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Old 11-15-2013, 12:05 PM   #1221
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I must just drive like a maniac. 2010 4x4 access cab 2.7 5 speed Ive never gotten 20mpg out of it. Closest i came was with the stock 245's which was like 19.5. Ive tried granny driving and it didnt seem to help. I do a lot of stop and go city driving as well as highway driving in the 75-80mph range (any slower you get run over here...) so i guess thats why I dont do as good. Oh well ill just settle for the steady 18-19mpg, better than the 8-10 i was getting in my jeep.
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17.5mpg on 35's and stock gears
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22.8 on 33s stock gears :0
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Old 11-15-2013, 06:02 PM   #1223
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I must just drive like a maniac. 2010 4x4 access cab 2.7 5 speed Ive never gotten 20mpg out of it. Closest i came was with the stock 245's which was like 19.5. Ive tried granny driving and it didnt seem to help. I do a lot of stop and go city driving as well as highway driving in the 75-80mph range (any slower you get run over here...) so i guess thats why I dont do as good. Oh well ill just settle for the steady 18-19mpg, better than the 8-10 i was getting in my jeep.
18-19 is not bad for large tires on a 4x4 with a lot of stop and go driving.
Stop and go is a killer, even on my 5-lug spinning 215's.
If I never got on the freeway, I wouldn't top 18.
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Old 11-15-2013, 09:01 PM   #1224
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May I ask how?
I personally shift between 2200-2500 rpm
2k is a little low for me, and 70 is my max speed on the highway to keep the Rpms below the 2400 range
I have a intake, headers and a straight through exhaust, it helps quite abit
Better flow of air coming in and exhaust going out
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Old 11-16-2013, 11:10 AM   #1225
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Colder weather and winter blend, lost about 2.5MPG since mid October.
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Old 11-16-2013, 12:17 PM   #1226
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Yeah it's annoying to look at the ultragauge on the first leg of my commute and it's sitting pretty at 16-18 mpg when it used to do 20-22 there. Oh well, the 4.0L would read 11-13 at that point in the winter.

Having a tough time keeping the meter above 22 avg this tank. I had three days with 20+ mph headwinds so far (Monday was 25 gusting to 40, sometimes it got up to 18-19 mpg going downhill). It came off of full at 55 miles and passed 3/4 at 93 miles, but it waited until 190 miles until half. Who knows, maybe the sender's sick. Don't trust the gauge.

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Old 11-16-2013, 05:13 PM   #1227
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Colder weather and winter blend, lost about 2.5MPG since mid October.
I've experienced about the same thing recently in Minneapolis. About 2 to 2.5 mpg drop from normal summer temps. Getting 20 to 20.5 mpg on my standard work route now.
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Old 11-17-2013, 09:13 AM   #1228
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Once the truck warms up, I'm seeing intake temps 20-30F warmer than ambient. So this translates to temps around 60-80F through the intake. Even running leaner than I otherwise would be without the WAI, averaging above 22 MPGs is a tough challenge. I'm thinking about a few mod's to get the engine warmed up quicker and get the intake air up a few more degrees. But the point of it may be moot: cold air and winter blend are tough to beat.

I'm also wondering what the % of ethanol is since the switch. I've heard the summer fuel is a blend here in the NE as well. The pumps have the ethanol sticker attached - assumed it was for the winter fuel only though.
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Old 11-18-2013, 06:50 AM   #1229
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I'm not a big fan of ethanol, and the higher the percent of ethanol, the lower the fuel mileage.
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Old 11-18-2013, 09:01 PM   #1230
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I'm not a big fan of ethanol
I am... but not in my truck unless I'm bringning it home from Bevmo.
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Old 11-24-2013, 05:44 PM   #1231
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Winter sucks!

525 miles on 18.52 for 28.3 MPG.

Yeah I whine.
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Old 11-24-2013, 06:54 PM   #1232
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17F degrees the other morning - low 20s tomorrow. Hoping to keep it above 21 MPGs.
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Old 11-25-2013, 07:31 PM   #1233
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It was 17F here this morning too. The tranny doesn't like it.

Then we got ice this afternoon. Traffic limited to 40 mph means even though I'm already 8 gallons in, the tank avg on the gauge still rose six tenths in 22 miles. Unfortunately I'll probably burn half my savings off starting it up tomorrow morning.
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Lately, I have had the chance to work at a jobsite that is approximately 77 miles away. My past 4 tanks consist of 85-90% highway miles, cruising at 70-80 MPH with some stop and go traffic thrown in. I have been getting 27-28 mpg, barely approaching WorthyWads territory. I might be able to do better if I reduce my cruising speed, but I've been working 10-11 hour days, and I just want to get home as quickly as I can so I can get some sleep! Very happy with my recent MPG results, especially with the cold morning starts.
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Old 11-26-2013, 04:58 AM   #1235
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It was 17F here this morning too. The tranny doesn't like it.

Then we got ice this afternoon. Traffic limited to 40 mph means even though I'm already 8 gallons in, the tank avg on the gauge still rose six tenths in 22 miles. Unfortunately I'll probably burn half my savings off starting it up tomorrow morning.
LOL - that's the truth of it!! I note that I get to about 176F at about 3 miles and 180F+ at about 7 miles. That stretch really takes a bite out of the MPGs. If I can creep up the back hill (no traffic ever), I can hit my waypoints at about +10% more fuel consumed. Using the usual route, I'm +15% or more. All of the fluids are thick and sticky. Roll distances are drastically down. Today I averaged about 21 MPGs on the ride in (up hill and morning chill/cold to contend with). It'll take some work to get 23 on the ride home to get a 22 MPG average. But that's the challenge!!

FWIW: the intake temps have been averaging +30F with the current location (next to the exhaust manifold). I've seen a few over 40F on the ride home when it warms up here a bit.
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Old 11-26-2013, 05:04 AM   #1236
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Lately, I have had the chance to work at a jobsite that is approximately 77 miles away. My past 4 tanks consist of 85-90% highway miles, cruising at 70-80 MPH with some stop and go traffic thrown in. I have been getting 27-28 mpg, barely approaching WorthyWads territory. I might be able to do better if I reduce my cruising speed, but I've been working 10-11 hour days, and I just want to get home as quickly as I can so I can get some sleep! Very happy with my recent MPG results, especially with the cold morning starts.
40 tanks in and you're posting a fine number! Can't blame you for wanting to get home quicker, but the time savings might be 15 minutes each way (crude guesswork).
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Old 11-27-2013, 06:25 PM   #1237
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Came out to 23.4 mpg on this fill. I do believe that was my first tank on this truck ran with the ambient temperature never above freezing. I can live with that.

Unfortunately the cold brings on other things too. I just developed a buzzing at 1700 rpm that sounds like the heat shield for the cat. I'm hoping it's not the honeycomb rattling loose. Gotta crawl under there tomorrow and see what's up.
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When I got to work this morning




And when I got home tonight after 3 hours in holiday-get-away traffic

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SRT MPG would have been lower and gallons used would have been higher but I had to make a pit stop at the 2-hour mark to get rid of some coffee.
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Did a partial fill of 3 gallon and a full fill of 18.68 gallons. Drove 535.8 miles for a MPG of 24.7 About 420 of those miles were interstate at 70-75 MPH indicated. Not bad considering all of the 3.5 mile trips back and forth to work.
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