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Help me save GAS !!!!!

OH GOD DO I NEED HELP

I have a 99 ranger with the V6 and the way gas prices are it's killing me !
I'm a cable sub contractor so I have to pay for my own gas, and well we all knows gas is sky high so what are the alternative ways to save ?

I had a friend a while back with a 2001 Sport Trak and he changed the gears in the rear end and it dropped the RPM's a LOT ,I have lost contact with him so I'm not sure what he used , have any of you tried this ? or have any input ?
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OK but what one do I need to do ?
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spend probably over a grand and buy the stuff on his list lol
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LOL na , I will pass on that

What do you guy's think of the fuel / water idea ?

http://www.runyourcarwithwater.com/?hop=valuefunds
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that sounds like a bad idea..

and the site is pretty cheesy lol
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I see a lot of people have done it , If you check out YouTube there is also a lot ..

I'm just desperate really , I might have to quit my job as it's costing me too much in gas .

I put in $25.00 today and I got about 70 miles and I'm back on E
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buy a honda
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LOL I'm looking for a serious answer really ...


I guess the gear ratio idea will not work?

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I would really like to see some one try this on RF..And make a post about it. That would be cool. My ranger right now gets about 15 MPG..It would be Nice to pull 40.
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Gettin' a Honda is a serious answer... it's a truck homie and this just comes with the territory
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wow 40mpg i think you might need to get a car. my dad has a ford escort stickshift and he gets around 40 highway. i guess w/ high gas prices our rangers might not be daily drivers as much.
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drive it to your local honda dealership and trade it in on a si.
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My 4x4 is lucky to be driven 50 miles a month
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drive it to your local honda dealership and trade it in on a si.
Not too sure how I would but my 24" fiberglass ladder on a SI .
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^ford focus wagon- great mileage and good cargo room.
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trade that ranger in for a 2.3L. they will get much better gas mileage. I know you looking for an easy simple answer but there isn't one. Changing the gears will cost you probably $500ish maybe more. Its going to be easier and better to just get a 4 cylinder ranger.
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Man this guy is straight trippen, he can't handle his truck.
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ok 15 mpg??? i get that while I haul a 10' trailer 1998 with a 4.0 with 198,000
on the motor she's a little tired..and the end may be near....but That seems low to me???
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How often do you clean out your truck? Carrying a lot of junk will kill your mileage. Also how is your truck maintained? dirty oil & plugs are the biggest mileage killers. But if you are looking for better mileage I would get a 2.3 Ranger they are very capable trucks I have worked out of one before.
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LOL I'm looking for a serious answer really ...

I gave you a serious answer back at the top. You want a free answer that will increase your MPGs then start walking your MPG will be outstanding and it won't cost you a cent.

If you want better mileage for your truck get an under drive pulley and a tuner like in my sig line.

I don't have anything close to a grand invested for MPGs.
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I have started researching on a HHO(hydrogen system) and believe that it will work. Reallistically you will not get 40 MPG but you can get 20-35% increase in MPG.
I have started building a system.
You will need:
1. HHO booster (hydrogen/oxygen maker) hydolyzer. Smack's booster
2. safety circuit
3. O2 sensor circuit adjustor. (Depending on age od vehicle and CPU engine control).

These are all simple either build your own or purchase. (get places from site I post below)
This is an exciting idea which is not new. The first US patent was in 1913 I think.

CAUTION:
Hydrogen IS VERY EXPLOSIVE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Do your homework.

With this caveat said, I think that it is a very doable and inexpensive way to increase MPG.
here is the Forum:

http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/w...r/messages?o=1

go to the FILE portion and find the "HOW TO'S" and they even have parts lists and where to purchase and schematics.

I am using :
1. Smack's booster
2. booster safety circuit (no power to booster if enginge not running)
3. Pat Kelly's O2 sensor circuit board modified by myself for dual O2 sensors)

Here is a senior class project done a MS state U. It used a Ranger as test vehicle.

http://www.ece.msstate.edu/courses/d...ments_prod.pdf

In this experiment they used vacuum in the safety circuit. Vacuum drops to 0 at full throttle and other times. I am using a oil pressure switch relay in the safety circuit instead.

I am still in the build stage for the booster and design /parts purchase for the electric phase.

I should be able to make this for ~$150 or less. If you Purchase it all ~$350 maybe.

I will post here as project moves forward.
Hope this helps.
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Thanks a lot for this info , I will look into it some more .
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I own a 97 ranger 2wd supercab 5 speed manual with a 2.3L. Completly stock with 14" wheels and I get on average 24-25 MPG with a/c off and 22-23 with it on.
I hope the newer 4 cyl. gets better gas mileage.
I have heard that the Tacoma standard cab 2wd with 4cyl 5 speed manual gets
close to 30 mpg.

If you go hydrogen make sure you put the sticker on it that states a 1 mile radius needs to be evacuated if it catches on fire.
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