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Old 03-14-2013, 01:28 PM   #21
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Haha, it actually took me a few days to finally look up the part numbers to post up. I was too lazy the first couple days of seeing this thread to do it!

How do you like your faring? I have been thinking of one, but the wind noise really isn't bad now, so I'm not sure about it.

One more thing to mention, I've not noticed too much of an MPG decrease with the rack, maybe 0-1 with just the rack and 1-2 with bikes, but I don't think I have enough miles logged to really get an accurate feel for it.
I should try it without the fairing.. I bet it gets better MPG.. I've seen my mileage go down ~2-3.

I got it for free with the setup.. and I liked the "bling" aspect of it.
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Old 03-21-2013, 07:32 AM   #22
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Update:
I took the fairing off and can come to the conclusion that it was ruining my MPG.
Did the same trip with and without it on.

With fairing MPG: 32.5
Without fairing MPG: 36.4

I guess I will be ditching the "bling" (although it is a little more noisey).

Anyone want to buy a Thule original (555) wind fairing.

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That's an interesting result, 'Sickle. Kind of counter-intuitive, I would have thought the opposite. Fluid dynamics borders on Chaos theory at times, I think.
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[QUOTE=Matasickle;4647040]Update:
I took the fairing off and can come to the conclusion that it was ruining my MPG.
Did the same trip with and without it on.

With fairing MPG: 32.5
Without fairing MPG: 36.4

I guess I will be ditching the "bling" (although it is a little more noisey).

Anyone want to buy a Thule original (555) wind fairing.


To be fair, you should do multiple trips and average the results. Too many things could affect this outcome, gas,temp,driving,wind,mouse in the intake....one pass isn't enough data to verify. Put it on, take it off, repeat.... You may get the same results, if so great, but you might find it evens out or even reverses the results, no way to tell with only one test.
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Update:
I took the fairing off and can come to the conclusion that it was ruining my MPG.
Did the same trip with and without it on.

With fairing MPG: 32.5
Without fairing MPG: 36.4
Damn, wish I could get the mileage you get WITH the fairing....
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To be fair, you should do multiple trips and average the results. Too many things could affect this outcome, gas,temp,driving,wind,mouse in the intake....one pass isn't enough data to verify. Put it on, take it off, repeat.... You may get the same results, if so great, but you might find it evens out or even reverses the results, no way to tell with only one test.
As an avid cyclist I would say wind drag would have a huge affect on gas mileage over long distances. Cars have a much bigger surface area to overcome than I do so with a headwind of 5-10 MPH I am working(on a bike) much harder than with a tailwind. So with a car travelling @ 55-70 MPH AND with a headwind you are correct, with only one test that is not enough data to quantify MPG results.
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Fair enough guys.
I'm sticking with keeping it off.
If I was a better person, I'd do multiple test for the love of science. But I'm kind of an A-hole and super lazy.
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Fair enough guys.
I'm sticking with keeping it off.
If I was a better person, I'd do multiple test for the love of science. But I'm kind of an A-hole and super lazy.
BWHAHAHA

Put that fairing up in the BST section.
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put that fairing up in the bst section.
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Set up looks good, guys with the pics.
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