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Old 03-29-2010, 07:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi everyone, my name is James and I am from Batesville, IN. I own a 2008 V6 Mustang and have been modding it pretty heavily as of late. My main focus is power AND mileage and so far that hasn't been a problem.

I currently have:
-Cold Air Intake
-Tuner
-Free Flowing Exhaust
-Larger Tires
-(Somewhat) More aerodynamic front end
-Spark Coil Pack and new Wires
-Regapped Spark Plugs

I was thinking in the future I would get a new throttlebody, headers, and new underdrive pulleys to increase gas mileage. Possibly even some lowering springs to improve aerodynamics.

Last summer I had a record of 34 mpg 50/50 highway/city. It was about 80 degrees over a period of 4 days and that was WITH hills (it's crazy hilly around here).

Right now in the 40's I am getting a PATHETIC 24 mpg's going 80.

Any advice you guys have for an aspiring hypermiler would be awesome!

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Old 03-29-2010, 07:27 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Welcome to ecomodder! Pumping up those tires to max side wall would be a great start to better mileage.
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Old 03-29-2010, 08:07 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Weight and drag reduction will satisfy both the go-fast and the fuel economy enthusiast. The most pain-free weight reduction happens behind the front seats.

You'd probably also enjoy an alternator toggle switch and a battery charger.

I'm not sure what your "Tuner" is, but if it re-works the fuel:air ratio map, get rid of it! You get the best fuel economy by keeping RPMs low and the fuel:air mixture lean.
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Old 03-29-2010, 08:43 PM   #4 (permalink)
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You bought the wrong car for either one. (MPG and HP)
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Old 03-29-2010, 11:36 PM   #5 (permalink)
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If you drive that pony right, you should be able to break 30 MPG fairly consistently without any mods and 32 PSI in the tires. (In my experience.).
I got in the 24's ONCE (24.98 MPG) with my '07 Mustang by running it in the garage to charge the battery a couple of times during the Winter of '07-'08. YMMV.
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The presence of traffic is the single most complicating factor of hypermiling. I know what I'm going to do, it's contending with whatever the hell all these other people are going to do that makes things hard.

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Old 04-10-2010, 11:02 PM   #6 (permalink)
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If you drive that pony right, you should be able to break 30 MPG fairly consistently without any mods and 32 PSI in the tires. (In my experience.).
I got in the 24's ONCE (24.98 MPG) with my '07 Mustang by running it in the garage to charge the battery a couple of times during the Winter of '07-'08. YMMV.
Ah! I was wondering how you were getting 30! You live in Arizona, nice flatness out there, I am jealous as hell!
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Old 04-12-2010, 12:50 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I live in the mountains of Arizona. It ain't flat here. I live at 6500', and work is at 7000' with a lot of uphill/downhill between here and there. IMBFOS, but I believe the 6500'+ elevation helps my fuel economy with less aerodynamic drag.

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