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Mudder 12-27-2011 10:28 PM

Crappy mileage rationalization?
 
So, I'm trying to just understand why I'm gettin such shitty mileage. Truck is a 2011 CC 5.7 4wd with 3.55s. All that I've done to it is a 2.5" leveling kit, 275/65R20 Toyos, KN drop in and a Flowmaster 40 muffler in place of the stocker. I get anywhere between 10.5 and 11.6 depending on how nice I am to it. Just seems terribly low to me.

Thoughts on how I might improve it?

candy08 12-27-2011 10:31 PM

That is terrible, I get better than that on a daily basis....

Not much you can do for an '11 besides cai aand exhaust. I just ordered a Vararam and Fastman TB. Hopefully it'll compliment my Magnaflow.

Ram10tuff 12-27-2011 10:36 PM

wow my bone stock 15.3 to 16.2.... Something dosent seem right. Is this the truck telling you these numbers or actual calc.?

Mudder 12-27-2011 10:42 PM

I've done both manually and by the readout. Thats the 10.5 to 11.6.

I dont get it. I got around 15+ stock, and then just bam, off the cliff. I dont know if a switch to a magnaflow would help much. Need to check the filter I guess. I'm just thinking, if I lift it on 37s, I'll be getting 8...which would suck. I'll still do it, but itll suck.

Granted this is all 100% "city" mileage. I live about 3.5 miles from my work, so I never really get to wind it out much.

candy08 12-27-2011 10:46 PM

Somethin dont seem right at all. Take it to the dealer for some flashes! God knows I've had at least 10 lol.

When I was in Arkansas last week, for example I got 11.3 mpg. That tank was used for city drivin in Blytheville, 3 days duck huntin with 4wd used most of the time and 2 nights nites out muddin.....

ramcharger32348 12-27-2011 11:11 PM

sucking milage
 
It is a shame that the truck is advertised as getting 20 mpg. I also am deeply dissapointed in my 04.5 dually diesel. Just spent $3000 on reman injectors, Air Dog II, and a juice w/attitude and a CTS and only get 14.5, It got that before all the money waisted. I feel your pain. Anyone with answers?..

Ram10tuff 12-27-2011 11:18 PM

i got nothing for you but.. try ballet snoes insted of your size 15 lead lined boots!!! Wow something dosent seem right at all....

Mudder 12-27-2011 11:20 PM

Ill admit I am pretty heavy on the pedal, but still, I drove the same when it was bone stock and I was getting north of 15 regularly. Nothing has changed other than my mods, and I almost always fill up with the same Shell gas, so that shouldnt make any difference.

Rough 01 12-28-2011 12:29 AM

to the OP. Did you have 17" rims and swapped to 20" rims? If so, I would say it might be your speedometer is off. There is a 1" difference between the outer diameter of the 2 factory tire sizes (17 vs 20 rims). If you got even larger than stock then this will throw it off even more. This will throw your speedometer off and therefore affect your mileage calculations.

Here is the math:
Your current: 275/65R20 Outer Diameter: 34"

Stock 20": P275/60R20 Outer Diameter: 33"
Stock 17": P265/70R17 Outer Diameter: 31.6"

Assuming your speedo is off by 7.6% due to the increased tire size then
your 11.5mpg reading is closer to 12.3mpg (corrected). If my math is wrong someone please correct me.

I would say increasing tire size by 2.5" would increase the weight of the tires to the point where they would affect mpg as well (using 3.55 gears). Add that to the fact your leveling kit makes the truck less aerodynamic I would say you're close to where you where you should be.

FYI, if this is the case (and my math is right) then when your speedometer reads 60mph you are going 64.5mph

and I'll just throw this out there since it happened to me. The first sign of my torque converter going bad was my mpg dropped by 1-3mpg. I just had it replaced this week but first trip to work shows mpg back up to when I first bought it.


just a thought

Mudder 12-28-2011 12:35 AM

Nope, stock 20s the whole time, just the tire change. Not much of a change though, 275/60 to 275/65


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