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I got my daughter's 2006 Kia Sportage EX V6 FWD w/100,000 miles in pristine condition.

Have several mods to start:
1. Mounting Garmn GPS and ScangaugeII
2. up-sizing tires
3. Front grill block
4. Underbelly pan
5. considering swapping out the tranny for an Optima tranny w/ a 3.77 gear.
 

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Made a mounting bracket for my Garmin GPS and ScangaugeII.
GPS also gives accurate mph.
Scangauge monitors 20 odd functions thru the obdII reader.
Allows for better understanding of temps etc to get better mpg.

current dash


used 93cent strapping from home depot lumber section


popped gauge cluster trim and mounted to plastic with small bolt. other side used the radio nut to mount



 

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Mabe a "T" with the other half of the strap. Curved the top around to give the GPS the correct angle to point at me and then a 90degree bend at the bottom to hold the scangaugeII. used 3M double stick tape to mouint.








everything back in place:


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tracking

now that I have accurate gauges I can set my baselines for what type of mileage I get without any mods:
NOTE: I have 'adjusted the nut behind the wheel'!
( I am a regular poster at ecomodder.com and just retired a 2002 Infiniti Q45 Sport w/ Impul body kit. I achieve 30+ mpg consistantly on road trips in that car over 5 yrs and 270k miles)


http://ecomodder.com/forum/showthread.php/skirts-beast-16970.html

November 21 2012:
Drove to Austin from San Antonio on hwy 35 to have Thanksgiving w/ my daughter.
Thru a couple of 'relatively' flat stretches I ran the cruise at a set speed. It was 76degrees outside. low humidity. 40 psi. no mods.
here were the results:

30.1mpg....60mph....2180rpm....17 miles....193watertemp.....700ft
35.1mpg....50mph...1825rpm...15 miles......190warertemp.....650ft

I'll run the same stretches going home on friday and post up.
Also got my first tank to tank fill. (well 1/2 a tank) went back and forth to work about 29 miles 90% freeway. stop and go about 1/3 of trip. And one trip at 70-75mph
The kia trip computer said 25.0mpg, the actually fill up was 23.65 over 198 miles
Need to run a couple of 350-400 mill tanks to get a better feel.
But gas in San Antonio was 3.09 -usually 3.18 - (less 12 cents HEB grocery store card) and I didint want to pass that up!!

I think that the data tells me 2 things.
1. need a lower and probably up grille block to warm up faster. ran the 50 mph AFTER the 60 mph and the water temp dropped (190 was the high. it was 186-188 at times) The 193 for the 60 is also pretty low.
2. The 70 series tires seem a logical next step. Lower rpms will help. maybe I can get down to 1975rpm at 60 mph!
 

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Looks like you have the most economical sportage out there.

Wouldn't the cost of swapping transmissions outweigh the cost of any fuel saving made though?
 

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I have a question. What is the intent behind the front grill block? I assume two things, 1. force all air over the outside of the car, thus reducing drag, and 2. increase engine compartment temperature, thus reducing air density and thereby reducing fuel injected? How is that for a guess?
 

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That's a GREAT guess!!!!
Bingo on both tysin!

First, I come from ecomodder.com where we ABA test everything. There are plenty of threads about the topics on various vehicles.

Engine warms up, some not enough. The grille block speeds up the warming AND keeps the temps up.

As you can see from my scangauge temps, the driving temp is low.
I liked to keep my Infiniti Q45 in the low 200-210.
188-193 is kinda low.

I havent even started to price a tranny yet. But would probably go with a used/rebuilt IF it would work.

Just a caviate: those mpgs are my 'baseline'. done intentionally over a relatively flat distance in a optimal enviornment.
Now, as I add modifications, I can drive over the same distance to test the mod.
 

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on the drive back from Austin to San Antonio on hwy 35:

50mph......191water temp......27miles.....33.4mpg

I had thought the 35mpg was on the optomistic side!
 

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Well, the savings you make in fuel, my car just drinks it as I have supercharged it. Still, 33mpg is very good.
 

