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  Better Mileage? - Posted: 03-21-2013, 08:25 PM
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I recently bought a 2013 Ram with a Hemi and I'm wondering what people have done for mileage out of their 4th gems to help me save a little money filling up. This truck is a 4x4 qc with a standard bed and 3.92 gears. I've already ordered an S&B intake, BT catch can, and I'm scheduled to have my bed cover installed Monday. This truck will be my daily driver, I don't tow anything, I'll rarely exceed 500pnds in the bed (though for work It'll probably be loaded several times a day with 200-300pnds), highway driving is about 30-40 miles a day and city 10-20.
The only mileage adding mods I've read on so far are the intake, throttle body, and a tune (2013 so no tune yet).
I tried using the search tool on here for mpg in 4th gen but I can't seem to find anything any way I do it, so I figured its time for a thread. Any help you guys can give me I'd appreciate, I posted a while back on a performance build for this truck but things changed pretty quick.
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 Posted: 03-21-2013, 09:40 PM
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Intake: CAI and TB upgrades, check
Exhaust: new y pipe and exhaust headers

With out really digging into the engine these are going to be the biggest things you can do to make the truck a little more FE.

Some others, cut some weight (especially at the wheels, go smaller) and lower it for better aero.
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 Posted: 03-22-2013, 08:40 AM
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There really is no magic mod for increasing MPG. If there was, not only would everyone already have it, and you would know about it. Also, if there was, the manufacturers would just install it from the start, as EPA #'s are one of the biggest battles going even in the full size truck market, so they would use whatever they could if it worked.

That being said, you bought a full size pickup with 400hp. MPG should not be on your priority list.

Enjoy the RAM, they are AWESOME to drive. But fuel efficient they will never be.
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 Posted: 03-22-2013, 10:24 AM
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I'm not looking for fuel efficient. I'm looking for better mileage that 18mpg on a daily driven work truck without doing mod after mod after mod and turning it into another toy.
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I'm not looking for fuel efficient. I'm looking for better mileage that 18mpg on a daily driven work truck without doing mod after mod after mod and turning it into another toy.
You are doing well to get the 18MPG you are with 3.92 gears. What are you looking to get? Even if you put $500-$600 into getting to 19MPG, or even 20MPG. You wouldn't notice it day to day anyhow.

Like I said, just enjoy your truck, and turn that EVIC off.
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Better than 18 so I can justify to the wife putting money into it. I've already got another truck and 3 cars not including the wife's. To put any money into this truck it either needs to be work related or to increase the mileage. As long as the truck reads an increase I'm A O K.
Right now I'm approved for the v6 fan, but when I mentioned throttle body, and headers I got the "no" look.


And yes, the wife is in control of the bank accounts.
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Better than 18 so I can justify to the wife putting money into it. I've already got another truck and 3 cars not including the wife's. To put any money into this truck it either needs to be work related or to increase the mileage. As long as the truck reads an increase I'm A O K.
Right now I'm approved for the v6 fan, but when I mentioned throttle body, and headers I got the "no" look.


And yes, the wife is in control of the bank accounts.
Sorry dude, there are no mods that are going to give you enough to justify getting them to the wife.
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 Posted: 03-22-2013, 12:25 PM
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Trade your truck in on a Prius.
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Changing your driving habits costs you nothing and can very well improve your MPG (to a point), but,,, Very few want to put THAT much effort into getting better MPG. (Sad, but true!)

You best bet to 'justify' any truck purchases to the wife is to get the 'work related' ones.

Sure, some one will claim 2 mpg better with a CAI,,, 1 mpg better with (insert your favorite mod here), but,,,,,, my experiences with several makes/models/accessories over the years show there is not enough improvement in mpg to re-coup the money you spent on the mod.

Driving habits, yes, mods, no. Reducing hwy speed helps a lot, but some folks would rather have hot pokers shoved in both eye's and up their @$$ than to slow down 5 mph LOL!!!

Older cars may have responded ~better~ to mods, but with modern vehicles, there is no 'low hanging fruit' one can grab to increase mpg. Like mentioned above, Detroit has grabbed that fruit and most all of it left on the tree all the way to the top.

18 mpg is nothing to complain about!!!! Be thankfull it isn't worse!

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 Posted: 03-22-2013, 01:34 PM
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Wait for a tuner to be released and pay $125 for a Custom Hemifever tune. You will still need a Diablo Tuner but they sell those too. A Circle D stall converter is more efficient then the stocker and will improve performance, driveability and mileage.
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i have added a volant, a 14" magnaflow, and a trinity running the 87 tune.. i havent picked up any MPG.. Im constantly getting 16-17MPG with 3.92 gears..
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The only thing I can think of that will for sure add a MPG or 2, is using ethanol free gas. The downside is it usually comes with having to buy premium gas, so you are paying more to get better MPG.

I use a SuperChips 91 tune with ethanol free 91 octane in the summer. My MPG is 2-3 better vs 87 tune with 10% blended 87 octane.
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The only thing I can think of that will for sure add a MPG or 2, is using ethanol free gas. The downside is it usually comes with having to buy premium gas, so you are paying more to get better MPG.

I use a SuperChips 91 tune with ethanol free 91 octane in the summer. My MPG is 2-3 better vs 87 tune with 10% blended 87 octane.
Yup, there's a place near me that sells pure gas. They've been closed for the winter due to lack of availability.
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I have the 14" Magnaflow, S&B Intake and Superchips Flashpaq 91 Perf Tune and I have definitely gained some gas mileage. I used to average 14.6 to 14.8L/100km on a 130km round trip to town and since installing the Superchips tune and S&B intake I am now averaging 13.4 to 13.6L/100km. And this is with my cruise set at 120km/h. I am sure I would get even better mileage if I dropped it to the speed limit of 115km/h. In town though there is no difference as I like to hear my Magnaflow! Its not a lot but everything counts with these Hemis! My next mod is an 87mm throttle body.
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Unfortunately, if you are already at 18mpg on the highway, there isnt much improvement form there. Most guys, even with the intake and exhaust mods, arent seeing that kind of mileage. In general, anytime you help airflow, the mileage will go up, so that has you looking at intake, throttle body, headers, y-pipe, and free flowing muffler. Both the JBA shorties and ARH longtubes will fit the 2013's, so you have a few options on headers. Then I would jump on a tuner as soon as they are available.
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Matt is right...13.4L/100km = 17.5 MPG. And I am pretty happy with that!
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