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when you went to bigger tires and changed the gears did you get the speedo and odometer recalibrated? if you didnt then your numbers will be wrong
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You can easily run 32s without the body lift and that alone will gain you a bit of mpg, but in reality there is no such thing as a Ranger with great mpg. Going to higher gears is the worst thing you can do.

In practical terms, you should just drive the car until it dies, including road trips. Get AAA Plus if you are really worried about not making the trip. The car will last longer than you think and the money you save in the mean time will be significant.
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You can easily run 32s without the body lift and that alone will gain you a bit of mpg, but in reality there is no such thing as a Ranger with great mpg. Going to higher gears is the worst thing you can do.
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You have no idea what your talking about. He can't run 32's on an 2wd xlt. At most he could run 31's. Taking the BL off wont change a thing on MPG. Yes moving to a 4.56 would improve his mpg because his truck wont struggle as much to turn the tires. The 01.5+ 2.3 duratec gets great mpgs. I currently run a 2.3/auto with 4.10 gears on a 27" tire and avg 26mpg. With a manual people have seen as high as low to mid 30mpg.
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You have no idea what your talking about. He can't run 32's on an 2wd xlt. At most he could run 31's. Taking the BL off wont change a thing on MPG. Yes moving to a 4.56 would improve his mpg because his truck wont struggle as much to turn the tires. The 01.5+ 2.3 duratec gets great mpgs. I currently run a 2.3/auto with 4.10 gears on a 27" tire and avg 26mpg. With a manual people have seen as high as low to mid 30mpg.
Taking the bod lift off would give a slight increase to do less wind resistance but not anything that would be super noticeable. But he was right there.
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Taking the bod lift off would give a slight increase to do less wind resistance but not anything that would be super noticeable. But he was right there.
Not enough to be worth doing it. My mpg on both of the 04's I had didn't change at all with the BL.
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You have no idea what your talking about.
Well, since I am still up I will pick apart your nonsense.

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He can't run 32's on an 2wd xlt. At most he could run 31's.
He can. I don't see where he stated what exact model he is driving but at worst it would be a cheap front lift away.

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Taking the BL off wont change a thing on MPG.
Yes it will. Dropping your body down out of the wind does save a small amount on drag. I said it would only save "a bit".

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Yes moving to a 4.56 would improve his mpg because his truck wont struggle as much to turn the tires.
False. He stated that it only struggles uphill at high speed, and that is normal. Raising his gear ratio will lower mpg at all other times, and he can simply downshift on hills. Smaller, lighter tires will help a lot, but because of the inertia not the ratio.

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The 01.5+ 2.3 duratec gets great mpgs. I currently run a 2.3/auto with 4.10 gears on a 27" tire and avg 26mpg. With a manual people have seen as high as low to mid 30mpg.
"As high as low to mid," eh?

"Great" is subjective I guess, but lets say he could get 30 mpg. It would still be his least efficient car, so why bother? A truck will never be the mileage machine you seem to think it is.

Your opinion that 26mpg is great and everyone else is stupid does not help him use less gas.
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Well, since I am still up I will pick apart your nonsense.



He can. I don't see where he stated what exact model he is driving but at worst it would be a cheap front lift away.



Yes it will. Dropping your body down out of the wind does save a small amount on drag. I said it would only save "a bit".



False. He stated that it only struggles uphill at high speed, and that is normal. Raising his gear ratio will lower mpg at all other times, and he can simply downshift on hills. Smaller, lighter tires will help a lot, but because of the inertia not the ratio.



"As high as low to mid," eh?

"Great" is subjective I guess, but lets say he could get 30 mpg. It would still be his least efficient car, so why bother? A truck will never be the mileage machine you seem to think it is.

Your opinion that 26mpg is great and everyone else is stupid does not help him use less gas.
One of my good friends aka the guy who own's the white truck a few post up will agree with me. He use to run 30" tires on his 2.3/5spd and got horrible gas mileage. Now he is lowered and is getting 30mpg. I have personally owned almost all variant of rangers and have also been around them for a long time. I've had lifted 2wd a lifted 4wd, plenty of stock rangers and even a lowered ranger. Yes I know what I am talking about. I have also been around long enough to watch the OP truck go from stock to where it is today. So I guess that means I "might" know what model truck he has. However if you dont believe me feel free to buy a 2wd xlt and put 32's on there. Then come back and tell me how it turns out.

On another note I never said everyone else is stupid. All I did was call YOU out on what you said because I disagreed with most of it. Some of your facts you were and still are wrong about. If he took the BL off he would at most maybe see .5mpg better as I experienced the results of trying that.


For a note on the gears. If he went to a 4.56 over his 4.10 with the 32's. He would use less gas going up a hill at high speed then he would dropping down a gear that will put his revs higher. Not to mention it will improve his city mileage which if I recall seems to be where he drives the truck the most. One of my buddies here had a 09 2wd xlt with coil front suspension like the OP's truck. He did a 3" BL that I helped instal and ran 32's. Anything more with that lift and he would of rubbed like crazy. On a non BL xlt 2wd you can squeeze a 31", but expect to rub a LOT. 30" is the recommended size tire on a stock coil sprung truck with out any lift.

I've learned all this stuff from being around the forums a long time and personally experiencing a lot of the things we are talking about. I also never said ranger's were god's gift to the best fuel economy, but you CAN get good mpg's out of SOME rangers. All the V6 rangers will get bad mpgs, but the 4cyl rangers especially mated with a manual can see good mpg numbers.
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One of my good friends aka the guy who own's the white truck a few post up will agree with me. He use to run 30" tires on his 2.3/5spd and got horrible gas mileage. Now he is lowered and is getting 30mpg.
Yes, lowering a truck increases mpg. By the same logic, raising it reduces mpg.

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On another note I never said everyone else is stupid. All I did was call YOU out on what you said because I disagreed with most of it.
Your first post was telling two other members that their opinions were wrong.

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Some of your facts you were and still are wrong about. If he took the BL off he would at most maybe see .5mpg better as I experienced the results of trying that.
So now you have changed your mind and you agree with us?


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For a note on the gears. If he went to a 4.56 over his 4.10 with the 32's. He would use less gas going up a hill at high speed then he would dropping down a gear that will put his revs higher.
Raising the axle ratio also raises rpm. Are you even reading what you write? Does he only drive uphill? Does he do it both ways, barefoot, in the snow?
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Trucks go up, cars go down......the other way around just seems odd. If you want the benefit of the other, than buy the other.
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OK. firts i wouldnt look at de-modding the truck, id look at why your getting shitty mileage with a 2.5. id start with tire pressure. properly inflated? is your alignment in check 100%? when the last time you cleaned your fuel air and intake systems?

Id suggest 4.56 gears, they help alot. i have the 4.0L, i have a 6" suspension lift, 4.56 gears, automatic, 33x12.5x15's that weight 80lbs each. I average about 300 miles to a tank, which works out to 17.5 MPG mixed driving. on the highway i get about 21mpg, and all city gives me about 16mpg. Its not a prius, but i get better mileage then half my friends do with less lift and modifications.

if its suffering, something is causing it. something is making the truck consume more fuel, and is hurting its ability to save gas. do a tune up on it and have it checked. often people as the drive mod the truck. when their mileage drops they think of its the big tires. often its lack of maintenance.
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Put the truck back to stock or lower it a bit. My lowered 4wd averages 23-24mpg hwy right now, 25mpg is my goal. Who says a Ranger can't get reasonable fuel economy?
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