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Old 05-12-2011, 11:30 PM   #5 (permalink)
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First of all, put the real tailgate back on. And leave it up.

Then put a tonneau over the box if you don't use it all the time. Or if you are ambitious, an aerocap. Or if you don't like the looks of that, a regular cap.

P.S. Even a 1/2 tonneau is claimed to be effective at reducing aero drag. Search it here.

Third, it will need a gear-up to get better mileage. Best way would be to convert to a manual transmission, but if that is more than you care to take on I think a different rear axle with higher (lower numerically) gears would help.

I've done a fan delete on mine. Even though I've not quantified the effect, it would be similar to what people have gotten going from mechanical fan to electric fan. I really like the fan delete mod. The engine is so much quieter.

Run it down to less than 1/4 tank and then FILL IT when you go to the gas station- that will help with the gaslog and mileage calculations and reduce time wasted running in for gas... unless you are like the boys around here, that are at the gas station several times a day anyway.

After that, do the things listed in the 65 mods as you see fit.
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