664

Re: solar on the car roof

Pretty optomistic 'fit' 3 of the 130 panels are a perfect fit width wise, but they're 11 or 12 inches longer than the roof 3 of the 50 watt panels side by side are 55 inches, 7 inches wider than the roof, but the other two would fit behind them Anyway - If you could get 250 watts worth up there and ...
by Don
Tue Aug 14, 2012 2:05 pm
Forum: Buying/Leasing the iMiev
Topic: I'm in the wrong state :(
Replies: 16
Views: 3504

Re: I'm in the wrong state :(

I don't think a rank by population would mean much - Where electricity is generated and where it's used can be two different things. Kentucky (and West Virginia too) may be generating several times as much as their state needs because of it's ready access to coal and most of that power may actually ...
by Don
Tue Aug 14, 2012 3:04 am
Forum: Buying/Leasing the iMiev
Topic: I'm in the wrong state :(
Replies: 16
Views: 3504

Re: I'm in the wrong state :(

Thanks for posting that link, Sean - Some interesting reading there. I had no idea some of the states listed in the 'toxic twenty' were generating so much pollution, nor that my state is not nearly as bad as I thought it was. When we southerners think of air pollution, we all picture California but ...
by Don
Sun Aug 12, 2012 6:47 pm
Forum: General Technical Discussions
Topic: solar on the car roof
Replies: 67
Views: 17664

Re: solar on the car roof

If you removed the radio antenna and sealed the hole in the roof, you have an area about 48 inches wide by 63 or 64 inches long . . . . but unless your panels were flush to the roof of the car, the rear hatch wouldn't open

Don
by Don
Sun Aug 12, 2012 5:46 pm
Forum: Suggestions for Mitsubishi
Topic: Add Another Driving Mode
Replies: 25
Views: 8421

Re: Add Another Driving Mode

Joe, It appears Mitsu had quite a time deciding which driving modes to offer At one time, they did have exactly what you've proposed - A 'Coast' mode (they had a C on the shifter, but they called it the 'comfort' mode) in the place of the Eco mode that we eventually got. The C mode dialed back regen...
by Don
Fri Aug 10, 2012 12:37 pm
Forum: Wheels - Tires
Topic: Wheel Nut Torque
Replies: 17
Views: 7974

Re: Wheel Nut Torque

There are lots of Miata spares on eBay Joe - Here's one for cheap http://www.ebay.com/itm/1990-1998-Mazda-Miata-factory-spare-tire-OEM-original-Very-nice-/170891784384?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&hash=item27c9f1b0c0&vxp=mtr Pretty sure they'll bolt on the back as they come. I have ...

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