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Old 04-16-2017, 10:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I recently found your website while looking for ways to improve the MPG I get on my 1997 Dodge Ram 1500 5.9L. Anyway, hello to all and to all a happy Easter.

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Old 04-16-2017, 11:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Welcome.
Is it mainly highway or city driving that you do?
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11.25 mpg? Ouch. Well, you came to the right place. Automatic?
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Old 04-17-2017, 09:05 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Welcome.
Is it mainly highway or city driving that you do?
Mainly highway. About 25% of my commute is city driving.

I just got around to changing my air filter so hopefully that should provide some improvement, I bought this truck a few months ago off of someone who wasn't treating it the best but it has worked out fairly well. Each bit of maintenance I get to on it is slowly improving it's MPG.

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11.25 mpg? Ouch. Well, you came to the right place. Automatic?
Yes, it is automatic.
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Old 04-17-2017, 11:09 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Is your 5.9 a gas or diesel?

Welcome, you've come to the right place. Dig around and you'll see a lot of good things being done with pickup trucks here.
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Old 04-17-2017, 02:15 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Should be the gas engine.

Being it's automatic, it runs ATF+4

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Cruise or no?

Tire size?

4x2 or 4x4?

Reg, Ext, or crew cab?

White or black tires...JK
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Old 04-17-2017, 02:24 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Is your 5.9 a gas or diesel?

Welcome, you've come to the right place. Dig around and you'll see a lot of good things being done with pickup trucks here.
It uses gas. So far I've been using regular.

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Should be the gas engine.

Being it's automatic, it runs ATF+4

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Cruise or no?

Tire size?

4x2 or 4x4? 4x4

Reg, Ext, or crew cab? crew cab

White or black tires...JK
It has cruise control with controls built into the steering wheel, but I'm fairly certain I need to rewire them as I have yet to see them actually do anything.
My tires are 16" x 7" and it is a 2-door crew cab.
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Welcome to the site Redz. Best of luck with the truck. There is tons of useful info and people here to help.
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You could make a quick and easy half tonneau cover with a sheet of plywood or coroplast. Cover the back half of the bed and leave the front open.
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