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Thread: Ford 7.3 mileage, pure highway.. experience?

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    Default Ford 7.3 mileage, pure highway.. experience?

    Since I have to commute 112 miles per day for a while in my 2001 F350 (picture below, for stance, and tire size) I filled up completely (topped off, full full), drove about 40 miles straight shot on the freeway. I kept the cruise control at only 60MPH, with a few variances due to traffic. Jumped off the freeway, filled up again, she got 15.3 MPG.

    The truck has 103K miles, banks chip, banks cat back exhaust, banks trans command module, is in pristine condition and is impeccably maintained.

    The truck has 3.73 gears, and was turning about 1600-1700 RPM almost the whole time.
    The truck was barely working. The EGT was 400-450, turbo boosting hardly at all. (except up a mild hill or two, 5-10 PSI for a minute or two)

    With a straight shot, low RPM and very low EGT's, I would have expected 17-19 MPG. Any comments?


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    I think that's about normal since you're running a lift and have to tackle increased wind resistance. Was there an elevation gain on the route? Try running it both ways and see what you get but my guess is that you won't see 18 mpg. I hope I'm wrong but based on friends mpgs and my own when I was driving a similar platform (but not lifted), I don't see it happening.
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    My former, bone stock, 2000 7.3 E-350 van would average up to 19.5mpg on a long freeway trip. Don't forget the headwind/tailwind factor. Your lifted truck has as much frontal area as a van. I noticed a couple to a few mpg's loss on trips with a strong headwind.

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    My 2002, with the 6spd on the last tank averaged 19.5 mpg (empty), which is pretty consistant since new on summer fuel. Mine is stock height, stock sized tires and I usually run it at 70 on the highway. The last tank was a mix of highway/city. Motor is stock except for a Ford AIS air filter and a Walker BTM muffler. No power adders. At 80 mph (all highway) it drops to 17-17.5.

    Not sure why yours is that low. I wouldn't think the lift/tires would make that much difference at 60 mph.

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    My 2002 7.3 hard top sportsmobile got 19-20 at 65 mph on interstate. 3.55 gears

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    With what seemed like such little effort from the 7.3 during that 40 (some odd) miles, I was expecting a minimum of 18-19!
    It seemed like it was falling asleep, working so easily at such a low RPM. I wonder if the Banks chip is helping or hurting the low RPM, low boost mileage.

    EDIT> also, The truck only has a 3" front leveling kit as far as suspension goes. (and Bilstein shocks, with Fox steering stab.)
    Last edited by lllateralus; 08-19-2011 at 10:29 PM.

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    From a guy with a 2001 f250 v10, I say " 15 mpg! droool..."

    Lifting the front and running bigger wider tires can dramatically affect mileage. Lifting the front forces more air underneath the truck, greatly reducing the aerodynamic profile. If you took the 3" lift out and conversely lowered the front 3" from stock you would see quite a difference I bet.

    Have you reprogrammed the speedo and odometer for the larger tires?
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    My truck is an 02 f350 sbec 4x4 7.3, auto, 3.73, stock, the only thing I changed was tires to 295/75/16. my speedometer is now accurate with the taller tires but the odo is off by 5% as checked by gps. I'm averaging 16.5 mpg combined city and freeway commute.
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    Since it's not practical to remove the front suspension lift, it might be fun to experiment with a chin spoiler to improve aerodynamics. A sheet of aluminum, bent to follow the contours of your front bumper, could be attached to a couple of aluminum rods that would fasten below the bumper. This might get you the 2-3 mpg you're looking for.

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    You guys are doing well. My friend's 2000 F-350 Supercab 4wd,auto,pizza cutter 265's,cab high Snugtop,and $7,000 worth of Bank's Powerpack,Banks TC and Trans Command has never exceeded 15.8 mpg. That's the best he's ever achieved and was on I-5 on a Northern Cal run from Encinitas.

    Perhaps the Gale Banks stuff increased driveability but impaired his fuel economy?
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