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Corey872 last won the day on February 6 2014

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  1. FWIW, I can see content in FF26 and IE11. We go through this issue periodically. Last time it happened, it seemed like it might have been a character set which wasn't installed in some browsers. Funny how it sort of comes and goes over the years, though. One thread - which actually references a second: http://e85vehicles.com/e85/index.php/topic,5372
  2. As I always tell people, it's the gas that goes to crap, not the ethanol. Ethanol will be ethanol forever under normal conditions. If you really want a 'store and forget' solution, I would search for the highest ethanol content possible. E98 or even just denatured ethanol. In a sealed container, that should keep virtually forever. You can then blend it back with a little fresh gasoline as needed.
  3. Took a quick peek - interesting site... so the premise is any station can get on by selling E85 at a buck less per gallon? Not a bad idea...couple of suggestions just shooting from the hip: While the "$1 per gallon" has some gut level appeal, I don't know how long standing it will be. If gas happens to fall to $2 per gallon, might be pretty hard to get E85 at a buck per gallon. Likewise if gas skyrockets to 6-7 bucks per gallon, $1 cheaper ethanol might still be loosing money with under a 15% spread. Granted, extreme cases, but look what gas has done in the past few years. Would be really nice to see it tied to a percentage...20, 25, 30% cheaper. Today's average gas price is $3.28, so $2.28 ethanol would be 30% cheaper. Maybe base the site on percent and make 30 the benchmark so it will be more 'timeless', but show the $$ figure as well? Is this just going to be Michigan, or spread out all over the US? (the latter would obviously be nice!) I guess stations get kicked off or blacked out if they don't keep the price spread? Get the corn off the page...or at least zoom out and make it less noticeable...that is one of the first things anti-ethanol starts whining about, and it's downhill after that! Anyway just my .02!
  4. What the @^$#* no numbers? Sounded like he might be into the 4 digit range, but with those rotaries, you never know.
  5. This is the question I have been asking for years, too. As I see it, there are two main routes to this: 1) Dealers mass produce the vehicle. This has the benefit of OEM reliability, relatively low cost, dealer service in case of a breakdown, etc. However, building an efficient 'E85 only' engine would certainly be a limited production run. As running gasoline in a true E85 engine would likely cause damage, or power would be severey limited in some type of limp mode. Though one has to ask 'If Honda can build a natural gas Civic, and the original Honda Insight was made in production runs well under 10,000/yr, why couldn't they or some other car manufacturer make a reasonably priced E85 engine? 2) Aftermarket - you could have some type of aftermarket race shop or engine builder make an engine. The downside(s) here are that you are subject to the quality of that particular builder. Also, a true E85 engine needs to be a ground-up redesign. Cobbling aftermarket parts and pieces can get you close, but it's sort of like trying to build a diesel engine out of gasoline engine parts or vice versa. This would also be more expensive than a mass produced engine due to it's 'one-off' nature. The other main roadblock now is inconsistency in the fuel. As I've said before, variation in E85 composition is a sure way to kill any kind of dedicated/efficient engine possibility. The 70-85% seasonal swing might be just barely tolerable, but this '51% minimum' sure is not. Can you imagine if you went to a gas pump marked '87 octane regular' and it actually dispensed anything from ~75 octane to 87 octane - and you had no real way to tell which was going to come out at any given time? Engines would be destroyed trying to run the low octane stuff and people would be furious. Yet this is where E85 is at today. Saved only by the fact there are only a handfull of true ;E85 only' engine out there. ...and only a handfull of people who can really take advantage of the cheap fuel and true high mileage / high power potential of E85.
