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« on: June 14, 2017, 04:43:05 PM »

Well, now that my Dad's car is done, it's back to my own projects.  I've got a 2000 Honda Insight that was my daily for about a year.  I averaged over 72mpg in the 16k miles I drove it.  Two years ago, it developed a fault in the hybrid charging system, so I stopped driving it.  I didn't want to spend time tinkering with it since I was building the Cobra.  Now it's time to "fix" it.

I'm planning on swapping in a 160hp K20 out of an RSX or 02-05 Civic Si and a 5 speed out of an Accord.  The base K20 will run on 87 octane and the Accord trans has the longest gearing.  I'm hoping to still get 45mpg+ once I'm done and have a car that runs low 14s.

I've got this week off work, so Jeff and I rolled the Insight into the garage and started stripping it.

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There is a lot of space in the rear with the batteries removed.  It'll be a very practical car Smiley  It's still got the motor in for now.  That'll be next to come out.

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« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2017, 07:45:26 AM »

Lol, why
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« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2017, 05:47:12 PM »

A 14 second hatchback that gets 50mpg on 87 octane gas...why not!?!  Also, I'm tired of dealing with the hybrid complexity.  K20 should be more reliable.

I picked up the donor today.  The friendly neighborhood turkey even came and checked it out.

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« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2017, 05:55:27 AM »

Because Racecar!
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« Reply #4 on: June 18, 2017, 05:07:46 PM »

Great project. Put a quiet muffler on it and you will have quite the sleeper.

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