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Old 02-27-2012, 10:20 AM   #6 (permalink)
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wallace - '98 landrover 300tdi defender 110 hard top
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Originally Posted by MetroMPG View Post
A photo is worth some words. (Google image search for your rack style might help us understand what you're suggesting.) It's worth taking off a roof rack when not needed. You will decrease both frontal area and drag coefficient of the truck.

People can be funny about roof racks -- "removal-phobic". (Not saying that you are.)

I once recommended to a friend that he remove the rack from his new-to-him small hatchback car. (Keep in mind this friend is the type of person who is perpetually in debt and always complaining that he needs to find ways to economise.) I even did the math for him, pointing out how much gas and therefore money he'd save in a year (I think it was around $60). But he wouldn't take it off. Why? "Just in case" he needed to use it, it would have been a fussy job to re-install. I don't believe he ever has used it. That was about 3 years back, so $180 worth of fuel burned for nothing!

Anyway - welcome to the forum. Good luck with your efficiency efforts.
cant post a pic till 've gone past 5, so should be able to now.
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