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Retractable tailgate

  1. Jul 9, 2008 #1
    Why don't pickup trucks come with a tailgate designed to retract (manually) before highway driving when practicable? It seems self defeating to have such inefficient drag as from an upright tailgate. I believe that by this retraction the truck's highway consumption would increase by at least 1/2 MPG.
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  3. Jul 10, 2008 #2


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    I'm not sure about the efficiency of that. Someone (I think that it was Mythbusters) did some tests that showed not a lot of difference in drag with the tailgate up or down. That's all that I have for now, since my memory is failing.
  4. Jul 10, 2008 #3
    yes, they showed that tail gate up maintains a nice separation bubble behind the tail gate(towards the truck), and act as a boundary for incoming stream, hence reducing pressure drag
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