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how to get better mpg?

hey guys juts wondering if there are some good things to buy/do that would improve mpgs. i know that the best mod is the tiny pedal on the right but i want to know if theres anything else. before i got my new tires i was getting 19 mpg all city cus i barely push that lil pedal but i havent gotten threw a whole tank with the new tires and i know that my mpg will most likely go down. i know some things to get some better mpg but i am not sure how much better. i heard that gettting the underdog pulleys will improve it and also a electric fan or somthing. how much will those impprove it by and is there anything else i can do to get better mpg?
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Tuner, plugs & wires, fuel filter, TB cleaned. Thats all i think would help.
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Tuner, plugs & wires, fuel filter, TB cleaned. Thats all i think would help.
allready did the fuel filter but i will change the other things to, and sertian brands i should go with?
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If it's mainly all city driving , forget the e-fan.You won't gain anything.
Also run tire pressures to the max rating on the sidewall of the tire. The rating on the doorjam sticker is for combo city/highway traction and stability.
A 2001 truck was most likely built in 2000. Change the rear differential oil , transfer case lube (if 4WD) and transmission fluid and filter.
And don't carry a lot of useless junk in the cab or bed.Keep extra weight to a minimum.
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allready did the fuel filter but i will change the other things to, and sertian brands i should go with?
People on here say motorcraft, I have Denso Iridiums with STI wires. I'm just waiting for my miliage to get up there. Havent decided on a coil yet. Flush all the fluids wouldnt hurt.
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People on here say motorcraft, I have Denso Iridiums with STI wires. I'm just waiting for my miliage to get up there. Havent decided on a coil yet. Flush all the fluids wouldnt hurt.
cool, i see if anyone else has an opinion on what brands i should get and ya i was planning on doing the oil and tranny fluid both to synthetic. well they might be im not sure but im putting senthetic in when ever i do it
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NGK is another good brand.... but if it were me Id just stick with motorcraft. Also try running fuel system cleane through the tank.. I know a lot of guys are NOOO!! DONT WASTE YOUR TIME AND MONEY! but Ive seen it work pretty well. Dont worry about changing the coil wont see any gains... just allows you to gap your plugs wider... mainly meant for boost and n2o applications. Just do the basic tune up, check your plugs and wires as stated, check the air filter, clean the TB. right now if i do about 55 mph in a 55 zone ill get 23-25mpg around town idk what i get because I have to drive pretty far to get to work every day. You wont see many increases i mpgs... its a truck, its super reliable and your hott friends who need to move or do anything that calls for a truck will def call you first before some Joe in a VDub lol.
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NGK is another good brand.... but if it were me Id just stick with motorcraft. Also try running fuel system cleane through the tank.. I know a lot of guys are NOOO!! DONT WASTE YOUR TIME AND MONEY! but Ive seen it work pretty well. Dont worry about changing the coil wont see any gains... just allows you to gap your plugs wider... mainly meant for boost and n2o applications. Just do the basic tune up, check your plugs and wires as stated, check the air filter, clean the TB. right now if i do about 55 mph in a 55 zone ill get 23-25mpg around town idk what i get because I have to drive pretty far to get to work every day. You wont see many increases i mpgs... its a truck, its super reliable and your hott friends who need to move or do anything that calls for a truck will def call you first before some Joe in a VDub lol.
ok thanks for the info and hahaha only the hot ones can get the help
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I wouldnt say that its bad mpgs... but thats the only don side to having a truck... trucks have so many purposes
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I wouldnt say that its bad mpgs... but thats the only don side to having a truck... trucks have so many purposes
ya i kno i shouldnt really be complaining, well im not really complaingin, but i was geting a solid 19 mpg and thats city driving and on gas mileage websites it says i should be getting like 15-16 city so im pretty happy but i will c what my mpg will be after i get like two tanks with my new tires. rangers have to be the best type of truck cus it gets farly good mpg and it does what other big trucks can do and they are bilt pretty good and they are priced really good! RANGER FTW!!!
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For fuel system cleaner I have used Chevron Techron and had good results. Regular and proper maintenance helps a lot, and since you are supposed to do it anyway, it can save on repairs. My K&N filter seemed to help a little at first, but not definitively.
I also have used "Catalytic Converter Cleaner" from JC Whitney and it help clear a plugged converter I had in the 80's. Someone will call "snake oil" I am sure, but when I did not pass inspection because of a plugged cat, use that, then do pass, I will take that recommendation. That is also why I like Techron. I have had a known plugged injector, added it, then did not. What can I say?
Synthetic fluids or running thinner oil may help but I don't consider the thinner stuff worth the risk to save pennies. Penny wise, pound foolish.
You are right to remember nothing will change MPG like that little pedal on the right. Oh, using cruise control on the highway will help too.
Going 55 and driving easy I get ~20-21, going 65-70, I get 17.5-18 in the summer on the highway. A very big difference.
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ya, regular tune ups are deffinetaly a must. i am probably going to get the underdog pulley combo cus i see tons of great things said about it. i might lookk into the electric fan thing to
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kid of off topic but i read somewhere to not clean the TB. I have a 99........how do i go about cleaning the TB? My truck sa for almost 2 years with the previous owner so I know it can use a cleaning
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whats TB? toilet bowl? ya clean that thing man!!!
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Drive slower. Thats about the only real thing that will dramatically affect your fuel mileage. Keep it around 55 mph on the highway and you'll pick up a real 3-4 mpg vs 65 or 70 mph, plus accelerate slowly. Realistically, thats about the only thing that will make much of a real difference, plus your drive time isn't really that much longer. Spending money on add-on parts is somewhat counter productive IMO, besides regular tune up parts. Just my .02. LR
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whats TB? toilet bowl? ya clean that thing man!!!
TB= Throttle body, there are kits for that right?
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o ok thanks for the clear up. ya i have seen some im pretty sure
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you should replace all of your body panels with carbon fiber, then only 1 layer of paint to keep the weight down....
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i dont think u would save much or anything if you spent all the money to get carbon fiber and the paint idea just aint my thing. just saying
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Panels? Why add weight with panels AND paint?
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Panels? Why add weight with panels AND paint?
i dought the paint weights much but i think if you took off your panels like the front ones over the wheels i think it owuld make it drop cus of all the air resistants getting stoppedd on the wheel wells
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just fricking kidding!

I was joking, I was referring to the Ferrari f430, all of the body panels are carbon fiber and they deliberately put on only 1 layer of paint saving a couple pounds.

the best way to save gas is to drive the speed limit and keep your tailgate closed, that's what helps me. Other than that, get a different auto, trucks are not gas savers.
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well than..haha
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