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Old December 15th, 2011, 07:27 AM
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Roof Rack Cost/Benefit Analysis

For most of my trucks 298,000 miles it has had a full length custom fabricated rack. It served a practical addition when making extended trips to mesoamerica. I am not making those trips anymore and other than my sons stating there is a certain "cool factor" keeping it installed, it serves no practical function.
I know it adds wind resistance to an already aerodynamically challenged design....but how much? The truck's 4.0 consistently gets 13-14 mpg unless strong head or tail winds.

Does anyone have any before/after mpg data or experiences on the subject?

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Old December 15th, 2011, 07:57 AM
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I used to think I would take the rack off and only use it when I needed to haul something. In the long run it turns out that the best storage location for it is on top of the truck.
Also, I never know when I will need it. Due to my whimsical nature I sometimes haul stuff home that is sitting on someone's curb.
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Old December 15th, 2011, 08:10 AM
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cant argue with that reasoning. I used it the other day to haul the christmas tree home (could have used pick up truck) jon
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Old December 15th, 2011, 11:29 AM
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If you don't have issues with parking decks and the like, the rack isn't a rusty mess and you don't have a good place to store it (or friends to help with the install and removal) then I say leave it.

These trucks will never get great mileage so I wouldn't sweat it.
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Old December 15th, 2011, 11:40 AM
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Can we discuss the fact you have 300k on your truck? Damn man and it's a 97. Must be because of the stout 4.0.

I say leave the rack on.
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Old December 15th, 2011, 02:26 PM
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Ha, the truck has never seen the inside of a parking garage. Actually its a good thing, because hotel valets let me park in the front of the hotel. The 4.0 engine and drivetrain has served me well, except for a water pump, alternator and u-joints which failed. I use it, but dont abuse it.

What mpg figures do you guys get without a roof rack? As stated earlier, I get around 14mpg
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Old December 15th, 2011, 02:45 PM
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my 90 would get 15-17 without the rack and when we would load it up with the rack and go for a long drive it would usually do better - I think partly with the freeway driving vs city i had a 95 with the 3.9 so not sure it that makes alot of difference

the only reason we would take the rack off was it was a little quieter without the rack and it would fit in my garage without the rack

it definitely looks better with the rack on and gave the kids a place to play
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Old December 15th, 2011, 04:11 PM
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PO of my 110 ran it into a parking garage at fairly high speed. Crushed the basket but only slightly tweaked the cage. Sort of amazing.
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Keep the rack on only for the fact that it is awesome. I can't park anywhere but man my truck is sweet
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Old December 15th, 2011, 04:35 PM
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Is it the SD rack? If so keep it as it is awesome and the holes are already drilled.
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