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I am rebuilding a base model 97 dodge ram 2500 extended cab with 12 valve cummins, my question is if I get an upper console out of anouther 97 diesel will it plug In and work? Does it have to be out of a 97 or a diesel? Mine just has the cubby up top
There is one good way to improve your MPG. Drive slower. Were you driving 75 or 80 last time?
I have 3.54 gears. Driving my truck home I got 23.5 and 26 mpg. The previous owner said he got about 17. The only difference was driving style. I was driving at 54 mph and 1,500 rpm. When I was close to home I cranked up the speedometer to 70 mph and about 1,900 rpm. That got me about 18 mpg. Driving these trucks you either can have speed or mpg. Go fast and use more fuel or go slow and take more time.
You can try driving at different speeds. Perhaps driving 65 or 62 will net you better mpg than driving 67 or 70 would. For your best mpg 1,500 rpm is probably best unless you are loaded.
I am not sure that a factory mpg computer would work. However, one person said that a plug in OBD2 mpg gauge worked for them. It did however take some adjustments to have it give any useful readings. I am not sure if it ever read accurately or not.
1997 3500 club cab 3.54 gears towing & camper pkg. Still stock with a built transmission at 120k. 4" exhaust, 4kgsk, and exhaust brake waiting for installation. Still need ideas for improvements for hauling 15k fifth wheel.
Last edited by country_hick; 11-11-2013 at 01:39 PM.
The 12 valve does not have an engine control module. With no imput, a mpg calculator wouldn't work, so no '97 overhead readout would include mileage. Hand calculator or a stubby pencil & paper are your choices. Besides, in the vehicles I have owned with computers the mpg readouts were never correct anyway. Just a waste of electrons.
97 3500, 2 WD, G56, slightly bombed, A million+miles. Started the second million on 8/24/13
If you are lucky enough to be in Texas, you are lucky enough.
My scangaugeii works well in my 96. Two fill ups and it has been pretty spot on. I hate that this auto likes to get better mpg at 1500 rpm cause I feel like that is lugging. My 24v gets the best mileage at 2200 rpm so this low rpm driving stuff is annoying. I usually end up going about 60-65 and getting 19 mpg.
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