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Old 05-01-2013, 01:08 AM   #1 (permalink)
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20.3 mpg with my tacoma

New to the site and I do apply some hypermiling techniques such as shifting at 2000 rpm and coasting to a stop. the truck: 1996 Tacoma ex cab 4x4 2.7 l 5 speed with bed cap

wondering if anyone has done an aero cap on this truck and what theyre befor and after is

i plan on living out of the truck when i travel so it cant be too low in the back...

any help?

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Old 05-01-2013, 07:04 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Welcome to EM.
as far as the aero cap goes you can pretty much look at any ranger, s10, T100s with aero caps theres a couple of them. the cap should be a couple of inches above the tailgate and slope upwards and meet at the top of the cab not any higher.
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Old 05-01-2013, 02:30 PM   #3 (permalink)
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This post describes what an aero topper (and some other mods) did for my truck: http://ecomodder.com/forum/showthrea...yon-17070.html

My truck is fairly similar to yours, so I'd expect similar improvements.
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Old 05-01-2013, 03:43 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Also Im wondering its running all regular fluids and Im planning on switching to all amsoil synthetic fluids hoping that will help a bit also I read from a8ksh4 in his build he got worse FE with a topper compared to nothing at all so i will have to test this when i get my scangauge and then i read that a guy with a F-250 got a 3 mpg improvement with his aero topper compared to nothing at all

if you havent checked out a8ksh4's aero topper build it is looking really good and i cant wait to see what his numbers come back at!
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Old 05-02-2013, 10:22 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Hi,

I'm gearing up to do an aerocap on my truck...just as soon as I finish the kitchen cabinets, replace the kitchen drain line under the house, get a new head on the Mitsu, replace the shocks on the truck...you get the idea. Bad case of TMP.

That said, I think an aerocap is huge low hanging fruit. Your truck, like JMRichlers, is an aero disaster. If you mostly use it for just motoring around then covering up the giant wind bucket in the back is a good idea.

This is just me but I'd start with an air dam, smoothie wheel discs and fender skirts out back. That's easy stuff and reversible. If you like the results, you can dig in a little deeper.

All of that said, the improvements I've made on my own mileage have been from behavioral changes. I have a smooth cab-high cap on my truck but nothing else. I tried changing to synthetic fluids and it didn't make a difference I've noticed, but it might be too small a signal to rise above the noise of the truck's other problems.
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Old 05-02-2013, 11:40 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Yeah mine has a topper now and i will be sleeping in the back of it while im traveling (young single guy) hehe so i need a cap and I have about four months before i make my drive down to colorado from alaska... milder winters!!

so i think an aero cap will be done if i can be pushing 30 mpg I can save about $1000 dollars a year... so i will try my best!

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