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How to achieve better mpg?

I know if I wanted good mpg I should've gotten a car. Anyways what can I do to increase my mpg? Tornado? K&N? Drive with the tailgate down? What have you tryed? Thanks, gas is now 2.49 here(DFW area), last week it was 2.12, this is nuts..
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get a bed cover

upgrade u're intake/exhaust

drive SLOW
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try riding a bike
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Stay away from snake oil products like the Tornado and Turbonator. They are worthless.

Driving with the tailgate down puts more strain on the supports and can cause them to separate from the bedside...and I remember seeing a test that showed that trucks actually get better MPG with the tailgate up.

A tonneau might help some. I wouldn't buy one for the sole purpose of getting better fuel economy though. I haven't had mine long enough to really know if it makes a difference.

The best things you can do are to keep the truck maintained, stick with the stock tire size and go easy on the throttle.
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the bed cover does make a difference....

i was gettin CRAPPY mileage...then i got the cover, and then the cone air filter...and now i'm cruisin a lot better

but...u could have a toyota prius and still make it get crappy mpg's if u race it all the time....

its all up to the driver
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my friend got a truflow air intake system on their nissan armada and it raised it by 3mpg. thats a good difference. i dont think id get a whole system, but i might just get a nice filter thatd keep it clean and flow good.

and i got a 3.0L manual so i have a smaller engine and i can keep it at low rpm's which helps.
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Also, switching to synthetic fluids...
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make sure your tires are at the right pressure maybe.
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slightly over inflate your tires (kinda unsafe at times but it works) bed cover and cone intake like everyone said... ive already bought that last two and i havent taken my truck home yet
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haha it's only 2.49 where you live? you are lucky. i'm putting 91 octane in my truck right now and the gas station by my house has premium at 2.98
pretty soon i'm gonna have to switch back to 87 octane. but.. for the 3.0 i found that the underdrive pulley was a nice increase in mpg. but i took mine out because of problems i had. i also have flowmaster, airbox mod, k&n filter, maf mod. with my lift and 33s i still get over 300 miles per tank.
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300 miles per tank?! i get 250-260 if im lucky as crap and i dont drive excessively fast. i usually get around 230

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you have a 2.3... the gas mileage you get is what us 4x4 lifted guys dream about..

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i get around 210 a tank.......if you want better gas millage get a ugo....
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while on the topic of gas prices....in Canada (Alberta more specifically, where the fuel is extracted for most of Canada and US) fuel prices are at 97.9 cents per liter. that is the same as $3.70 per gallon. I am currently in Vancouver, BC and fuel is at 108.9 cents per liter. Thats the same as $4.12 per gallon. Rediculous!

With that in mind, what would a Bamachips tuner do for mpg (if i was still easy on the pedal, of course)? anyone?
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while on the topic of gas prices....in Canada (Alberta more specifically, where the fuel is extracted for most of Canada and US) fuel prices are at 97.9 cents per liter. that is the same as $3.70 per gallon. I am currently in Vancouver, BC and fuel is at 108.9 cents per liter. Thats the same as $4.12 per gallon. Rediculous!
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yeah - its crazy - but after awhile, you get used to the feeling that youre getting abused.....
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Drive slow. No kidding, I've seen a 2-3 MPG improvement in my fuel log since I started shifting below 2k RPM and not exceeding 70 on the Interstate.

I have a tonneau and I've never seen a substantial improvement in gas w/ it in place vs rolled up..
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I did a ton of math over at ORR a while back that basicly proved that covers are not worth buying soley for the purpous of fuel economy... go search for it, I'm to lazy..
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Driving with the tailgate down does not work....
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I don't think anything works except (1) keep the engine well-tuned and the tires at the recommended inflation, and (2) don't floor it and shift at 3,000-3,500 rpm or less. By sticking to those two rules as much as I can I consistently get between 20 and 20.4 mpg. And its going up this summer. In the last 5 fill ups (I fill up when I've got a quarter of a tank of gas left) I've gotten 20.8, 20.5, 20.7, and this past Monday 21.04, the first time I've ever gone over 21.

And of course above 50 mph the faster you drive the more gas you use.

My K&N air filter, airbox mod, and Gibson exhaust together didn't give me any mpg increase at all.
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I did a ton of math over at ORR a while back that basicly proved that covers are not worth buying soley for the purpous of fuel economy... go search for it, I'm to lazy..
I agree. Buy the cover because you like the look or want to protect your load from the elements, not because you think you'll miraculously gain 5 MPG.. You might gain a very little bit of efficiency, but it'll be barely noticable and certianly won't be enough to quickly offset the ~$200 cost of the cover.

My impression is that most of the other mods folks have tried have pretty much the same effect. Aftermarket filters (ie K&N), exhaust, etc etc. None have really shown themselves to be the miracle mod we all wish they would giving a ~3-5+ bump in MPG..
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hey

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i dont see why you guys are complaining about 2.50 for gas. where i live it is 3.50 for 87 and i have a 4.0
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dude this post is from 2005, that's why the gas is so cheap lol
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