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nh bubba, have you done anything to your engine you didnt list thats helpin you, way i read it we have the same truck....or thingsto recommend.
Not a damned thing!

I actually spent some non-trivial time researching different 'cheap mods' I could do to the truck to milk some better mileage out of it. So far the only things that have seemed even half worth their while is keeping the truck tuned up, keeping the tires properly inflated and rotated, and staying off the go-pedal.

Seriously, I have ZERO engine related mods whatsoever. The only thing close to a 'gas saving' mod would be my tonneau cover.. and no, it did not help at all. Although it does a great job of keeping my groceries dry. Considering that is why I bought it (and not to save gas), I am happy..
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I get almost 18 mpg in town i did get around 15 when i first bought it but since i added the Topper i get 18 mpg, not sure about HWY i never tested it.
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Another update..



My last-5 fillup average is now above 21 MPG! Lifetime is now up to 17 or 19, depending on how you calculate it. I've added new, really depressing stats though including cost/day.. which is up as high as $20/day! :(
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I just switched to Amsoil and noticed quite an improvement over normal oil...I always pump 17.3 gallons and drive to the "check gage" (why ford can't spell is confusing me) light...I would get about 270 miles with non synthetic oils and now i am getting around 330-350 with the Amsoil...I'd try some out
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Alot of people here have teh Bama Chip...Im thinking its worth looking into!

Does it require premium gas?

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Yup! Although the chips and programmers usually have an 87/economy program too. Although I have not seen a lot of evidence that those programs are much better than the factory program.

The programmers seem to bring perfromance to the table w/ a marginal boost in economy. The downside is you have to run premium.. which in my opinion completely wipes out the marginal boost in economy. I don't need the performance, so the cost is not worty it for me..

I think 99% of the people that run chips and programmers do so for the performance boost, so they run the 91 program(s). This means there is not a lot of feedback available on the 'enhanced' 87 programs.
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i am steadly geting 18mpg with my stock truck. only thing i got on it that would "help" is the magnitizer thing that they put on for me... they said it would be a 2% increase.

i dont know, the 18mpg seems about on with alot of people, and i get on the go stick from time to time..
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Well ive got a stock 4.0L with a full size truck rack and 126,000 miles on it and am still getting 300 miles per 14.5 gallons of fuel,i oil change every 3,000 miles and follow ford maintance schdule.
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with a body lift and my stock tires I got 20.4 which was a first for me I am not sure what the 33's are going to give me but I'll take 15.
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Stock and I get about 24, but I drive almost all highway.
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03 4.0L 4x4 with 33x12.5x15..and 4.10's......14.6 mpg.....with an xcal
Ide rather have a stock expedition or f150 2006 and a 5.4L getting 15 mpg than my truck


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Yup! Although the chips and programmers usually have an 87/economy program too. Although I have not seen a lot of evidence that those programs are much better than the factory program.

The programmers seem to bring perfromance to the table w/ a marginal boost in economy. The downside is you have to run premium.. which in my opinion completely wipes out the marginal boost in economy. I don't need the performance, so the cost is not worty it for me..

I think 99% of the people that run chips and programmers do so for the performance boost, so they run the 91 program(s). This means there is not a lot of feedback available on the 'enhanced' 87 programs.
That's what I thought. No chip for me. . .
I don't need the power with this vehicle.
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I have started to see some improvements in mileage since i added my E-fan. I usually get just under 16mpg. But when i filled up the other day i found out i got 16.76 mpg. It seems to be gaining mileage gradually. I'll need to see what i get this tank to be sure of this.
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I'm averaging 15 - 17 MPG.
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with my 33's and stock 3.73 gears, i was getting about 15 mpg with a 4.0 and auto tranny....that is actualy mpg.......now with the 35's and 4.56's i am getting between 15-16 in the city.....and about 16-17 on the highway!
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completely stock truck... 19 city, 26ish highway
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getting 13mpg
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16mpg if im not all over it all the time
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completely stock truck... 19 city, 26ish highway
Damn! 26 hwy! That's awesome.. What are the details of your truck? Your sig says 'XLT Ex cab 4.0L 5 Spd'. I presume that is the 5-speed manual trans.. and I am going to guess that it is a 2WD truck. Any idea what gearing your axle has? I'm gonna guess 3.55 or 3.7-something..
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filled up again and i got 20mpg, i plan on doing a spread sheet to keep track of my gas usuage.
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This might save you some time..

