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Old 09-06-2013, 04:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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This place is great!

I've got a '98 F-150, 4.2L V6, 5-sp. I typically see 22-23 MPG doing my long commute. Found this place last week. I was down to about 3/4 tank, but I thought I'd try some of the driving techniques to see if there would be an improvement. Filled up this morning, got 24.8 MPG! Can't wait to see what I get on a full tank of careful driving.

I've always thought about doing what is being done here, just never really tried. I bought a vacuum gauge a long time ago; it should be somewhere in the garage. I'll have to dig it out and install.

Lots of questions, got to keep reading all the good info here . . .

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Old 09-06-2013, 05:05 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Welcome to the site RdRnr.

Low to mid 20s is pretty respectable in that truck. Nicely done already. Can't wait to see how you do on a full tank.
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Old 09-06-2013, 05:37 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Try increasing the psi in the tires to 40+psi
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welcome! air dam and grille block are quick and simple!
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Try increasing the psi in the tires to 40+psi
Thanks. I usually run them at high 30s cuz I like a firmer ride. Max pressure is 44, I'll try 42.

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welcome! air dam and grille block are quick and simple!
How exactly do these help? I'm guessing it's better to smoothly guide air around the car than let it flow under where the aerodynamics are really bad?

I should mention that we'll be replacing the truck before the end of the year so I won't be doing any major mods to it. I have made a few mods (Flowmaster muffler, open airbox, underdrive pulley. electric radiator fan) and did see some improvement, but I'll save everything I've learned here for our next vehicle (I want a Viper, wife wants me to get another, smaller, truck).
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Thanks. I usually run them at high 30s cuz I like a firmer ride. Max pressure is 44, I'll try 42.
More PSI is better for MPG, but too much can be an uncomfortable ride--I run my Ecopia tires at sidewall max, but found with my previous crappy tires that low 40s was still way-y-y too rough. I did it anyway 'cause I'm insane.

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How exactly do these help? I'm guessing it's better to smoothly guide air around the car than let it flow under where the aerodynamics are really bad?
Bingo. The grille block also keeps excess air from going through the torture chamber known as your engine compartment.

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New or old Viper? That would be quite impressive to see ecomodded!
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More PSI is better for MPG, but too much can be an uncomfortable ride--I run my Ecopia tires at sidewall max, but found with my previous crappy tires that low 40s was still way-y-y too rough. I did it anyway 'cause I'm insane.



Bingo. The grille block also keeps excess air from going through the torture chamber known as your engine compartment.

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OK, I'm now at 42 psi. I'm guessing I'll have to check more often being at a higher pressure?

Aerodynamic torture chamber? I'm looking at my F-150 grill. I'm also looking at a roll of 2" clear packing tape. It would be really easy to tape off some sections. Maybe when it starts to cool off . . .

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