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Old 05-13-2021, 10:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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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.

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Old 05-13-2021, 11:52 PM   #2 (permalink)
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"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?

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Old 05-14-2021, 12:07 AM   #3 (permalink)
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We might need a new term for a stealth modding. Is an undetected ecomodded car a ecosleeper?
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Old 05-14-2021, 01:08 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Welcome; what's the etymology of 'bosstralia"? Is it pronounced like bozztraulya?

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



A bellmouth on the snorkel of a VW diesel.
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Old 05-14-2021, 05:59 AM   #5 (permalink)
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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.
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Old 05-22-2021, 08:52 PM   #6 (permalink)
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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?
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Old 05-23-2021, 05:32 AM   #8 (permalink)
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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.
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Old 05-23-2021, 05:36 AM   #9 (permalink)
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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.
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Old 05-23-2021, 06:36 PM   #10 (permalink)
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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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