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how to get better gas milage

so what can be done for these beasts to help improve mpgs
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once u hit 20mpg good luck

is it a SOHC? OR OHV?
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drive slower and easier.
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i dont even get 20 and i started to drive slower and i dunno witch motor its a 2004 xlt i got a exhaust and filter on it now
so what else can i do to help
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you could get a programmar, but I don't know which one is best, someone will chime in.

I think that is the only way to get results. or an e-fan
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My 94 4x4 with a 4.0 5 speed gets around 20 with 168000 miles, It has synthetic oil and manual hubs. I was wondering if the hubs help.
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Bama X 2 is a good programmer, Suprisingly my 33inch tires gave me better mileage
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I'm on a mission for better milage out of my 06 FX4 (auto w/4.10s)

So far I've found that tire pressure (38F 40R), underdrive crank pully, and the x-cal 2 programmer have been the best. I saw no noticable improvements from a K&N (conical filter with tube kit) and a magnaflow dual outlet cat back.

One thing interesting IMO. I generally drive very easy. But I see no real difference in 50/50 driving when I accelerate moderately heavy as compaired.

My best so far has been 22.2mpg and did'nt have the tuner then either.

Just filled up this morning at 22.0.. but I've been playing with the tuner and shift settings. (heavier throttle than normal)

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^Good job Rich, it sounds like you are meeting yor goal. What did you start off with originally?
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Bama tuner got me the best results, I'm running 33's with a 3" body lift and getting 20mpg after the tuner.
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Well.. to be fair I started out in Nov. So the milage really can't be a direct comparison. But.. back then I was in the 16-17 range.

One thing that's hurting me if anything.. is that 23 is under construction so I'm doing more stop and go driving than normal right now. Gotta tow a 1000lb trailer this weekend too.. so it'll be a few weeks until I get a clear picture of what it's doing. I can tell it's better with the tuner though.

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^^Yeah I heard about the construction, or orange barrel season as I like to call it. Let me know what you are getting, I may just get a tuner for the mileage if your results look good....
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only thing with the tuner is there expensive
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^^^They are, but I get 21-22 in the summer in mostly city driving, if I could get 24 and have better performance for all around and towing, its worth it to me. I still want to wait and see what Rich (wydopnthrtl) results are though....
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Some of the things people do for better milages costs more than the gas money they will save. It is kinda funny.

Drive gentle and don't drive more than 65 on the highway. It saves more than anything else.
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Some of the things people do for better milages costs more than the gas money they will save. It is kinda funny.
The higher milage I get and the more gas costs... the less time it takes to payback the initial investment. The side benifiets of more power and other settings is just icing on the cake.

18.5mpg @ $3.29 a gallon @ 20,000miles per yr = 1081gallons = $3556.76 per yr

20mpg @ $3.29 a gallon @ 20,000 per yr = 1000gallons = $3290 per yr

So for me and the way I drive I'll pay off the difference in 18 months.

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Very true, you have to spend money sometimes to save money, or make money as the phrase commonly goes....
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buy a mortorcycle thats what I did...LOL
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I've got lots of mods and the only thing that made a noticebale MPG improvement was to keep my size 12 off the gas pedal. Either that or take the wifes SUV and use up her gas instead of mine...lol. Take it easy when accelearting and keep it at 65 on the interstate with the cruise control on. Those little buttons on the steering wheel are there, might as well use them. It's hard to drive slow and easy all the time, but it does help alot. I still can't understand how everyone is getting over 20mpg especially on your 4x4s. If I can get 20, I'm happy. If anyone watched the trucker myths episode on Mythbusters, driving 10ft behind a semi truck on the highway can cut your fuel consumption by almost 40% but I wouldn't try it.
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Tonneau cover helped my gas mileage. I ended up buying a 1991 T-bird SC to use as a daily driver, since my round trip is 45 miles a day. I also did this to stop racking up the miles on the truck since it is not paid for yet and it has 85,000 miles on it. I have 3 more payments and it is paid off.
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buy a moped
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you bought a truck, dont expect good gas milage. if you think about it, all the things you do for maybe 1 mpg, thats like 15 more miles everytime you fill up. want better milage buy a car.
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Update,
I filled up yesterday. Got 20.2mpg and drove 344miles. (no low fuel light) B-U-T.. this tank was very unusual driving for me. It was almost zero freeway driving. Mostly 50mph stop and go and I towed a 1000lb trailer for 70miles too.

I'm absolutely positive I'd never have seen this milage on the stock tune.

This next tank full which I'll refill on Fri-Sat will be a pretty accurate measurement. I fully expect to go over 400milies this time.

Rich
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Good for you Rich, keep letting us know your progress...
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