Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Modding a Scion IQ? RIMS & TIRES

Stock from factory: 

Steel 16" rims
5" wide
4 lug pattern
4x100 spacing
weight: 38.5lbs with stock 175/60R16 tire EACH
Tire height: 24.26”


Possibilities for new rims/tires:

 

Tires for Scion iQ

Diameters: 15.0'' - 17.0''

Width (mm): 175 - 205

Tire aspect ratio (%): 45 - 65

Smallest tire size: 175/65R15

Largest tire size: 205/45R17

 

Rims for Scion iQ 2013

Bolt pattern 4x100

Diameter: 15.0'' - 17.0'';  

Width (inches): 5 - 6.5;  

Offset (mm): 38 - 45.

 

If you are wanting to reduce the weight of your iQ wheels significantly, you'll most likely have to move to 14 or 15" rims with a 185/70/14 bigger tire for instance. Just make sure the tire height/diameter is still close or your odometer and fuel economy will skew. Your turning radius will significantly reduce as well. It’s also much easier to bend rims because of the short wheel base - hitting a pothole or road debris.

You could move to 17" rims and smaller tires, but your curb weight is likely to increase and thinner walled tires are not recommended on the iQ.

My research indicates that using spaces to covert to different lug nut patterns on the iQ is a big mistake.

Weights:

A size 175/60 R14 tire weighs between 13 lbs and 14.5 lbs. 

A size 185/70 R15 tire weighs between 16.5 lbs and 18 lbs

A 16” tire usually weighs between 18lbs and 22lbs.

A 17” tire usually weighs between 20lbs and 24lbs.

1) Tires should be the same diameter, but can be different widths - often vehicles will have wider tires on the rear axle. It is not recommended to go beyond 6.5" in width on the front tires and because of the short wheel base it is recommended to stay the same width back and front.

2) Having a different diameter than factory will throw off your speedometer calibration, as this is dependent on rpm count of one of the wheel hubs.

3) Larger is generally better as a rule of thumb, within normal limits. Larger diameter = less revolutions of the wheel to cover a given distance OR cover same distance faster. Wider = more traction, but too wide can result in interference, especially with steering set wheels.


It is illegal to resell your car if you know the odometer and speedometer are incorrect.

You must put on your title that your car exceeds its mechanical limits.

The math showing just 1” in tire size difference is as follows:

 4 miles per 100 if you are just 1” off. 

1” under and you’re traveling 104 miles on odometer reading but really only going 100 miles. 96 miles per 100 the opposite direction.

If your wheels are more than 5 pounds heavier than the stock 38.5lbs you’re adding significant stress on the engine. 

The iQ is a CVT (continuously variable transmission) so extra weight is a killer to the transmission.

The lightest weight wheels I've found are made by Konig - called Helium. I ended up purchasing 4x100 lug pattern, 15” diameter, 6.5”width,  10.55lb per rim, wheels for $320 shipped. This reduced the total weight, after adding a tire by 26 pounds per axle. My acceleration truly is better and it appears as if I have gained 1-2 miles more per gallon. My tire height is the exact same as the stock 16” rims (24.27”) using 195/60/15  tires.

I used Bridgestone Ecopia Mileage Plus 70,000 mile tires.

I found this page particularly helpful in deciding what I wanted to do and achieve:


I will continue to update this post over time as I discover and learn more about this topic.

I am currently investigating speedometer and odometer calibration in regards to changing tires and rim sizes.

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

viRus ...

This morning I woke up to no WiFi ...

I tried resetting my router. ❌

I unplugged everything for 15 minutes ❌

I tried a different modem. ❌

I thought, it couldn’t be the WiFi router because it’s brand new. 

It’s also their most expensive model and  guaranteed.

I called Linksys anyway to see what was wrong.

After nearly an hour on the phone, I ended up going back to factory settings. ✔️

That worked! Sort of. 

Now I had a message on all my devices stating that I needed to call Comcast to reinstate my account.

I googled that message and the error code to see if the message was legit and make 100% sure my router had not been hacked (which is a common recent issue by the way.)

Comcast stated that they had deactivated the access to my WiFi router after ...

1) Pinging it to find that the name of my network was “viRUS

2) Getting a complaint that there was a Comcast guest network named “viRUS” on my node/ in my area

I said, “Yeah. That’s me.”

I was told that Comcast doesn’t allow networks by malicious or offensive names because anyone with a Comcast account can login as a guest on any Comcast network. I was told that my tier of service/pay didn’t allow for changes.

I inquired, “But that’s my actual name.”

Service Rep: (sarcastically) “Your name is ‘virus’??? It says here your name is xxx xxxxx.”

Me: “Yeah but I go by Rus, which is short for Rusty which is my nickname that I’ve gone by since I was too young to remember.”

Service Rep: “But your nickname isn’t “virus”!!

Me: “Not too long ago I had a politician call me a virus in the community. So, yes I’m a virus and that’s what I go by. V-I-R-U-S.

Service Rep: “Well Mr.Smith, that name is one of the names on the unacceptable list of names for networks under Comcast’s terms and conditions.”

Me: “Could you email this list?”

Service Rep: “To the email on your account?”

Me: “Yes please”

(a few seconds pass)

Me: “Just for the record ... I’ve also called my network ‘FBI SURveillance’ in the past. That network name also contains my nickname. I see it too is not allowed”

Service Rep: “You’ve also gone by the nickname FBI surveillance?”

Me: “Capitalize the first three letters of SURveillance.”

Service Rep: “Clever, but still not allowed.”

Me: (kind of in a Forrest Gump voice) “Ok, I want to get off the phone now, how do I fix this?”

Service Rep: “Simply change the name of your network to something that’s not on the list I sent you.”

Me: “Done, I just changed my network name to “Rusteeze Bumper Oil

Service Rep: (laughing) “Ok”