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Temps increased quicker and got to a high 220 but stayed in the 208 range
blocked the lower grille w/ vinyl:



Partially blocked the upper grille leaving the bottom slot open




used same vinyl to cover the tow hooks before




also put on some 'eyelids' on!

 

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tires

Also ordered a set of 4 used 235/70/16 used tires for $110.
I was going to do just 2 tires on the front to make sure they fit. But 2 were costing 80 plus.
So I went ahead w/ the 4.
should be here next week
 

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The full block w/ only the bottom slot on the top grille open ran too hot for me liking.
It was a cool day and the scangauage got to 225 water temp on a highway drive to New Bransfel, about 40 miles away.
I pulled off the entire upper grille and ran w/ that for 10 miles. The highest temp was 195.
Next I cut off the top slot and put the grille back on.
High was 215.

I'm going to see what my comutes look like this coming week.
 

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Just filled up another tank.
Got 23.8mpg. This tank included my daily comute of 29 miles that takes just over an hour. It also includes some 'regular' driving (not concerned about mpg....just trying to get there!)
 

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as a side note: The odometer is VERY accurate compared to the GPS mileage.
 

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mounted 235/70/16 tires on factory rims

Got the new (used tires mounted.
I like the ride. I can just barely tell that there are larger tires.
the odometer is off about 9% which will be good for mpg.
and the rpm have dropped about 100rpm at 60 mph anf at 50 mph.





 

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Here is my post on ecomodder.com:

2006 Kia Sportage ecomodding begins... - Page 4 - Fuel Economy, Hypermiling, EcoModding News and Forum - EcoModder.com

Drove from Austin to Dallas for Christmas on highway 35. traffic was light stayed on cruise control the whole time. 45-50 degrees clear day. no decernable wind.
8am to 10am


2006 Kia Sportage EX FWD V6 w/ 104,091 miles

Eco-mods:
1.Lower grill block, particial upper.
2. 235/70/16 tires at 40psi
3. on 3rd tank w/ tcw3

Trip 12-2-2012
(These are avg reading over a hundred miles of the trip)
water temp was in 193 range for 50-70 miles
Then got up to 209 the rest of the trip
61 mph on cruise at 2090rpms
load 31-34 (in flat areas)
hrpower 33-37 (in flat areas)
FIA 78-85 (keep gradually increasing as the morning warmed up)
IGN 31-34
Scangauge AVG MPG 32.9 (yeah)!!!!!
Kia MPG screen 29.9mpg
(Had to adjust the scangauge 9% w/ the new tires, so the kia screen is pretty close to the scangauge w/ the 9% factored in.)
Did not hypermile nor did I ever coast. (pretty flat so no reason to.)

NOTE: About 1 hr from Lewisville, the temp reaading stayed at 209 and didnot drop for several miles. I pulled the partial blocked grill off to see if the reading would come back down.
It did. Dropped to 190-193. For the next 20 miles (still very flat roads) the mpg dropped to 31.5 avg mpg.
Load was 33 and hp was 31.

Needless to say I am VERY pleased with the results.
 

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Trip from Arlington Texas to Sulfer Springs Texas (I-20 to 635 t0 !-30)
w/premium gas (93 octane) manual calls for 87-89 octane.
Flat, 5:21pm. 120 miles (aprox) 45 degrees outside, dry. overcast.
70 mph
209-215 FWT
31 IGN
35 LOAD
2430 rpm
40-44 HPR

**** 30.7 mpg ******
 

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1-6-2013

South Austin to North San Antonio 60 miles on I35 5:15pm clear 50 degrees.

59 mph

209-220 WTF
34 load

33.1 mpg
87 octane
 

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Thank you for your investigation about the sportage, im gonna bookmark your thread to see your updates. Im planning to buy the sportage for my wife but I want to see whats the mpg.

Thanks!
 

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Not bad. Supercharger though, half the time and double the fuel. A small price to pay.

On the highway, I get just on 24mpg with my blower. It was almost identical without the blower.
 
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