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Old 03-11-2015, 02:09 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Location: Phillips, WI
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Nameless - '06 GMC Canyon
90 day: 37.45 mpg (US)

22 Maverick - '22 Ford Maverick XL
90 day: 46.92 mpg (US)
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My topper is held open with the same gas struts as used to hold hatchbacks open. NAPA has a complete selection. If you ask the person behind the counter, they have a catalog that lists all the sizes and forces.

I bolted it to the truck box. Two bolts on each side, and two more across the front.

The opening latch handle is from a garage door. Close the lid, then turn the handle to latch. It's lockable. If I wanted it lock the tailgate, I would extend the rear piece down just enough to prevent the tailgate from opening when the lid was latched.
06 Canyon: The vacuum gauge plus wheel covers helped increase summer 2015 mileage to 38.5 MPG, while summer 2016 mileage was 38.6 MPG without the wheel covers. Drove 33,021 miles 2016-2018 at 35.00 MPG.

22 Maverick: Summer 2022 burned 62.74 gallons in 3145.1 miles for 50.1 MPG.
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