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post #1 of 12 Old 04-23-2008, 08:42 AM Thread Starter
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Aerodynamics of Bug flector

Does anyone know how much of a difference the BugFlectors make at hwy speeds? i've been searching around the net and they don't have a very good reputation for saving fuel or helping aerodynamics. But I hate it when the front hood lip gets chewed up from bugs and debre, after a few yrs it looks horrible. Maybe I shoul do the Hood bra/biki bra for the hood edge only.

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My 2003 has one from ford and there is no difference in MPG but it does keep the gravel from chipping the hood.

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yeah, the functionality far outweighs the bad looks IMO. The biggest thing you can do to make them less destructive on the hood is to take it off even once a month and clean all the debris out of there. It's the rubbing action of built up dirt and grit that causes so many problems.

also, a bra looks waaaaay worse.
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There are pretty effective clear bra products out there now. Somewhat like plastic wrap.

I don't have any data on bug deflectors (yet). Screwing up the flow on the front can't do good things for your aero though

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Yeah, I was thinking about maybe getting the front 6" done in that clear protecto stuff. But the cost won't do anything for saving gas (money). Cancel each other out. and I really do like the bug flector. my front end looks new. All the cars I've had, old used ones only is what i've had, all look like poo upfront, chipped, tons of knicks, just totally sand blasted looking. Hate that.

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With your chrome pkg i would say a low profile chrome deflecter would look good on your truck and save your hood... I run one and love it... money well spent

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You drive a brick house on wheels which weighs 7000lbs+ and you're worried about a bud deflector killing mileage? Are you joking? I got one, I love it. I think they look good and they serve a purpose. hahah Just get one already!





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Screwing up the flow on the front can't do good things for your aero though
Honestly, I parked my truck in front of my girls car yesterday. I realize why she gets 30mpg hwy and I only get 18. I'm happy with that MPG looking at the HUGE differences.

I don't think a 1" increase in height is going to matter honestly...

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eh, just an idea I figured I'd ask. maybe everyone knew something I didn't. bug flector stays.

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Yeah... I think you'd be better off staying out of the throttle, running slower, combining trips, letting your friends drive YOU around... that'll save you ALOT. Everybody wants to be in my truck cuz it's big, loud and fast....

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