I replied to your reply, not the OP's. You brought up the use of the proper
vehicle for the job, which I agreed with, but your comparison of gas
vehicles as opposed to diesel ones, simply is incorrect. As the owner of a
Dodge Cummins and a Dodge ram with a 360 in Europe, I can personally attest
to. As an additional note, the rule here in Europe is that the break even
point is 20,000km a year, where that and more the diesel is cheaper. If you
drive less than that the gas vehicle is more economical.
LOL, I doubt that with the new Cummins and even there, after it breaks in
and you baby it. Also with the price of Diesel at $4.00 and going higher
along with the higher price for the diesel to begin with it will be a long,
long, long time before you ever recoup that money.
If at first you don't succeed, you're not cut out for skydiving
Personally, I'd remove the OEM manual clutch fan and
replace it with an electric temp controlled fan. Mine locked
up on my 360 2500, 4x4 and upon removal, I observed an
increase of 10% in fuel economy. It's still cool enough to
run with no fan here and may be where you are as well so
give it a try and see. Just remove your fan and run a few
tanks through it and see. If it makes no difference then
reinstall it and look elsewhere. Personally....I'd be willing
to bet you will see 16.5-17 mpg afterwards...which adds up.
Buy a $600 Honda.
Otherwise, I've heard that a tonneau cover helps with mileage. I put
a Flowmaster "Truck and SUV Series" muffler on a Dakota 5.9L and it
seemed to make a little improvement (either in the truck or the way I
drove it - no way to know for sure). Switch to on-road only tires
with low rolling resistance and keep them aired up.
I did them seperatly. I used the older
Hypertech, not the new e-con version. The
Hypertech made a huge differance in performance.
It drove better and shifted better. It also
allowed me to use a lower temp thermostat, which
prevents detonation while towing on hot days.
Transmission shifted better, but nothing radical.
Just a slightly tighter shift, and no more
searching around when driving in the mountains;
definatly a better feel. Mileage went up about
2mpg. It was one of those things that the minute
I did it, I sad, "Dang! Why didn't I do this
The rocker arms I did last year. Again, not a
huge improvement but certainly a noticable one.
Mileage went up about 1mg or so. But there's
definatly a tad more power on the Butt-O-Meter.
You can really feel it while towing. For less
than $100, it was well worth it.
2006 FXDI hot rod
2008 Mustang Coupe
2001 Dodge Dakota QC 5.9/4x4/3.92
1966 Mustang Coupe - Daily Driver
1965 FFR Cobra - 427W EFI, Damn Fast.
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