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Old 10-19-2010
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I finally bit the bullet and have decided to make some modifications to my exterior to get better mpg. Im planning on breaking 30mpg (with the 3.0L v6) and hoping for even more.

there is a guy on ECM with an 04 ranger with the 4cyl 5 spd getting 46.xx mpg !!

a list of things I have planned for the next yr:
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larger front air dam
partial grill block off
full length belly pan
"aero lid" construction out of .5 or less aluminum sheeting.

for each project I'll start a build log (both on here and at ECM)

wish me luck
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homedepot lip ftw. good luck with the 30mpg i want to doubt it but maybe possible
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Good luck. You could spend money doing all those mods and driving slowly and with no acceleration or you could always get a bike and improve your health while saving gas money :)

(I give the idea because I'm going biking..right now..haha)
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homedepot lip ftw. good luck with the 30mpg i want to doubt it but maybe possible
there is a guy on there with a T100 getting over 30 mpg on the hwy
but he has seriously modded his truck, more than Im planning by a good margin
if I can even get close to 30mpg I'll be happy.

basically, those mods listed should give me pretty close to the 30 mark Im shooting for, without adding much weight, plus, since I work in the field using aluminum sheeting, I can get materials for dirt cheap (think, free for 1/2 of it)

I strictly road a bike for over 12 yrs, didnt even own a car/truck, but since I worked fairly close to where I lived at the time, it was a viable option. now I ride a bike every day, the problem is that usually Im with my son and he is still using trainers and isnt real confident on it yet for us to take longer rides like I would like. but Im planning on at least 1 time a month, heading to the nearest trails and get some decent trail riding in. I used to compete and was pretty darn good, almost got a couple sponsors, but due to an idiot room mate, I had to move from the area before it could all happen

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with no acceleration
there is someone else who is trying to market a professional grade "aero-lid" who said he can quite literally feel the truck using much less power to attain hwy speeds as before, and can also tell less side/side from crosswinds. he has an F150 and is seeing close to a steady 23mpg with just adding the lid.

here is a little "throw together PS of where I'm planning on going at this time, but it doesnt show everything yet. (belly pan and wider FAD)
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I was getting 25mpg highway with my 3.0 5speed. Im pretty sure it was my 31s and my 3.73 gearing. So I definitely think you can do 30mpg highway.
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I was getting 25mpg highway with my 3.0 5speed. Im pretty sure it was my 31s and my 3.73 gearing. So I definitely think you can do 30mpg highway.
Im getting close to that now, I think around the 24+mpg mark. I never have taken the time to actually do the math, but my last tank of gas with 50/50 driving netted me 330 miles and I still had about a gallon left when I filled it up.
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Dude if you biked for 12 years that impressive. Huge past savings.
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hah. I get 18 on a good day. and thats with the ECOS*** 3.0L
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I revised my photoshop mockup of where Id like to take the aeromods.

in the mockup, Ive added wheel covers, dropped front bumper quite a bit (chances are I wont be able to do such and will just fabricate something) added side skirts, which will attach under the truck to a full length belly pan. and revised the aerolid some to give it the *optimal* angle of 10-12 degree.

still working out how I will accomplish the front grill partial block off, but I plan on using perforated aluminum with a airflow ratio of 33% up top, while completely blocking the lower valance intakes.
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thats going to look really lame lol

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instead of looking like a bigger dumbass than you already are, why wouldnt you just buy a car? common sense is getting rarer and rarer
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Lol aren't you just turning your ranger into a dodge magnum??

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instead of looking like a bigger dumbass than you already are, why wouldnt you just buy a car? common sense is getting rarer and rarer
X2 Just buy a little civic hatch or something.
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X2 Just buy a little civic hatch or something.
I have a 94 protege
but since I have to drive the truck for long hauls (usually over 200 miles) to get materials, it makes sense to squeeze the best mpg I can out of it, dont you think ?

and no, I do not think it looks anything like the dodge pictured, the goal of aerodynamics in relation to cars is to maintain the maximum "teardrop" look, which Ive accomplished in the mockup quite well, how good it comes out is open to speculation, but mainly will depend on my patience while doing the work.

if someone doesnt like it, or isnt interested, then feel free to not post in this thread.
and korey, we already know your the dumbest of the dumb and have to act like a man on the forums to make up for your true persona in life, so your opinion means less than the cockroach I just pissed on outside.
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Assuming 95% of this forum wont like what you're doing, you'll basically be posting by yourself in the thread then (include FMD in the other 5%). Didn't know a thread had to have only positive feedback on something.

I can't believe you're doing a partial grill block-off. All the hard work for gutter guard and you're going to cover it up.
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I'm interested to see what results he will get. Sure it make look funny but I don't think he is doing it for aesthetics.
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It's possible to raise MPG values for a price. I was getting 17mpg highway from my 06 4 door 2wd stick 4.0. I added a K&N, did a DJM 4/5 drop, larger tires in the rear, and tied it all off with the Superchips Cortex tuner. Now I average 22mpg. Best was 22.75 mpg so far, I want to top my bed and do a valance pan to get a little more. But it is possible. I got a gain of 5 additional mpg adding nearly a third to my overall numbers.
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Assuming 95% of this forum wont like what you're doing, you'll basically be posting by yourself in the thread then (include FMD in the other 5%). Didn't know a thread had to have only positive feedback on something.

I can't believe you're doing a partial grill block-off. All the hard work for gutter guard and you're going to cover it up.
lol
I am going to do almost the same thing, just with a smaller perforated material
check the attached image below for what Im probably going to use. it has an airfow of 33%.

I dont mind criticism and/or feedback about it, ideas would be even more appreciated, but simply calling someone a dumbass due to their lack of basic social skills and innovation is pretty weak.

and as 04blackedge mentioned, Im going more after results than anything, but I am also trying to keep it looking decent as well. granted, its not a 4wd mod, quite a few of which I dont personally agree with, but hey, if I cna get 30mpg or more, then I'll be getting better mpg than the 4 banger ranger.

htvfd460stx, Im running a straight pipe intake now, along with a 1" frontal drop and much taller tires (about 7-8% over stock if memory serves) and I will also be getting a programmer as well down the road to fine tune the FE.
the first thing I'll probably be able to do is the belly pan, as I dont need to bother making it look real pretty as long as it is secure. that should net me a 7-10% decrease in lower draft, I took a while today and it has a lot of places for turbulent draft.
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I am very interested on seeing the results of this endeavor. The best of luck for you, man.
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lol yeah, i was just saying its going to look bad but its function is what counts. I've actually looked at some other vehicles of what you're going after and now im kinda interested in your results....DO WORK lol
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thanks, its going to take some time as Im limited on funds/time, and most importantly, location...
but when I get a chance to do one of the things on the list, I'm going to take lots of pics (hopefully) accompanied by explanations of what Im doing.

here is the aerolid Im going to try and replicate:
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For the best gas mileage get some cookie cutter light weight wheels and tires. Run the tires around 42psi for maximum roll. Another mod you could try is, cutting a hole in floor board for inching up in traffic jams with the motor shut off.
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Another mod you could try is, cutting a hole in floor board for inching up in traffic jams with the motor shut off.
Hahaha Flintstone Drive
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I've seen that F-150 aerolid around once.. it sure is different.

Are you going to modify yours or buy a new one?
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and korey, we already know your the dumbest of the dumb and have to act like a man on the forums to make up for your true persona in life, so your opinion means less than the cockroach I just pissed on outside.
lmao ok. youre just mad because youre a total dumbass who will never get anywhere in life
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