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Old 04-27-2011, 06:49 AM
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First thing is stay away from CAI kits. They're a waste of money. Plus instead of a snap on cloth toneau cover, invest in a fiberglass toneau cover. It will reduce drag, and not use as much fuel as the snap on cloth version will. I use a K&N drop in airfilter, I bought 2 of them 7 years ago and still use them to this day. They helped some but enough to notice, plus when ever I need to change the airfilter, all I have to do is clean it and re oil it. This will save you alot of money in the long run. Avoid bigger tires at all costs or your mpgs will drop like a lead brick. WEIGHT REDUCTION is the key to excellent fuel economy. Plus use a little bit thicker oil on your next oil change. For example: My ranger calls for 5W20. I use 10W30 instead. It lubes better, and keeps your engine temperature down a little longer. Plus it takes alot longer for the oil to break down than normal. Also invest in one of these:

http://www.thermotec.com/products/14...at-shield.html

It's a heatsheild for your air intake tube. and I'd also invest in some exhaust header wrap too to keep your under hood temps low. That's really just about all you can do except an exhaust change and that really doesn't help you much though.
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Old 04-27-2011, 07:45 AM
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A cap will not improve your MPG. They weigh several hundred pounds. An open bed is very efficient, although it seems counterintuitive. Aerodynamics is like that. A solid bed cover may improve aerodynamics a little bit, but they also ad weight.

Cut weight. Keep up on regular maintenence. Keep the tires aired up. And drive like grandma.
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Old 04-27-2011, 07:51 AM
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Cut weight. Keep up on regular maintenence. Keep the tires aired up. And drive like grandma.
Got that... that's why I was looking for extra hard mods. ;-)
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Old 04-27-2011, 07:58 AM
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Avoid 4.10 gearing, they aim for higher power. Also, try to see if you can increase your tire diameter without getting a body lift. Your truck will cruise at a lower rpm at the same speed with larger tires, causing you to use less fuel.

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Old 04-27-2011, 08:38 AM
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Avoid 4.10 gearing, they aim for higher power. Also, try to see if you can increase your tire diameter without getting a body lift. Your truck will cruise at a lower rpm at the same speed with larger tires, causing you to use less fuel.

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what? no. he'll burn more gas getting to cruising speed/maintaining cruise speed. good idea in theory, but not practical at all. Besides that, the 4.0 sohc motor that's in his truck has the best fuel consumption between 2300-2700 rpm's. the size tire he has now is more than likely factory spec and doing him just fine.
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Old 04-27-2011, 08:49 AM
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Get a 2wd Ranger?
I'm not sure what else you could do that would actually PAY FOR ITSELF. Your mileage sounds pretty darn good.
With my truck (98,4.0L,3.73's,AT,4x4,3"BL), I use an Extang tonneau cover. Only weighs about 20lbs, but I get a 1mpg increase compared to an open bed. I had an A.R.E. fiberglass tonneau and yielded the same results on the highway, but hurt a little with city driving because it weighed about 60lbs.
The Ultra Gauge helps a bunch, just make sure to calibrate the distance and fuel usage before you trust it.
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Old 04-27-2011, 08:53 AM
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You've gotta remember guys, for every 1mpg I gain, I save $20-25 a month. So, if the mod is $400, it would only take me 16 months to pay it off... with a 1mpg increase only. I'm open to those suggestions. I'm really gonna check on the X3 I think. If I can talk to a rep and get a good idea on what to expect, I might invest. 2-3mpg has been reported with the economy tune. If I can get 2mpg, that's $50... and only 8 months.
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Old 04-27-2011, 09:03 AM
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lower it as much as possible. remove lift blocks from rear and crank down torsion bars. SLAM THAT SUCKER. just make sure to get it aligned. alignment saves gas too
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Old 04-27-2011, 12:42 PM
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A cap will not improve your MPG. They weigh several hundred pounds. An open bed is very efficient, although it seems counterintuitive. Aerodynamics is like that. A solid bed cover may improve aerodynamics a little bit, but they also ad weight.

Cut weight. Keep up on regular maintenence. Keep the tires aired up. And drive like grandma.
Not the cap, the FLAT fiberglass toneau cover. The one I'm talking about only weighs about 15 to 25 lbs.
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Old 04-27-2011, 12:57 PM
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np did they help you at all they're way easy to install to i could probably get you some pics on how to do it if you needed it or decided to get a few more guages just let me know
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Old 04-27-2011, 12:58 PM
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Ya I know, I'm just pointing out that a real cap (like what I have) isn't going to help at all.
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Old 04-27-2011, 01:08 PM
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Ya I know, I'm just pointing out that a real cap (like what I have) isn't going to help at all.
Ok, just making sure you knew which one I was talking about. The one you have weighs about 350 pounds easy. I had one on my 1997 XLT and I quickly got rid of it to. It made a world of difference concerning mpgs and performance wise.
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Old 04-27-2011, 01:11 PM
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When I switched from 10.5" wide tires to 12.5" wide tires I lost 1 MPG - just to give you an idea of how the tire size is effected.

On Mythbusters, they found that using a tailgate net gave the best results as opposed to a cap, tonneau cover, or leaving down the tailgate. It reduces the weight a bit, while keeping the function of your bed and keeping that bubble in the tailgate which was mentioned earlier.
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Old 04-27-2011, 01:30 PM
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When I switched from 10.5" wide tires to 12.5" wide tires I lost 1 MPG - just to give you an idea of how the tire size is effected.

On Mythbusters, they found that using a tailgate net gave the best results as opposed to a cap, tonneau cover, or leaving down the tailgate. It reduces the weight a bit, while keeping the function of your bed and keeping that bubble in the tailgate which was mentioned earlier.
The tailgate net done better only because it reduced weight off the rear susp. other than that it would be about the same as dropping the tailgate in which you'd lose mpg's. Mythbusters retested some of their old myths and actually weighed the truck with and without the tailgate. It was about a 50 to 60 pound difference. You see anytime you can improve the airflow and drop huge amounts of weight it takes stress off the engine. A 5.0 in my 2004 Edge would do alot better on gasoline because of how much my truck weighs. The damn thing weighs almost 6,000 LBS and that's alot of weight for a 3.0 V6 to push around.

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That's what I want to do is use a ford ranger motor in a T-Bucket to prove how fuel friendly they are. I bet you'd see a huge increase in performance and fuel economy just using that set up. That would be a kool project. I just wish my financial situation would improve soon so I can get started on that project.
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Old 04-27-2011, 01:53 PM
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Street tires will help a lot, a huge issue with a/t tires is the rolling mass, a lighter tire/rim combo as well as the aerodynamics of a smoother narrower tire will help, the tuner will help as well.
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