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Old 09-04-2007, 11:11 AM   #1
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take the test.

This is just a little test that I have done that proved to be very interesting.

First: go fill up your gas tank in your daily driver.
second: drive it like you would everyday and check your trip meter to see how many miles you get out of a tank of gas.

The next week fill your tank again reset trip meter and drive the posted speed limit or under and then check how many miles you get out of a tank of gas.

you will be quite suprised when you see the difference. Let me know how you do.
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Old 09-04-2007, 11:13 AM   #2
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well yeah. But I will be late for work.
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Old 09-04-2007, 11:18 AM   #3
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Edit thing does not seem to work very well.


daily driver is 02 Honda Accord with a 2.4L 4cyl. To the tank I get 400+ easy driving, 350 somewhat in a hurry and 300 when I really am getting on it.
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i did this test: pretty much 240 miles to the dang tank whether i put the foot through the floorboard or not...

and every time I filled up between 20-21 gallons.
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Oh, and one more thing, IF I did drive easy my car would last longer and I would not need "COMPLETE Automotive Repair and Collision Repair" near as often.
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Oh, and one more thing, IF I did drive easy my car would last longer and I would not need "COMPLETE Automotive Repair and Collision Repair" near as often.


I got another test...drive one tank with A/C and then one tank without the A/C...let me know what you find.....J/K
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in my F150 I get 10-11mpg no matter how I drive it for the most part. Even towing my boat I still get 10mpg. Best milage I ever got was around 14.5 and that was driving miss daisy style.

I need at least 4.10's if not 4.56's in it bad. Anyone got the hookup on the install? I can get the gear kits through a good friend of mine.
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I got another test...drive one tank with A/C and then one tank without the A/C...let me know what you find.....J/K
mythbusters did this, better milage with the a/c on....
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dbuck, can I put the windows down?

tailgate up or down?

what other ones are out there?
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mythbusters did this, better milage with the a/c on....

I bet that's not true for 80% of the cars on the road.
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dbuck, can I put the windows down?

tailgate up or down?

what other ones are out there?
you can put the windows down, but not open the rear sliding window....

and then you need to replace your tailgate with one of those cool "net looking" tailgates.
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I bet that's not true for 80% of the cars on the road.
assuming you drive with the windows down and everything else just as you would with the a/c on.......I'm betting you get better milage with the a/c on then off and the windows down.

I know in my truck I get the same milage with a/c off and windows down as I do with a/c on and windows up.
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Mythbusters did this one also. Better mileage with a tailgate up. The turbulence it creates in the bed allows the air to flow over the bed. When you have a net tailgate or no tailgate, you don't get the flow you are supposed to, and it actually makes quite a bit of difference.

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and then you need to replace your tailgate with one of those cool "net looking" tailgates.
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Mythbusters did this one also. Better mileage with a tailgate up. The turbulence it creates in the bed allows the air to flow over the bed. When you have a net tailgate or no tailgate, you don't get the flow you are supposed to, and it actually makes quite a bit of difference.
yeah, I saw that one, but....not using your a/c and cracking your windows can have a significance in MPG, especially for in town driving. Driving on the highway may be a different story as drag comes more into play.
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Oh, and one more thing, IF I did drive easy my car would last longer and I would not need "COMPLETE Automotive Repair and Collision Repair" near as often.
that would be a good thing, I don't think you'll be coming here from lake jackson to get your car worked on anyway, my mom does, but she doesn't trust anyone but Tim to work on her car.
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I did this test. On 26 gallon tank using 20 to 22 gallons in a '06 F-150 Supercrew, I get a little under 300 miles hotfooting and when driving correctly the mileage jumps to 350 miles. This is a difference between 15 to 17.5 MPG.

Tried this test on the Impala SS. With a 16 gallon tank and using 12 gallons for the test, it gets 16 MPH hot footing around and 18 MPH driving normal.

Both vehicle have V8 engines with 300 HP. Both roughly the same size (5.3 vs 5.4). The truck weighs more by 2000 lbs.

My bike gets about 36 MPH and I think that is pretty bad. I thought that bikes got much better gas mileage than this. I read in magazines that bikes get 45 to 50 MPH.

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in my F150 I get 10-11mpg no matter how I drive it for the most part. Even towing my boat I still get 10mpg. Best milage I ever got was around 14.5 and that was driving miss daisy style.

I need at least 4.10's if not 4.56's in it bad. Anyone got the hookup on the install? I can get the gear kits through a good friend of mine.


If you are wanting to improve your mileage you need more like 3.55s. The higher the number the lower the gear ratio.
With 4.56s you would be at redline at 60mph.
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My bike gets about 36 MPH and I think that is pretty bad. I thought that bikes got much better gas mileage than this. I read in magazines that bikes get 45 to 50 MPH.

Depends on how & what you ride... :-)

I do get 42-50mpg roughly depending on how I ride and what kinda of riding.
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If you are wanting to improve your mileage you need more like 3.55s. The higher the number the lower the gear ratio.
With 4.56s you would be at redline at 60mph.
Not with 35's on my truck. I have the stock 3.55's in it now. The problem is with 35's it ends up being an effective ratio of around 3.23 or so. If I got to 4.10's that will bring back to around the stock 3.55. If they made 4.30's I'd be at 3.73 and 4.56's make the effective ratio around 4.20 or so as I recall from my calculations a while back.

With the stock 3.55 gears and 35" tires the engine is lugging all the time, constanting shifting down to get in the "right" gear. And yes my PCM has been reprogrammed for the tire size.
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but wasn't that with the AC on or the AC off with the windows down? the windows down adds more drag
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