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BlackE1
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mpg way up after mods
#1265150 - 06/23/06 11:43 AM

I installed headers and a cold air intake on my svt. I used to get 19 mpg city and 21 highway. I now get 25 city and 29 highway!! A total of about $500 was spent but i can already see the money coming back due to the better mpg.

Did anyone else see a big increase in mpg?

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projectSHO89
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Reged: 09/19/02
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Loc: St. Louis, MO
Re: mpg way up after mods new
#1265187 (Re: BlackE1) 06/23/06 12:35 PM

It's always good to save fuel. :thumb:

Based on $3/gal for gas, your payback period is around 13,000 miles after which the mods will have paid for themselves in fuel savings, assuming you maintain those improved mileage numbers.

Steve



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98 Contour SE Sport 2.5 Duratec ATX The wifey's car
89 Taurus SHO - 246K miles
94 SHO ATX - 190K
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Ex-Mean'Tour
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Reged: 01/26/05
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Re: mpg way up after mods new
#1265188 (Re: BlackE1) 06/23/06 12:36 PM

Originally posted by BlackE1:
I installed headers and a cold air intake on my svt. I used to get 19 mpg city and 21 highway. I now get 25 city and 29 highway!! A total of about $500 was spent but i can already see the money coming back due to the better mpg.

Did anyone else see a big increase in mpg?




When I had my car, it had been a bit neglected for a few years before I got into it.

I did some cleaning, added an intake (not CA), plugs and wires, etc. and noticed a marked mpg increase!

Congrats! It's cool when you see an investment pay off!

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SVTC1136
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Reged: 01/25/06
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Re: mpg way up after mods new
#1292012 (Re: Ex-Mean'Tour) 08/02/06 03:18 PM

Is this the common experience? I have been trying not to sink money into the car, but if this is a long term saving then I may just have to do it. And the added performance would just be a side benefit .

Black E1, did you do all the work yourself? Where did you get the headers? MSDS headers look like they run at around $600 new.
I don't have a covered garage or tools, so I would have to have a shop fit this stuff. Anyone know what sort of time/$ a shop would charge for these installs?

Thanks

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BlackE1
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Re: mpg way up after mods new
#1292102 (Re: SVTC1136) 08/02/06 05:02 PM

Originally posted by SVTC1136:

Black E1, did you do all the work yourself? Where did you get the headers? MSDS headers look like they run at around $600 new.
I don't have a covered garage or tools, so I would have to have a shop fit this stuff. Anyone know what sort of time/$ a shop would charge for these installs?

Thanks




I installed weapon r headers not MSDS. The weapon R headers were (not in production anymore) about $375. My dad and I did the install, we had all the tools and a covered garage with a lift.

Maybe if you want to do the install a fellow CEG would be willing to help you.

MSDS headers can be had for as little as $200 bare un coated headers plus shipping. Do a search for "grassroots" in the group buy section.

For a shop to install the headers I am not sure so some one chime in if my numbers are off but I think I read 4-6 hr. and anywhere from $200 to $400 for the install.


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dbateman
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Re: mpg way up after mods new
#1292151 (Re: BlackE1) 08/02/06 05:37 PM

Sure, your mods unchoked the engine and let it run more efficiently. If you can keep your foot out of it that is.

If you don't mind a louder exhaust get rid of your resonator too!



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BlackE1
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Re: mpg way up after mods new
#1292153 (Re: dbateman) 08/02/06 05:41 PM

Originally posted by dbateman:
Sure, your mods unchoked the engine and let it run more efficiently. If you can keep your foot out of it that is.






I experimented and drove it hard for a whole tank with the a/c on all the time and 23.8 mpg was the lowest it went.

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rkneeshaw
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Re: mpg way up after mods new
#1292179 (Re: BlackE1) 08/02/06 06:13 PM

my mileage seemed to drop a mpg or two with the headers Might be because I can't keep my foot out of it though.

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KingpinSVT
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Reged: 05/21/03
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Re: mpg way up after mods new
#1292284 (Re: rkneeshaw) 08/02/06 07:56 PM

My mileage on the hwy. hovers between 28-32mpg. 28 if I have to get out of cruise a lot, and Ive managed 32 on quite a few occasions with the cruise pegged at 80mph. Usually stays somewhere in between. I have no idea what kind of mileage I was getting before the mods.

Gotta love cross country driving when you can set the cruise and forget about it until you have to stop for gas!

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Y2KSVT
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Re: mpg way up after mods new
#1292326 (Re: BlackE1) 08/02/06 08:50 PM

If your pre-cats were clogged, you could have just restored that lost power and efficiency. 19-21mpg is a bit lower than factory, so my guess is that you had bar precatalysts.

Mark

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