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Old 01-04-2010, 11:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi All

Hi All,

I've been a lurker here for a while, but after dumping a bunch of gift cards on a ScanGuage and getting all excited about hypermiling again, I hope to contribute some to the board.

Hmmm... I drive a 2WD, 5-Spd, Toyota Tacoma, and have grand hopes to construct an under-body panel for it and some sort of aero-cap to go behind the cab, since I rarely have more than groceries in the back. Aside from my daily 3mi commute to work, I drive quite a bit on the freeway, so improving efficiency at speed would help me lots.

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Old 01-04-2010, 11:52 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 01-04-2010, 11:53 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Always great to see truck people here because more fuel is saved in a jump from 20MPG to 30MPG than a jump from 40MPG to 50MPG. 3 Miles ain't so far on a bike, you may want to consider that at least sometimes out there in sunny (and warm) California if you don't need to bring many things with you to work.

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Old 01-06-2010, 12:16 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Hmmm... I drive a 2WD, 5-Spd, Toyota Tacoma, and have grand hopes to construct an under-body panel for it and some sort of aero-cap to go behind the cab, since I rarely have more than groceries in the back. Aside from my daily 3mi commute to work, I drive quite a bit on the freeway, so improving efficiency at speed would help me lots.

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First, I suggest starting to log your gas mileage.

Then, I had great success installing a flat bed cover on my 2004 Dodge Dakota 5spd. Another trick that you can do on trucks is to put a performance suspension, lowering kit on. You will drop the truck 2-3" and improve handling.

Good luck.

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