Originally Posted by ccernst
rock on man. if you can do it on the cheap, for long hauls it will be worth it.
I saw a dodge a few months back running around KC that had a particle/chip board hatch mocked up like that. It honestly didn't look too bad. If he had used better materials, it'd look nice. If you plan on making the skin aluminum, I think you could get it looking nice.
if you did a belly cover, wouldn't that trap heat in from the exhaust??
I think that guy might be on ecomodders, or at least I know there is a post about someone doing aero mods on a dakota.
the bellypan will retain some heat, but Im planning on putting a couple of heat ports near the rear to draw most of it out, also will be wrapping the entire exhaust with exhaust tape. I'll also have to extend my tailpipe out some so fumes dont get stuck under there, as well as go over the entire exhaust system with a fine toothed comb to make sure there are no leaks or loose connections.
its also why I plan on using aluminum over coroplast.
Originally Posted by 03crewcabranger
We don't get Diesel Rangers here in Mexico... gotta go a little far south...
Now, regarding a Diesel engine swap. It'd be expensive at first, but in the long run, the savings would be much higher, don't you think? All this if you're planning on keeping your truck for a long time.
not really, the mpg rating for them is around 30mpg, which is in the area Im trying to get to
Ive been figuring costs and its looking like I would be spending about $700.0 for materials + my time. with those costs, this plan would pay for itself in 1-2 yrs in savings if I can push my mpg up to 30+mpg.
I thought you had linked a crewcab diesel for sale near you several months ago ?
meh, that does kind of suck as I had considered going that route, by selling my ranger to get most of the money together.
did mockup of the front grill and stage 1 of where I plan on going with the front bumper.
this isnt all within scale, Im pretty sure the perforated material has smaller holes.