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    Quote Originally Posted by R7 View Post
    I got 15.5 with my 04 2500HD with the 8.1L, I credit the Allison 5spd and ordering it with 3.73 axle vs 4.10.
    Not surprising at all the 6.2 is doing well on fuel, GM makes torque at lower rpms than the competition.

    I just returned from a weekend trip to Maine, about 800 miles total and I got a depressing 14mpg with a 2017 f150 with the 5.0 v8 2wd truck.
    I have an 8.1L with the Allison in an 01 plow truck and I use 1/4 tank plowing the driveway.


    You shoulda stopped in and said hi while you were in maine!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MFChop View Post
    Thats not bad, I have a 2018 Sierra Denali with the 6.2L and I average 20mpg and 25 cruising on the highway
    I buy that. You leave AFM on, correct? I have the slightly uprated version of the same motor in my C7 and easily clear 31 mpg on the highway when it kicks into V4 mode regularly.

    Quote Originally Posted by xrocket21 View Post
    I hate my 10 speed pretty bad. Its better now that its tuned (stock jams 10th gear down your throat)

    using the paddle shifters is a joke, downshifting 8 or 9 times to a stop sign, then back up another 8 or 9 gears on the other end. Say you have three stop signs in a short distance, worst case scenario, that's 60 shifts....
    I never use the paddles on the truck, I find the 10 speed very refined. You must be tearing it up in baja mode everywhere you go! In most cars, if you pull and hold the downshift paddle, it should automatically click you down to the lowest gear safely allowed. Same with upshift, pull and hold and it should put you back in Drive mode. You shouldn't have to click down or up individual gears if you don't want to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xxaarraa View Post
    I buy that. You leave AFM on, correct? I have the slightly uprated version of the same motor in my C7 and easily clear 31 mpg on the highway when it kicks into V4 mode regularly.



    I never use the paddles on the truck, I find the 10 speed very refined. You must be tearing it up in baja mode everywhere you go! In most cars, if you pull and hold the downshift paddle, it should automatically click you down to the lowest gear safely allowed. Same with upshift, pull and hold and it should put you back in Drive mode. You shouldn't have to click down or up individual gears if you don't want to.
    I think our trucks and our driving styles are vastly different....

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    Quote Originally Posted by xrocket21 View Post
    I have an 8.1L with the Allison in an 01 plow truck and I use 1/4 tank plowing the driveway.


    You shoulda stopped in and said hi while you were in maine!
    What part of Maine? I stayed in Harmony, and took the trails from there to Moosehead Lake

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    Quote Originally Posted by R7 View Post
    What part of Maine? I stayed in Harmony, and took the trails from there to Moosehead Lake
    Augusta area I guess. Beautiful trails up that way!

    I miss being in Mass and having more people to do stuff with!

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    Quote Originally Posted by xxaarraa View Post
    I buy that. You leave AFM on, correct? I have the slightly uprated version of the same motor in my C7 and easily clear 31 mpg on the highway when it kicks into V4 mode regularly.
    I dont think you can shut it off but yeah its on. Kicks down to a V4 ect. Im also and very good on the pedal, Ive yet to even crack it full throttle lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by MFChop View Post
    I dont think you can shut it off but yeah its on. Kicks down to a V4 ect. Im also and very good on the pedal, Ive yet to even crack it full throttle lol
    travesty! that poor 6.2!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MFChop View Post
    I dont think you can shut it off but yeah its on. Kicks down to a V4 ect. Im also and very good on the pedal, Ive yet to even crack it full throttle lol
    Oh yes you can I have an OBDII plugin (Range technologies) that is an AFM delete. I have it on a switch so that it's always in V8 mode when I'm driving, but I turn it off when I loan the car to my girlfriend lol

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    Iglu/loud beard/kurlon- is there an Suzuki 650 of trucks?

    My bi-fuel 01 F150 has needed a tow home 2 weeks in a row...radiator followed by fuel pump. Garandma said that Gen starts to poop out too much maintenance over 200,000 (I am at 196,000)...and loud mentioned a 97-04 Tacoma 2wd..but I had a 97 4x4 5-speed and it was too slow for my limits. Options cheaper than a ‘15 era ‘murican half ton for $15-20k? Just used frontiers/pre 11 rangers/Colorado’s? I am assuming Tacoma re-sale means overpriced 17-20 year old trucks and a short jump to over priced late models

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    You want me to stuff this in a priority envelope and send it on out?? I'll include a head gasket as well.

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    Re: Let's talk trucks

    Quote Originally Posted by breakdirt916 View Post
    Iglu/loud beard/kurlon- is there an Suzuki 650 of trucks?

