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List of Mods to Increase MPG's

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by FL4x4Taco, May 28, 2009.

  1. May 29, 2009 at 8:06 AM
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    FL4x4Taco

    FL4x4Taco [OP] Well-Known Member

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    haha guys.. I just wanted to see if there was a mod on these newer trucks that was Financially worth it. Guess not..... Drive less, drive slower, accelerate slower, and don't run the A/C. I'll stick with that. Thanks.
     
  2. May 6, 2010 at 9:15 PM
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    2000yota

    2000yota Toyota FTW

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    Try your best to keep your rpms under 2000
     
  3. May 6, 2010 at 11:48 PM
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    26.1 mpg today, with about a 80/20 mix of highway/city driving with the highway driving at 55 mph.

    Not bad for a V6. My fill-up calculated mileage is up above 21 now with a mix of interstate, back highway, and city driving.
     
  4. May 7, 2010 at 4:43 AM
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    396tears

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    I added a K&N air filter
    18" Magnaflow muffler
    Imco resonator
    My mpg went up 1.5
     
  5. May 7, 2010 at 8:35 AM
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    sammy87

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    Those of you that have a 3" lift, how much has your MPG decreased?
     
  6. May 7, 2010 at 8:18 PM
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    2.7taco Well-Known Member

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    Fat Bobs 2.75 lift and level with short AAL, 16x8 Level 8 Guardian Wheels, 245/75R16 Toyo Open Country ATII, custom trans shift kit(home made), Trans temp. and Vac gauge, URD fuel pump upgrade(going back to stock soon).
    Your best results would be with the electric cooling fan conversion, clean filters, good oil, tire pressure corrections(data on my truck was miles off) and an easy foot.
     
  7. May 7, 2010 at 8:23 PM
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    HerNameIsLucy

    HerNameIsLucy I miss Lucy. :-(

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    She's gone but not forgotten.
    I watch my tach and try to keep it under 2K RPM best I can. The AC makes the gas gauge drop so quick I can see it move sometimes, so I made a rule...it only gets turned on above 95 degrees (or when it's raining and the windows are up of course).
     
  8. May 7, 2010 at 8:32 PM
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    Hard Wired GPS, Scan Guage II, URD Short Throw Shifter, AFE Pro Dry S Air Filter, LED Mag Lite on seat side,Tailgate Theft Prevention Mod, Removed Front License Plate, Tint Cover Over Rear License Plate, Removed Secondary Air Filter, 13" Shorty Antenna, 5% Tint Rear, 20% Tint Front, Bed Extender, TRD Cat Back Exhaust, Fog Light On Anytime Mod, Dual Halo Projection Headlights, Disabled Seatbelt Chime, King coilovers with remote resi in front, Kings with remote resi in rear, Deaver J66 leaf packs, TC UCAs up front.
    AFE pro dry s air filter and ive got my tires set at 34/32.
     
  9. May 7, 2010 at 10:24 PM
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    StandingCow

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    Mine hasn't moved.
     
  10. Jun 28, 2012 at 4:27 PM
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    The trick with the tonneau cover is that it must only cover 1/2 of the bed...the rear half. I did some computation fluid dynamics in college simulating flows over a pickup. A full tonneau cover is worse than an open pickup bed, because an open pickup bed creates a "bubble" which allows the subsequent air flow to pass smoothy over it. Driving with the tailgate down also screws with this "bubble" and creates drag at the rear. The most efficient option is to cover the rear half of your bed...it maintains a "bubble" just behind the cab and smooths out the rear end tailgate area. I believe Ford or GM already knows about this and has a patent on it.
     
  11. Jun 29, 2012 at 12:57 PM
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    I'm kind of nerdy about fuel economy. Track every tank with an iPhone app. Over >100 tanks, the biggest difference in economy was caused by ambient temperature, which you have no control over (the truck uses more fuel in the winter, regardless of a/c use in the summer, and I think it's a function of the ecu's cold weather map, not any difference in driving style). The next biggest was when I switched the Dunlops out for Michelins of the same size (but obviously greater rolling resistance. The Michelins cost me almost a liter/100km). Adding a tonneau made too slight a difference to be sure about. Premium gas the same. And switching to a TRD exhaust and filter made essentially no observable difference. That's just me, my truck, my driving style and terrain, but FWIW. I honestly don't think there's any way to make a significant difference in the fuel efficiency of the v6 other than how you drive.
     
  12. Jun 30, 2012 at 11:35 AM
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    Unless your thermostatic clutch is malfunctioning, there are no gains to be had with a electric fan. One way or another, your engine has to power the fan ... whether directly or electrically. Older cars without thermostatic clutches (my 66 Mustang) or faulty ones most certainly benefited though!


    OP: Crunch the numbers, you'll never pay off money spent on mpg mods! Best thing to do is slow down and keep your vehicle in good maintenance.
     
  13. Apr 24, 2013 at 12:48 PM
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    are there any programers for the Tacoma 6cyl 2013
     
  14. Dec 6, 2014 at 11:39 PM
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    Chopper678 Professional Threadjacker

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    I went from a 3" drop to a 2.5" lift (So total of 5.5" increased ride height) and lost 1 MPG.

    That is not to say that getting a 6" lift will only decrease your MPG by 1. It's all relative as I am still at a reasonable height.
     
  15. Dec 7, 2014 at 12:41 AM
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    bilstein set at 1.75, Racho 5000 rear with 4 leaf kit, floor mats, high lift jack, pull hook in hitch, bed rail corner braces, severe duty brake pads and devil horns on the grill....
    If I could gain 3 mpg by changing my muffler, I would do it tomorrow.

    How about some details here? Was the flowmaster so loud it made you accelerate much slower?

    Howard
     

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