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MPG Mods

Discussion in '4 Cylinder' started by kylefrdavis, Apr 20, 2009.

  1. Apr 11, 2013 at 6:56 AM
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    Joshman35

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    Intake does affect gas mileage, improves or decreases. But does affect it. Also I put the precharger on February 1, so weather hasn't changed, nor have my driving habits. The change in mpg was noticed immediately
     
  2. Apr 11, 2013 at 7:09 PM
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    Routinely got 32 mpg mixed hwy/ city
    Long trip 34-36 mpg, best ever 40, couple 38s

    Imperial gallons btw.

    13 6 cyl, auto, access cab, tonneau, 4x4. Stock everything
    Mixed hwy/ city 28 mpg

    Planning to remove secondary, recently removed last bend in tailpipe, plan electric fan, likely AFE or similar
    2013s draw air from the fender, so looks like at some point the factory saw the benefit of cai
    Upping tire pressures to 36, and keep tabs on mileage to see if I get any results
    Be a couple weeks before I have feedback.
     
  3. Apr 11, 2013 at 11:16 PM
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    worthywads

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    How.? Testing says no.
     
  4. Apr 20, 2013 at 6:12 PM
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    x2. I would also like to hear the answer to this.

    Might I also add. . .

    The AFE pro dry S drop in filter is OVERHYPED. It DOES NOT DO ANYTHING better than the stock Denso.

    If anything I feel I have lost engine compression since putting in the AFE. I will be switching back to stock ASAP.

    I mean come on, just compare a stock Denso filter next the the AFE Pro - No Comparison. The stock is obviously a much thicker and well designed filter.

    Key word here Boys & Girls? FILTER! It's a FILTER! It's job is to FILTER! Not let in more air and FILTER less so it will make more noise and make you think you just gained 5 HP.

    Quite actually the only reason I gave this filter a try is because everyone talks about how great it is on these forums - IT's NOT. It's OK, no where near as good as stock.
     
  5. Apr 20, 2013 at 11:34 PM
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    tooter

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    Built for maximum low end torque, tooter II.VII intake manifold spacer, LCE long tube header, Injen long tube intake, 2,900 rpm torque peak.
    I also have a 1996 4 cyl, std cab, 2wd, with a 5 speed stick.
    And I run Hankook Optimos. They only needed very small weights to balance, they roll really smooth, and I get 25mpg around town and 28 on the highway.
     
  6. Apr 20, 2013 at 11:38 PM
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    tooter

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    Built for maximum low end torque, tooter II.VII intake manifold spacer, LCE long tube header, Injen long tube intake, 2,900 rpm torque peak.
    I recently did two mpg mods on my 2012 2.7 5 lug. I installed a LCE header for more low end torque...

    [​IMG]

    ...and I removed the power steering and AC, so now a simple small non serpentine belt only drives the alternator and water pump.

    [​IMG]
     
  7. May 7, 2013 at 11:38 PM
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    As far as load boosters. My wife and I moved from East Coast ot CA and carried a decent amount in the bed in addition to towing a trailer. Our Tacoma did fine with no mods. We even took some side trips on gravel/dirt roads pulling the trailer with her Corola on it (also loaded up beofre being onlaoded). The only problem the whole way was a broken cargo strap on the trailer. So I would not waste money on anything to help carry more load. BTW I have also done a few local moves with just lots of stuff in the bed and not had a single issue. Good luck with the move.
     
  8. May 8, 2013 at 12:24 AM
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    BuzzardsGottaEat

    BuzzardsGottaEat "Pick up some speed.. You'll make it."

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    Man, you aren't kidding around. I like getting good FE but I dislike sweating all over myself more so I had AC installed.

    Good call on LCE btw. I'm definitely enjoying their model header for my Pickup as well :thumbsup:
     
  9. May 8, 2013 at 8:50 AM
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    i added a set of helper springs to my 95' toyota pickup
    however it was common for me to haul 55 gallon drums filled with break rotors down to the scrap yard (1 hour away)
    i crossed the scales more than once with 2700lbs in the bed
    the stock springs were just not up to the job
    so i installed a set of coils rite between the under side of the frame & the top of the rearend. i may end up doing the same on my 2001 TRD
    but so far it has been alrite.


    good luck
    piglett
     
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  10. May 8, 2013 at 3:15 PM
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    Get 2 air filters! the extra pays off, when you are cleaning one of them.
     
  11. Jun 1, 2013 at 7:29 PM
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    Want better gas mileage? Get a Harley!
     
  12. Jun 2, 2013 at 7:09 AM
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    everyone i know that rides a bike has atleast 1 dead friend:eek:
    so i think i'll pass!
     
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    I enjoy driving a simple fuel efficient vehicle. :)

    We don't have air conditioning in our home either, and have found that without external compensations your body naturally adapts to changing seasonal temperatures by widening its comfort zone. AC narrows your comfort zone until just a few degrees out of it and you're miserable.

    I always run LCE headers on my Tacomas. Had one on my 1996 for over a decade.
     
  14. Jun 2, 2013 at 7:35 AM
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    Want something reliable? Beg the persons you sold your Toyota too, to sell it back because you bought a crap Harley that breaks down every morning, burns or drips way too much oil, and tops out at 80mph
     
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    My new 4 cyl access cab 4x2 should be delivered late this week (Yay!). I was planning on getting an aftermarket bug guard. Has anyone seen any difference in mileage due to the wind resistance changes caused by a bug guard?
     
  16. Jun 11, 2013 at 4:56 PM
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    Can't imagine it helping. I haven't found the need for a bug guard, you don't need one.
     
  17. Jun 11, 2013 at 5:18 PM
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    I used to average 19.5 - 20.5 on my tanks of gas with 32's.

    Now running 33's and fenders. I run 55mph on the highway and hyper-mile around town.

    Averaged 22.9 two tanks ago and 23.1 this tank. A record in my 70,000 miles of owning the truck.

    Mpg is the direct result of driving habits. No filter or chip is going to improve it.
     
  18. Jun 22, 2013 at 1:04 PM
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    What size engine do you have and what transmission cause I'm turning 33's on my 08 with the 4.0 and I'm only getting 16 driving like a grandma !
     
  19. Jun 22, 2013 at 3:49 PM
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    You wouldn't believe how many bugs the windshield picks up with the top two slats of the upper grill blocked off. It boggles the imagination!

    I don't see a bug guard helping mileage at all either. Adding turbulence usually doesn't do good things to airflow.
     
  20. Jun 22, 2013 at 7:06 PM
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    2.7 and 5 speed manual.

    It's not about driving like a grandma. Get yourself up to overdrive/high gear in a timely manner and then lightly tap coast tap coast down the road. Don't exceed 55mph on the highway. There are many opportunities approaching red lights or down hills where you can simply coast rather than use the accelerator. Every 1/2 mile of coasting adds up very quickly! An Ultragauge is an amazing tool in showing how your vehicle reacts.
     
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