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Allch Chcar

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  1. I did this with my mom's van but I talked to her about it first. ;D She wanted to see some documentation saying it was safe so I sent her the EPA waiver for E15 and then another one testing E20 in a Duratec/MZR. It's running E20 right now.
  2. I post on some vBulletin boards that don't allow scripts. Is it possible to make it into a standard image that can be hot-linked?
  3. There's also the DOE's testing of Ethanol. I managed to find one of the earlier studies testing E15 and E20. http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy12osti/55778.pdf I still haven't found the big one they did for E15. The EPA's E15 Waiver. http://www.epa.gov/otaq/regs/fuels/additive/e15/ The University of Minnesota's E20 study. http://www1.umn.edu/news/features/2008f/UR_181624_REGION1.html
  4. This is an easy one. Kick the legs out from under the table and the argument falls apart. As for the post in question. That's what GREET is for. http://greet.es.anl.gov/results Overall, Corn Ethanol uses large amounts of energy but most of it is clean renewable energy. Notice that the energy consumption is per mile so there's no confusion with energy density. Corn Ethanol in FFVs use less Fossil energy than even Hybrid vehicles. And a fraction of it is Petroleum based. One more note on the charts is the GHG numbers. E85 is cleaner than Gasoline but emissions aren't nearly as clean as Hybrids. Automakers still need to figure out the PZEV issues with E85. I know that's been an issue with selling FFVs in the 13 states following California emissions for some time.
  5. It looks like the API's latest FUD campaign is under way. Wasn't there a rumor about this recently? I guess the CRC study being picked apart wasn't enough for them. The biggest lie in advertising is that it must be true in some form or fashion. In fact if they can get away with outright lies they will lie. There's nothing partisan about it.
  6. It was like that for the 2012 Focus until they did the 2012.5 mid year update. The VIN says flexfuel for all 2012 Foci. But only the ones made after a certain point are badged as flexfuel and have the yellow gas cap.
  7. The North American Skyactiv-G are only 12:1 and are detuned for regular fuel. The Euro version is 14:1 and uses premium Gasoline.
  8. I was curious about Mazda and FFVs so I emailed them about it and got some spiel about the new Skyactiv, which I'm very familiar with by now. I was perusing their international website when I found one of their major initiatives from 2009 stating they were going to introduce FFVs to North America in March 2010! It looks a lot like a graphic designed for a meeting of shareholders or other important people. So I emailed them about that and got more crap about Skyactiv and how great it is. > Anyway, here's the initiative. The E85 bit is on the top of page 4 but there's some other stuff about how they were going to embrace Hybrid cars and improve fuel efficiency by 30%. Which explains their recent reversal to supporting hybrids after shunning them. It was a planned move from the beginning! 1297_.pdf
  9. I get emails from Growth Energy from time to time about campaigns and their latest news. There's no better way to keep tabs on them. ;D This one looks to be from Fuelsamerica.org and not originally from Growth. There's even an infographic, which I prefer to the usual spiel straight out of a handbook. I have some doubts about the accuracy though for example; 70% support the RFS and 80% of environmentalists? Does that make the 90% of people I see on the internet to be the loud minority? ??? Anyway here's the source: http://www.fuelsamerica.org/facts/entry/poll-americans-are-tired-of-volatile-gas-prices-want-more-renewable-fuel Discuss.
  10. They're really playing up the FUD. Nevermind that most cars made since 2001 are out of warranty and capable of running up to E30 without a problem. Thanks mostly to adaptive learning of newer ECUs. The only way to prove otherwise would be to run it and have something fail. I'm not saying they were designed to run E30, infact I'm saying the only way to prove it is to test it. Because we already know they can adapt. Plus it's a much lower risk on a 2001 beater than a 2011 still under warranty.
  11. I remember reading a gardening book several years ago that recommended planting ground cover for winter but never during growing season. It certainly makes sense considering how barren the ground usually is under a corn crop, blue grass would grow fantastic there! There were some studies in recent years of the benefits of adding a third or even fourth crop the the corn-soy rotation. I wonder if it could be mixed with the experimental technique in Sub-Saharan Africa involving using trees and multi-culture crops to improve soil quality. Because lets face it, monoculture farming is doing horrible things to our soil. Besides biting, the Asian ladybug can be particularly annoying around Halloween when they move indoors. I've seen swarms so huge that you could fill several dust pans. > They are also beneficial but they're just a variation of the ladybug, IMHO.
  12. Happy birthday! Regular is $3.43 here so I'm not too worried.
  13. I used to hang out there but activity dropped off several months ago. Looks like the spambots took over. :/
  14. I test drove a couple Foci, cranking the seat height all the way down was the first thing I did when I sat in one. I tried to like the 6 speed powershift, I really did. But it was garbage. The cheap "selectshift" button was about as responsive and obedient as an obese sloth. It makes Mazda look like a premium brand. Also the fact that the sport aka "style package" was a $2500 option. The downside to the Focus base engine is that no one tunes the ECU. All the tuners are jumping on the ST. Even though the factory ECU will adjust for premium or E85, it's still limited by the extremely conservative factory maps. Edit: Scratch that last part, it appears I'm out of the loop and there's a tune out.
  15. This station reopened for business, it's a BP owned by the same guy that owns the Mayfield BP. $3.47 for Regular and $3.27 for E85. There's another BP a block down main street but this one is right across from the DQ.
  16. Sure it makes sense, I've talked about this idea in length before. What is it going to take to make it happen?
  17. Find someone that can tune a flexible fuel map. I've seen it where the ECU can be tuned for everything between E85 and Premium, not just one or the other. The ones I saw had the in-tank sensor though and it was a lot more work than just tuning an E85 and Premium map.
  18. Lucky you. I'm still 20 miles from the nearest E85 pump. The new BP still hasn't installed an E85 pump. :'(
  19. I remember that E85 conversions were illegal for the longest time. Rather than enforce the law, they changed it.
  20. Bjoe, I did the same on Focaljet, a Ford Focus forum that I hang out on (I race with them on Forza 4 occasionally). But it was the article from AAA saying how bad E15 was. The thread died with only two posts in it.
  21. Corey, the engine is flexfuel for both sedan and hatchback. It's the ST which isn't flexfuel.
  22. I agree but the octane rating is correct even if it doesn't necessarily translate to the real world. Just ask corey how his turbocharged high compression engine is doing. ;D Or even better check this out. Stock Toyobaru engine but with a custom 93 AKI vs E85 tune. 8) (Blue is stock which is 91 AKI Required, Red is 93 AKI custom, and Green is E85).
  23. I'm only talking about new engines that are detuned to run lower octane in the US, such as some imports, but have a higher recommended octane rating. Not higher octane fuel alone. Edit: For example from the manual for the 2012 Focus (4e)
  24. I'm with you, except that is is sad that there are still people out there who think that higher octane gives you more power. Oh well. Besides, it is never wrong to invest more into something that is healthier, or serves other benefits, like Ethanol does. Greetings! Actually in certain newer cars, the manufacturer will recommend a higher octane and require a lower octane for exactly that reason, it makes more power on higher octane. The Scion FRS is one recent example since it recommends 93 AKI but only requires 91. But I also know the Mazda Skyactiv engines were built for higher octane and then detuned for the US regular octane. Higher octane means a little better fuel economy too, but only when higher octane is recommended or required.
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