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Old 01-01-2015, 01:11 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Here's why I hate lifted trucks, typically driven by overcompensating, unintelligent, testosterone driven, impatient people. And this is the result (not necessarily the reason for this pic).

It completely eliminates the safety created by the manufacturer engineering a proper bumper height.


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Careful with E85, the Ford focus is rated like 8-9 mpg less for E85 than regular.
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The price spread more than compensates.
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At $1 less a gallon that puts about $300 billion a year in the pockets of US citizens. Those who waste that windfall will at least stimulate the economy.

Those who understand the true meaning of conservation of every resource will do wiser things with that $1000 per person.

I think this forum had some small part in the process. I still see only a small percentage of high fuel mileage cars for sale. The vast majority is still, at least here, gas hogs.

I'm sure there are a lot of people who come to this site, read about the techniques, and incorporate them into their daily driving. Once they see the benefit, they will continue.
I have never read about a member reverting back to the old habits. I doubt I could even drive as inefficiently as I did in the days I wasted 100 gallons a week, for no real useful purpose, when gas was 32 cents a gallon.

In the last weeks my fuel consumption has dropped, not so much due to better mileage, more due to just not going somewhere without a real purpose. My december consumption was about 5-6 gallons a week.

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29 gallons in december.

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I was only going that fast because I calc'd I could just get where I wanted to be by midnight. However, I arrived at 12:01 and it was all for naught.

The anomaly is over. I'm back to my plodding.
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Dude with that bumper on that 2500 it wouldn't have mattered anyway, stock ride or lifted. That road armor brand one is about 1000lb of 1/2 inch steel. However I agree a lift is moronic, the factory ride height and front to back rake are there for safety and stability when towing or carrying a large load. Plus most lifts that you see on the road do NOTHING for ground clearance and only move the center of gravity upward making the truck even more roll happy to say nothing about the death of the aerodynamics that were already bad to begin with. Body lifts without a suspension redo and T-case remount are useless and quite frankly instantly identifies a retard truck owner who cares more about "looks" than function. Oh (I'm ranting anyway) WHY!?! do so freaking many people put massive mud tires on road queens!?! I went and had some fun in a good foot of mud plus standing water in some fields a few days back and guess what? I HAVE ROAD TIRES. Did I get stuck? Nope. Can I brake in wet weather? Yep. Is my rolling resistance less than 1/3 of those mud tires? YEP!! Please people who drive trucks.........Don't do stupid mods.......and for god's sake if you don't ever go off road get ROAD TIRES! This will help to dispel the rapidly growing image of us truck owners being a bunch if hicks with no sense. (end rant)

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I have mixed emotions about gas being cheap. I'm glad I am saving money with lower prices, but I have a personal hatred for lifted trucks, which we're certainly going to see more of.

I know that these prices won't last, there will be an emergency or some political action that will make prices jump back to the mid $3 range.
i drive a lifted tahoe and a civic vx (unmodded and well maintained). come at me bro.

lifted trucks get a lot of bad rep, and i 10000% understand why. most of what i've done to my truck was when i was 18-23. Now that i'm 25, i'd much rather be driving a stock tahoe than a lifted one. i also drive it like a grandma, only hit 70 on the highway when its downhill. averages about 15-16 on the highway which isn't bad for what it is. bad drivers come in all sizes and forms, as well as makes and models. but yes it is worse when that bad driver is behind the wheel of a massive steel tank LOL

only thing these cheap gas prices are gonna do is put a lot of f250's for sale very cheap. Also all those oil guys who were spending butt loads of money and fueling the economy, thats gonna stop. And i can guarantee the ~$50-$100 a month people are gonna save with these gas prices will not be doing much.

these cheap gas prices are not a good thing. but i don't have to tell you guys. it negatively affects the fuel sipping community as well. but just like last time, these cheap gas prices wont last long.
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E85 and gas for that matter is still $2.40ish around here.

Would love to see what I had in 2005 E85 for 85 cents a gallon.

Back then $1.50 gas was a terrible drag.
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12/31/14 Topped off the tank and filled two gas cans for .99/gallon!!!



Wasn't going to do E85 it being winter and all but as I approached the station I thought "I'm not stopping unless fuel is completely ridiculous like a buck a gallon"..." How could I not?

I NEVER thought I'd see 99 cent fuel again.

It was $.74 last night when I filled up. If regular goes down under a dollar do they start paying you to take it?
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How does lower fossil fuel prices affect ethanol prices so drastically? Shouldn't the cost of growing the grain and distilling be less dependent on oil prices? Something smells fishy here.

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