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Old 08-03-2011, 03:33 AM
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Alright, so here's the issue:

I'm going to be driving back and forth from Texas A&M every weekend and I need better gas MPG than 13 because yesterday I nearly sold a limb for a tank of gas . The drive is 55 miles one way u- 80% highway. What kinda stuff can I do to increase MPG?...other than driving the speed limit and not flooring it, or keeping the tires at the right psi. I have a Magnaflow muffler, with turndowns. 5.2L V8. 1998, 1500. 2WD.

I'm on a budget - around $400. Any feedback is appreciated.
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How about a cold air intake? that should give you some increase!
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Change your oil to full synthetic. You will get better MPG with that.
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Another pilgrim searching for the Holy Grail of Autodom.

The only thing that works monetarily is to take your foot off the pedal and drive smoothly. Long slow take-offs and long slow stops. You may increase fuel mileage VERY slightly with mods but it will take years to recoup the upfront costs.

Apart from that keeping your truck in good working order is the best. When it's time for new tyres get road tires not off-road or aggressive ones; they have a lower rolling resistance. Just don't do it until they need to be changed. Again the upfront cost out weighs the savings.

If you really want to save money get a 2000 Civic Hatchback with a 5 speed. Gets 35mpg on the highway and is cheap to work on. It will cost you less that $4000 if you shop around and look for a basic one. Based on 20,000 miles annually you will save over $3,800 in gas the first year alone. $400 in mods won't save you $100 a year in gas.

There is no great magic that allows for great power and great mpg for very little money. If there was the automakers would be using it already. The hope that there might be is what keeps tinkerers going in their garages and aftermarket parts stores awash in cash.
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Change your oil to full synthetic. You will get better MPG with that.
That will work but unless you use the full extended drain intervals you will never recover the money spent on the oil. Even then it's likely a push. Not to say there are not other good reasons for synthetic (there are and run Amsoil) but not for the savings on gas.
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i have a magnaflow cat back and cold air intake and i get 12 mpg. maybe a tuner would help
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I now run 195-85-16 tires, less roll resistance, better in water and slush, vast improvement in ride quality, no noise, they are siped every 3/16th. It started as an experiment, I am now convinced they are far better than the standard 245-65 16s I run on the other truck, and will change the size and profile on them when due, as well. I run goodyear fuel savers on my Olds Aurora, and the mileage went up a little, but you don't really see it unless you're on long road trips. On longer trips, non ethanol premium fuel gets far better mileage than burning corn juice. Anyhow, those pizza cutter tires seem to have the same height, and I am getting 15 MPG as opposed to the old 13.5 I used to get with the standard width rubber.
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i have an 01 extended cab w/ a 5 speed man. i do the long start and stop technic and shift at around 2000 to 2300 rpm. cruse 5th above 35 mph my average mpg 17.9 on the highway. i have no mods or synthetic. but ive only had the truck for a month so some of that is soon to change.
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My truck is a 96 dodge ram 4x4 w/318. I replaced tires and rims from a 2004. so now 275 17's and i get around 17 mpg. speed is off about 3 mph but dropped my rpm almost 500 at highway speed.

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My 97 has a 360, throttle spacer helped, shorty flow tech headers helped. Throttle spacer about $100. headers $350ish, thats canada $. Keep it under 2000rpm and can get 15mpg.
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