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Old 04-06-2010, 11:15 AM
cheesyteeth cheesyteeth is offline
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Red face anyone have any luck with a mod for mpg

hey i have a 2wd 2002 xlt extended with a 3.0 and its stock. im getting about 14 in the city/highway. i really want to lift my truck but mileage is so bad now i cant get bigger tires!!! i talk to alot of people on the street with rangers and they all get significantly better mileage with the same engine. ive changed oil, fuel filter, plugs and wires, cleaned maf and throttle body, and ran seafoam. ive gone through the check list! does anyone know my next step? im looking for suggestions on stuff that you have tried and has been proven efective. heard of acetone, resistors, tonnou, exhaust, chips, programers, and people taking off some smog restrictions. please im not into mythbusters stuff just want to know what works! im sure alot of other people do too.

p.s. the seafoam/maf helped from 11-14, the truck has alittle over 80,000 miles, and it has a rough idle when sitting at a light for awhile.
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Old 04-06-2010, 09:05 PM
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well keep it under 70 on the interstate if you have an automatic trans turn overdrive off if you are going under 25mph. change your rear axle gears i think a 3.73 should be good. next how about some underdrive pullies( they dont add power they only free it up) same with an electric fan only frees up power both SHOULD add some mpg. next off layoff the gopedal and try to coast as much as possible. other than that i have no idea
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Old 04-06-2010, 09:26 PM
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Default Re: anyone have any luck with a mod for mpg

I do the "park the sumbitch in the garage and ride the motorcycle" mod lately and it works great. Before the nice weather, i did the "Park the sumbitch in the garage and drive the grand prix mod", also worked well.
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Old 04-06-2010, 10:35 PM
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^^ hey that sound like the mod i do, "Park the sumbitch in the garage and ride the bike mod."
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Old 04-07-2010, 09:09 AM
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Default Re: anyone have any luck with a mod for mpg

lose weight, light rims, You could run a shorter, lighter exhaust system, I think tonneau covers help too, and if you really want to be serious then gut the interior. Lowering the truck might help too.
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Old 04-07-2010, 10:07 AM
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I was getting some really crappy mpg before I ran a fuel system cleaner through the injectors. They could be dirty and dribblinging instead of making a fine mist as they should. I went from 19ish to about 25 mpg.
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Old 04-10-2010, 12:08 PM
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Default Re: anyone have any luck with a mod for mpg

well a few good tongue in cheek responses, Looks like your doing the right things, make sure your tires are inflated correctly, and the right size. You can throw alot of cash at fuel mileage. Ive done the air box mod (free) superchips programmer, synthetic oils in eng trans and rear axle. All I get is 20-25 mpg. But I do thrash it pretty hard.
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Old 05-04-2010, 10:28 PM
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maybe change the rear o2 sensors.. they control your fuel trim..but them things are expensive..
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Old 05-05-2010, 09:22 PM
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Default Re: anyone have any luck with a mod for mpg

Do a tune up,plugs and wires,clean the mass airflow sensor,make sure your egr and the passage in the intake isnt carboned up closed and run seafoam top engine cleaner through it.I went from 13mpg to 16 and I drive about 80% city 20% highway.Also this might help you but i just cant seem to do it lol .is to drive with light trottle instead of heavy throttle while cruising and on starts.My free flow cone filter and performance muffler didnt do a thing for my mileage but at least it sounds sweeeet.




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Old 05-14-2010, 06:37 AM
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well i have done the air box mod, throttle cable mod, k&n panel filter, cherry bomb muffler, electric fans, changed the tires from the 31/10.5 15's to 255/4517's, moved the bumper closer to the header panel, i had a tonneau cover at one point but got rid of it after it got several rips in it. and i only get about 14.5 in the city...
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Old 05-14-2010, 07:16 AM
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Default Re: anyone have any luck with a mod for mpg

Other than regular required maintenence, there is NOTHING you can buy, add, modify, program, or pour that will increase MPG to the point of saving money!! All the little add-ons and programers and changes cost about 100x more than the money you will save by adding 1mpg to your average. If your goal is MPG and not looks/sounds/speed/etc, then do not waste your money.

The ONLY thing outside regular maintenece that will help your MPG and not cost more than you save is a lighter right foot. End of story. Accelerate gentler, keep it under 70 on the highway, plan you stops and speed reductions to maximize coasting and minimize breaking. Cruise control helps a lot with this if you have it.

And in the end, remember you have a pickup truck, not a honda civic so there is only so much room for improvement.
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Old 05-17-2010, 10:44 AM
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Default Re: anyone have any luck with a mod for mpg

That reminds me with the 16mpg im getting I use my cruise prob. 85% of the time driving even at 35mph in town.The only service I havent done yet is an injector cleaning.prob. wont help mpg but maybe it will smooth out the idle.I too have a tonneau cover the only difference with it i saw was it maked my truck look sweeet.
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Old 05-17-2010, 11:25 AM
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Default Re: anyone have any luck with a mod for mpg

The difference a cover makes is marginal. Aerodynamicly, not much changes. They're practical (and economic use) is more for cover, protection, and looks. Short chopping off the roof, windshield, and back window, there isn't much you can do for aerodynamics.
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Old 07-14-2010, 11:46 AM
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well i have done the air box mod, throttle cable mod, k&n panel filter, cherry bomb muffler, electric fans, changed the tires from the 31/10.5 15's to 255/4517's, moved the bumper closer to the header panel, i had a tonneau cover at one point but got rid of it after it got several rips in it. and i only get about 14.5 in the city...
that it's soo sad..... only 14.5 after doing all that!..., i don't get it, why if you have a stronger v6 3.0l in a less heavy ranger than mine ,you get a worst mpg, i mean, mine it's 2.3l "crew cab" 4dr liftted 3" with 31r15 , wich it's a lot more heavier , i get around 17.5-18.5 in the city
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Old 07-14-2010, 02:07 PM
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Default Re: anyone have any luck with a mod for mpg

Have you, by chance, already tried the "Park your truck in the driveway and ride your bicycle" mod?? It's a guaranteed gas-saver!!
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