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post #1 of 31 Old 03-07-2005, 9:01 AM Thread Starter
 
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For you pickup truck owners

With $2.00 gas prices prevailing in most parts of the country and the threat of $2.50/gal gas right around the corner, I was considering a fresh set of plugs in my 53K mile Silverado, a K&N filter, a few extra pounds psi in the tires, and driving the speed limit (I can always get my speed fix on the bike).

I was also thinking about running the tailgate down, figuring I'd reduce drag, thereby increasing fuel efficiency. Looks like I might have been wrong in that assumption, however.

http://truck-bed-covers.com/Tonneau_..._save_fuel.htm

Anyone ever do any real world MPG testing on their own trucks to see what sort of difference they realize with the tailgate up v. down?
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Re: For you pickup truck owners

Nope, but I did notice a difference in MPG when I put bed covers on my previous trucks. (Haven't done it to the current one because I don't do a lot of highway miles on it now.)
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Re: For you pickup truck owners

We have gotten better mileage with the tail gate down. Probably not as good if we had a bed cover.
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No kidding? What kind of truck with what engine, Alex? And how much difference did you realize with the tail gate down?
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I was considering a fresh set of plugs in my 53K mile Silverado, a K&N filter, a few extra pounds psi in the tires, and driving the speed limit (I can always get my speed fix on the bike).
You could always put a free flowing exhaust on the truck, and do it in the name of fuel efficiency.

I like the K&N in my F-150, I picked up about 1 mpg on the highway. As for the plugs, my truck has platinium and now that I have passed 100k, I am noticing my first decrease in fuel efficiency. They will be changed this next week. I have always noticed an increase in fuel efficiency after using fuel injection cleaner. IMHO the Greased Lighning fuel injection cleaner is great. I use it every 10,000 miles, and for 106,000 miles the truck has not missed a beat.

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As stated above save your $$ and don't change the plugs. I have heard the tailgate is only about 0.5 MPG at best. I would also keep the tailgate up since for a trivial MPG change you reduce the structural strength of the truck bed. Proper tire inflation is a good idea but not over inflation as it will tear up tires faster. In short drive it and get over it, if you want mileage ride the 'busa to work

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http://www.roadandtrack.com/article....&page_number=1

all questions answered here. I have this R&T at home, I remembered reading it a while back. I'm surprised I was able to find it on their site.

And then there's this asshole...
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I'm just glad I don't have my girlfrinds fathers F250 with the PowerStroke. It currently costs him about $75 to fill his truck and that maybe lasts him a week. If prices go up any higher he'll be forking out $100+ a week in gas.. . Man $400 a month in gas, that's another car payment right there.


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My 95 toyota p/u 125k indicated miles gets 230miles on a tank of fuel approx 14 gallons. I did a tune up last summer and have rarely dared to touch the 4x4 shifter this winter.....time to start saving for a decent used wrx is the only thing I can think of to improve fuel efficiency

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You paid 125 grand for a Toyota pickup?

And then there's this asshole...
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You paid 125 grand for a Toyota pickup?
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Re: For you pickup truck owners

Put a Tonneau cover of your choice on it, K&N, proper tire inflation and drive it like you stole it. I've driven mine real nice and not so real nice in town and it made no difference with mileage. On the highway I might get another 3 or 4 MPG and I've taken about 6, 1k mile trips or more on my truck.

I bought the K&N up in PA on my first road trip with my truck and noticed about a 2 MPG improvement on the return trip. I hear the MPG improves with age, I'm still waiting but only have 20K on my truck...

Superchips in about 20 minutes away and I may consider seeing what they can do for me also.
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2$ a gallon! More like 8$ here in rip off Britain! But we have a parasite monarchy so thats makes it alright! LOL
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the busa is so aerodynamic put it in the back of the truck

if you can't convince them, confuse them.
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Re: For you pickup truck owners

My past three trucks showed little to no improvement in mpg when driving with the tailgate down. Best thing for my last one, 99 V6 Dakota was proper air pressure and a clean air filter.

By contrast my Hemi Durango comes stock with it's own refueling boom and paid KC-135 service
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