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Old 02-03-2012
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4x4 and Economy?? Just a Thought

I am looking at selling my 98 Explorer and maybe replacing it with a 4x4 or awd car that is better on gas. We all know the Expo/Ranger 4x4 is not the best on fuel mileage. I average 15-18 mpg in the Explorer and my 2wd Ranger (4.0 5spd) has seen a best of 26 but average around 20-24mpg.

My thought.... In a listing I noticed an option I think for an explorer where they made 3.27 gears for a 4x4 in the Dana 35 IFS. So what if I get rid of the 3.73 or 4.10 that it comes with and bought the lower front gear and put them in a regular cab Flareside Ranger 4x4 4.0L 5spd (I see an 02 for sale). . I already have a set of rear gears from a Mustang. That is the lightest truck and throwing the highway gears in. My goal is I'd like to try and hit 30mpg with it. If that doesn't do it I would see if I could find 3.08 gears but I don't think they make them for the Dana 35 IFS.

Short of playing with speedo calibration and tires sizes (not really a concern) I think this is a doable thing. I have no interest in Blazing acceleration or going off road. I just want something that is "better" on gas and 4x4 for snow driving to work with retaining truck usefulness.

Lets have the opinions.. good or bad blast me I don't care. I'd probably also put shackles/flip kit and de-crank the torsions to lower it a bit too!! I know someone with a 2009 Ranger 4x4 and he lowered it and looks great.


Next crazy thought : 300MPG!! maybe more (yeah i said it) I just need some money
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You may pick up a few MPG, but I'd doubt no where near 30. Aerodynamics are the enemy when it comes to any truck.
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The money spent on re gearing, might as well put that into a car that gets 35+ mpg.

but i think there used to be a thread where a guy with an explorer with the 4.0 was getting well over 30 mpg with a bunch of mods. it was on explorerforums though.
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Finding the ride that is AWD and 35+ for under 5000. Rough game. I should have said budgeted ranger build. I will have to check that explorer out. If I can be done on an explorer you can do it in a Ranger. If I could exceed 25 mpg I'd be happy with it. Anything more would be awesome
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I think if you get 3.08 gears your going to loose mileage. Truck might have a hard time holding highway speeds.
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x2. The only engine that might be happy w/3.27s is a 4.0 ohv.

Lowering does yield positive results, in both handling and fuel economy.
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x2. The only engine that might be happy w/3.27s is a 4.0 ohv.

Lowering does yield positive results, in both handling and fuel economy.
Bang on the money and exactly what I had in mind.
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don't think you'll hit 30 mpg, but you'll see an increase for sure... don't forget to "add lightness" while you're at it...
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Go buy a geo metro and drive it on days the weather isn't bad then drive your truck on days it is lol
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Maybe I could Swiss cheese non important areas and remove all carpets and trims and AC components. Be like a factory lightweight.

And Lol I'll be sure to hit the washroom before every trip
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Go buy a geo metro and drive it on days the weather isn't bad then drive your truck on days it is lol
This!!! If you buy a cheep car (less than $5000) that is dependable and gets good gas millage you can pay for it in saved gas in a couple years. I bought a saturn for this for about 3400 and it has paid for itself since i owned it.
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Maybe I could Swiss cheese non important areas and remove all carpets and trims and AC components. Be like a factory lightweight.

And Lol I'll be sure to hit the washroom before every trip
Then you're left driving a stripped down POS of a truck. Keep the Explorer and buy a cheap beater car, like the suggested Metro. Or get a cheap motorcycle and get 50mpg.
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swiss cheesing the non importants, yes. gutting the interior, no. ditch the a/c? maybe... tighten up the gaps in the panels in the front(cuts wind resistance), shave the handles and emblems(wind again) and lower it... you will notice a change
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