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Old 07-25-2022, 05:42 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Are they talking about basaltic glass fiber as a replacement for rebar in reinforced concrete? I'm curious about the association with 'steel.'
As far as thermal blanketing and heat-shields, I'd love to see header wrap for 1/10th the cost of fiberglass!
All of our recycling centers will no longer accept glass. They're just sending it all to the the landfill.
Which I suppose is good for me, and my drive to Honolulu, when the Pacific is finally filled with discarded plastics.

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Old 07-25-2022, 05:58 PM   #22 (permalink)
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The rebar replacement I have seen is a large pore mesh/sheet/roll
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https://basalt.guru/

A good overview here. Fabrics, composites and rebar.

Piotrsko -- duckduckgo.com/?q=basalt+geotextile
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That be the stuff I have seen mostly for patio slabs and walkways. Driveways tend to be orange snow fence style.
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Cool! All the remnants can go in the ocean, undergirding the Pacific Gyre!
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Drove 2139.1 miles, and burned 42.93 gallons, for the last four tanks, for average 49.8 MPG. SOO close to 50 MPG.

Almost all of my highway driving is on rural roads with 55 MPH speed limits. On those roads, I normally drive 55 to 60 MPH, and struggle to get 50 MPG on the dash display that reads slight over 2 MPG high. On shorter trips at 25 to 40 MPH, 60 MPG is easy, and I've seen 70 MPG once or twice under ideal conditions.

I'm currently trying to figure out how to build an aero topper that will not leak water into the box. Other trucks have a gap between the box and cab for water to run down. This truck does not. Water that runs off the rear of the cab needs to be forced to drain to the sides.

EDIT: I have no plans to make any changes underneath. There is already a recall for this vehicle to increase airflow through the grille (and thus drag) by removing some of the grille shutters and drilling holes in one of the pans. Apparently, Ford believes that underhood temperatures can get too high under certain conditions.
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Buy a normal topper, chop it at an angle, place the mounting flange on the bottom, done but not possible to open unless you hinge the whole kabootle with big shocks.
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Picture substitutes for one of the Camper World race Trucks. They all have a spoiler that height. A slant-chpped topper would want to follow that line.

The bed isn't much longer than a 1948 Buick hood. Aluminum instead of steel. Scavenge the latch/hinge set for each side and it will tilt either way or come right off (unless safety lanyard).
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EDIT: I have no plans to make any changes underneath. There is already a recall for this vehicle to increase airflow through the grille (and thus drag) by removing some of the grille shutters and drilling holes in one of the pans. Apparently, Ford believes that underhood temperatures can get too high under certain conditions.
Well generally, any time a vehicle is lowered and the same degree of rake is maintained, pressure under the front end is reduced - which should draw more air through the grill.

I have to wonder what is happening with this thing though:
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Any updates on this?

I see that several manufacturers are working on providing lowering springs. Seems like low hanging fruit on this truck.

I'm looking to get one soon. Just waiting to see what the 2023s will offer. Want aPHEV, but will probably just try to find a 2022 hybrid if that isn't one of the options this year. (Ordering for 2023 opens 8/2!)
You can use the lowering springs from the 2020 and up Ford Escape, (at least with the ecoboost option), not sure on hybrids

check with the folks at: mavericktruckclub.com

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