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Old 05-14-2018, 08:51 AM   #181 (permalink)
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Old 05-14-2018, 09:17 AM   #182 (permalink)
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I'm pretty sure I'd be further ahead to just remove the hatchback for kayak trips, no?

But I'm tempted to do something like this:






Cut a hole in the hatch and pass stuff through the opening, leaving the hatch (and Kammback) in place!

Above pics from thread Roof rack or trunk rack? (solution: none of the above... modded trunk!) -- though all the pics are busted because of the stupid 3rd party image host.

Now I need a junk hatchback for my hatchback junker.
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Old 05-14-2018, 12:15 PM   #183 (permalink)
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At least the kayak partially filled your wake?
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Yeah, but the open tailgate means the wake is sucking on the dashboard.
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obvious news is obvious

So I took yesterday afternoon off and went kayaking. (First boating of any kind this year, and a beautiful day!)

Effect of the open de-Kammed hatchback...

Not surprisingly, there was a pretty big impact: 67 mpg US round trip on back roads where I'd expect to see ~70 mpg in this kind of mild weather (23C / 73F). ~100 km round trip, total.

That doesn't sound too terrible, right? Until I looked at my average speed at the end of the day, which was also 4 mph lower than I'd normally average while getting said better MPG.

Blame the ScanGauge feedback loop: I guess I was target driving to keep the instant MPG from suffering as much as it would have otherwise.

How nuts is it to cut a big hole in the hatch? I'm half way to talking myself into it.
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Maybe some sort of small hatch on hinges or a flap from rubber mat?
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Another flat



Holiday weekend here... and I got a flat on my way back from my sister's place this morning.

The summer shoes are an ancient set of weatherchecked RE92's on lightweight Suzuki alloys that I had on the ForkenSwift:



(Only now they're covered with coro wheel discs. And they're even older, and even more weatherchecked.)

They were all full of air when I left this morning, I swear! I wish I could say I noticed when it went flat, but I didn't. At some point I realized my "instant" MPG was suffering, but I chalked it up to a change in wind direction from behind to on the front quarter during the drive.

Turned out to be a cracked valve stem. I don't think I've ever had a valve stem fail before.

At least this time I noticed reasonably quickly, instead of putting hundreds of kilometers on a completely flat tire, like I did last time!

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