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post #1 of (permalink) Old 01-22-2001, 09:09 PM
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Help with Daily Driver

Hi, I have a very stock sami, I use it for a DD and am drivin' 60+ miles a day, I need mileage and good can ya'll help? ( I have a 3" lift in the Garage waiting for the nice weather)

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 01-22-2001, 10:11 PM
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Make sure engine is in good tune and timing is correct, new air filter, pcv valve, Synthetic lube in everything, the lift will not help your mileage, low tire pressure really hurts mileage but helps ride comfort, header with 2" exhaust and new cat con. cheap soft shocks, remove overload leafs, longer shackles soften ride by increasing leverage on springs, maybe a fastback top, narrow tires have less rolling resistance and or less likely to road walk, remember that with this small an engine, anything that eases the workload will pay off like an electric fan to replace the belt driven fan/clutch.

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The only thing I would add to what Papa said is use a K&N air filter. If you live in a warm weather area, drill some 2-3" holes around the permiter of your air filter box to increase the air to the engine. Or if you live in a cold climate, get a spare air box and drill it out. Use the unmodified in cold weather and the free flowing one in warm. If you drill holes in your air box be cautious when fording deep water.

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Upgrade your exhaust, intake, and the ignition system.
Exhaust: Free flow muffler and maybe a header
Intake: K&N filter and maybe a Weber carb
Ignition: Hotter coil or maybe a Jocobs or Mallory ignition system
Maybes are if you have a good budget. The others will get you a couple more ponies

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I have been using mine as my daily driver for the last 3 years this I also drive 45-65 miles a day between classes and work. I went with a thorley header, 2inch exhaust and a K&N filter charger. suspension, I tossed on a Spoa, 3 inch body a 2 inch shackle, I went with 33x12.50 Dunlop mud rovers because they are quieter on the highway. inside I tossed in a tach and put a sweet sound system that bumps 7 speakers w/2400 watt amp. (I love my music and so will everyone in a block radius). Some of the things I wish I would have done and will do is put a better riding suspension. I'm thinking coil, or YJ springs, better ride both on and off the road. I wish I had more HP still. I can get up to 75 after a while but if the wind is against me I'm chill'n at 45. I went with a slant back top to help with that part of it. I would also recommend upgrading your seats if you don't have a jx. I can't think of anything else right now but I know are more things that I have done to make it more "streetable" I post them when I remember. Hope that helps.

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post #6 of (permalink) Old 01-23-2001, 01:48 PM
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I would go with headers (either Calmini or a Thorley) and a good exhaust system with a high flow cat......Toss in a K & N in the stock box and you will get a noticeable increase in power and increase your mpgs.


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