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answer to a debate?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas' started by maction17, Jun 11, 2007.

  1. Jun 11, 2007 at 10:58 AM
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    maction17

    maction17 [OP] Member

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    so here's the debate: tail down saves or uses more gas on the highway?

    i have a friend that swears it saves a couple mpg, but someone just told me the television show "mythbusters" recently discovered it causes a truck to be less effecient. anyone know for sure?
     
  2. Jun 11, 2007 at 11:15 AM
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    007Tacoma

    007Tacoma I dub thee malicious!

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    NOT FROM EXPERIENCE, but from what I have heard from other people: it really depends on the truck. Many 1st Gen Tacoma owners claim to get better mileage if they take their tailgate OFF. I have heard one or two 2nd Gen Tacoma owners have said that just dropping it has helped them. Most people on here claim that a tonneau cover does not hurt or help their mileage. I have been told from many Ford F-150 owners that the tailgate is not even a question - it still gets the same mileage. My grandfather's 92 Silverado got better mileage without the tailgate. Of course, it got worse mileage after we hooked up the boat.
    :rolleyes:

    I am going to go with a tonneau cover for security. My tailgate will get a lock on it. I am not worried about the MPG as much anymore - it is, after all, a truck.
    ;)
     
  3. Jun 11, 2007 at 1:30 PM
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    stinger86

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    Mythbusters has tried this myth twice both times tailgate down has been busted. But they did find that a mesh tailgate did prove more effective. Episode #43 first time and Episode #64 revisit

    Linkage

    not saying mythbusters are a end all of facts but they did usually do a good job
     
  4. Jun 11, 2007 at 1:32 PM
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    irvinec32

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    this is a good explaination.

    http://www.dailyfueleconomytip.com/?p=58

    newer trucks spend significant time in wind tunnels for testing, therefore, will have very good aerodynamics.

    if you think about the dimples on a golf ball, one might think that it adds wind resistance and would hinder your distance. on the contrary, it adds signifcant yards to your drives.
     
  5. Jun 11, 2007 at 1:53 PM
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    kngharley

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    My mileage has stayed the same. I tried the tailgate thing and spent 1000.00 on a hard cover and yet its the same.
     
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