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Old 08-28-2012, 10:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello everyone im Bill from Kansas City, Missouri. I came to this web site to try and find pointers on how to make my truck more fuel efficient. So far i ave found some good pointers on how to do that. My truck is a 2001 F150 4.6 V8, so definitely not a gas sipper. It averages about 15 city 18 highway. I drive around 190 miles a day when i go to school all highway and i would like to try and find a way to ht 20-24 highway on here!

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Old 08-29-2012, 01:57 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Wow you have a long commute.
Read over the 100+ hpermiling tricks and find some that you feel comfortable with, exploit them for all your worth & every chance you get.
You can squeeze 24 mpg out of your truck by changing your driving practices and keeping your tires inflated to some serious pressure not 35lbs.
45-50lbs or more if your tires are rated for it.

You have to commit to driving very very efficiently.
It may seem like trying to squeeze water from a stone with your truck but what you would mostly be modifying is your driving habits.
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The most obvious would be not to use the truck for commuting to school.
A 40 mpg car would be paying for itself.
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Check out my sig for what I did with my Silverado (4.8L auto 2wd). I got from ~15mpg average on my commute to 19-20mpg average. The highway only leg of my commute I could keep it around 24mpg.

In the end, it was still too expensive for my commute and I just bought a Civic HX. This tank is looking like nearly 50mpg...
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$200 a week for fuel just for the commute. $10,400 a year just to get to work and back. Over $50,000 in 5 years. Get a Toyota Echo and it will pay for itself in a year. My Suzuki would cut your gas bill by over 80%.

Anything beats the status quo.

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Ditto on the car option, those $ numbers to drive that thing are crazy!

Another option that would still probably be cheaper is to find a place to live that is closer to school.
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All is not lost if you keep the truck. I drive 55 MPH on the highway and really work at DWL and DWB, along with a few aero mods.

I'm currently averaging over 36 MPG, although that will drop when the temperature drops.
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I know it would be better so get a different car but ive had this truck for a long time and i just dont want to get rid of it, and that commute is only 2 times a week. Im just looking for ways to help my truck along some
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I know it would be better so get a different car but ive had this truck for a long time and i just dont want to get rid of it, and that commute is only 2 times a week. Im just looking for ways to help my truck along some
well the best option like every1 said is to buy another car, but if your not willing to do this try some of these tips
-Fill tires to max psi
-buy a scangauge or ultragauge, etc something along those lines
-make a grill block, whether its a full block or partial it should help a good amount on a truck
-Make an air dam, trucks are very unaerodynamic underneath helping to block air from going underneath will help
-tonneau cover or aero bed cap, if neither leave tailgate up

These are the easiest cheapest mods to do on the side of ecomodding. Don't forget about the hypermiling part, changing your driving habits will be 1 of the biggest factors in mileage
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All is not lost if you keep the truck. I drive 55 MPH on the highway and really work at DWL and DWB, along with a few aero mods.
190 miles / day means 3.5 hours of driving @ 55 mph (average !).

This is the kind of distance where higher speed pays off, time-wise.

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