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Old 02-07-2014, 03:04 PM
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So I keep seeing these mods to improve mpg that cost so much money, the money saved by gaining mpg is far outweighed by the cost of the product or part. So I'm wondering if anyone knows of free or cheap mpg mods that will make sense economically.
For instance;
If I remember right, higher intake temp is condusive for higher mpg, so do I work on higher intake temp? Or is that entirely the wrong direction?
Tailgate up or down?
Kegger mod?
Chin spoiler on or off?(its off now)
Different lube in the transfer-case and diffs?
Synthetic engine oil?
K&N air filter?
ect ect ect....

I got a truck with a 5.2 for economy and i'll be darned if I don't get better mpg than a 5.9 (Last I checked I barely got 10). I've been trying to drive more efficiently, so I can get better mpg, but if I can do some modifications to get the same mpg driving normal and avoid the emasculating experience of driving like a hyper-miling hippie, I'd be glad for the input.

Don't get me wrong, I love my truck, I love driving it, and I'm ok spending a little extra on gas, but I hate wasting my money, so, if you've got any ideas, hit me.
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If you mean "intake temp" as in the air coming in. you want colder air.

colder air = denser air = denser charge = bigger boom

so no, you don't want "warmer" intake temps. that's why they have "cold air" intakes.


keeping your foot out of the skinny pedal on the right is the best bet. you have to baby it.

tailgate up! tailgate down does nothing if not makes it worse. the air flowing over the cab and into the bed makes a pillow of air in the bed that the "rest of the air" flows off of. the tailgate down myth was busted years ago.

decrease any excess weight.

I have no idea what a chin spoiler is. is that a bug deflector? or the air dam on the bottom of the bumper?


i have no idea about the different lubes and engine oils. my guess is it their effect on MPG is negligible.


but you are right. for the price of all the mods people get. you could buy a beater car and drive that around for good mileage. like my $1500 1994 civic that gets 40mpg.
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Yeah, I realize a cold air intake = more power, but does it = more mpg?
I thought the old carburated cars from the 70's/80's ducted warm air into the engine as to gain better fuel economy. I dunno, maybe i saw it wrong.
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^ LOL. more power = more efficient = less gas = higher mpg
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