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Old 07-08-2013, 10:43 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I've notice many nnew cars hide the entire front of the tire with the bumper cover, extending it past the outer edge of the tire, might be worth doing, as I notice the air from your low dam is feeding the front of the tire. on my escort with the wider tires I have the same issue and will soon I hope extend the bumper cover out a bit to fair in the front edge . also I 've read where a partial tonneau is a bit better, so all in all you like the ultra gauge?
though a partial tonneau may be slightly better for economy the usefulness of a real one more than makes up for any loss in aerodynamics.

i really like the ultragauge, it is teaching me things about my truck all the time. i need to spend some more time trying different gauges to find out what is most useful to me. i think it was great value for money and was easier than i expected to mount. I would definitely recommend it, $80 well spent

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Old 07-12-2013, 11:19 PM   #12 (permalink)
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front tire spats are in progress, making them out of aluminum flashing and installing them onto my air dam and plastic valance with some short screws.

pics when i am finished
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Old 07-13-2013, 01:01 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Old 07-13-2013, 01:34 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Old 07-13-2013, 01:37 AM   #15 (permalink)
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also, my tonneau is back on now! i think 40mpgs is within reach on this next tank if i am disciplined in my driving technique
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tire spats are installed and i think they not only are going to work well but they also look cool! now to take a 60 mile trip down to oregon city to work on a buddy's motorcycle and test my aero mods out some more.




sorry about the glare but nobody is paying me to take these photos
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Old 07-14-2013, 07:07 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Great effort to be sure, I hope it works out , i was thinking along the lines of extending the surface of the bumper strait down , and then out a bit past the tire, I look at the angle the air has to trun and the spats will kick air the air out which if course will take energy, I would eliminate the lower spoiler you have now and put a dam down from the top edge of the bumper and extend to flush with the tire, just my 02 I thought ,
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another thing on Rangers, I picked up almost 3 mpg when my muffler sprung a leak , and lost it with the replacement from auto zone
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Old 07-14-2013, 09:02 PM   #19 (permalink)
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another thing on Rangers, I picked up almost 3 mpg when my muffler sprung a leak
I am getting fair mileage in my Ranger now, my old Ford Aspire got 37 mpg but the Ranger goes a lot longer. I am moving back after 3 1/2 years- that is why I needed a truck. That is *all* I need to have muffler problems.
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Old 07-15-2013, 06:58 AM   #20 (permalink)
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I guess my poinnt sould have been that the performance type mufflers will probably help mpg a lot more than some other cars since you're using more hp to move it at highway speeds,

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