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Old 08-09-2014, 09:40 PM
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First off, NO HATERS. I knew this truck was a gas hog and I wanted him anyway. His name is Juggernaut. A V10 will never get the fuel mileage of a four cylinder, I know this full well. But I need a truck that can haul a 12,000 lb. trailer or more at a whim, and at a moments notice. My question to you fans out there is, what can I do to increase efficiency? Right now, the computer averages 9.3 MPG's. Again, I knew this going in, so NO FLAMERS. But, are there things I can do to help this? First on my list is a good reprogrammer, as mine was given the Death Flash. I have upgraded the exhaust already. Next is either an NV5600 or a G56 because the trans has 180,000 miles on it. So, friends of the last Big Block, what do you think?
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A good air intake will help.
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Dunno if anyone makes a cam for this off the shelf, if not a custom torque cam might help.
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Thanks for the intake and cam advice. I had a hard time finding aftermarket support for the cam though.
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Good tune up, free flowing exhaust, less restrictive intake, tuner, smaller tires.
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Good tune up, free flowing exhaust, less restrictive intake, tuner, smaller tires.
In that order? New engine, free flowing exhaust with upgraded muffler, without tuner, stock tires......
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For one thing, forget the computer. Calculate the mileage correctly (the news won't be good). Tune it up and drive with a feather-foot. Cams, intakes, exhaust (especially the cam) will have a break-even point far in the future.
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