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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-22-2008, 10:07 PM Thread Starter
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Ok ive got a propain question. Dad is asking me if it will help get better fuel mileage on our trucks, i told him yes but i wasnt sure if it was something that would pay for its self in fuel savings. We would like to try this out on our detroit 60 series trucks then maybe our straight truck with a 5.9 12 v cummins in it. One 60 series is 425hp and the other is 325 iirc. My question is will this help out and pay for its self or not? I dont want to hear about the headgasket and engine problems associated with running too much pane, im well aware of that side of things. Im looking at using a mild shot for mileage. Any other tips to gain mileage out of the 60 series?

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If you can get it cheap enought then go for it.


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I saw another post that a guy said he saved 6.7 cents per mile running propane, incl the cost of pane. A powershot2000 kit costs 700 bucks so it would take 10500 miles at that savings to pay off a kit. Hell one oil change and start saving $, i might just break down and buy a kit to try.

I just went and filled the 425hp truck up, it averaged 4.33 mpg. fock me running, It costs $1 per mile to keep fuel in the damn truck.

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Ouch! a dollar a mile!!!!!!!!!

Sorry no input otherr then agree'ing with cat! If you could get it CHEAP... then go for it!

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Luke, Hold up on purchasing that kit.

I'll call you tonight, about 7pm my time.
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I saw another post that a guy said he saved 6.7 cents per mile running propane, incl the cost of pane. A powershot2000 kit costs 700 bucks so it would take 10500 miles at that savings to pay off a kit. Hell one oil change and start saving $, i might just break down and buy a kit to try.

I just went and filled the 425hp truck up, it averaged 4.33 mpg. fock me running, It costs $1 per mile to keep fuel in the damn truck.
The cost of the propane is the biggest intangable. That 6.7 cents per mile can change quickly depending on propane cost. That savings per mile was under load pulling a 5th wheel. When driving with no load the savings are slim at best with My 7.3. In My opinion the carnage stories that you read about propane were most likely done by someone pushing way to much propane into their engine. Always remember EVERYTHING in moderation. With a bigger truck and different engine it could be much better or maybe not, but @ 4.3 MPG it would be worth investigating. I had the powershot 2000 at first but was dissapointed because the adjustments were slim,I think now that there is more adjustments to be had with the powershot system. In My opinion I think adjustability is very important when trying to achieve the lowest cents per mile when considering using propane. PM ME, I still have My powershot system 250.00 will get it all, no tank

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Luke, Hold up on purchasing that kit.

I'll call you tonight, about 7pm my time.
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PM ME, I still have My powershot system 250.00 will get it all, no tank
Hmm, i'll let you know probably tomorrow whether or not i want it.

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My 450 came with a PS2000..... Ive never used it.

Im seriously considering it though.....to go farther on a fill up.

Now I fill up when I get down to 1/4 tank. Im pretty sure I get around 225 miles. (on the first 3/4 tank)

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My 450 came with a PS2000..... Ive never used it.

Im seriously considering it though.....to go farther on a fill up.

Now I fill up when I get down to 1/4 tank. Im pretty sure I get around 225 miles. (on the first 3/4 tank)
If you haven't tried it you really should. If you can get propane close to 3 bucks it should save you just a little and extend your range. With the PS2000 you want the propane tip in to be just below where you normally drive (boost pressure) if your driving for MPG

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If diesel fuel prices keep rising, you may start to see more propane use. I have though about it, but even on a low flow mileage setting I'm afraid of tossing rods.

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