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Old 10-16-2007, 05:09 PM   #11
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eh - I know I know, but it is a truck, and Im going for something similar to this when Im done.
Ha ha. That's what I was thinking you would need in the long run, but you're already there.

I got 23.1 hwy tank before this change...Im really hoping to see 24-24.5 with it. Will find out next monday/tuesday. The hard part for me is not making some other change before the trip, so I know what each change does. Then again - I may get ambitious...who cares what changes makes the most impact - they all work together to give the biggest bang.

Thanks for the feedback.
Speaking as someone who is totally impatient, wait and see what the mod does first. You'll be happier in the long run because you will know what is working for your truck.

Is there any place convinient for you to do a "coast down" test? I'm guessing that all aero mods are subject to this. Right guys and gals?!?!?!?!?


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Old 10-16-2007, 05:15 PM   #12
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Holy smokes that looks pro!

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Old 10-16-2007, 05:18 PM   #13
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Thought about trying to extend the body lines through the skirts?
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Old 10-16-2007, 06:01 PM   #14
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looks liek excelent work, but i have 2 comments,

1 its a huge box, not much aero at all.

2nd is most trucks (dunno about new 150's) but on mine , in front of the tire and behind it theres no wheel well much at all so you still got all the air goin under the truck and hittin the tire and causin a pocket of air...
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Old 10-16-2007, 07:10 PM   #15
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You might consider some stickers. Mine save me some time talking.

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Old 10-16-2007, 09:34 PM   #16
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Looks like some very solid looking skirts. Good luck on the mpg battle with that beast.

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Old 10-17-2007, 01:39 AM   #17
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that's a very nice skirt! looks especially good on this type of vehicle.

i like it when custom FE mods actually look stock... tape and cardboard have a a certain charm, and it's fantastic that with the addition of these one can actually improve their FE, but people will quickly start to make fun of a good idea if it looks a little to DIY...

this looks like something people would pay for.

i hope the stock wheel covers of the 30's will come back some day

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Old 10-17-2007, 02:24 AM   #18
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Excellent skirting on the F-150.
One thing to keep in mind. Put a layer of something between the aluminum and the steel truck body because those two metals create a static corrosion. Semi trailers use a strip of nylon between the two.
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Old 10-17-2007, 03:10 AM   #19
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Originally Posted by SVOboy View Post
Thought about trying to extend the body lines through the skirts?
nope - i have no idea how I would do that. Maybe someone else could give that a shot. Im done with this one, save removing it all and inserting that strip of nylon BMac suggested. Thanks BMac - I didnt know that, sure wish I had before it was all assembled!

Thanks to all for the encouraging feedback! It inspires me to continue...that along with better FE gains!
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Old 10-17-2007, 07:29 AM   #20
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...Dealers don't care squat about anything except cash flow.
Yup. I was at a Honda dealership yesterday asking about a Civic HX they had listed. They had no clue that it was 10-20% better FE than a regular Civic, let alone any details on why or how it achieved that improvement. Wasn't there either, sold earlier and's listings were outdated.

OK, that was way off topic. I apologize.

Those wheel covers are very, very nice. Even someone who could care less about FE or true aero would appreciate the look.

I hope your paint on coroplast holds up better than mine. I eventually resorted to colored duct tape; the paint came off too easily. But it was on an air dam; it took a real bashing up there. That air dam is now removed; replaced with thin plywood.

These give me some inspiration for covers for my car. I think by putting the horizontal braces on the cover instead of attaching to the wheel well, that might make the whole thing quickly removable from the curved aluminum edge strip.

It looks like you got the coroplast to flex to a compound curve? Details?

Currently getting +/- 50 mpg in fall weather. EPA is 31/39 so not too shabby. WAI, fuel cutoff switch, full belly pan, smooth wheel covers.

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