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Wanted:: More mpg..any help outthere?

Hey all, I am new to diesel . I have a 1999 F250 7.3l with 265k miles.I always wanted a diesel. anyway I currently get 16 mpg like clockwork.560miles per tank.I have heard of 20-22. I that real??What do I need to get that? Without spending an arm or a leg. Ya know the best bang for the buck. thanks to all
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Thats about average. Alot of it depends on your driving habits. Highway, heavy foot, loaded, things like that. But 16 aint too bad. Think of what you would be getting ina gasser with the same weight. Bed Cover, some additives, chips sometimes help. All of these might add a little, but if you get several of them you might get 1-4 mpg depending. Also be sure to change all of your fluids and filters on a regualr basis, that will also help. I am sure someone else will chime in here before too long if I missed anything. Oh, and Glad to have ya here and congrats on the new ride. You will love it.

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another tip would be to keep stock tire sizes, and if you dont do a lot of off roading, get a hi way tire. there are a few mods that will get ya another 1 or 2, and with fuel prices running high, there getting more affordable.

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Most chips will give you 2 mpg if you keep your foot out of it. We sell alot of the TS 6 position chips for the 7.3L and most people report 2 mpg some even 3 mpg. Keep your tire pressures up to spec also, this will help alot. Oh ya, the 7.3L benefits alot from an intake, even a K&N drop in replacement will help.

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I was going to respond like I did b4 about chips like TS and DP, but I didn't want to get DDP yellin at me again

However the bone I have to pick is the "K&N drop in"... I would suggest against that...


Anyways, yes... IF you keep your foot out of it you will get 1-2 more mpg. However after you chip it, good luck doing that. More realistically you'll decrease between .5 and 1.5 mpg since you'll be doggin it everywhere.

Actually 16mpg sounds good for a truck with 246,000 on it... and it'll be awhile in fuel savings before you can recoup that mola shelled out for Gauges, Intake, exhaust and chip... (the first 3 mods can be changed around, but the last one can't).

Cheapest way? Tymar style intake, Straight pipe/BigTruckMuffler, Isspro's got some nice "stock" looking gauges for around 300 last time I checked, and a chip *insert name here*

You can also do fuel tank mods, resistor mods, zoodad mod, stock size tires, and keep it under 2000 rpm's. I know of a guy who REGULARLY gets 23.5+ mpg with his mods ina 7,xxx lb superduty... (not sure of the cab config but it was 2wd)

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Oh, if you need any links to any of the above info, pM me or ask me on here and I think I'll find my way back lol.

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Do you have a long or short bed?

Shortbed=29 gallon fuel cell so 560/29=19.3 mpg
Longbed=38 gallon fuel cell so 560/38=14.7 mpg

Of course those are just basic #'s and they will varry with the way you fill up, but those are good to go off of. I assume you have the Longbed based on my calculations.

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Hey all, I am new to diesel . I have a 1999 F250 7.3l with 265k miles.I always wanted a diesel. anyway I currently get 16 mpg like clockwork.560miles per tank.I have heard of 20-22. I that real??What do I need to get that? Without spending an arm or a leg. Ya know the best bang for the buck. thanks to all
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If you must have 20-22 mpg, trade the F250 7.3 for a Focus. As it ain't gonna happen with the 7.3 :>)

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with my new Quadzilla chip I'm getting better than 20 with my 7.3 on the hwy.
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I get 20 out of mine - Stock early 1999 6 speed 2wd CC Long bed

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