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Gas Mileage and Tailgates

Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by HuckleSmothered, Nov 9, 2011.

  1. HuckleSmothered

    HuckleSmothered [OP] Member

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    I've been looking to see if there is a better way to keep my tailgate position; open, closed, off, netting, etc, in relationship to gas mileage.

    I looked into this a while ago and found conflicting information and studies. So far, my memory tells me the best gas mileage to the worst is this:

    - Shell (well fitted and lightweight)
    http://www.ehow.com/facts_7533243_effect-tailgate-cover-gas-mileage.html
    - Tailgate down
    - Tailgate up
    - Net tailgate
    - Tailgate off

    Can anyone provide evidence (contrary or supporting or personal) of this?

    Tonneau cover better. Tailgate off or net tailgate worse.
    http://www.ehow.com/facts_7533243_effect-tailgate-cover-gas-mileage.html
     
  2. HuckleSmothered

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  3. TacomaBuzz

    TacomaBuzz Manual Transmission Enthusiast

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    I believe mythbusters tested this and concluded that you get better MPG's with the tailgate closed. it creates a swirling effect in the bed an helps push your truck forward.
     
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    I have a tonneau but don't think it does much for mileage. I usually get the rated highway mpg around town. The biggest factor in mpg for me is how hard i press on the gas pedal.
     
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    I see people with their tailgate down and I laugh because it looks so stupid. Also at 1000ish a pop I'm not leaving the tailgate down for longer than it needs to be down.

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  7. TacomaBuzz

    TacomaBuzz Manual Transmission Enthusiast

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    X2 whipper, I'm always afraid some asshat is going to hit it with the way some people tailgate, No pun intended!
     
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