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#1fordguy 03-16-2014 06:43 PM

97 Ford Ranger
 
From what I read, I can get around 20 mpg with the 4x4 ranger 4.0L auto.
Haven't started using it yet to drive to work. Plan to check MPG for a few weeks, then make changes and see if anything makes a solid improvement.
Anyone have any luck squeezing a few more miles per gallon out of one of these rigs?
I'm thinking electric fan and a tonneau cover might help? Maybe a lower front bumper and grill block too?

#1fordguy 04-13-2014 07:37 PM

Must be nobody has any experience with the rangers?

Frank Lee 04-13-2014 07:54 PM

I can talk about the 3.0 a/t 2wd Ranger, but that doesn't directly help you.

I can also mention other pickup truck things that may be helpful.

I did a fan delete on my F150 several years ago. Once in a while it would be nice to have an electric fan on there though.

user removed 04-13-2014 09:28 PM

4 cylinder 5 speed with a 3.45 axle here. I did a grille block, 15 inch wheels with Bridgestone Ecopia tires. A 4 liter V6 with an auto is going to have a tough time getting to 25 MPG.

regards
Mech

whostean 05-28-2014 03:35 AM

97 b2300 here. same as the ranger.
but mine is only 2.3l and 2wd. Oh, and it's manual. lol pretty much every possible difference we could have, but I've put an air dam on it and maxed out tire pressure... and that's about it. I'm getting a solid 30mpg from it.

The mods you mentioned should definitely help you out.

whostean 05-28-2014 03:37 AM

here's mech's thread :)

http://ecomodder.com/forum/showthrea...ect-23860.html

cRiPpLe_rOoStEr 05-28-2014 03:41 AM

An underbody pan may also be a good resource to improve the aerodynamics, and if you could seal the gap between the cab and the truck bet that would also help.

whostean 05-28-2014 04:21 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cRiPpLe_rOoStEr (Post 426702)
if you could seal the gap between the cab and the truck bet that would also help.

I tried sealing it with a black garden house. IT MADE SO MUCH NOISE whenever the truck bounced or flexed in any way

cRiPpLe_rOoStEr 05-29-2014 09:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by whostean (Post 426705)
I tried sealing it with a black garden house. IT MADE SO MUCH NOISE whenever the truck bounced or flexed in any way

But it can still be done with other materials, which would provide a better result. Even the good old Silvertape could be used :D

oldtamiyaphile 05-29-2014 09:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by whostean (Post 426705)
I tried sealing it with a black garden house. IT MADE SO MUCH NOISE whenever the truck bounced or flexed in any way

How about water pipe lagging like people use for grill blocks? It's just foam so it shouldn't make any noise.


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