  6. Well, I can tell you my car has averaged 27mpg over the past 35,000 miles...summer, winter, town, highway, etc all figured in. I tracked 17 of the same model car listed on fuelly.com. They averaged 26.7mpg on gasoline over a total of 350,000 miles. Though, I would wager I drive a bit harder than they do. If (and that is a big IF)...if I can drive gently and stay at 60mph, I've had a few full tanks average right at 29mpg. I've had a few partial fills up in the 32-33mpg range over 150-200 miles - though in that instance, the volume of fuel becomes very critical ie 0.1 gallon is +/- 0.5mpg. On the power side, I have not been to a dyno, though I do know of at least one guy who built an engine very similar to mine, except he used a 3mm SMALLER turbo. He dynoed 512HP, 380ish torque at the wheels. The factory stock rating is 200hp at the crank and about 175 at the wheels. I would guess I don't have my engine in that state of tune, but it does show what can be done with an engine actually built and tuned for E85. Gentle cruising 60mph/30mpg AND 400+hp should be no problem. Tune the thing down to the 150 hp range and I can see no reason why E85 shouldn't get very close to 40mpg in light cruising.
  7. Sad part is, if you had an engine built FOR E85, not crap-o-lene, you'd get the 32mpg AND have around 400hp if you decide to put your foot into it. Or you could probably easily be in the 35-40mpg range if you could stand to have a measly 200-250hp.
  8. I concur with 'warrior - this is a 'circuit' code which generally means something on the electrical side. If it was a 'misfire' code, that might indicate something on the fuel / physical injector side. Basically, the computer saw a resistance (open or shorted) in the circuit it didn't like. I'd give all the connectors you can get to a 'jiggle' ...unplug them, plug them back in, make sure they're plugged in tight, etc. Reset the code and see if it comes back. If it immediately comes back, that would generally mean something has died. Injector itself, a driver in the ECU or the add on box. If it takes a while for the code to come back, that might mean something intermittent.... a loose / corroded connection, wire which is loose, etc. If the code doesn't come back, it could have been a transient condition... momentary power surge, brief loss of contact between connectors, cosmic ray zipping through the ECU, etc.
  9. That is probably a good point, too. Though for the general flyer, there aren't any identifying addresses the way there might be on a business flyer, so LT would probably be off the hook unless they actually caught him in the act. But, I guess if they went to the extreme [and that seems to be what police/SWAT teams are good at these days] they might kick in Dan's door for being 'E85vehicles.com', throw a few stun grenades, hog tie him and throw him in the lock-up.
  10. Well, this is just one persons advice and (hopefully) constructive criticism, so take it for what it's worth. You generally have about 2 seconds to capture someones attention before they wad the flyer up and throw it on the ground. Given that, not much I see compels me to keep reading. Here is what I see: The header 'Ethanol E85' is nice, doesn't give me anything compelling though then right below it, you say E85 Ethanol - redundant. The graphic on the right means nothing to me during my two second glance, nor really does the list of links on the left. Even actually reading it, I'm not sure what " 'E85 Apps' (E85 Station Locator) Android: Google Play (994)" does [i really don't]. If I read far enough, I see a list of pros and cons...now I'm worried because I see 'cons' - this should be something new and good - not listing 'cons'. It would be a good educational flyer if people were trapped in a seminar, class room or meeting hall, but IMHO, it needs to be distilled down to something the average Joe Consumer / soccer mom can peel off the windshield and understand in the seconds before it hits the trash. What are the core ideas you want to communicate? [i see these as fairly large bullet points, bold type, centered on the page with maybe small graphics at the side - ie $$$ on the 'Save Money', maybe a FFV emblem/gas cap to show me what I'm looking for, etc. Save Money Now! [that is always good for an attention grabber headline] You have a choice because this is a Flex Fuel Vehicle! [wait, I have a choice? ...what is it, I will keep reading] Try E85 - Fuel approved for ALL Flex Fuel Vehicles [well if it's approved it must be good] Record your mileage on normal gas and the next time you have a choice, try a tank of 105 octane E85 and record your mileage. [this sentence can be a bit longer because now they're hooked...we will also throw in the '105 octane' to hook anyone who knows 2 cents about gas and 'higher octane makes more power'] The E85 mileage will usually be slightly lower, but the price is usually MUCH cheaper. Compare your new and old mileage with the price of E85 vs gasoline. You may SAVE up to $10 or more per tank of fuel. [...bla...bla weasel words at this point... up to $10 or more...should pretty much cover anything, but the '$10 or more' will stick with them.] More info, fuel price calculator, ask questions or join the discussion at E85vehicles.com [OK, one gateway link, I can deal with that...heck, I might even actually remember it!] Local E85 station map on back. [now let them see the map, that is a good idea] Anyway, just my .02, but I think you really need to be attention grabbing at the very first headline and list some very basic bullet points, so hopefully this will at least spur some ideas.
