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Old 05-23-2007, 10:45 AM   #1
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Long A$$ trip help

Ok, im taking a really long trip from Omaha, NE to Plymouth, CT. Im new to this website, but i come from explorerforum.com. I own a '97 Ford explorer XLT with the 4.0 SOHC V6 with 215 horse and 260ish ft/pd torque. I need some help on getting great gass millage. i already have and intake, exaust, synthetic fluids all around and someother little things. i was just wondering if you guys knew alittle tricks to get somemore done. Im hopeing to acheive 28-30 the way there and 28 on the way back. thanks for all the help!

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Old 05-23-2007, 10:57 AM   #2
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Ok, im taking a really long trip from Omaha, NE to Plymouth, CT. Im new to this website, but i come from explorerforum.com. I own a '97 Ford explorer XLT with the 4.0 SOHC V6 with 215 horse and 260ish ft/pd torque. I need some help on getting great gass millage. i already have and intake, exaust, synthetic fluids all around and someother little things. i was just wondering if you guys knew alittle tricks to get somemore done. Im hopeing to acheive 28-30 the way there and 28 on the way back. thanks for all the help!

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Great mileage. Is that what your currently getting MPG wise? This is a good place to start. Welcome to the site.
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Old 05-23-2007, 11:04 AM   #3
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Slow down! That's the main thing! Welcome to the forum!
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Old 05-23-2007, 12:29 PM   #4
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Taller rear end? Lower air dam? Highway tires vs A/T? Higher inflation? I guess there's no sense repeating all the other threads...
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Slow down! That's the main thing! Welcome to the forum!
SVOboy is absolutely correct!! The slower you can go (within reason), the better!

You might want to try a quickie airdam...checkout Bill In Houston's "The Orange Toaster" http://www.gassavers.org/garage/view/365 or kitcar's "Stinkerbutt" http://www.gassavers.org/garage/view/445 for ideas.

When we recently took a trip to Orlando in my wife's wagon, we got a couple more MPG just by following the speed limit on cruise control. I am sure we would have done better if we had been more patient and drove slower.
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Ever seen or read about this guy?
http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/...ighlight=quest
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Aldive, yea, hes my hero!! ha. If i had that type of money. Hes got a beautiful truck. same motor as mine, but ive got less weight cause im not an eddie so i know the potiential is there. But yea. I have done a few of his mods. i do have a custom intake with a k&n cone filter, crank case breather mod. and yea. I am getting a tune up, timming chain tensioners replaced, alignment and i think brakes done sometime this week. As of now with old plugs & wires, bad timming tensioner and its out of alingment, i get aroun 15-20 depending on how i drive. Im hoping to make it to ct in just over a day. i dont exceed 65-70 on the interstate, and it helps i have a 5 speed that spools 2200 RPM at 70 MPH. sadly tho i do have liberator A/T i bought 4 winter, and im too poor to get lets say tracker 2s. How did he make that airdam. Thanks for the help, im gonna go piddle with her now!
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hey its me from mustang time. welcome to the site. i know you dont want to slow down to much because it is such a long trip so your gonna have to do some aero mods. start with a fresh tank and see what you get driveing now so you can know how well your doing.
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Get a different car. That's going to make a huge difference.
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there is a lot you could do. staying under 65 is the best, along with tire pressure and the other aeromods mentioned.
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