Now I most definately did not buy a 5.0 ranger for it's fuel economy but i'm getting just over 18.5 mpg with the truck, and the most i've ever got is 19.75 The truck is efi with shorty headers and a moderate cam.
I was wondering what you other 302 guys are getting, just out of curiosity.
Yea don't get me wrong, I love the gase mileage i'm getting. My old truck was a 91 with 2.3. It was an absolute dog and only got 19's. Now I have over two and a half times the HP and about the same gase mileage.
The milage between each application is going to variate. VBehical weights, driving habits of each individual driver.. Carb/Efi/ Timing, Cam Profile, Head flow/ spark system.. They all have a factor and can variate up to 10mpg ( big loppy cam and a carb might make 12mpg, a well tuned EFI setup CAN make 22mpg ). 10mpg is a lot/extreeme, but it is a reality.
Emissions laws/equipping are whats going to cause ( probably ) the biggest variance in efficiency between all the trucks.
The 302 is out of a 93 mustang and the cam is pretty heavy b/c it 'lopes' quite a bit at idle. Sounds wicked though. Kinda gives it away. I don't have any sound bites b/c I don't have a camera, but where in michigan are you?
My kenne bell supercharged 5.0L explorer engine got 14.5MPG average in my 1999 Ranger 4x4 with 4R70W auto trans an 4.10 gears. Stock tires. 4520lb measured weight
now that is what i would loooove to do. 5.0 supercharged or turbo'd. i've been thinking about trading in my ranger and getting an explorer with the 5.0 and AWD and build that up. after tinkering around my brother explorer i've really fallen in love with them.
my life long goal is:
twin turbo'd AWD 5.0 explorer. please note i did say LIFE LONG goal haha.