[Vwdiesel] Mileage test of Rabbit 1984 --- ( Smileage August 2005 )

LBaird119@aol.com LBaird119 at aol.com
Sat Aug 20 01:39:49 EDT 2005

In a message dated 8/19/2005 9:49:00 AM Pacific Standard Time, 
h_hagar at prcn.org writes:

> PROPER acceleration. ---simply step on it  --pedal to the metal  --and all 
> is well.
> Now should I need to catch that blonde in the Cabriolet ? flick the LDA on 
> and it will
> climb trees -(like Mark Shepherd said)--  for details see National Lampoon 
> Vacation.
> POWER or SMILEAGE  --- your choice at the flick of a switch --- what could 
> be better ?

  I know you like it that way, all considered but I tried it with what sounds 

like more "main" (non LDA) fueling than you have and the LDA disconnected 
and it just isn't safe on the highway here.  I couldn't hold speed on the 
didn't have enough acceleration to merge, etc.  I plugged it back in halfway 
back on the return trip!
  If I wanted pedal to the floor power I'd drive an non modified Rabbit with 
fuel volume screw turned out a tad.  With a turbo I rarely ever put it over 
of the way down, have much better acceleration and very little less mileage.  

My 1.5, NA Rabbit excpted of course.  It drives like it has about 5psi of 
boost most of the time.  :-)  You could get about the same results in 
cleanliness and power available without flicking a switch by raising the 
spring perch (stiffening the spring) and setting the cone to minimum
enrichment (both are LDA settings).  Then you'd have less than maximum 
fueling under light boost (lean as you call it) and light enrichment under 
boost, which could be turned up if you like but it might smoke when you 
floor it.  
  My Dasher was boost with normal fueling when I got it.  Really cool EGT, 
no smoke, no power before 60mph and 55mph was the limit then.  I 
found out how to turn up the fueling and got some FUN out of it.  Still 
not snappy like my Rabbit but finally more than 600F EGT (1200+ actually)
much better acceleration and my mileage actually went UP 1.5 to 2mpg.

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