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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 06-19-2010, 03:26 AM Thread Starter
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12 MPG???? with a 1996 7.3

I have a 96 f350 crew cab long bed. Built e4od. 3.5" straight thru exhaust. Tymar intake. Tony Wildman tunes. 4.10 rear end. New 315/75/16 AT tires. I dont drive it very hard and I average 12 MPG and thats mostly highway. I cruise at 2200 rpm. When I pull my 6500 lbs trailer I get 8 MPG. Any ideas on what to check? It seems llike most guys are getting 15 -16. I would love that. Thanks
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post #2 of 26 (permalink) Old 06-19-2010, 03:33 AM
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Re: 12 MPG???? with a 1996 7.3

up-pipes leaking? when was your last oil change? what psi are the tires at? any brakes dragging?

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swap to 3.55 gears

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oil changed about 8 months ago and used a motorcraft filter. I dont think the up pipes are leaking. Tires are aired to 44psi. Also forgot to mention i have a 3" downpipe. I havent checked the brakes.
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Re: 12 MPG???? with a 1996 7.3

Have you changed out the injectors?

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Re: 12 MPG???? with a 1996 7.3

too many rpms,get bigger tires or higher gears,or go slower.keep it under 2000 rpms for best fuel mileage.


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Re: 12 MPG???? with a 1996 7.3

It has stock injectors with 140k. Does everyone else just drive their trucks between 55 mph and 60 mph?
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Re: 12 MPG???? with a 1996 7.3

Nope. I drive 60 and 70 MPH.

You have a low-MPG configuration.

The automatic is killing you. The 4x4 costs you 2-3 MPG. The CC is heavy.

The big wheels are kickin' your butt.

You didn't mention a tonneau, so I assume your are running open bed.

Wildman tunes may improve your acceleration, but in that draggy configuration that just means a faster fuel burn rate.

If you can't change the configuration, your choice is stark: Slow down or eat the poor fuel economy.

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oil changed about 8 months ago and used a motorcraft filter. I dont think the up pipes are leaking. Tires are aired to 44psi. Also forgot to mention i have a 3" downpipe. I havent checked the brakes.
8 months ago = how many miles? also is your firewall covered in soot?

44psi is a little low, I would sir them up to atleast 50psi

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No soot on the firewall. I have only put on 800 miles since the oil change. The truck usually only gets about 1200 miles a year on it.
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