What I do is keep a pen & paper log in the truck, just a cheap little notebook from my local drugstore. Every once and a while I 'debreif' the paper log to my spreadsheet. It automagically figures out all the averages and stuff.

Although I've been so **** lately that I also use the tripometer and figure out my MPG for that tank right there at the station using the calculator on my cell-phone..
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That's what I thought. No chip for me. . .
I don't need the power with this vehicle.
Sorry First time in this Thread. I have two cars that require premium My Raodmaster, and My Cadillac need 91 OCtane+. The roadmaster becasue I bought a reprogammed PCM and the Cadillac becasue it is a '75 and they still required hire octane as it was right at the Lead/unleaded switch.


It is a big myth that these cost you so much more to fill up tha regualr gas. I can ALWAYs find it for .10 a gallon more than regular. At 20 gallons if you filled up from E is 2 bucks! Regularly I fill up at 1/4 tank so that is only 1.50. I bet you spend more than that on an Energy drink eeverytime you go into a gas station? LOL But the benefits, at least in my Roadmaster far outway the extra buck or two a gallon. I get 27 MPG with a V8 Rear wheel drive 4000# + car! I got 20-25 before, and it can roast the hides at will and I beat a Multi port Camaro the other day. Best 300 bucks I have spent so far.

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I follow your logic just fine. It is 'only' $0.10-0.20 more.. But on the other hand, if it is not required, why bother running it? I also have no need for the 'power' added by 'the chip'. If I don't need the added power, why should I bother spending the money for the chip to begin w/.. and then pay more at the pump? Even if it is $0.10/gal more..

You know the expression, right; "A penny saved is a penny earned!"

Besides, I don't drink 'energy' drinks..
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I follow your logic just fine. It is 'only' $0.10-0.20 more.. But on the other hand, if it is not required, why bother running it? I also have no need for the 'power' added by 'the chip'. If I don't need the added power, why should I bother spending the money for the chip to begin w/.. and then pay more at the pump? Even if it is $0.10/gal more..

You know the expression, right; "A penny saved is a penny earned!"

Besides, I don't drink 'energy' drinks..
I know I bought it for Performance, but if you expand the added gas mileage of 1.08% out it will eventually pay for itself plus my car is a rocket sled now. I am not suggesting he do this purely for the economics, becasue it takes a while to break even, I was just mispelling the idea that Premium costs so much extra. It really doesn't.

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I know I bought it for Performance, but if you expand the added gas mileage of 1.08% out it will eventually pay for itself plus my car is a rocket sled now. I am not suggesting he do this purely for the economics, becasue it takes a while to break even, I was just mispelling the idea that Premium costs so much extra. It really doesn't.

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If you only gain 1.08%, then it doesn't pay for itself.
Don't get me wrong, I use Premium gas in vehicles that I feel the need to bump performance in. For example, my 79 Vette. I bumped the timing up quite a bit and without premium it knocks. I also used it in a prior 5.0 Mustang after I bumped the timing.

Back to the 1.08%. I currently get 19MPG. If I drive 1000 miles that uses 52.63 gallons. If I pay $2.50 per gallon, that will cost me $131.58.
If I bump my mileage by 1.08%, then It will get 19.205mpg. If I drive that same 1000 miles it will use 52.07 gallons. If I pay $2.60 per gallon, that costs me $135.38. I haven't seen premium around here that cheap though. Most stations charge .20 more.

It's not a fortune either way, but; as I said, I don't need the power for the truck as it does just fine.

BTW, I like your avatar. . . I hadn't seen the old A-team van since the '80's.
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