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Old 07-27-2016, 06:34 PM   #15
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10 years ago i built and tuned a 1972 Chevrolet 1/2 ton truck with 454 and a 8ft box with stock tailgate
We drag raced that truck for 2 years, we always had good slicks on the rear. Everyone at the track bugged us to run with the tailgate down, said we would be faster.I was very scientific about testing and that truck always went quicker and faster mph with the tailgate up.We ran it up and we ran it down many many times and it was never faster with the tailgate down, not even one time. I would have to say aerodynamicly the truck was creating less drag
with the tailgate up so I would think it would get better gas mileage on the street.

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Old 07-27-2016, 08:38 PM   #16
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I pull GN and 5th wheel trailers so I wouldn't be without my Custom Flow V gate.
Lots of turbulence in the bed with a 5th wheel trailer that requires everything to be tied down. With the vented V gate everything stays in its place.
I've had v gates on big block/small block gazzers and diesel powered pickups. Never noticed any loss or mpg gains with them.
For my use its so much easier to hook and unhook.

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