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well since gas is so high I unloaded all the gear from my truck inside, and outside I removed my fuel cans and spare tire. My MPG jumped from around 13 to 18. Wow, I've been steady loading more stuff in my rig since day one, too bad I dold my stock rims and tires and my skids are such a pain to remove, Might get back to stock mpg ::)



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I don't blame ya there Mike! Thats is quite a gain! We are getting raped by our own oil companies & they just use one excuse after another to condone the price increase while still continuing to post record profits. IMHO

Thank God I don't have to use my Fj as a DD! The 35's make the fuel economy kinda sucky.

OK rant over! ;D
 

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I hear you FunJunkie - I experienced the same thing now it runs nearly empty...however I do have a lot of bolted-on weight.

Even loaded for an expedition, I averaged 16.3 MPG on road/off road on the recent trip with VOLHOO to the Grand Canyon. If you keep it at or below 70 MPH on the highway and don't put your foot in the injectors off-road the mileage is not bad at all. I found by referencing my scangauge that driving style has a lot to do with how much fuel you use. My best mileage within the past 6 months was in December on a trip to Dirty Parts from Corona (and back) 19.7 MPG per scangauge. I kept it at or under 60 on freeway driving.

Don't get me long, I like to drive fast too. With fuel prices what they are, it doesn't make sense to me. That's what tunes and books-on-tape are for. Cruise and enjoy.
 

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uphill said:
Don't get me long, I like to drive fast too. With fuel prices what they are, it doesn't make sense to me.
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Believe it or not.. i drive slow now. Scanguage helps keep my foot off the gas!
 

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I decided this weekend to keep it at 65 and see what kind of MPG I could squeeze out of her and after going the beach and back home twice I burned 15.8 gallons in 254 miles which adds up to 16 MPG my norm is around 12 MPG not as good as I was hoping for the difference in speed it was but it's still a good increase. I will keep at it for a couple weeks and see if the comp will relearn my new driving style and net me more mpg.

As far as gear goes I don't keep to much in the FJ, hi-lift and tools and thats about it.
 

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Anyone have an idea how much ~110 lbs of gear in the back is going cost me in MPG?

If someone tells me it's not going to cause much of a difference, then it will give me a better piece of mind. I really don't want to remove my drawers though. I took the hi-lift of the rack tonight, so hopefully I notice some difference.
 

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Well.. think of 110lbs as another passenger.


Right now i am completely stripped of gear and a spare a tire.

I have my hi-lift, tire plug kit, and AAA card.


And no one rides for free.
 

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I'm still getting 16 avg in LA Traffic wit a fully loaded Tuffy box in the back..I'd say an extra 500-600 lbs in total weight added....Now pulling the trailer from Fullerton to Newport Dunes and Back, I burned about 1/4 of a tank....Like a brick towing a brick!
 

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uphill said:
I hear you FunJunkie - I experienced the same thing now it runs nearly empty...however I do have a lot of bolted-on weight.

Even loaded for an expedition, I averaged 16.3 MPG on road/off road on the recent trip with VOLHOO to the Grand Canyon. If you keep it at or below 70 MPH on the highway and don't put your foot in the injectors off-road the mileage is not bad at all. I found by referencing my scangauge that driving style has a lot to do with how much fuel you use. My best mileage within the past 6 months was in December on a trip to Dirty Parts from Corona (and back) 19.7 MPG per scangauge. I kept it at or under 60 on freeway driving.

Don't get me long, I like to drive fast too. With fuel prices what they are, it doesn't make sense to me. That's what tunes and books-on-tape are for. Cruise and enjoy.
The Scorpion was just excited to get there.... ;D
 
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