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12-16-2004, 07:12 PM
I am sitting down and thinking in just a few months I will be old enough to get my license and my truck! I see many people with simple things added on such as a trailer brake controller and such and guys that go full out with twin turbos and superchargers .I am just wondering what a kid should do to help his truck maby get a little better gas mileage and suite it better for the lawn service life. I'll give you some background 2001 doge 1500 5.9 L V8 3'' lift kit 31'' tires dual exhaust, tow package !!! and some other little goodies Any other ideas? I am a little worried about the gas mileage I think the current owner says he gets around 13 mpg and towing a trailer I think I might have to get some more accounts just to fill er up when I get her ! I'll be pretty low on cash for a few months because the truck will drain the bank account , just mow a few more then i'll be able to customize it a little. I really wouldn't like to spend more than a few hundred bucks just anything to help the gas mileage! thanks guys!

12-16-2004, 07:38 PM
1992 chevy works great for me. 10mpg pulling a trailer 20mpg not pulling a trailer. I would get a older diesel truck with a dump bed if I was you and keep it stock. My trucks in great cond, body looks like new. I will be getting a 4500 top kick next year because I'm going to be hauling a skid loader.

Eric 1
12-16-2004, 09:19 PM
Performance parts and gas mileage do not go hand in hand. :D Most of the time (on a gas burner) it's one or the other. 13 mpg is really pretty good with a trailer.

Some good basics would be.
-good dual exhaust system
-high flow cold air kit (like K+N)
-trailer brake controller
-helper springs
-trans cooler
-low temp thermostat

Things like chips,cams, injector's and other serious mods will give it more HP but drop the mpg.

I always like to give my new trucks a full tune-up, belts, trans service, radiator flush and new brake pads before putting them into service

12-18-2004, 07:57 PM
K&N ggggggggggggggggggggg

LawnScapers of Dayton
12-19-2004, 08:04 AM
My K&N kit was a waste of money.......besides the cool growl......

My thought is, worrying too much about fuel milage when driving a truck, especially one with mods is a waste of time. A truck is a truck.....not an economy item.

That is not to say that you shouldn't keep the vehicle running well and operating as efficiently as possible.


12-19-2004, 11:55 AM
The best thing you ca do for milage is to remove all the exhaust system, and have a custom bent set of straight pipes come up through the bed of the truck. Install flapper caps and a chrome heat shield. Then, if you really want to save fuel, install a spark plug in each pipe, and connect those to a model T coil. Put a push bottun on the dash so when it is connected, it sends juice to the coil, and, you will shoot 30 foot flames out of the pipes....You can also connect the coils through your 1000 watt ultra mega thwarp poundamatic drive stereo, and, the flames will fire to the beat...

Next, you have to get 22" pimp wheels with hub cap spinners. That way when you stop, the truck will always look like you are moving and, because people see this, they will hire you for more money because it will appear like the truck is always working.

Metal flake paint and hydros would also be good, because you can pump them up when pulling a load, and lower the truck when escorting the ladies.

Now, if you really want to know how to get the best milage, leave it alone, keep it in tune, change oil when eed be, and be happy it starts every day....
You don't need to load it up with all that crap you mentioned. If you want that stuff, put that on a truck that you use a a play toy.

12-19-2004, 01:23 PM
Do you already have the truck, or are you just looking at it? If you haven't bought the truck yet, forget about a lift kit or big tires. These decrease your gas mileage, payload and make your truck less user friendly for the kind of work you want to do. You really don't need 4wd unless you plan on plowing. A 3/4 ton truck will hold up better than a 1/2 ton. Diesels get better mileage and generally pull better, but have their disadvantages as well. A brake controller is a must, as well as a transmission cooler if you have an automatic.

12-19-2004, 04:58 PM
Forget the lift and the big tires--they do not belong on a work truck, it kills gas mileage (without lift and tires you could be getting 15-16mpg), and will fatigue you more getting in and out of that thing. It makes working a lot harder for you as well as the truck. Big tires also will be hell on the transmission, and being a Dodge, I wouldn't expect too much out of it.

12-19-2004, 11:14 PM
If you're going to use it to work get something else more practical. Something that can handle a snowplow maybe as well?

12-20-2004, 09:40 AM
I have a family friend who is setting it aside for me and waiting till I turn 16 . He is getting me a pretty good deal on it, something that I don't think I could find elsewhere. It already had the big meats and lift kit and that is something that I don't think I will take off but thanks guys for all of the advice!

12-21-2004, 12:08 AM
I have a family friend who is setting it aside for me and waiting till I turn 16 . He is getting me a pretty good deal on it, something that I don't think I could find elsewhere. It already had the big meats and lift kit and that is something that I don't think I will take off but thanks guys for all of the advice!
haha yeah i said the same thing when i got my truck. now i hate the lift kit and i hate the big "meats". you cant balance the tires correctly because they are so big and alignment, you might as well forget that too. get ready for a beating of a life time that lift kit is going to jar you until no end. its hard on the brakes because they cant handle the big tires, hard on the ball joints,steering componets,bearing etc etc. yeah the truck looks cool but it sucks to ride in and to even pull anything. you had better like working on it all the time and have big pockets to buy the parts to fix it with.

12-21-2004, 08:03 AM
My best advice to you is to keep proper air presure in the tires and a clean air filter and as you make money invest it back into mowing equipment to make you more money and the hard work easier. I was a kid one time also but as I got older and wiser I learned, so will you and the other youth also.
Merry Christmas

12-21-2004, 10:13 AM
thanks for all of the advice. ya I guess it may not be the best truck for the lawn care biz but I hope it will just get my foot in the door then I can move on to bigger and better things. have a good Christmas everyone!

12-21-2004, 02:45 PM
MImowerkid---That is a great truck. The 360 has plenty of torque at low rpm so pulling a trailer should be no problem. I had a '97 club cab 4x4 with the same engine and trans that I bought with 50,000 miles and sold at 100,000 2 years later. It towed a 16ft dual axle trailer spring thru fall and plowed commercially thru winter. I never had tranny problems towing and plowing with 33inch tires. Your 31inch tires are smaller than the stock tires on that truck so I wouldn't worry about that being an issue. If the three inch lift is a body lift you have nothing to worry about there either, but if it is a three inch suspension lift you may have some alignment issues---this is not a big deal just have the alignment checked if you start to feel some wobble at certain speeds (probably 55-60mph).
One important thing to remember with this truck is turn overdrive off when you are towing---that will save your tranny.
Good luck with it---also don't worry too much about the fuel economy just keep the trailer off as much as possible you will get about 10mpg with trailer 15mpg without(keep tires properly inflated, k&n filter, clean oil, good tranny fluid, good fuel filters,etc).

12-27-2004, 06:18 PM
You said you cant do it but my advice to you is DONT buy a dodge gas motor truck , they are horrible on milage and from my exp not mechanically sound ( now cummins is another story as they are the best diesel on the market ) I have for last several years always had 1 tons and till this last few months i had i chevy and 1 dodge but dang dodge was a mechanical nightmare( it had the v 10 in it ) as i spent over 3500.00 bucks in repairs in last 2 years and the 96 chevy 454 votec has never had a issue and has been a great truck so i just traded dodge 2 months ago for another chevy 1 ton p/u with the 8.1 liter gas and allision tranny and so far just love the truck so much power!!!!! i would have also bought a ford if i could have found one but dodge ? never never again