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Looking for better mileage?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by sslongmuir, Jan 27, 2008.

  1. Jan 27, 2008 at 11:27 AM
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    sslongmuir

    sslongmuir [OP] Well-Known Member

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    So i realized im spending 200$ a week in gas to get to work and back. that not even school. Im looking to get better mileage but i dont know what else to do. i removed my weight from the back and tuned it up. Im still getting 16-18mpg but should be getting atleast 20. any hints would be helpful
     
  2. Jan 27, 2008 at 11:43 AM
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    Hittman

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    put the stock tires back on and move closer to work:D
     
  3. Jan 27, 2008 at 1:01 PM
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    maverick491

    maverick491 Towing Guru

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    Clean the MAF sensor. Likely fouled by the oil from the K&N. Check with 007tacoma for the procedure for this.
     
  4. Jan 27, 2008 at 2:45 PM
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    tacomaman06

    tacomaman06 Carolina Alliance: Enforcer

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    getting there....
    in your tune-up, did you include changing the fuel filter?? if not, do that, it may help too!!! cleaning your maf sensor like maverick said will help you out also, along with cleaning your throttle body if you havent done so. let us know how everything turns out!!
     
  5. Jan 27, 2008 at 4:45 PM
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    concrete jedi

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    Tire pressure, max it out, road tires; non aggressive, axle alignment, make sure you are not crooked going down the road. Maybe a hard cover for the bed. But with the amount of money that you could spend on saving money for fuel, just gas it up.
     
  6. Jan 27, 2008 at 4:59 PM
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    sslongmuir

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    i run the tires high, maf sensor got cleaned. the throttle body i didnt do but the fuel filter is a bitch. ihave one but it looks like a job to get at it.
     
  7. Jan 27, 2008 at 5:01 PM
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    tacotoe

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    Lighten up on the go pedal,avoid jackrabbit starts,time the stop lights, use cruise controll,.....buy a used cheap econo car that gets 25-30mpg...???
     
  8. Jan 27, 2008 at 6:52 PM
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    350TacoZilla

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    yeah winter gas kills about 4mpg man it sucks... but you should still get better, hell I'm getting better mpg with 35's
     
  9. Jan 28, 2008 at 3:36 AM
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    sslongmuir

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    yea i kno. i put a trd supercharger on my friends 6cyl and he still gets 20. Im fucked i guess lol.
     
  10. Jan 28, 2008 at 6:16 AM
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    350TacoZilla

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    seems it....LOL i dunno wierd
     
  11. Jan 29, 2008 at 2:59 PM
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    sslongmuir

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    sealed up the exhaust but i still only get 20. hmmm
     
  12. Jan 31, 2008 at 6:57 PM
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    TacoSteelerMan

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    Tire size although bad to the bone is working against you 31x10.5 looks sweet on your ride like they did on mine but....This is the price you pay for looks It's killin your gear ratio I went back to a 225-75-15 and ran closer to 24 MPG Yup 95.5 2.7 Taco
     
  13. Feb 1, 2008 at 9:34 AM
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    cycledrum

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    Put a Tonneau cover on or get a louvered tailgate or 'Gator Net'.

    The tailgate causes a lot of aero drag and lowers your gas mileage.
     
  14. Feb 2, 2008 at 8:55 PM
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    99TRD

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    I lost a few mpg when I got the new tires. I am still getting just over 20 on the hwy.

    Personally, I think it is worth a few mpg's for the look.
     
  15. Feb 3, 2008 at 2:38 AM
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    TSUNAMI*22

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    Believe it or not, a louvered tailgate or a "Gator Net" (or any net for that matter) causes much more drag than just a tailgate with no tonneau cover.

    Air that passes through the crosshatching or louvers creates a ton of parasite drag.
     
  16. Feb 3, 2008 at 3:08 AM
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    TuRDTACO

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    tailgate down or off is supposed to reduce your gas mileage because when the tailgate is on and up, it creates an air pocket in the bed that the airflow coming over the front just rolls over. when you remove the tailgate, you get rid of that pocket and it creates more turbulence and drag, which means less MPG
     
  17. Feb 3, 2008 at 4:44 AM
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    Roland

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    The biggest mod you can do for gas mileage is watch the way you drive. Moderate acceleration to speed and then be STEADY. A scangauge is a fantastic tool because it lets you see exactly how much fuel you're burning in real time. Anticipate lights and stops so you can coast to them. Turn off the AC when you really don't need it. Don't let the truck sit idling. Drive with the wind, in RI we usually get a 15 mph seabreeze in the afternoon and a land breeze at night so I save gas by driving north during the day and south after midnight. OK I'm kidding about the last one, but in theory it'd probably work.
     
  18. Feb 3, 2008 at 9:15 AM
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    concrete jedi

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    Wow you almost had me! I was thinking; damn this guy is serious. nice hook:D
     
  19. Feb 3, 2008 at 2:46 PM
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    TSUNAMI*22

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    My ScanGauge disagrees with you.

    Driving with the tailgate opened or off completely actually helps MPG. It's not a ton, but it IS better. You'd notice it on a 300+ mile drive as long as you maintained a steady speed on cruise control.

    I show lower Gallons Per Hour being burned on the SGII.
     
  20. Feb 3, 2008 at 3:03 PM
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    docc30

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    From the myth busters:

    http://mythbustersresults.com/episode43

    "
    It is more fuel efficient to drive your pick-up truck with its tailgate down, rather than up.
    busted
    Driving with the tailgate down actually increased drag on the pick-up and caused it to consume fuel faster than the identical truck driven with the tailgate up. It was later revealed that the closed tailgate creates a locked vortex flow that created a smoother flow of air over the truck. With the tailgate down the trapped vortex was dissipated and the drag increased.
    (This myth was revisited in episode 64 and re-busted. However, it was found that mesh tailgates are the most efficient configuration.)"
     
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