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Help!! Gas Mileage....

I'm dying.... I avg 230 miles to the tank. I'm traveling to Birmingham about twice a month to see my girlfriend. It almost takes a tank to drive one way...

I know what some of you are going to say, "get a Honda..." I know some of you can relate to this, I CAN'T bring myself to give up on the Truck.. I can't see myself in a Honda..


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One other thing to keep in mind, It has 32's and an extra inch or two compared to stock.
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more specks on the truck please

eng gearing trans and so on
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Um, It's a 4.0 SOHC... Automatic... 4WD... The FX4 Package, so 4.10 gear L/S rear... That cover it?
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230 miles to the tank sounds about like mine :-D

Best options to majorly change gas mileage:

lower the truck, put small tires on it, light wheels (to lower the unsprung weight), and change the gear ratio to something along a 3.73 or 3.33 or thereabotus.

In essence, its cheaper to take the money to do that, and buy a $500 early 90's civic. Hated having to say that, but its true.. and I plan on doing the same thing here in the near future so I can spend more time on the truck.. and no have to worry abotu putting it all back together just to get back to work after my days off.
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da if i looked at the sig 1st i would of not asked lol

any how i take it that it was never this bad on gas to begin with?

one of the 1st things is to check the o2 sensors

how many miles on it

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In essence, its cheaper to take the money to do that, and buy a $500 early 90's civic. Hated having to say that, but its true.. and I plan on doing the same thing here in the near future so I can spend more time on the truck.. and no have to worry abotu putting it all back together just to get back to work after my days off.
thats my plan too plus keep the millage of the truck because i plan to keep it for at least another 5 years
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Yea, I've already been pricing Honda's and looking into that whole deal...

Kinda off topic but, What would you do to a Honda.. like that personalize it? Being that we're all truck guy's here..
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Kinda off topic but, What would you do to a Honda.. like that personalize it? Being that we're all truck guy's here..
Lift it, add a winch and KC lights, or drive over it.

But for the original poster: check 02 sensors, clean the MAF, and maybe new sparkplugs?
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Yea, I've already been pricing Honda's and looking into that whole deal...

Kinda off topic but, What would you do to a Honda.. like that personalize it? Being that we're all truck guy's here..

tint the windows and drive it for whats its worth

gas prices my truck is the toy
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Lol my gas mileage really sucks then because i have the 3.0l ranger and i only get 240 to the tank. Wanna trade for an extra 10 miles(j/k)
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Keep it at one speed on the highway and don't push the gas when you go up a hill. On my truck I have gotten 300 miles when the light turned on. I'm sure I can do better than that but I don't like to go down that far.
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Slow down going up hill, make sure all of your tires are inflated properly, don't go 80mph, just be easy on the skinny pedal, I can get 320 miles out of a tank easy.
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yeah, keep your feet off the throttle as much as possible. If your using your brakes a lot, you wasting gas!
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How many miles a tank are the rest of you getting that have the same advice of changing up my pace?

320 miles a tank is incredibly encouraging... You also have a 5spd... and it sits stock?? Maybe that's some of the difference..
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I have a 5 speed and 4:10's, 31 inch tires and drive about 45 miles highway and 20 city. I usually drive with the flow in the city, so I get up and go when the lights turn green, I usually time it so I won't have to stop at any of the lights. I can say I've timed the 45 miles on the hwy and from 65mph to 73mph and there is only like an 8 minute difference, not worth the fuel in my opinion.
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I just did a tune up on mine and changed out my thermostat that was stuck open. i went from getting 300 miles to a tank to getting 360-375 a tank. that is with my new tires(31X11.50) on too. i measured the tires and they are actually 32 1/2". Anyway, that translates to 22 mpg. i know we have different year models, but i still have the 4.0, 4x4 and mine sits a bit taller than stock as well.
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I always got great mileage out of my old OHV's, the 97 got usually around 20mpg and the 98 could rack up 22-23mpg.
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you compensate for the larger tires in your calculations? your probably getting better mpg then you think..
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get a scangauge, the more aware you are of your mpg the better it should get..
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dont work i'm lucky if i can get 200miles to the tank id rather have a full size that gets the same as my truck.

once i start working more its eather trade the truck in for the tacoma or buy a 2nd car and keep the truck for the weekends

its sad to say that i love it but something has to happen.
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My PIG gets about 250 to the tank on Ethanol with my foot in the pedal all the time! If your seeing less then 250 to a tank, you've either turned it into a brick, hung an anchor off the tailgate. something is broke or have too much 'nek in your ride.
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I get 230's - 250's per tank, but it's all 5 mile round trip to work and back. I can and have gotten 300's on a highway drive out to eastern Pa.

+2 on compsat. larger tires.....I add 7 miles per 100 I drive cuz my 31's.
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bro

i feel your pain.
i drive 30 minutes a day to school all highway, i get 13mpg wen i baby it.
now with muffler, tornado fuel saver(it was free so why not) and k&n, i hope i atleast get 15-16
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I've come a long way and have spent a lot in mods. However.. with my 06 FX4 I'm sitting now at 400 miles per tank. Will be leaning it out even further next week.

see my web page

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You guys have actually inspired me to keep my truck below 2500RPM and i have noticed a great change...

I was getting 230 - 240 per tank and right now im at above a quarter and have already gone 220 miles on the tank and most of it is city driving and my truck is fairly stock except plugs filter and exhaust.

i firmly believe that just slow down and stay off the gas and run around 1750 - 2200 RPM

and i ride BFG A/T 31 x 10.50
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