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Old 06-22-2014, 04:50 PM   #61
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I removed both PS and AC along with a bunch of serpentine pulleys from my 2.7, and run just one simple short belt that only turns the alternator and water pump.



Last fillup was 25.5 mpg.

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I am only running 1 belt myself as well. Good work on the 25.5 mpg

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Hey Mikey,

I'm one of those frugal guys too.
I saved up enough money over the years to built a modest home with no mortgage, and also live debt free on very little money. That's the American way.


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It was, but sadly most of that has been lost.
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2014-06-22

478.8 mi
770.55 km
13.017 gal (US)
49.27 L
438.67 kWh
$3.68/Gallon ($47.90 total for this fill)
36.78 mpg (US)
6.39 L/100 km

Ultra Guage read 37.21
80% Back Roads 20% Highway
87 Octane Fuel (Mobile 1)

Had to use my heater once during city traffic to nullify thermal runaway of the cooling system. Opened up more of the grill to compensate afterwards. Just finished Air Dam and changed rear differential fluid to Amsoil Severe Gear Synthetic Extreme Pressure Gear Lube 75W-90

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The air dam increases MPG? I would have figured it reduced it. Also must nullify the effect of the belly panel, right?
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The air dam increases MPG? I would have figured it reduced it. Also must nullify the effect of the belly panel, right?
The Air Dam keeps air from going under the car keeping more of our low pressure area on the sides and top where we want it. The Belly Panel effect may be decreased slightly but this is only because less air is moving under the truck, which is what we want.
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The Air Dam keeps air from going under the car keeping more of our low pressure area on the sides and top where we want it. The Belly Panel effect may be decreased slightly but this is only because less air is moving under the truck, which is what we want.
Okay, I see. But doesn't the dam create more drag and make a larger object to push through the air? Yes that's what I was talking about but I should have clarified that while I think it makes the underbelly less effective, it would still be for a better overall effect.

Kind of like two people lifting 200 lbs instead of 1 person lifting 150 lbs, for a ratio analogy. Each person is lifting less than the one originally was; but they are together lifting more.
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Okay, I see. But doesn't the dam create more drag and make a larger object to push through the air? Yes that's what I was talking about but I should have clarified that while I think it makes the underbelly less effective, it would still be for a better overall effect.

Kind of like two people lifting 200 lbs instead of 1 person lifting 150 lbs, for a ratio analogy. Each person is lifting less than the one originally was; but they are together lifting more.
The air dam will raise the frontal area while lowering the drag coefficient. The effect will be a larger object moving through the air more smoothly.
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Just picked up this 97 2.7L Taco. Everything on it is stock, 235/75/15 tires, has the A/C and PS, all that. My fill up indicated 24mpg, and my ScanGauge II I am running is similar, stating my to work average is about 27mpg and my from work about 32mpg. I do a 45 mile haul, down and then back up some steep grades (going from 7,000 to 6-something back to about 7,300). The biggest grade drop is giing home, hence the slightly better mileage in that direction.
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Just picked up this 97 2.7L Taco. Everything on it is stock, 235/75/15 tires, has the A/C and PS, all that. My fill up indicated 24mpg, and my ScanGauge II I am running is similar, stating my to work average is about 27mpg and my from work about 32mpg. I do a 45 mile haul, down and then back up some steep grades (going from 7,000 to 6-something back to about 7,300). The biggest grade drop is giing home, hence the slightly better mileage in that direction.
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