couple questions on 89 5.7l

Discussion in 'Chevy C/K Truck Forum' started by ivito, Dec 8, 2011.

  1. ivito

    ivito New Member

    i just baught a 89 1500 5.7l thats in excellent shape. im looking into getting a exhaust from the cats back and a intake and was wondering what you guys reccomend, im mostly aiming for better gasmilage(drive 50 miles to work everyday) i can get walker ones pretty cheap but im looking for something that will give me the best milage. also when my truck is idling its pretty rough, the idle will go up and down a couple hundred rpms, not sure what it could be from
  2. Scott_Anderson

    Scott_Anderson Rockstar 100 Posts

    Well I could probably say that the some more information is needed.
    What part of the world do you live in, eg... what type of weather patterns will you be experiencing.
    How many miles on it.
    What's your preference for fuel.
    2X or 4X

    The more you can help us, the better we can help you.
  3. dipstick

    dipstick Member 2 Years 100 Posts

    HELLO IVETO. Actually there is no exhaust you can get to improve better mpg,s .. would like to invent one .
    Make some money huh lol
    I have flowmasters good exhaust ..last forever ..sounds good . if you want a good rumble get a 40 series.. but if you have inspections might not pass.
    50 series sounds good mellow .. one i run.
    On the running issue.. check for vacuum leaks .. around throttle body ..lines ect. check pcv valve .
    Might be iacv/ idle control valve... screwed into passenger side of tbi unit . has a big plug with 4 wires . might take out and clean port.
    Also could be 02 sensor .are you getting a check engine light?
  4. ivito

    ivito New Member

    i live in pa and we have 20-100 degree seasons. i prefer unleaded regular (around $3 a gallon where i get it) its a single cab long bed 4x4 70k on the motor. im mainly looking for something that will give me good milage not concerened about performance at the moment. i heard free flow cats will help with an intake and eventually get a tune when i get time. any help is appriciated
  5. Boonduff

    Boonduff Rockstar 4 Years 100 Posts

    Moding for mileage never seems to get the results people expect. The new cats will only improve your mileage if your old one is fused blocking exhaust flow. When I tried the Edelbrock manifold on my old 91 K1500 I didn't feel any power increase so I doubt it'll improve mileage. The only surefire way to improve mileage is to run the skinniest tire you can at the proper pressure, use cruise control as much as possible, avoid jackrabbit starts, and drive as slow as is safely possible.

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