    My bi-fuel 01 F150 has needed a tow home 2 weeks in a row...radiator followed by fuel pump. Garandma said that Gen starts to poop out too much maintenance over 200,000 (I am at 196,000)...and loud mentioned a 97-04 Tacoma 2wd..but I had a 97 4x4 5-speed and it was too slow for my limits. Options cheaper than a ‘15 era ‘murican half ton for $15-20k? Just used frontiers/pre 11 rangers/Colorado’s? I am assuming Tacoma re-sale means overpriced 17-20 year old trucks and a short jump to over priced late models
    If there was a better option for the money, I'd own one.

    Taco V6, pre'05. Lather, rinse, repeat.

    Mine still, even after having to do a lot of "fucking new england RUST ugh" type maintenance, still has yet to let me down. And total cost of all the repairs were less than two months payments on a new truck.

    Yeah, they money they get for them used is stupid, but find me a reliable 4x4 V6 or better pickup that ISN'T stupid expensive.

    Nissan Frontiers might be had for a bit less, but they tend to need a little more maintenance as they get up in miles. Still not bad though.

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    Chevy/GMC S10/Sonoma isn't a terrible option if you buy a California/southwest vehicle.

    Matter of fact, here's Grandpa's old truck about 40 miles from Long Beach. Under 60k miles, 2wd, reg cab, V6 for $5,500. That's basically half the money of a used Taco. I bet they'd take $4,800.

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    Don't look at me, last proper truck I owned was a 96 Dakota, I've been in SUVs and crossovers ever since. My E450 is much happier with a new coil though!

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    roger that

    confirms the models I'm familiar with...will search around

    maybe lease - 2018 chevrolet equinox
    -1,600 miles/month
    -$132/month on swapalease.com w' $1k down
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    -class 3 hitch

    I have been a poopy dirty rider lately. once a month at best...maybe a hitch hauler on a class 3 can suit me fine...may try it out for 16 months and get a truck later if I really hate a cute ute...tried a rental rogue for 2 days and was glad to be back in the truck after.

    Kurlon you can do the requisite "modular motor" maintenance - motorcraft only PCV valve, clean mass air flow sensor, idle air controller, all the coils, and plugs (but be careful on the plugs). nothing helps for performance, although a tuner will adjust the shift points and slip the transmission less.

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    Five star claims I'll see up to 40hp and 75lb/ft of torque gains on my 6.8L 2V. Sounds fishy to me, but a bunch of people have suggested it as a means to improve drivability. I can go full nutter with headers and exhaust, cold air intake... Also my motor has the later 'PI' heads, so plugs shouldn't be as big a deal as the earlier 2 valvers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by breakdirt916 View Post
    // Garandma said that Gen starts to poop out too much maintenance over 200,000 (I am at 196,000)...//
    Not exactly.

    Our fleet experience was that repair costs increased a great deal over around 160,000. The value of the vehicle is going down continually, so you get into a situation where the cost of a single repair can exceed the value of the vehicle.

    For example, we decided to keep an Econoline E250 van for an extra year. 165,000 miles, looked great, ran great. In that year, we put $1,800 in repairs into it and sold it for $2,200. We probably could have sold it for $2,500 a year earlier and that would have paid for a lot of rentals.

    This was similarly true for two Honda Accord V6’s and a Nissan Quest minivan. After those experiences we sold fleet vehicles as they approached 160,000 miles.

    Many cars and light trucks are now being driven over 200,000 miles (our 2006 Outback is at 230,000) but that isn’t the most economical choice in our experience above, with 15-20 vehicles over 15 years.

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    I drove this one from 174k to 196k miles without any issues, so these services (radiator, fuel pump...alternator next?) are likely overdue.

    It also looks great and drives as good as an 01 F150 can do...but at what expense next year? May as well sell it for $2k-$3k while it still runs

    2014+ Ford Fusion hybrids qualify for CA HOV lane sticker, 40+mpg, 60k rigs for $10k-$12k

    And...AND...you can get a class III hutch with a tongue weight of 350lbs

    Perfect for short dirty rides and surf boards go on the roof.

    The once a year I drive 3-4 hours (too infrequently) and need to haul multiple moto’s I will rent a Ram 1500 Crew cab for $45-65/day from the airport. If I get another big bike, I have 4 AAA 100+ mile tows on AAA for $120/year and after that the CL guys charge $45-$65 within the County to tow a big bike

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    Re: Let's talk trucks

    Any recommendations for general purpose tires for a '18 Silverado 1500 Z71 that will do well towing, and with winter weather?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sveesix View Post
    Any recommendations for general purpose tires for a '18 Silverado 1500 Z71 that will do well towing, and with winter weather?
    This is the light duty version of what's on my truck.
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    I just got some goodyear duratracs, they seem good so far, we will see this winter.

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    I've run those G015 on my Armada for years. They do well towing and in wet/snowy weather and are quiet on the road.

    I have the factory Mich LTX2 on the Tundra and they can handle some weight, but not impressed with winter traction. Other's opinions vary from mine though.

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    ^ the G015 can carry some weight too.

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    AFM Range Disabling module
    My buds have them and itís on my list in the next couple weeks
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