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Old 04-22-2011, 07:03 AM
Pool Runner Pool Runner is offline
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I just got my 2011 2.3 (auto) I bought this to use it DAILY as a TRUCK no suprise eh? Anyway I came from an '08 GM 3/4 HD with the 6.0L gasser. 10 mpg's downhill with a tail wind Anyway the size difference is taking some getting used to but so far my new Ranger is doing great. My first tank was about 17 mpg with a really heavy load that week, was carrying a crap load of 40# bags of salt plus other crap, well over 500 lbs or more.

The next week I found that the factory only had 34 PSI in the rubber, I aired up to the max at 44 PSI and had a load the next week about 150 lbs lighter and turned in a 19.3 mpg tank all mixed driving. The following week I had a slightly lighter load in the box but turned in the same figures. I am slowly lightening the load in my box until I can turn in figures above 20 mpgs. I don't care if it's 28-20 I just want to be at 20 or better to feel solid about my decision to downsize.

Before someone tells me the 4-pot wasn't meant to hual stuff, you shouldn't tell me but be telling Ford why did you put a 6ft box on something with a 4-Cyl? The 4.0L was nice but would not work for my application, if I wanted 15-16 mpg while working I would have just got another Silverado but 1/2 ton with the 5.3L I specifically wanted the so called most fuel efficient truck you could buy.
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Old 05-14-2011, 10:17 PM
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I shift under and stay under 3000 RPMs. I only go over 3000 RPMs when towing. Of course I spent nearly $2K in mods (see sig) but I can get around 24-28 MPG highway. Yes that is with the rims/tires on weighing in at 90 lbs a piece. I think the key to my success was that I did all the mods before I bought the programmer. When I bought the programmer the tuner needed my ECU info and detailed list of all my mods and tire sizes. I did 6 months of research before modding and buying a programmer and it's paying off now. It'll take a few years though to make up the MPG savings compared to the $$$$ savings. It was fun to mod though....
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Old 05-14-2011, 10:27 PM
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I just got my 2011 2.3 (auto) I bought this to use it DAILY as a TRUCK no suprise eh? Anyway I came from an '08 GM 3/4 HD with the 6.0L gasser. 10 mpg's downhill with a tail wind Anyway the size difference is taking some getting used to but so far my new Ranger is doing great. My first tank was about 17 mpg with a really heavy load that week, was carrying a crap load of 40# bags of salt plus other crap, well over 500 lbs or more.

The next week I found that the factory only had 34 PSI in the rubber, I aired up to the max at 44 PSI and had a load the next week about 150 lbs lighter and turned in a 19.3 mpg tank all mixed driving. The following week I had a slightly lighter load in the box but turned in the same figures. I am slowly lightening the load in my box until I can turn in figures above 20 mpgs. I don't care if it's 28-20 I just want to be at 20 or better to feel solid about my decision to downsize.

Before someone tells me the 4-pot wasn't meant to hual stuff, you shouldn't tell me but be telling Ford why did you put a 6ft box on something with a 4-Cyl? The 4.0L was nice but would not work for my application, if I wanted 15-16 mpg while working I would have just got another Silverado but 1/2 ton with the 5.3L I specifically wanted the so called most fuel efficient truck you could buy.
my dad has owned 4 cyl trucks most of his life (had 1981 toyota in the 80s and never looked at another v6-v8 since) he has used his 4 cyl to due hauling (rocks, sand, trees lumber and even a Vw microbus) A 4 cyl can do a lot more then we credit them. Smarl buy on the 2.3L
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Old 05-15-2011, 06:37 AM
FlyinRyan FlyinRyan is offline
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Any of you ever try drafting? I was on my way up north and did it at like 3am to a semi but I don't know if they like it or not... whatyou all think?
Yep, I draft when I'm towing a trailer in my dad's 2500 Chevy. It makes a huge difference. With out drafting we get about 8.5mpg. If I draft as much as possible I've seen 10.5mpg.
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