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Episode 114 – Fuel Economy

Posted by on June 2, 2016

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On this episode Dan, Craig, and Rich focus in on how to improve fuel economy.  While we admit that none of us buy offroad rigs for fuel economy, its good to know what will give you the most bang for your buck when trying to improve your own fuel economy in your rig.  Everything from cutting weight to improving aerodynamics will help.  Or if you’re in the market for a new rig, maybe we have just the right one for you.  What do you think of the new Ram ecodiesel?  We have an article that indicates you can eek out more than 31 MPG from the 1500 series truck!  Madness?!  Maybe not!

Photo credit to Autoblog

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In the garage


  • Dan –  vacation to California, met John Bidney and explored Hatcher Pass, met Doug Povee of Forbidden Jeeps
  • Craig – blown out knee
  • Rich – Don’t even ask. My head has been buried in textbooks.


In the news:



Jesse Farmer Chili Mac

Sure, 1 Onion
2Green peppers
4.25lb ground Beef
1 can of sweet corn
2 12oz cans of tomato paste
4 12oz cans of diced tomatoes
4 12oz cans of red kidney beans
1 box of elbow macaroni
Chili seasonings ( I used 2 packets of  McCormicks original chili seasoning and 1packet of the mild)
Cheddar cheese
Mozzarella cheese

Drain the beans and corn and add 2 cups of water.
Fry the onion and peppers together along with beef.
Pour in the tomato paste and dice tomatoes add the macaroni and chili seasoning (to taste).
Bring to a rolling boil for about 15min to a half hour or desired temperature.
Serve with cheddar cheese and mozzarella sprinkled on top.

This recipe serves an Army! Filled my Dutch oven to the brim.
Cut it in half to serve somewhere around 6 people

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  • Matt

    Ok guys i really like your podcast, you guys are real and down to earth and cover a wide range of off road topics. But lately you guys seams to be talking about things that you has no idea about. Please if your going to be making statements do a little research first. just a few cases in point in this one episode. Dodge or Ram has never used a Allison transmission. In the high output Cummins Ram uses a Aisin transmission but only in the Cummins. Ram uses there own 8 speed in the ecodiesel.

    On the automatic transmission the torque converter multiplies the torque to the transmission, so it does not take any power away. In 1980 yes a manual trans had a power and economy advantage over a auto, but modern autos have long sense passed it, think about it. the whole thing driving the car market now is cafe standards, if a auto still loss the power like they used to it would still hurt the fuel economy and the manufactures would be forced to make manual trans versions to keep the fleet mpg standards up even though most of the market (not me) don’t want them . if you doubt it drive a 6.0 diesel with a manual trans and then with a auto and let me know what you think. The autos run way better.

    im not here to bust anyone balls,just sharing my point of view, Love your podcast and please keep of the great work!!

    • Dan Cole

      Point taken and we are absolutely getting back to talking about the topics that interest us more. I’ve heard really great things about modern automatics but I just haven’t spent enough time with one to really fall in love. Most people do not know how to operate a manual which, I think, has led manufactures to produce less manuals. But less people know how to drive them because they don’t have to. Its a self licking ice cream cone. There is a great deal of science on how to program or pair a transmission with the right motor, for sure. More modern transmissions (like dual clutch boxes) behave more like a manual with a faster shift so its hard to really draw a line in the sand to compare the two types anymore.