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Old 05-14-2018, 09:51 AM   #181 (permalink)
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Old 05-14-2018, 10:17 AM   #182 (permalink)
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I'm pretty sure I'd be further ahead to just remove the hatchback for kayak trips, no?

But I'm tempted to do something like this:






Cut a hole in the hatch and pass stuff through the opening, leaving the hatch (and Kammback) in place!

Above pics from thread http://ecomodder.com/forum/showthrea...ded-23346.html -- though all the pics are busted because of the stupid 3rd party image host.

Now I need a junk hatchback for my hatchback junker.
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Old 05-14-2018, 01:15 PM   #183 (permalink)
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At least the kayak partially filled your wake?
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Yeah, but the open tailgate means the wake is sucking on the dashboard.
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obvious news is obvious

So I took yesterday afternoon off and went kayaking. (First boating of any kind this year, and a beautiful day!)

Effect of the open de-Kammed hatchback...

Not surprisingly, there was a pretty big impact: 67 mpg US round trip on back roads where I'd expect to see ~70 mpg in this kind of mild weather (23C / 73F). ~100 km round trip, total.

That doesn't sound too terrible, right? Until I looked at my average speed at the end of the day, which was also 4 mph lower than I'd normally average while getting said better MPG.

Blame the ScanGauge feedback loop: I guess I was target driving to keep the instant MPG from suffering as much as it would have otherwise.

How nuts is it to cut a big hole in the hatch? I'm half way to talking myself into it.
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Maybe some sort of small hatch on hinges or a flap from rubber mat?
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Another flat



Holiday weekend here... and I got a flat on my way back from my sister's place this morning.

The summer shoes are an ancient set of weatherchecked RE92's on lightweight Suzuki alloys that I had on the ForkenSwift:



(Only now they're covered with coro wheel discs. And they're even older, and even more weatherchecked.)

They were all full of air when I left this morning, I swear! I wish I could say I noticed when it went flat, but I didn't. At some point I realized my "instant" MPG was suffering, but I chalked it up to a change in wind direction from behind to on the front quarter during the drive.

Turned out to be a cracked valve stem. I don't think I've ever had a valve stem fail before.

At least this time I noticed reasonably quickly, instead of putting hundreds of kilometers on a completely flat tire, like I did last time!

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Old 05-30-2018, 06:49 PM   #190 (permalink)
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I'm past 1/4 full... going to need to get gas next week. ScanGauge says I'm sitting at ~67 MPG US.



It was 68.x before driving around an unknown distance with a front flat tire (again). Oh, and a kayak sticking out of the hatch (not at the same time... that would just be crazy).


The next fill will be the first this year with summer blend fuel. That plus ever warmer temps has me hoping for one 70 MPG tank this summer.

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