modifications to truck

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by MImowerkid, Dec 16, 2004.

  1. MImowerkid

    MImowerkid LawnSite Member
    Messages: 197

    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!
  2. Gatewayuser

    Gatewayuser LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,765

    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.
  3. Eric 1

    Eric 1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,220

    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
  4. lawncare3

    lawncare3 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,981

    K&N ggggggggggggggggggggg
  5. LawnScapers of Dayton

    LawnScapers of Dayton LawnSite Silver Member
    Male, from Dayton, OH
    Messages: 2,572

    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.


    UNISCAPER LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,426

    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.
  7. hosejockey2002

    hosejockey2002 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,195

    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.
  8. Smalltimer1

    Smalltimer1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,223

    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.
  9. out4now

    out4now LawnSite Bronze Member
    from AZ
    Messages: 1,796

    If you're going to use it to work get something else more practical. Something that can handle a snowplow maybe as well?
  10. MImowerkid

    MImowerkid LawnSite Member
    Messages: 197

    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!

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