  11. Properly cared for and serviced, most vehicles will do 10 years and multiple hundreds of thousands of miles on gas. E85 is a better, cleaner, more engine friendly fuel than gas, so I can't see where you would have a problem. The claim might seem surprising to the general public, but to those 'in the know' it's sort of like saying 'my factory car didn't rust through in 10 years' (gasoline) vs 'I gave my car the very best primer, paint and three layers of undercoating and it didn't rust through in 10 years' (E85). Guess what i'm trying to say is longer life with a better fuel isn't too terribly surprising!
  12. Yep - exactly this. Your best bet is to stay in gear and coast. The fuel injectors will cut off and you're burning zero fuel. The absolute best you can do is time the approach so you aren't idling at all...the fuel will be cut off as you coast on approach, then you'll be burning the fuel you would burn anyway when you accelerate away. The savings come from not idling the engine at a stop, then when you accelerate, at least you aren't starting from 0mph.
  13. Scott is our 'Hometown Hero' for ethanol, so to speak. He has been instrumental in getting it spread through the county and 'generally' keeping the price in check. Curiously the hoses were yellow at one time, but at some point, most have changed to black? Now it seems they want yellow again. I figured the big signs posted everywhere 'NOT A PHILLIPS 66 PRODUCT' (to which I happily replied GOOD!) would be good enough. I think I would grab a roll of yellow duct tape, or a can of spray paint and make the @$%& hoses yellow, then tell 66 to shove it!
  14. Even though I may not log in daily, I try and poke my head around a couple of E85 forums over my morning cup-o-joe. Been noticing a slow decline in active posts over at 'performance and a somewhat increasing number of spam posts. About a week ago, the dam seems to have broken and spambots began flooding every section of the forum with 2-3 posts per minute. Not sure who is in charge over there any more - but sad to see it go.
  15. I'm about 6'4" barefoot and typically wear work boots which add 1-1/2". So most any car is challenging to some extent. Though I've become really experienced at adding spacers to the seat tracks and steering column. I was somewhat expecting I could do the same to the Focus, but after setting in one, it was really tight - not only in the leg and head room, but also in 'knee room' - it's a bit hard to explain and I don't see that metric listed in the typical stats, but here is a pic comparing the Focus with the Hyundai Elantra which we bought: Focus: Elantra http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w269/coreyonline/elantradash_zpsb80cc871.jpg[/img] In looking at the actual specs, the Focus gives up about 1.7" headroom, about 1.7" in leg room and probably 2.5 to 3" of 'knee room' because the Focus dash actually curves into the knee space while the Elantra is tapered out for more room. So that is quite a crunch in the volume the occupant has available. Then consider I spaced the Hyundai seats and steering back an additional 2.5 inches and it's a huge difference. Elantra Focus Front head room 40 " 38.3” Front shoulder room 56 " 55.6” Front hip room 54 " 53.9” Front leg room 43.6 " 41.9” On mileage, we just took the Hyundai on a 350 mile trip and recorded 39.7 mpg. Somewhat surprising because the Elantra is a bigger car overall, though it has a curb weight of 2,660 pounds while the smaller Focus is almost 3,000. The only downside of the Elantra is no factory E85. Though maybe a turbo and tune for it sometime soon!
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