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Old 09-15-2012, 08:15 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Not a bad spray job at all, and it was definitely priced right

Thinking about a bed cover at all?

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Old 09-16-2012, 07:24 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Not a bad spray job at all, and it was definitely priced right

Thinking about a bed cover at all?
Well- first it needs a roll in bed liner.

I'm torn- I have the camper cover (seen in the older pics), which is not very efficient, but offers a lot of secure storage, and is free/already assembled.

I could build a flat/dual hinged hard tonneau with some plywood and whatnots, which is relatively simple and inexpensive, but have less space.

OR I could try and build an aerocap, which is alot of time, money, and patience.

I would like to get the old gas out and run a full tank through the engine to get an idea of unmodded/baseline mileage.

What would you do, Smurf?
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Old 09-16-2012, 07:37 AM   #13 (permalink)
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i would get a baseline first this way you know if driving technique or mods are increasing your mileage if you do not have any sort of gauge yet
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Old 09-16-2012, 12:14 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I'm far from an expert, but getting a baseline MPG figure would be your first step. You might even consider an MPGuino or similar (SCII and UG won't work for you) to help get precise numbers.

On my Isuzu minitruck, I had considered a plywood bed cover but I didn't like the overall weight it would take. I ended up making a frame of 2x4s wedged (literally!) lengthwise into the box and then screwing sheetmetal over the top. Cheap, quick, effective, and lightweight.

Even though it's a truck, empty it out. Weight is an enemy. If your mind is always thinking of the MPGs, you'll figure out things along the way to try. Think outside the box as much as possible. Grab your comfy camping chair and a beer, and just stare at your truck for a while from front to back, you'll see small things to improve on. Good luck!
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Old 09-16-2012, 07:56 PM   #15 (permalink)
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you could make a locking sloped cap for it, plywood or "salvage" the original cap by cutting at an angle.
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Anyone have any ideas for some bolt on performance? I know it will sacrifice a few mpg's, but this engine (E86 2.2L) is a bit of a dog.

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Some mods will both improve MPG and performance. Aero mods, LRR tires, higher tire pressure, alternator delete, and more.

Less drag holding you back has the same result as more power pushing you forward.
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Old 09-17-2012, 09:04 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Bearings, brakes, alignment and steering wander. No drag, always-in-a-straight-line when gittin' down the road.
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Old 09-17-2012, 11:52 AM   #18 (permalink)
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If you want more power then those 2.2's don't really have too many mods just normal stuff like intake exhaust. I understand where you're coming from on it if you're going to do exhaust though you'll have to keep in mind it's only a 4 cylinder You don't need some crazy 3" piping on there 2 inch to your muffler of choice wouldn't be bad and it'd make it a bit better to drive. But also like others are saying pay attention to your Aero and driving style because those will be your biggest FE improvements

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