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Old 08-21-2006
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So slow...somethin wrong?

Or is it just the gay 3.0L? I have a stickshift 3.73 gearing extended cab on 31's, and its so slow on the freeway. I have to stay in 4th to get to 85, and when i put it in 5th itll like lose speed, or barely hold what its at. Could there be somethin wrong or is it just supposed to be so dang slow? Ive had mud in my intake and stuff before, could that mess it up? I need to seriously make this thing faster, its dangeriously slow i think.

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Me too...I'm the same way...can't hold my OD for my lift on the HWY after 70.

It seems like it shifts too early, etc.

Try a bama, efan, intake, exhaust, pullies.

I did just efan and pullies, and it is a LOT better, but not anywhere near stock gearing...it never will be
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i dunno, mine seems to do fine on the highway, execpt if i try to really accellerate after 65
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ima gonna take my truck into the shop and see if they can do anything (mom's idea, shed pay haha). yeah i need to do some stuff to the engine. i cant stand it dude, would 4.10 gearing help? i wanna lift my truck but its already so slow lol
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maybe something's dirty.. or clogged. I have the 3.0, and i hate it, but it doesn't do that.
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4.10s arent gunna help you at 85, itll be even worse
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3.0's are sad, i cry.

i need a 4.0L. actually i wanna get this 96 powerstroke diesel f-250 with like 30k miles a winch and lift, but i dont think Aramco is ready to get rid of it yet.

anyways, what are some of the cheapest mods thatll help me go faster? i really need to do somethin. my mom will prolly help pay or will pay for most cause she thinks the truck is dangerously slow as well. Im also saving up for audio stuff right now so its a bummer when i have to pay to make my truck go a decent speed. What yall think i should get?
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pulleys, efan, intake, exhaust, tuner....


how is 85 dangerously slow?
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how is 85 dangerously slow?
word up.

I'd just get a tuner and a check-up.
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Ha I can do that with my 35's easy I thought it was a problem on my truck!
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it takes me a long time to get to 85. i dunno, its just super slow feeling. i want a different truck
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My truck hasnt seen a day over 80mph in a long time... i have access to a GT stang if i ever feel the need for speed :)
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ive driven one once, man i love those things. my grandad has one and he lives like 2 mins away but he took it to PA for the summer. for speed i drive my moms 05 pathfinder, its freakin fast lol.
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31s are part of the reason. 3.73s are part of the reason. and the 3.0 is part of the reason. I've got the exact thing. 31's, 3.73's and the 3.slow, Top speed is about 85 in 5th.......downhill.
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same here, i hate it...
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try having a 2.3L with 31's and a 3.73...
i can still get it to 80mph but it doesnt like it.
and 15-18mpg.
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i have no problem going 85 in mine with 31's though i do have 4.10 gears and a manual tranny but the tranny shouldnt make that much of a difference... i think if you got new gears you would be a little better at that speed since with 3.73 gears and 31's your actual gear ratio is 3.37... right now with 31's my ratio is 3.70 which is close to a stock ratio and just fine with me however after i get my 33's my 4.10 will go to a 3.48 which is managable for my needs but whenever i upgrade to a locker i will get new gears in the 4.56 range to bring it back to the actual ratio of 4.10... all of these calculations assume a stock tire size of 28 inches
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and another thing you need to remember is that you are going FASTER than your speedo is telling you with the larger tires unless you have a programmer and fixed your speedo
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yah and my sport trac cluster might be off a little bit. but my mom drove my truck back from austin and she didnt like it at all. like she said it was dangerously slow if she ever needed the power to pass someone or get up to speed or somethin
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yah and my sport trac cluster might be off a little bit. but my mom drove my truck back from austin and she didnt like it at all. like she said it was dangerously slow if she ever needed the power to pass someone or get up to speed or somethin
have you changed your plugs and wires before? while the root of your problem is the gears doing preventive maintaince such as changeing all of your fluids cant hurt... dont be too hard on your little 3.0 since it will still be running at 300,000 miles while the 4.0 wont make it that long
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LMAO .. you can drive my truck and then you will think yours i s fast!
my speedo is off 10 mph but it feels like i am going 50 when i am really doing 80
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I use to have those same rims, they weigh a ton about 28lbs each, went to alloys 18lbs each and noticed a difference,, maybe thatd help some? I get the same mpg now with the lift and 31"s as I did with the steelies with stock size tires,, idk everylittle bit should help,,
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eh im keepin the steelies, i love em lol. but yeah gator my engine will last me, its a 2001 and only has 47k miles on it, not too shabby.
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My truck seems to be even more powerful when i put bigger tires on.. Weird but i kind of like my truck more now, its not a supercharged mustang or anything but it gets the job done. If its the top end speed you don't like, i dont think Lower Gears are going to help with that am i wrong ? I would consider if you havent already try maybe a cold air intake ? Good Luck.
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You problem is that you have a 3.0.. lol. How many miles are you at? You may want to replace your air filter and spark plugs. Why do you need to go 85 anyways? That is pushing the limits of your drivetrain and I think the tires too. I know BFG A/Ts aren't really made for high speeds. I can't offer any more insight than anyone else, but I can perhaps remind you that you do drive a truck and not a sports car :)
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