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View Poll Results: What is your MPG
0-10 10 0.38%
10-20 91 3.48%
20-25 533 20.37%
25-30 1,003 38.34%
30-35 711 27.18%
35-40 214 8.18%
40+ 54 2.06%
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Old 09-28-2009, 05:29 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by everwinter View Post
You have decreased tire wear with the higher tire pressure. Lower tire pressure increases tire wear.

I've noticed a small change in braking time.

I inflate them to 39, because I like the firmer ride, better mpg (1 mpg better), & I'm trying to get my tires to at least 40k & possibly beyond. Also I like the decreased resistance. With tires at 34 it feels like when I biked around with a low tire & required much more effort. With increased tire pressure you sail along with much less overall effort.

34 is the minimum, so 39 is hardly excessive. I know many who inflate to 10 over, which would be 44 for the focus.
I agree that 39 is not excessive.
I inflate to 40 PSI. Many tires these days are rated to 51 PSI or more, and some people inflate even higher (but i would not recommend it).
I average over 36 MPG in what I would call suburban/country commuting.
I also usually shift below 2000 RPM, since the car has good low end torque.
MellowYellow did not turn the corner (I think the RF tire was going flat), so now I am seeing red
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