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Old 03-16-2013, 10:38 AM
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Hi all,
I've wanted a truck for a while now and FINALLY got a Ram 1500 Lonestar Crew Cab with a 5.7L HEMI. I absolutely love it, and I'm having 0 buyer regrets!

But of course, there is the never-ending curiousity about better gas mileage. I was determining whether or not to get a bed cover, so I did some research. For every article I find that says bed covers improve mpg, I can find an article that says it's a myth (most articles that say covers improve MPG are on sites trying to SELL bed covers).

I've read more into various forums and, aside from bed covers, I see 3 things continue to pop up.
1) Cold air intake
2) Computer programmer
3) Free flow exhaust system

Although, after looking into these I've found many disagree with them as well.

I don't know enough about engines to make a best-guess decision for myself. So, any help?? ASIDE from the obvious - slowing down, light foot on the gas, using cruise control....what are some options? Are there any options worth the money it will cost?

Yes, I know I bought a HEMI, and really - I'm not complaining at all. I love my truck and will probably never drive anything else. I just thought if there's room for improvement, why not do it now while it's still new???

Any...ANY...CONSTRUCTIVE suggestions/help would be GREATLY appreciated!
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best way to save gas, don't drive it, second best don't floor it and drive conservatively. no mods will make enough of an improvement to justify their cost on fuel savings alone, it will take a while to make your money back from just the gas savings, now the smile it puts on your face and seat o pants meter is a different story.
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On the contrary, we have gained about 1 mpg by switching to synthetic oil. Now, for most folks that's negligible. However, with the 8,000 mile oil change interval on our 2012 and the fact that we're putting approximately 8,000 miles per month on the truck, it ends up saving us money to continue with the synthetic.
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Tonneau covers don't add to MPG, no matter how light they are
When they do the MPG testing, they don't ever use a cover.
But it sure looks good with it on

Watch the MythBusters video on the subject, tailgate off, tailgate down, tailgate closed, tailgate net, with tonneau, etc.

a free flowing muffler may add to the MPG
a performance air cleaner may make a difference if you are running at the track, but stock filters will be fine for every day use,
no one runs the best kind of air filter, the original filter was an OIL BATH Filter, 90+ % efficiency
But it sure is nice to say, i run a K&N filter

Running a Highway tire is more efficient then a All Terrain tire & the difference is very noticeable
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