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Old 3rd August 2006, 16:03   #1
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I have recently (31st July 2006 to be precise) fitted LonGAS LPG kit to my Zen. Well RTO stuff is still pending but will be done by weekend. I have converted it for 18.5K (including RTO) form a local vendor (well exists for last 6 yrs and have converted more than 100 cars). Here are few exp..and queries..
Exp
1) Cost reduced by half (i mean it as I drive 45kms daily)
2) Additional noise while staring the car
3) Well pick up has dropped (its very very evident while driving uphill, I stay in M'bai and have to take a few flyovers)
4) At times can here few noises form the engine while driving
5) drive not as smooth as on petrol...
6) Well takes a lot of time to fill LPG, also theer is some sound while LPG is getting filled (My LPG mechanic said he will get this fixed)
queries
1) Can I get the same pick-up as petrol on LPG wth some fine tunning
2) while racing why the engine is not as smooth as on petrol
3) I hope the sound while filling LPG is of no major concern
4) Do I need to inform the Insurance company abt this??
5) How long does it normally takes to full the tank (60 lts capacity)
6) Are there any specific checks that I need to follow on regular basis
7) Well the indicator provided for level of LPG on my dashborad does not work..mechnic says he will fix it along with the LPG filling proble. I hope this is not a major concern??
Well all said and done I except for some crancky noises and drop in pick-up I am happy with the LPG conversion. i expect to get the amt recovered in 8-10 mnths time. If you are not too crazy abt speed then converting LPG seem sto be the BEST available option...
Well friends anyone who can help me with my queries
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Old 4th August 2006, 18:52   #2
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what year Zen is it. Carb or MPFI ??

You can fit a timing advancer module to get more pickup.
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Hi, I too have recently converted my Ikon to LPG, let me try and answer your queries

1) Can I get the same pick-up as petrol on LPG wth some fine tunning

Yes. The mechanics usually set the air/fuel mixture lean for better FE. You can ask your mechanic to make it richer, but be ready for a drop of 1-2 KMPL in FE.

2) while racing why the engine is not as smooth as on petrol

I too felt it when my air/fuel mixture was lean, try going in for a richer mixture, that might solve this issue.

3) I hope the sound while filling LPG is of no major concern

That's quiet normal.

4) Do I need to inform the Insurance company abt this??

Yes, you'll need to inform them.

5) How long does it normally takes to full the tank (60 lts capacity)

about 10 mins

6) Are there any specific checks that I need to follow on regular basis

Get the kit serviced every 5K or 6 months.

7) Well the indicator provided for level of LPG on my dashborad does not work..mechnic says he will fix it along with the LPG filling proble. I hope this is not a major concern??

Nope, not a concern, it just does show the fuel available in the tank. He might have fitted a faulty switch. Ask him to replace it.

Hope this info helps!
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hey,i too was interested to get a LPG kit for my optra,went today to the shivaji park petrol pump n he was like the Govt does-nt allow the optra to be fitted with a kit¿¿
can some please help¿
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hey,i too was interested to get a LPG kit for my optra,went today to the shivaji park petrol pump n he was like the Govt does-nt allow the optra to be fitted with a kit¿¿
can some please help¿
You can retro fit an LPG kit on an Optra too...
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You can retro fit an LPG kit on an Optra too...
is it legal¿ cause that guy said its not....only "small cars are allowed"
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is it legal¿ cause that guy said its not....only "small cars are allowed"
if it was not legal, LPG kit manufacturers/installers would not list it on their websites. here's one http://www.autogas-india.com/about.html

Check with with some other installer in your area.

Cheers!!!

PS: Do the shivaji petrol pump guys retrofit LPG kits?
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@Gr8guzzler:
Which brand did u go for??
How much did it work out to??
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@Gr8guzzler:
Which brand did u go for??
How much did it work out to??
I had gone in for Minda Impco LPG kit. It costed me 22K with registration.
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hey,i too was interested to get a LPG kit for my optra,went today to the shivaji park petrol pump n he was like the Govt does-nt allow the optra to be fitted with a kit¿¿
can some please help¿
Hey Vandan I'm getting LPG kits for my 2 Optras next week. We're going in for BRC kits as they are the only kits approved for Optra.

Getting it done in Andheri near my house for 24k each. Will post when it's done and let you know how it goes.
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Hey Vandan I'm getting LPG kits for my 2 Optras next week. We're going in for BRC kits as they are the only kits approved for Optra.

Getting it done in Andheri near my house for 24k each. Will post when it's done and let you know how it goes.
hey
can you pls give me the contact details of the person¿
thanks
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Hi Gr8guzzler,

Thanks for the info, your inputs are very helpful. I will check with my mechanic based on ur comments.

will keep u updated....
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I got a kit for my esteem which cost around 18k. Not sure abt the name, as my dad did it and i forgot to ask him! fe sems good, we tuned it a few times for fe and performance and arrived at a balance. theres barely any noise difference and after the tuning, i cant make out the diff between petrol and lpg...

i got a 45-50 liter tank in my esteem boot... 60 liter in a zen doesnt that make it a two seater? lol

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Hi Aalaap,

Thanks for the info....

Well I have to get the fine tunning done this weekend....I am hoping I shld get the same FE as petrol and pick up too

Well 60 lt tank does occupy my diki space but then one has to live with it....i jst have to vist the petrol pump once a fortnight...also handy on long drives.....well personal deision though...////

Vandana where do u stay...I have contact num of SAI service (borivali center) let me knw if u would like to talk to them (SAI service uses LONGAS kit....)
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I got a kit for my esteem which cost around 18k. Not sure abt the name, as my dad did it and i forgot to ask him! fe sems good, we tuned it a few times for fe and performance and arrived at a balance. theres barely any noise difference and after the tuning, i cant make out the diff between petrol and lpg...

i got a 45-50 liter tank in my esteem boot... 60 liter in a zen doesnt that make it a two seater? lol

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there is a 60 litre tank which sits in the wheel well...v. convenient for small cars even for big cars
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