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Old 17 Jun 2008, 08:16 am
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Default Improve performance in my Honda Element?

I want to get better mileage (who doesn't right), and a little better performance... A few people have told me to get a cold air intake, would this really do the trick?What other things can be done to beef things up a bit?03 Element, 5sp 2wd.Thanks wrench, great advice! I only drive Honda's and take it only to a family friend (cert. Honda mechanic) who only uses Honda parts EVER! I just had my 60k tune and it runs great! Love this car, but just want a few more hp for fun.Another question, would adjustable air shocks help with mileage on the highway if I could drop the little box car down at higher speeds?
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Old 17 Jun 2008, 08:31 am
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A cold air intake won't do much good. Most of the newer Honda's are will get worse mileage with after market air filters & I don't mean cold air intakes. I mean the factory style filters. OE made a huge diff in several cars I have worked on latley including the wifes Pilot. Make sure the spark plugs are good, the injectors are clean & the air filter is good. Other that that driving habit is about the only thing you have any control over that will affect gas mileage. Good luck.
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Old 17 Jun 2008, 08:46 am
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I look into this for older Honda 1988-1991 HF Model CRX. My theory was not so due much to change the car. In theory the less weight you have the less it takes for the car to move, so removing/cleaning out your car such as spare tire, other items maybe even seats, this will net very little, but in the CRX weighing under 1850lbs it helps, next was aiding the gas flow with a bit better flowing header and exhaust, in possible to save weight, not add a intake at all but replace the buffle factory air box tube to the throttle body with a smooth metal tube, possible wraping the exhaust with thermal rap so it be less heat and HX lighter wheels and offer a wider foot print, I was hoping to increase at least 1-3 more MPG. But mod and mpg dont go in hand. If you want performance look on Element sites, I say a 6-speed trans from a Type S or ITR from Japan it accelrate faster and and a 6th gear.
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Old 17 Jun 2008, 09:01 am
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There are few thing you can do to save (or maximize) gas MPG. First get a tune-up.(1) spark plugs(2) spark plug wires(3) distributors, coil, rotors (if you have them).(4) new air filter(5) PCV(6) correct tire pressure(7) clear the trunk of useless heavy items(8) spray clean MAF sensor.====Forget all those "SAVE GAS" scams. This was on NBC morning TV show. The difference is as much as 38% (their claim). There are very simple rules to save gas1) drive slow - not too much past 55(2) accelerate slowly(3) don't brake unnecessarily(4) use cruise control - whenever it is safe to do so.Don't coast - it is NOT safe (to coast in Nuetral) and it does NOT save gas. It only saves gas, if you are planning to slow down (exiting, tolls, traffic). Coasting then accelerating again is LESS efficient than just cruising.The above really works. Using those simple rules I was able to drive from Boston to NYC (210.5 miles) on just 5.112 gallon (94 Civic). That's 41 MPG (94 Civic 187K miles). Actually I was speeding at 72 MPH so I could do even better at 55.WOW !!Good Luck...
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Old 17 Jun 2008, 09:16 am
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trade it for an s2000 they have beefy performance
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Try reading my source. I think you need another seat in it.

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