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Old 03-30-2011, 07:04 PM
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Default Improving MPG for a 2.3L Ranger

I have a 2007 2.3L, 5-speed, 2WD, Super-cab XLT. I bought it because I wanted a truck but I didn't want to spend more money at the pump a month then I did my car payment. That being said, I'm happy with my MPG but more is always better. I was wondering if there was any mods I could install to increase my MPG even more? And please no post about driving habit, I looking for hardware.
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Old 03-30-2011, 07:54 PM
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NOt much, what are your MPGs right now?
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Old 03-30-2011, 08:02 PM
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Switch to some good spark plugs and wires and distributor. Allow more air flow too cause engines like that.

Also install an electric fan too...

Plus exhaust and headers.
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Old 03-30-2011, 08:12 PM
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Re: Diablo
I haven't tested it myself but the official rating is 24 city and 29 Hwy. It's been about that for me. I'm just trying to squeeze out as much as I can out of her.
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Old 03-30-2011, 08:14 PM
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well thats pretty good. Do what wildland said.
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Thanks!
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Old 03-30-2011, 08:26 PM
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Oh, and don't let fat chicks ride with you. You will lose MPGs.
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Old 04-01-2011, 07:43 AM
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Oh don't worry, my truck is a fat chick free zone!

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RE: Wild
Just going back to what you said before. How do electric fan improve MPG, and how much do they cost approximately, and how much do they improve MPG approximately?
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Old 04-01-2011, 08:04 AM
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Don't the new generation of 2.3's have a coil pack instead of a distributor?

And they improve MPG by running off of your alternator rather then off your pulley system. You'll have to get a shorter belt and route it a different way I imagine. I've never done this myself, though.
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Old 04-01-2011, 08:44 AM
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I haven't tested it myself but the official rating is 24 city and 29 Hwy. It's been about that for me. I'm just trying to squeeze out as much as I can out of her.
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Oh don't worry, my truck is a fat chick free zone!

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Just going back to what you said before. How do electric fan improve MPG, and how much do they cost approximately, and how much do they improve MPG approximately?
keep the maintenance up, go on a diet and don't bother with the electric fan..........the recoup cost takes a while......24 and 29 is pretty good.......MPG's
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Old 04-03-2011, 02:38 AM
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lighter wheels and tires will help the mpg's, if you have the 7-spoke steels, theyre HEAVY!
maintenance items! a good synthetic oil, trans and diff fluids, tire pressure (over inflating can give you a slight advantage, but can be dangerous!), make sure accessories such as power steering aren't causing to much strain, a proper tune up, and although people here will try and argue with me, i've noticed a increase of about 3 mpg switching to 91 octane vs. 87.
other than that, good driving habits! but i'm sure you already know that.
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Old 04-03-2011, 07:43 AM
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Don't the new generation of 2.3's have a coil pack instead of a distributor?

And they improve MPG by running off of your alternator rather then off your pulley system. You'll have to get a shorter belt and route it a different way I imagine. I've never done this myself, though.
They should, my 03 has a coil pack.

Also, make sure correct psi in tires, a bed cover, and an electric driven belt are my suggestions.

no one thing will substitute for good mpg though
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Old 04-03-2011, 09:00 AM
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Default Re: Improving MPG for a 2.3L Ranger

I hope this information will help its a good read on the subject.
http://www.cadvision.com/blanchas/Ranger/index.html
Getting the most out of the Ford 2.3L
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Old 04-04-2011, 06:35 PM
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No idea on a Ranger but..

On my 4.0L Jeep I removed the factory clutch/belt driven fan and left the pulley spinning (same belt) and put an electric replacement in (so 2 10" electric fans total) and noticed about 1mpg better, but also helped free up some horses. In removing that and belt driven water pump I gained 3mpg
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Old 04-08-2011, 04:58 AM
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Default Re: Improving MPG for a 2.3L Ranger

I started a thread some time ago about mpgs called more mpg. There is quite a few ideas and stuff in that. I changed to amsoil full synthetic oil and a k n drop in filter and gained some with that. I avg about 28mpg in mine.
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