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Old 02-09-2010, 10:57 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I actually like the thing the way it is (was?). I see no reason that new trucks have to have blunt noses, rounded backsides at the cabs, forward pointing grilles, etc.
Thus is the evolution of the full-size truck! No full-size truck is very aerodynamic. Then again most the market that looks for a full-size truck is the group that NEEDS a full-size truck. Still, doesnt excuse the un-aerodynamic shapes. You can touch everything except the bed, still get decent mileage, and get customers.

Sorry to hear about that Phil (can I call you Phil?) If the diffuser was meant for downforce, than well done! The waters extra resistance yanked it down harder than the air at speeds your truck would ever go. But still, how was it running in a foot of water?

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Old 02-09-2010, 11:02 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Thus is the evolution of the full-size truck! No full-size truck is very aerodynamic. Then again most the market that looks for a full-size truck is the group that NEEDS a full-size truck. Still, doesnt excuse the un-aerodynamic shapes. You can touch everything except the bed, still get decent mileage, and get customers.

Sorry to hear about that Phil (can I call you Phil?) If the diffuser was meant for downforce, than well done! The waters extra resistance yanked it down harder than the air at speeds your truck would ever go. But still, how was it running in a foot of water?
I hope the bolded statement was rhetoric...
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Old 02-09-2010, 11:50 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I hope the bolded statement was rhetoric...
There are a few who do need a full size truck. I see them every now and again with their truck full to capacity, then pulling a trailor. Although the job could be done just as easily with a van. Others I see who own a truck also have a little commuter car. But good news! Even in this crazy winter I have seen fewer trucks, and a LOT less SUVs in my area compared to last year during springtime.
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There are a few who do need a full size truck. I see them every now and again with their truck full to capacity, then pulling a trailor. Although the job could be done just as easily with a van. Others I see who own a truck also have a little commuter car. But good news! Even in this crazy winter I have seen fewer trucks, and a LOT less SUVs in my area compared to last year during springtime.
Yeah, SOME OF THEM need trucks.

Technically, I've already proven that I can get away without a truck for most things I do, but I'd like to expand my services, which is part of the reason I bought a truck. Plus, we have my wife's car, so it's not like the truck is a DD.

If you've seen the things I've hauled in my minivan, you already know I don't really NEED a truck, but I'm willing to take the mileage hit for the convenience of having an open bed to load, rather than trying to fit a 1,000 lb motorcycle into a minivan.
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diffuser in the dry

Hello all and thanks for all your words.
I pulled the naughty bits out of the bed of the truck this A.M. and had a good look at it in 'daylight' ( that's a joke around here lately).
It actually looks as if she struck a submerged object hidden below water.One leading edge of one of the underside aluminum strakes has a fairly significant dent,indicating a solid hit,and there are deep gouges on the adjacent skin.
The water never came in the door although it was up to just below,which would have had the belly for the most part submerged.A passing 4WD caused a wake large enough to 'rock' the truck on it's springs.
Over 35 1/8th-inch pop-rivets were torn free from the superstructure.
Best I can surmise,is that the impact simply displaced the diffuser rearward,with the sound of the collision shared by the cacophony of shearing rivets, and the 833-times more dense than air water pushing/pulling against the concealed forward vertical face of the valance ( Cd 1.11 ).
She's been on the truck since 2004 and has never been a problem.And the damage looks like something I can resolve with my tree stump, rawhide mallet,and some tinner-man's pliers.
She'll go back on as things dry out and time permits.
At 312,000 miles,the T-100 is just getting broke in now and she'll want that diffuser.
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it actually looks as if she struck a submerged object hidden below water.one leading edge of one of the underside aluminum strakes has a fairly significant dent,indicating a solid hit,and there are deep gouges on the adjacent skin.
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Over 35 1/8th-inch pop-rivets were torn free from the superstructure.
Best I can surmise,is that the impact simply displaced the diffuser rearward,with the sound of the collision shared by the cacophony of shearing rivets, and the 833-times more dense than air water pushing/pulling against the concealed forward vertical face of the valance ( Cd 1.11 ).
She's been on the truck since 2004 and has never been a problem.And the damage looks like something I can resolve with my tree stump, rawhide mallet,and some tinner-man's pliers.
You know you're an EcoModder when that's how you say "I struck something underwater"

I understand the diffuser was the lowest part of the car, since nothing else got hit?

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