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Explorer Sport - fuel?

Discussion in 'Stock 2011 - 2019 Ford Explorer Discussion' started by Sgt1411, April 30, 2014.

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What grade of fuel do you use in your Sport?

  1. Regular 87

    34 vote(s)
    30.9%
  2. mid grade 89

    8 vote(s)
    7.3%
  3. Premium 91-93

    58 vote(s)
    52.7%
  4. I use more than one grade

    5 vote(s)
    4.5%
  5. I'm tuned I have to run Premium

    6 vote(s)
    5.5%
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  1. Sgt1411

    Sgt1411 Elite Explorer

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    Yes I knew I was buying too high of octane then what's recommended but I wanted to see if it affected the 1500-2000rpm stumble issue at all.

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  3. TheMustangShow

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    Thanks for the tip about the Police Explorer's Mapping, I'm going to see if I can get some more info about their tunes.
     
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    bauermj New Member

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    Finally found an answer

    Hello all,

    I just found this site and it answers my question well. I just bought the 2014 Ford Explorer Sport with all of the bells and whistles and didn't know what fuel to put into it. I will start putting in premium now that I have seen this.

    Thanks
    :usa:
     
  5. peterk9

    peterk9 Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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    Welcome to the Forum bauermj.:wavey:
    I believe most Sport owners are running regular in their vehicles. That is all I'm using in my Ecoboost MKT.

    Peter
     
  6. soulpatch

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    Yeah I only put in premium when towing perhaps or if I have leftover premium gas from a race weekend...
     
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    Running 93 here for some time now. Besides the huge power increase with my LMS 93 tune, I'm seeing 20% better fuel mileage, while only paying 5% more for the fuel per gallon.

    93 is a win win for Sport owners!

     
  8. soulpatch

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    I think it might have more to do with the tune as I did not have near that gain with premium if any.

    If you do the numbers 20% gain in mpg and 5% gain in cost per gallon break out to be even....

    Still I did not get any gain really to make it worth the increased cost. Awesome you did to at least break even with the increased power.
     
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    Running premium and will always be in the future. Snappier throttle response for sure with premium. But the biggest reason is I tow frequently, so I just run premium all the time.
     
  10. peterk9

    peterk9 Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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    Right now the difference here in cost between regular and premium is 12% on an imperial gallon.

    Peter
     
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    Yeah that's a tough call. I've read similar stories on the F150 Ecoboost forums for non-tuned trucks. They have a whole thread about when premium actually saves you money. In my case, with 89 (currently $3.43US a gallon), untuned I was getting 15.5 mpg. Tuned with 93 ($3.63US a gallon) I'm seeing 18.5. So I am actually saving a few pennies per mile in the big picture maybe even a whole quarter per fill up! All of that said I'm sure this varies by driving style.... :D

    One thing to note, back on the F150 forums, they are saying the factory tune takes awhile to switch the tune to the 93 gas... More than a tank.... They are saying to give it a few tanks of 93 before you judge both the performance and the fuel economy. I don't know if this 2+ tank thing is true, but there should absolutely be a noticeable difference when it adjusts and if you are not seeing that then it probably didn't switch its tuning yet.
     
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    Ouch! What's 93 running up there now?
     
  13. peterk9

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    Today it is around $6.97 an Imperial gallon which would be about $5.58 a U.S. gallon if I reduce it by 20% since the Imp. gallon is 20% more in volume.
    Prices went up last night and I have to fill up today. Not too bad for me though since my last gas purchase was April 28th.

    Peter
     
  14. soulpatch

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    Good thing you all have universal healthcare. I would have a heart attack every time I would go to fill up.

    I am panicking now that our gas is pushing $4

    Probably have to pull out the sport bikes for the summer and convert the one back from race mode for the street so I can save on money.
     
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    lol!
     
  16. 4FordFamily

    4FordFamily Been there done that

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    So is there a tune for the 3.5 ecoboost F150 yet? Interested in one for the 2.0 ecoboost in my fusion also?
     
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    John has tunes for the 3.5 EB.

    http://www.lundracing.com
     
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    Thanks for the note

    Ajar,

    Thanks for the note. I am currently averaging 16.9 MPG and trying to get better.

     
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    I am trying to get better gas mileage

    Peterk9,

    I am trying to get better gas mileage out of mine so I will give the higher octaine gas a shot.

     
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    Sport owners ... What fuel grade do you run?

    What fuel type do you use in your sport?
     
  21. binaryman3

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    In Colorado I use 91 octane premium. Dealer delivered the sport to me with regular gas in the tank. I started filling up with premium immediately and noticed a difference in the performance. I am getting custom tunes and they are octane specific at either 87, 89, 91, or 93 octane.

    Ran custom tunes in my F150 ecoboost and burned 91 octane with a 91 octane performance tune also. The stock tune on the explorer sport is better than what was on the F150 ecoboost so I am looking forward to see how a custom tune does on the sport ecoboost.
     

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