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Old 05-01-2014, 09:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi From Portland!!!

Hello!

I have been lurking the forums for a few years now, and since I bought a 2009 Toyota Tacoma over a year ago, as well as beginning a job with a 100 mile commute a day, I decided that I needed to make some changes to optimize my fuel economy.

To start, I built an aerocap. I kind of just threw it together as a sloppy proof of concept. Once I started working my new job and commuting, my co-workers started asking me about my "funny looking cap" and one of them donated a Suzuki Savage bumper for a lower air dam. The two of those additions gave me about 4 mpg, and since I do almost entirely highway driving, I was pretty happy with that kind of gain.

Since building the cap, it is starting to fall apart from all of the salt from the winter and about 20xxx miles. I am going to be re-building it this summer, as well as changing some of the design.

Also, I realized that I need more information, so I recently bought a ScanGuage and am awaiting its arrival. I am hoping to see an improvement once I re-program the nerd behind the wheel.

I will be posting pictures of my cap and build soon.

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Old 05-01-2014, 10:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Can't wait to see the pics.....wanna buikd a cap myself
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Old 05-02-2014, 08:11 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I'm also excited to see the pics! Nice to know there are other folks here from Maine, too! Welcome!
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Old 05-02-2014, 06:11 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I would like to submit my unhappiness that all images have to be so dang tiny. I might as well get my crayons out after down sizing my pictures from 10 MP to about 100x100 pixels.

Pictures are on the way!
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Old 05-02-2014, 06:17 PM   #5 (permalink)
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These are from the build and paint phase. When I glass it this summer during the rebuild, I will be sure to post more pictures, or maybe just link you to my blog.
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looks like a solid start, good job man

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