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bosstralia 05-13-2021 10:39 PM

Hello all from VT
 
Hey all, purchased a new to me '98 Mazda b2500 last month, after I totaled my previous vehicle. Needing a new means of transportation put me in a financial hardship, so I bought a cheap set of wheels and am looking to save money everywhere. Think I found a forever home here with you guys. Always loved the scientific method, and crunching data. Not sure I will ever go all the way with visible aero mods (pretty sure I wont) but I am all about efficiencies elsewhere. I particularly like the idea of being hyper efficient while blending in with the crowd.

Hope to be an active member here, I have been lurking in all of the small pickup threads already.

Thanks for all the info you guys have provided me so far.

-boss out

Stubby79 05-13-2021 11:52 PM

"Stealthy" aero mods...tonneau cover, belly pan, grill block.

Plenty of other mods in the "65+ Efficiency Mods" list that aren't visible.

Manual transmission?

Have fun!

redpoint5 05-14-2021 12:07 AM

Welcome

We might need a new term for a stealth modding. Is an undetected ecomodded car a ecosleeper?

freebeard 05-14-2021 01:08 AM

Welcome; what's the etymology of 'bosstralia"? Is it pronounced like bozztraulya?

Here's a [modest] example of a stealth ecomod:

https://ecomodder.com/forum/member-f...6-100-1139.jpg

A bellmouth on the snorkel of a VW diesel.

bosstralia 05-14-2021 05:59 AM

Thanks for the replies, guys.

Oh yeah, I like ecosleeper. Although I am just starting to drastically change my driving habits and it is addicting to squeeze every last mile out of a tank of gas...

Name comes from playing risk as a kid (and an adult kid!) Hold Australia at all costs. Pronounced like Australia.

Ecky 05-22-2021 08:52 PM

Welcome, fellow Vermonter!

cRiPpLe_rOoStEr 05-23-2021 12:12 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bosstralia (Post 648069)
purchased a new to me '98 Mazda b2500 last month

Was it already a rebadged Ranger by that model-year or is it still the same as the international model?

bosstralia 05-23-2021 05:32 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cRiPpLe_rOoStEr (Post 648676)
Was it already a rebadged Ranger by that model-year or is it still the same as the international model?

Yes, it is a ranger. 98-01 they were rebadged Rangers. But this gives me access to a LOT more info and used parts, and I still get to have a unique vehicle.

bosstralia 05-23-2021 05:36 AM

Ecky-

Wow, what a treat. I was just able to catch up on aerocivics history, I cannot believe such an iconic car is so close to me while I begin my journey. Thank you for all the work you are doing to that car. Canít wait to see it bombing down I-89.

cRiPpLe_rOoStEr 05-23-2021 06:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bosstralia (Post 648691)
this gives me access to a LOT more info and used parts

Of course this will be much valuable while looking for fuel-efficiency improvements too.


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