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Old 04-17-2012, 11:42 AM   #11 (permalink)
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1997 Chevy s10 - '97 Chevy S10 WT
90 day: 32.71 mpg (US)

1997 Ford Escort - '97 Ford Escort LX
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90 day: 109.57 mpg (US)

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90 day: 16.32 mpg (US)

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I have a 1997 S-10. Done quite a few of the mods listed above and was able to get into the mid 30's from time to time. I don't have the smooth wheel covers or Toneu cover on right now but still get into the low 30's when I drive deliberatly. Lately I have been experimenting with e-85 and Have seen my gas mileage drop a bit.

List of mods (other then just a tune up which helped a ton) that I found worthwhile:

*E-fan conversion
*Synthetic motor oil, differential fluid, tranny fluid, and wheel bearing grease
*Removed A/C compressor and associated hardware
*Toneau cover
*Smooth wheel covers
*LED's all the way around and DRL delete
*Tires to sidewall max

These mods alone should get you into the upper 20's or low 30's. I pull a small trailer and have stuff in the box 99% of the time for work, run ethanol enriched fuel, and live down several miles of rough country road and still average around 28 mpg.

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Old 04-17-2012, 01:10 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I had a 1996 S-10 SS 4.3 automatic and factory 3:42 pos. rearend. In this truck I got a consistant 24mpg and this was before I was well aware of the things I could do to improve it. The truck did have underdrive pulleys, K&N filter with the front of the filter box cut open. The exhaust had a single exhaust with a flowmaster delta flow muffler, the cat converter broke apart inside and was therefore gutted. The was also lowered from the factory. If I had the same truck today I would put an electric cooling fan on it and a VOLO chip.
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Old 04-17-2012, 08:35 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by jamesshaw89 View Post
I'm doing a bunch of the mods Gealii listed and will write up a post on it soon...I'm subscribing to this thread to see how yours turns out...

So far I LOVE working on the S10 it is so simple to work on once you remove just about everything on it lol.
that was my idea behind wanting to start on an s10 is the simplicity of the truck as a whole

"The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing."
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Old 04-22-2012, 11:25 AM   #14 (permalink)
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01ZQ8 - '01 Chevrolet S10 Ext. Cab LS/ZQ8
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I will be done with school in a couple weeks. I am planning on doing many of the mods mentioned it this thread. I just received my ScanGauge II in the mail and hope to hook it up later today.
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Old 05-10-2012, 12:16 PM   #15 (permalink)
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I just finished my first tank with the scangauge. I ended up getting 30.2 mpg. I was finally able to get an accurate mpg reading. My tires are smaller than stock so my truck odometer overstates my mileage by about 4%. I plan on installing an upper grill block, belly pan, and aero side mirrors. I will post pictures soon.
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Old 05-10-2012, 07:35 PM   #16 (permalink)
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I have a 1998 S/10 also. 2.2L 5spd Small front air dam is the only aero mod (may have hurt mpg) Lots of engine mods. Been getting low 40's mpg highway drive cycle. Gas Fumes posted a nice picture of it at the Green Grand Prix at Watkins Glenn 2012 thread. ( I think its on page 10) Also hold Land speed record at Loring AFB. Got my picture in Hot Rod magazine for that one. Lots of fun to be had at both events.

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