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Unfortunately, our trucks are so heavy that removing the tailgate isn't really taking off as much weight as it would be for a smaller truck (only about 70 lbs. out of 7200 lbs.). Also, our cabins are so big that I really doubt you'll see much of a reduction in air drag. And if there was some air drag in the first place, I don't think it would really cause enough of a drag on the powertrain to reduce fuel economy.
I would love to do some comparisons with tailgate down+net, with tailgate up, and with no tailgate+net. But unfortunately, almost all of my driving is in the city, I tend to ***** it around town every once in a while, and the amount of fuel in my tank is directly correlated to the amount of money in my account (which tends to fluctuate every so often). If I take my truck on a roadtrip this summer I might test it out though.
2001 Ford F250 Super Duty XLT - Extended Cab Long Bed - 7.3L Powerstroke Turbo Diesel - 4x2 - 2005 Headlights - 2005 Chrome Tow Mirrors - Platinum Edition Front Bumper - 22x9.5 Granite Alloy GA7's with 305/44-22 Tires - NAPA Gold 6637 - Foil Removal - 6000k HIDs - Smoked Taillights - Painted Grille
Soon to Come: Wicked Wheel, Tuner, Exhaust, Audio System.
Last edited by 2001_F250; 05-21-2012 at 01:55 AM.