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Ok, I had a brain fart idea today. We know the tonoue cover deal, and we know making a slanted covering from the roof to the tail gate is "ideal". So what if you bought a cheap, crappy ugly topper, and did some hacking/modifications to it. and use a snap fit vinyl on the top, and use the topper as a frame/side/front support system. I'd be very cursious as to what affect that would have on MPG's for a bone stock 4x4 6.0 CC/SB setup. that would be an awsome magazine write up for a diesel power. :thumb:
 

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Sounds good, but wouldn't the extra weight of the topper offset any MPG advantage?
 

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Check out mythbusters, they did a whole show about these theories. :thumb:
 

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Someone posted a link in a different thread about similar ideas... some guy with a Red Xcab 7.3 getting 26mpg hwy. That guy lowered it, and built a custom vinyl enclosure like I detailed at first. and it's on pizza cutters... full blown go fast save fuel F250. Only issue I see with what he did, is it's kina expensive and pointless. b/c now you have a lowrider, covered up pickup. not a lot of use.
 

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That's actually a damn good idea, although it would too short (unless you had a short box and ordered the long box version). All you'd have to do is build the sides.

I've been thinking about how to do this myself, and there is actually a better design possible (curved), I just haven't worked out the math yet (end of the semester = no time to engage in such things)

2000 Ford F350 Power Stroke Diesel Truck Mileage - Diesel Power Magazine

There's the article.

Someone posted a link in a different thread about similar ideas... some guy with a Red Xcab 7.3 getting 26mpg hwy. That guy lowered it, and built a custom vinyl enclosure like I detailed at first. and it's on pizza cutters... full blown go fast save fuel F250. Only issue I see with what he did, is it's kina expensive and pointless. b/c now you have a lowrider, covered up pickup. not a lot of use.
And yeah, why bother driving a fullsize if you're going to essentially neuter it's pickup truck capabilities? A hinge on this thing would be crucial. Look up "kamm backs" and you'll see the curved design I'm talking about (think the back of a prius)
 

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And yeah, why bother driving a fullsize if you're going to essentially neuter it's pickup truck capabilities? A hinge on this thing would be crucial.

Yeah he put a set of 3.08 gears in it.

You could just build a custom front end thats pointed like a rocket and chop the top.
The main reason why is your truck is aerodynamic as a barn door at 55+ MPH
 

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Yeah he put a set of 3.08 gears in it. LAME

You could just build a custom front end thats pointed like a rocket and chop the top.
Rockets aren't the optimal aerodynamic shape, raindrops/teardrops are. The top doesn't matter much (although it does contribute to frontal area).

You probably get the best gains in this order:

  1. Airdam (Possibly in conjunction with lowering it, but that defeats the purpose of having a truck
  2. Aerodynamic (not flat) bedcover
  3. Grill blocking (the huge radiators don't need all that air when not towing)
  4. Bellypan/diffuser after rear axle
Part of the problem is that a lot of modifications aren't suitable for truck use, especially if you go offroad. Then there's the whole heat dissipation thing that comes up when you start blocking things off.

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The slanted back is a great way to save fuel. It would be so ugly looking you wouldn't want to drive it.
 

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The slanted back is a great way to save fuel. It would be so ugly looking you wouldn't want to drive it.
:rofl: I was thinking the same thing. If you want to drive one of these rigs and save $ why not consider making bio or running WVO? I drive my truck for a reason and I don't plan on driving slower or making it ugly to save a few bucks. Hammer down:thumb:
 
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