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Old 01-12-2011, 06:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I call BS (30 MPG Ford Explorer)

I dont honestly see how this is possible without very serious modding:
My quest for a 30mpg Ford Explorer

even hypermiling the hell out of it isnt going to net those results (I should know, Ive been doing it in my Ranger for years, and I have a smaller engine that produces close to the same HP/torque...)

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Old 01-12-2011, 07:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
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...maybe his abacus lied or he doesn't have all his fingers to do his math on?
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Old 01-12-2011, 07:18 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I think it's possible for a hwy ave., but not at 70 mph.
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I dont know, but I honestly cannot see any possible way he is achieving that.
I read through quite a few pages of the thread, and went to his vehicle page, the front of the explorer is simply a mess. all sorts of angles and pockets to catch air. he does have a low airdam extension and a 2-3" drop all the way around, but even then I cant see it being possible.
my ranger has a 1" drop along with my front bumper and airdam as low as possible without modding it. and my best tank to date is probably 400, if I had been able to take it almost to E before getting gas.

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I think it's possible for a hwy ave., but not at 70 mph.
if I run 50-55mph for a full tank, with little to no stopping, I "might" be able to reach 500mpt, and as stated, my truck weighs about 1,000 lbs less than his with the same basic frame, maybe same gearing (rpms are only 2000 @ 55mph)
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Old 01-12-2011, 07:23 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I've gotten 30 in a 3.0 a/t Ranger; Exploders aren't that different.
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Old 01-12-2011, 07:26 PM   #6 (permalink)
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aside from the weight, height, and engine size ?

Id love to know how you reached 30mpg in the ranger ?
I havent been able to get 30 even drafting semi's the entire time
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Old 01-12-2011, 07:41 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I got 25mpg with a Ford Ranger pulling a trailer with my green Commuti-car on it, nice flat roads and 50mph for 120 miles at a streach, but the explorer, you would have to start at the top of a hill and head down, sounds like he was headed to sea level so that might have been the case.
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With P&G, maybe.
@ 70 MPH? No way.
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Old 01-12-2011, 08:39 PM   #9 (permalink)
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It appears to be equipped with every worthless fe gimmick known to mankind. Still I think it's in the realm of possibility, but at the speeds he claims I'm not buying it.
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Old 01-12-2011, 09:58 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I've gotten 36 mpg with my present 2.3 L Ranger on the rare all highway drives I do without my kayak and racks on top. My old 4WD 3.0 L Ranger averaged 25 mpg on the highway, even though it was grossly overweight with add-ons (900 pounds extra for topper, bedliner, tools, camping gear, audio system, etc.) and had kayak racks permanently attached.

My new Ranger only weighs about 100 pounds more than stock as I'm using a much lighter topper and bedliner, carrying less tools and other stuff all the time, only carry my camping gear and kayak racks when I am actually going camping instead of all the time. I also removed some factory stuff (rear jump seats, heavy duty trailer hitch, tailgate which isn't needed with my new topper) to partially compensate for the added stuff.

So 30 mpg for an Explorer is possible, though not easy.

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