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rellik74
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From: Trinidad , Colorado, USA
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posted 08-15-2002 10:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rellik74   Click Here to Email rellik74     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
With the tail gate down is your gas millage any better. With my 98 ranger 4x4 4l I get about 2 mpg better on the highway, around town no diff. When I had my 94 ranger 2x4 2.3L the highway millage was only about .5 mpg better but the performance was noticablely better.

What your thought????????????????

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68F100
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posted 08-15-2002 10:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68F100   Click Here to Email 68F100     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I leave mine up. Even if it meant 10% better gas mileage, I'd only gain 1 mpg.

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ccode67
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posted 08-16-2002 07:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ccode67   Click Here to Email ccode67     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Putting the tailgate down does NOT increase gas mileage, with the gate up the air forms a bubble and the airstream goes over the tailgate, with it down, the airstream is sucked into the bed and causes turbulence and drag.

IF, IF the tailgate being down would save gas, the savings would be more than used up by some bozo rearending the tailgate instead of the bumper.
Bumper = $200 Tailgate + paint = $500

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 08-16-2002 09:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
But leaving the tailgate down works your bed sides loose. My older brother Don has ruined a few truck beds because he never leaves the tailgate on.

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MLariviere
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From: Biddeford,Me.USA
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posted 08-17-2002 09:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MLariviere   Click Here to Email MLariviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Besides,that is so 70's! Trucks were designed to have a tailgate. If you want mileage,get a bed cover.

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rellik74
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From: Trinidad , Colorado, USA
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posted 08-17-2002 11:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rellik74   Click Here to Email rellik74     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My problem with bed cover you can not carry any thing unless it fits under it, with 6' ben every thing sticks out the back, same with camper shell. It even gets worse with a full size spare in a ranger

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GypsyR
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posted 08-18-2002 09:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GypsyR   Click Here to Email GypsyR     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My 89 F150 gets noticeably better mileage on long hiway trips with the gate down. I leave it down.

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 08-19-2002 08:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by rellik74:
My problem with bed cover you can not carry any thing unless it fits under it, with 6' ben every thing sticks out the back, same with camper shell. It even gets worse with a full size spare in a ranger

My tonneau cover takes about two minutes to roll back and tie down.

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67stang
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From: Lynn Haven FL
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posted 08-20-2002 09:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 67stang   Click Here to Email 67stang     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For those who want better gas mileage with a tailgate, get one that is louvered. That is the route I am going.

I personally think trucks look better with the tailgate.

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Dad Vishus
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From: Moscow, Iowa, USA
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posted 08-21-2002 03:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dad Vishus   Click Here to Email Dad Vishus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by rellik74:
My problem with bed cover you can not carry any thing unless it fits under it, with 6' ben every thing sticks out the back, same with camper shell. It even gets worse with a full size spare in a ranger

My new Ranger FX4 has a factory bed cover that is hinged in the middle. The bed on a Ranger is not very deep and I've already found several things that won't fit under it as they are too tall, like gas cans and most coolers.

This bed cover has also had problems with both sides latching. Seems like the things get out of adjustment easily. I looked at taking the thing off and that looks like about a 2 day job and needing 3 men, 2 boys and possibly an engine hoist to accomplish. I don't think I'd buy another one. If I had to haul anything bigger than a cooler, I'd be up a creek.

I can't compare mileage with versus without due to the difficulty of removing the darned thing.


I've owned pickups for years and never ran one with the tailgate down. Doesn't look cool and puts the tailgate in harms way. I suspect the mileage may be a bit better, but just never tried it.

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lyle29464
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posted 08-27-2002 11:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for lyle29464   Click Here to Email lyle29464     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When I leave mine down it fills with rain water. when I put it up almost a gallon comes out.

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Boss302
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From: Coleman, Wisconsin
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posted 08-28-2002 09:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Boss302   Click Here to Email Boss302     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
when my dad had his '85 F250(Big Red) he left the tailgate off...just because it was bent, steel pipe holding it together, and hard to open. hardly ever kept it on.

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skynyrd302
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From: Greer, SC, Greenville
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posted 08-29-2002 06:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for skynyrd302   Click Here to Email skynyrd302     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I saw something on t.v. a long time ago about a study G.M. did on tailgates. The engineers said that the tailgate down caused problems with the structural integrity of the truck and it would probably be worse off in a collision. I don't remember gas mileage changing with the tailgate down. They mentioned the airbubble theory, but I keep mine up because of the safety factor.

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70MachT-5
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From: Pasco, WA (on the banks of the Mighty Columbia River)
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posted 09-06-2002 01:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 70MachT-5   Click Here to Email 70MachT-5     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Whenever I see a truck with the tail gate down, it looks like the guy forgot to close it (like leaving your fuel door open).

I leave my tailgate in the 'up' position and locked all the time.

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