Better fuel economy? - Ford Powerstroke Diesel Forum
6.0L Performance Parts Discussion What has or has not worked for you?

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 17 Old 01-17-2009, 03:06 PM Thread Starter
Powerstroke.org Rookie
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 1
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Better fuel economy?

New to the site. I have a 2004 F250 6.0L with about 67,000 miles. It has enough power for my needs. What I'm looking for is how to get better mpg. It's my daily driver and I do alot of city as well as highway driving. Is a programmer the best option? I am pretty budget focused right now. Thanks.
Medic 1 is offline  
post #2 of 17 Old 01-17-2009, 03:24 PM
Compression Ignition Addict
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 712
Thanks: 8
Thanked 11 Times in 11 Posts
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
I plan for worse MPG after gettin my tuner!! Gonna be FLOORIN it every chance I get...

It really comes down to how much better MPGs you can get outta the tuner and how long it takes to make up for the cost of the tuner... If its only 2-3mpgs it can take a while...

I want a tuner for the power, prolly wont use the economy settings...

I am gettin about 16MPG without engine mods right now on highway... Gonna get exhaust and custom tunning here soon...
TxOutlaw is offline  
post #3 of 17 Old 01-17-2009, 04:31 PM
Powerstroke.org Fanatic
 
o3stroker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: San Angelo
Posts: 120
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Well iam currently getting about 17-18 mpg in the city and about 20-21 on the highway basicly stock except my intake and 4" tb exhaust. I havent installed my tunner yet but iam sure with my tunner it might help if i keep my foot off the floor.

03 6.0 cc 4x4
fbd 4' turbo back straight piped with 6' tip
K&N intake ( S&B replacement )
Recon smoked cab lights
ZooDad
Billet grille
Replacement Bumper--all those deer
06 KingRanch Rims (18')
Smoke Switch
SCT X3

.....more to come.
o3stroker is offline  
post #4 of 17 Old 01-18-2009, 06:18 AM
Compression Ignition Addict
 
tex25025's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 733
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Quote:
Originally Posted by o3stroker View Post
but iam sure with my tunner it might help if i keep my foot off the floor.
That's going to be one of the key things that will determine if you see mpg improvements or not.

2006 6.0 King Ranch DRW
Spartan Stage 1 Towing Injectors
Headstuds
Beta Spartan Phalanx
Suncoast Heavy Duty Torqshift Rebuild
ITP Fuel Regulated Return
Straight Piped MBRP 5" Exhaust
64mm Non-VGT turbo
tex25025 is offline  
post #5 of 17 Old 01-18-2009, 10:54 PM
Compression Ignition Addict
 
caissiel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: New Brunswick, Canada
Posts: 777
Thanks: 1
Thanked 3 Times in 3 Posts
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
My best MPG Tool is the ScanGaugeII that indicates my instant MPG reading, and a lot more valuable readings. I tend to try to keep a constant MPG rate while trying to increase the MPG average. I have seen averaging 23MPG for milles at a time. But city driving with trafic lights just kills the average.
I have a 6 speed and the RPM that I operate my truck make a huge difference in town driving. I seldome shift to overdrive till I am above 50MPH, I use to shift at low RPM thinking I was taking it easy so MPG would be good, Well I do the opposite now, I shift around 2000RPM and it allows the engine work more effciently.

I had a 4 Cylinder Ranger one time and my best milage was witout using the overdrive.

I find that with my programer the efficiency is at higher RPMs then at stock setting. So I get much better milage advantage at higher speed.

While towing I shift at 2200RPM and to OD at 55MPH. If I drive below 55MPH or on hilly highways I get great milage on drive. When towing on level roads the best milage seam to be with the engine at 1750RPM on OD. I get all these max efficiency readings from my ScangaugeII Gauge.

There are now more models of these type of gauges available, I use my scangaugeII so much that with 4 gauges I hardly check my regular dash gauges. I usualy monitor the MPG,Water Temp. Intake Air Temp, Ambiant Temperature. Exhaust Gauge is not shown on the 6.0 so I have a Pyro.

2005, 6.0L, 6 Spd Std, 3.73 Rear End, F250SD, Extended Cab, 4 x 4 Long Bed. 2008 extension mirrors. GPS/TV/DVD/CD/Rear Cam/Radio installed, Max Energy programer by Hypertech, and Fuel Pressure Gauge. ScanGaugeII for 60 plus XGauges, and MPG. ELC Cat EC-1 Coolant, Pull a 39ft 15500Lbs 5th Wheel Camper Trailer. Mileage Avg is 20MPG, and pulling 12.6MPG.

Last edited by caissiel; 01-18-2009 at 11:09 PM.
caissiel is offline  
post #6 of 17 Old 01-19-2009, 06:35 PM
Compression Ignition Addict
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 2,116
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
Great post caissiel, too many people think low RPMs give you the best mileage. What they don't realize is there is a speed at which the engine is most efficient and if you can use your gearing to keep it in this speed it helps a lot.

2012 F-150 XLT Ecoboost SuperCrew 6.5' 4x4
cartmanea is offline  
post #7 of 17 Old 01-20-2009, 11:22 AM
Member
 
6LiterGearBeater's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Durham, nc
Posts: 72
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
The best I got was 18.97 MPG with a 4" turboback exhaust and DJ's street tune. This is using good old calculations, not the overhead console or some other form of electronic device. I have my doubts on how accurate they are.

1997 F-250 4x4 7.3, ext. cab short bed, 5 speed manual
- Rudy's Performance turboback exhaust
- Hypertech tune
- 295/70R17 Nitto Terra Grappler G2s
- 17 x 9" Mickey Thompson Classic IIIs
1986 Mustang SVO
1969 AMX
6LiterGearBeater is offline  
post #8 of 17 Old 01-20-2009, 11:34 AM
Powerstroke Techie

 
Clay Henry's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Tuttle, OK
Posts: 17,248
Thanks: 1
Thanked 20 Times in 18 Posts
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Quoted: 23 Post(s)
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
can i interest ya in 85 mpg or more?
link

2003 6.0 F350 dually on high cholesterol fuel (WVO)
2000 7.3 Excursion also on a high cholesterol fuel



Clay Henry is offline  
post #9 of 17 Old 01-20-2009, 11:41 AM
Compression Ignition Addict
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 2,116
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
Well, according to your sig you get under 16mpg.

2012 F-150 XLT Ecoboost SuperCrew 6.5' 4x4
cartmanea is offline  
post #10 of 17 Old 01-20-2009, 11:45 AM
Powerstroke Techie

 
Clay Henry's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Tuttle, OK
Posts: 17,248
Thanks: 1
Thanked 20 Times in 18 Posts
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Quoted: 23 Post(s)
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Quote:
Originally Posted by cartmanea View Post
Well, according to your sig you get under 16mpg.
I get around 16 mpg overall....thats on free used vegi oil. I only fill my 36 gal. diesel tank every 2500 - 3000 miles.

2003 6.0 F350 dually on high cholesterol fuel (WVO)
2000 7.3 Excursion also on a high cholesterol fuel



Clay Henry is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Ford Powerstroke Diesel Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome