Last post on Jan 15, 1999 at 1:24 AM
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Jan 02, 1999 (11:51 pm)
My '85 F150 4x4 gets ALWAYS runs out of gas at 209 miles (give or take 0.6 miles). I've been testing my fuel mileage by alternating a few tanks with and a few tanks without the tailgate for about 6 months now. Without the tailgate, I've been consistently getting an additional 19 miles out of a tank. That's been a 1mpg gain for me.
Of course, that's my testing, your mileage may vary
Jan 06, 1999 (4:10 pm)
One thing to watch for -- I've heard of people given tickets for driving with their tailgate down not for length reasons (although making your vehicle longer than it seems might be annoying if someone pulls up close to you at a red light) but because it can obscure the license plate, which most certainly is illegal.
Jan 06, 1999 (7:17 pm)
Actually, I should clarify that when I talk about the difference with/without a tailgate, I don't leave mine 'down', but rather take it off completely.
#21 of 21 JTO
Jan 15, 1999 (1:24 am)
I wouldn't drive with it down! Not because of covering the plate.... because I watched one unhook after some poor sap went over a bump!! It only has to swing up about 45 degrees for most tailgates to come off!