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Old 01-13-2012, 05:28 PM
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I noticed very little change in mpg until I added the third piece to my set-up. First was the intake (spectre), louder and no mentionable change in power or fuel economy. Second was the Programmer, decent bump in power and very minimal change in fuel economy. Worth the money spent. Third was the exhaust. I replaced the muffler with an 18" Magnaflow and removed the resonator (3" tailpipe). Once again a decent bump in power and noticable mpg increase. I think once I added the exhaust it allowed the intake to reach it's potential, and same for the programmer. They all work together and compliment one another. Ive seen an increase of a solid 8% around town and still figuring out the highway mpg (I dont drive my highway). All in all 8-10% increase.
I would start with replacing the muffler and removing the resonator. Keep the piping you already have. Then find a good deal in a CAI.
As was said all 3 working together is the best. A good muffler will likely do some, as well as a new intake or programmer. I would say the programmer is the place to start, by increasing the efficiency of what you already have. The other 2 together at the same time is probably the best way to do it. What goes in has to come back out. The trucks are set up to work in an efficient, yet cost effective manner from the factory. Putting on some sort of CAI along with a decent muffler would help as a combo also. Another over-looked often times one is the Y in front of the muffler, (atleast on the 3G, idk about the 4G as I have an 05). A much better Y at this pinch point has potential to do wonders!!
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Old 01-14-2012, 09:44 AM
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Even without the programmer, the system needs to be balanced to be efficient. I have seen the results of a non balanced system when I was racing. If you add more air in you need to be able to get more exhaust out. The colder the air the better. Some of you will be too young to know this but we ran cold cans on our drag car furl systems. It was an in-line can about the size of a large coffee can with stainless steel tubing coiled around the inside. You could put whatever you wanted in the can to chill the fuel. I tried several different items but ended up using the freezer blocks you put in lunch boxes. I kept the unused ones in coolers of dry ice and changed them out each pass. That made a difference in the quality of atomization of the fuel through the intake manifold, thus providing more power.
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Old 01-14-2012, 10:53 AM
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removing the spare is a start but below are some other options to consider
Taken from NA. Bold is what i have done.
1 lighter tires and wheels = can save you 100lbs - Done
2 remove tail gate = can save 69lbs to 110lbs - Done
3 remove spare tire and jack pieces can save 71lbs - Done
4 remove most gas in the gas tank [1/4 tank or less] can save 100lbs to 165lbs
5 remove window washer tank with water = can save 9lbs - Done
6 remove wipers = can save 1 1/2lbs
7 remove stock air intake system. = can save 2lbs - Done
8 run light weight pullys and short belt. save 1-2lbs - Done
9 remove fan and shroud with elec. fan = can save up to 10lbs - Done
10 remove passanger seat and cener seat = can save 80lbs - Done
11 lighter battery = can save 12lbs -
12 shorter exhaust system = can save 12lbs
13 remove any extra water from the radiator tank = can save 1-2lbs
14 remove sound system = can save 4lbs to 100lbs
15 remove sound proof material and carpet = can save up to 60lbs - Done
16 removed the front sway bar = can save 20lbs - Done
17 remove one leaf from each side. = can save up 25lbs - Done
18 remove A/C compressor, condenser, lines can save up to 74lbs - Done
19 remove hood liner = can save up to 3lbs
20 remove stock plastic wiper cowl = can save 3lbs
21 remove factory reciever hitch and bumper = can save up to 100 lbs - Done
22 remove all 4 fender wells = can save up to 15 lbs

add all these up and you got an average somewehere in the neighborhood of 8-900lbs!
you could also go jeep style, remove the doors 250lbs
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Old 01-14-2012, 11:42 AM
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you could also go jeep style, remove the doors 250lbs
Yeah, that was a cool listing of all those removed components...amazing. The other day a kid came into our store talking about modding his older Jeep Cherokee in various ways. He didn't really give any details. A few days later when he came back, he had hacked off the back roof and sides where it was a kind of frankenpickup. I didn't have the heart to tell him that his vehicle is a unibody that somewhat relies on the whole body shell to provide some of the chassis rigidity. And no, he didn't have a rollcage in place in an attempt to make up for the missing roof.
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Yeah, that was a cool listing of all those removed components...amazing. The other day a kid came into our store talking about modding his older Jeep Cherokee in various ways. He didn't really give any details. A few days later when he came back, he had hacked off the back roof and sides where it was a kind of frankenpickup. I didn't have the heart to tell him that his vehicle is a unibody that somewhat relies on the whole body shell to provide some of the chassis rigidity. And no, he didn't have a rollcage in place in an attempt to make up for the missing roof.

He'll really feel stupid when they pull the tags off his jeep because its structurally unsafe for the road!
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lose body fat. less mcdonalds more salads.
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Old 01-14-2012, 12:32 PM
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i also found this
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Dodge-Performance-Turbo-Air-Intake-Supercharger-Fan-Kit-/250875284517?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories &fits=Year%3A2010%7CModel%3ARam+1500%7CMake%3ADodg e&vxp=mtr&hash=item3a69550c25

you can try that. or what the ricers do. add stickers, i have a kid with a civic across the road and by the looks of it maybe pushing 500hp. from the looks of his windows
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Old 01-14-2012, 01:25 PM
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He'll really feel stupid when they pull the tags off his jeep because its structurally unsafe for the road!
Nope...this is Texas. You can probably get away with some pretty stupid alterations without exceeding the annual vehicle inspection minimums here...and I'm not complaining...LOL!
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Good stuff!

Don't forget the heavy cigarette lighter and that growing cluster of air fresheners...that has to be at least a 1lb? LOL
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