Pickup truck aeroshell

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Pickup trucks have high coefficients of drag. Fortunately, they're also ideal platforms for adding this highly effective aerodynamic modification.

A number of EcoModders have undertaken this task, recording highway fuel economy improvements of between 13-20% compared to an uncovered bed.

They can be built in such a way as to retain the usability of the bed as well.

Instructions for mod

Information required: How do people perform this modification, pictures, problems, what to look out for
Information required: A listing for different ways to do this if its different on different types of cars

User experiences

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User data
User Name Car Make, Model, Year Cost of Mod Time to Perform Mod MPG Before Mod MPG After Mod MPG improvement guess Instruction Link
ccrider Toyota Tacoma 2002 25.775 26.863 4.2% tacoma aerocap ABA test
cons 04 Ranger $300 20 hours 30 MPG 34 MPG 11.76 (4 MPG) tank to tank testing, better results with trailing edge extended beyond tailgate AeroRanger (brother to AeroJeep) boat-tail
t vago 2000 Dodge Dakota Quad Cab $170 40 hours 18.9 MPG 20.5 MPG 8.3% t_vago's compound curve foam board pickup aeroshell

Problems / Consequences of mod

- Poorly constructed or mounted shells could fly off due to fast airflow


Forum thread links

Commercially produced aerodynamic pickup bed cap

Phil Knox fleet - 34 years of aeromodding

Nissan OEM pickup aeroshell / bed cap

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