By. Suzzanne Nickell
Everyone has their own stragies and ideas on how to save gas these days, but the biggest question is, is it working?! But then for off road enthusiasts, saving gas is an entirely different animal due to the nature of our vehicles.
Also, there is no magical way of boosting gas mileage by exorbitant numbers, and even if there were, it would likely require huge modifications so expensive that the savings wouldn’t be worth it.
Instead, we like to approach saving gas with the perspective of improving #efficiency and making the most out of what is available.
Ok I know that it sounds a bit confusing to say that parts like a custom #exhaust, computer chip, or #airintakesystem that are built to add speed and power can actually improve gas mileage. But Consider the follow examples:
Case 1: A truck with large off road tires and a suspension lift is driving 60 mph on the highway. No engine modifications have been made.
Case 2: The same truck is driving 60 mph on the highway, but sports a custom intake, #exhaust, and a computer module.
Naturally, Case 2 will get better gas mileage since it expends less effort to reach and maintain a speed of 60 mph given the upgraded tires and lift kits.
Tires and suspension-related components have more of an indirect impact upon fuel economy. While there is very little you can modify to increase gas mileage, there’s a lot that can hurt it.
Being smart in lift kit upgrades and tire choices can save you gas mileage without much performance loss. Consider these factors to ensure you aren’t losing precious MPG: