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Old 07-05-2012, 04:44 PM   #431
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I told my newfound friend at work to get used to how his Ti is driving (he just bought the exact same spec'd version as mine, color and all) this weekend while I'm at the dyno. Then, next week, I told him that he can drive my car with the mods and 93 octane.

This is how I convert people to the dark side (not just 93)...
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Old 07-05-2012, 04:47 PM   #432
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I don't race people, and while I document hp I don't overly care about it. I just want to drive and enjoy it, and if I get some extra mpg's it's an added bonus. I still don't use my AC in the mornings, but I sure as hell turn it on after work.
I share your philosophy for the most part, except I don't hate buying gas. Since food and gas are a necessity for my quality of life, I just accept it and don't spend any time thinking about it.

I won't own a vehicle that isn't fun to drive, and I drive for enjoyment as much as for necessity. For this reason, I don't use A/C unless it's above 90-95 degrees, unless I'm running on the highway. I also stick to two-lane state highways as much as I can around here, as they're all hilly and twisty.

I've decided that I will run 87-89 for the most part, except when A/C is in demand for stop-and-go driving. Then I will switch to 89-93 octane. The car gets great gas mileage regardless, so efficiency is not even a consideration for me.
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Old 07-05-2012, 04:51 PM   #433
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I used to be an mpg guy and greatly cared about mileage. The only things I really detest spending money on are food and gas. You have to spend money on both, I know, I just hate doing it.

I do 93 octane for the smiles it puts on my face, and the wow factor I see when another Focus owner puts the pedal down in my car.
I didn't really notice any real sluggishness before, but then again I only rarely opened up the throttle fully to wind it all the way out to red line, and most of the time I was running the a/c to escape from the heat and humidity. However I surprised myself slightly today when I accelerated through at least two or more gears to an undisclosed speed, even though the ground was wet this morning she pulled beautifully and soon I was needing to slow down to make the turn off the highway and onto the side street that leads to the office.

That put a big smile on my face, although the mileage isn't necessarily better by much the last tank was particularly poor due to the weather although that was pure e10 87 octane.

My wallet doesn't thank me so far, but if that's what it will do for performance then I'll have to combat the side that sees it as being more than $0.2/gal more as a problem. Yes one should never get into an argument with oneself over something that can't cost much more than $2.50 over a full tank of fuel, but that would require throwing some logic to the wind.

Vrooooooooom!

My only modifications so far otherwise only pertain to a K&N drop in filter on a stock air box assembly with the lid on.
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I currently testing out my first tank of E85 and well have noticed a few things, of course the drop in MPG, expected, but the varying of idle constantly at a stop, seems a little weird. Back to gas I go, after this!
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I currently testing out my first tank of E85 and well have noticed a few things, of course the drop in MPG, expected, but the varying of idle constantly at a stop, seems a little weird. Back to gas I go, after this!
whoopsie! E85 is a no-no!!
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whoopsie! E85 is a no-no!!
I'm pretty sure that Job 2's can run E85...
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I'm pretty sure that Job 2's can run E85...
Well being able to run it doesn't excuse the poor mpg and efficiency you'll get running your car on moonshine. It might make it faster though as E85 has an even higher aki than 93 E10.
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I'm pretty sure that Job 2's can run E85...
Yessir...
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Well being able to run it doesn't excuse the poor mpg and efficiency you'll get running your car on moonshine. It might make it faster though as E85 has an even higher aki than 93 E10.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not advocating the use of it. Just clarifying it's useability.

In all honesty, if there are no gains from 89 to 93, I will step down to 89. Running an octane that is too high is just as much a waste as one that's too low (not as dangerous, though). I just can't mess around with octane right now as I have dyno runs coming up.
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