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Old 02-26-2007
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long trip + 400 pound engine in bed= great MPG

On my trip to Virginia and back, I got amazingly good gas mileage.

I filled up five times and the calculated MPG of each tank was 20,21, 23, and 24

I was so shocked that driving a long distance even with a load in the bed gave me great gas mileage... I never thought Id be gettin around 20 mpg with my trcu so the 23 and 24 were shocking.

I guess have a CAI in my old airbox with the silencer removed help me here. The silencer removal was done last week and my i think its workin on gettin the cold air in there.

I also only ran 87 gas which I have never done. I usually run 89 all the time, or sometimes I do 88 at one of the stations in town.
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Old 02-27-2007
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thats about the same as what i get, just gotta drive sane keep up with the maintenance and the 3.0 can do alright
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Old 02-27-2007
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My 4.0L loaded down with a bed full of fire wood............26mpg!
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I like hauling large rocks for landscaping purposes, and hauling 300 pounds of stone gave me a 3-4 MPG increase....gotta love it :)
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Hrmm, this is interesting information, I like weight in my bed as it makes the ride better. Do you guys think you got better MPG because you were cruising at a slower speed with your loads?
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Old 02-27-2007
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Well, I have been getting around 18-19mpg here lately and I have over 160miles on 1/2 tank right now, and I usually get better mileage on the bottom end of the tank, so we'll see...

My guess is the weather.
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When i go up north I probably have 2-300 punds worth of crap in the bed (under a tonneau cover) plus the GF, the dog and a row boat (loaded and ready to roll 650 pounds) and I get 24 with my 4.oh......

Of course I have a 3.55 with 2WD, a 5 spd. and a few mods......
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Old 02-27-2007
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lol geeze graygooseranger ya callin the g/f fat? lol j/k


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^ lol
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Maybe the weight in the rear helps grip better, requiring less torque to go? I dunno
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"I guess have a CAI in my old airbox with the silencer removed help me here. The silencer removal was done last week and my i think its workin on gettin the cold air in there."
how do you remove the silencer?? what does it do??
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Old 03-09-2007
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weird...but it does seem that you get better mileage when carrying a heavy lod.
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Old 03-09-2007
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Maybe the weight in the rear helps grip better, requiring less torque to go? I dunno
If anything, it would require more torque.
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Old 03-09-2007
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i got better mpg towing my mustang when i brought it home from KY.
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Hmm this might be good to know. i've got 400 lbs of axles in the bed and I'll be towing a 2200 lb zuki. Hope I can get that good of mileage too!
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Old 03-09-2007
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could it have to do with momentum?

ie. if you're rolling on highway and you coast more because you're maintaining speed, the injectors will shut off for a longer period of time
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Yeah, well my truck was getting.....14, 11, 13 mpg and last tank i got... 15.2!! wooo! not ha. Monday I'm gonna replace plugs,wires, fuelfilter, air filter, change oil, get the radiator flushed, change tranny fluid. Maybe that will help.
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well, i drove a tanks worth of miles and got 2 mgp less when i was hauling a 600-lb small block. not sure how you explain your results.
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My wife and I bought a load of harwood floors in Georgia a few years ago. I hauled it all back down to Florida in my previous truck, the 04 F150 FX4 with the 5.4 V8. I never had gotten even close to 20 for highway miles, but figured the mileage on that trip at 21.9. I thought about keeping it in the bed permanently!
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