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Old 01-27-2009, 05:48 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Duh ... was that posted on this forum ??
I seem to remember it at the other forum.

Whuups.

Anyways, thanks Yaristock !

As you can see, it was done very professionally.

How much did his mileage improve ?

And where is that post located ?

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Old 01-27-2009, 06:22 PM   #22 (permalink)
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I followed the link in one of the post in this thread and the pic was in there lol... I didn' find it I just posted it. oh gassavers.com
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Duh ... was that posted on this forum ??
Originally that one was over at the MaxMPG Yahoo group. It appears to be defunct now - as in, it doesn't exist. That's too bad since there were a few decent pics in the album over there.
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Old 01-27-2009, 09:28 PM   #24 (permalink)
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I think this is the lexan cover you were talking about. I knew I remembered seeing it around here somewhere also...

Commercially produced aerodynamic pickup bed cap

Its post number 59, in case someone looks at it who isn't logged in may get a different page of that thread.
Bet it gets hot under that. You wouldn't want to put your dogs back there.
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I'm loving the Aerocap! And Cd's avatar of the ?Yaris? in the tunnel w/ stream smoke? AWESOME!
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Old 02-07-2009, 11:45 AM   #27 (permalink)
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That is sweet. You should close the gap between the cab and the cover though.. I guess with a soft foam type material to allow for flex
My thoughts were including - a closer fit at the forward edge of the Cap, vortex generators on the Cab itself, a rubber or vinyl strip in the gap attached to my aerocap, or maybe just nothing (might not be needed, depending on the airflows over this arrea, can be determined when I get to the tuft testing stage.)

Since I work outside on this project and on my electric car, and my work in aerospace has still been quite busy, and other business activities have tied up my time - it is a slow go, yet I still hope to get this project up to the finely finished surface, with fibreglass covering done this year.

I want to do sound (cabin dB) testing cap on - cap off as well since I noticed it is quiter with the cap on!
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Aero cab covers

I'm following closely & with interest, 'aerocap' designs for pickup trucks. Open bed trucks are still a very large portion vehicles on the road. Primarily used for one's livelihood and partly for recreational use. I believe as almost everyone in this forum that such aero-accessories are badly needed for efficiency and cost savings. Unfortunately as seen by comments of many 'enthusiast owners' in other truck forums, they are seen as fugly & unmanly. There is a palpable stigma of eco-modding and hybridizing this segment. Acceptance will take interim design steps and presently aero-efficiency design lines do not have popular favor. As seen in unpopular single curve 2007 Taurus 'aero' roof line will be replaced by a more formal 2010 three-line roof line.

Example of interim evolution- aerocap:
Nissan Introduces Navara Aventura X-Back - Carscoop

80's aero Ford studies, GM's EV1 & Honda's first-gen Insight have shown & proven highly efficient forms but the market's slow acceptance killed the early experiments. The painfully slow gestation of Smarts has had over a decade of exposure. Will the (new exotic design language - beautiful) Aptera have the same freshman stigma? The (unfortunately with a dying buzz) Tesla is at least wrapped in recognizable Lotus skin. I applaud eco-modders individual efforts. Such (growing) auto sub-culture akin to rat rodders and various niche tuners. That's why multi-flavor SEMA exists. They all soon contribute to the evolving shape of the mainstream. Hopefully sooner than later.
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Too bad the public doesn't like aero.

Although people probably like the kamm back available for the Hummer H3

http://www.hummerguy.net/wp-content/...ickup-2009.jpg
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While I like aerocaps for the potential fe benefits for pickups, I gotta wonder what the point of driving a pickup around with an aerocap is? Doesn't the cap largely defeat the purpose of driving a truck in the first place?

I'm thinking of my own truck situation... yeah, an aerocap could help the fe to some degree... but then I wouldn't have unfettered access to the box! It would be quite a chore to load a snowmobile or riding mower or snow blower or whatever even if there was a conventional cap on, not to mention an aero cap. IF I'm driving that sow in the first place it's because I'm hauling or towing something! When I'm not hauling or towing... I don't use the truck.

I suppose truck users with loads that 1) are too much for cars and 2) fit under aerocaps could benefit. I think, realistically, there aren't many in that position. If they don't have such loads perhaps they should be in cars.


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