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Old 05-10-2014, 04:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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New member from Virginia.

I have been a lurker for awhile. I have enjoyed reading reading build threads and trying to learn some tips. Thought it would be better to get a signin and be able to contribute, even if I am not really active. Thanks for letting me join.

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Old 05-10-2014, 04:39 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Welcome, Williamsburg Va. here.

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Old 05-10-2014, 10:48 PM   #3 (permalink)
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NoVa, Va here What projects do you have going, or future ones planned?
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Old 05-10-2014, 11:02 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Welcome aboard! What kind of fuel economy numbers are you getting with your Dakota; and what are you hoping to achieve?
Fuel economy is nice, but sometimes I just gotta put the spurs to my pony!

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Old 05-10-2014, 11:31 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks guys. I am near Richmond.

I have been thinking about how I can get better economy out of my vehicles, mainly my dakota. I occasionally save fuel by biking to work, but looking for other ways. I am currently thinking about more common upgrades, like electric radiator fans and reducing excess weight. I am not thinking about big changes on the truck; i still want to use it as a truck. If I am traveling a long way, I'll take the car.

I have not been tracking the mpg much. I think the tank average has been about 17mpg. I would like to get to 20mpg, but I know the truck is heavy and brick like. I am excited to read about the new light duty diesels, too bad the compact truck market is dead.
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Old 05-10-2014, 11:43 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Former Williamsburg and Fredericksburg VA, here. Get yourself an FE baseline by starting a fuel log here. Drive a few tanks, see if you can then significantly improve. There are some guys here with these trucks, getting well over 20mpg, I think. So you'll have company.
See my car's mod & maintenance thread and my electric bicycle's thread for ongoing projects. I will rebuild Black and Green over decades as parts die, until it becomes a different car of roughly the same shape and color. My minimum fuel economy goal is 55 mpg while averaging posted speed limits. I generally top 60 mpg. See also my Honda manual transmission specs thread.

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Old 05-11-2014, 12:34 AM   #7 (permalink)
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What are the current engine and transmission on your truck? Is it 2WD or 4WD?

BTW eventually you may also consider to get an utility trailer and use it with your car instead...
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Old 07-11-2014, 06:39 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Another warm welcome from Northern VA.

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Old 07-12-2014, 02:54 PM   #9 (permalink)
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