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Rod & cooler rack for surf buggy, front vs. rear opinions please.

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I also think a large front mount definitly saps your gas mileage(if you make long treks like I do)and restricts air moving across the radiator

and tranny cooler,if equipped.

Just a thought.

 

I'm no engineer, but i'm not really sure i follow the lower MPG's arguement. If you are putting a cooler on the roof, I understand that would hurt mileage, but not sure how putting it on front would hurt, unless said cooler is actually taller than your hood or wider than your truck, which is just about never the case.

 

Thinking about it for a minute, a big cooler could actually INCREASE mpg's since it basically turns your front end into a big smooth surface. ...

 

As far as restricting air flow on long trips, this would only be an issue when the cooler is up front. I usually leave the cooler in the back on the highway and put it in the rack when my tires touch the sand to avoid this potential problem. Around town i leave cooler in the rack

 

I've had racks on front and back, and for me i'd never do another rear mount unless i had no other choice

 

 

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Old thread revisited. Cool.

I went with the rear swing-away on my '02 SuperCrew. Absolutley no sand/dirt/grime/road gunk issues.And the access is easy.All my gear is in the bed. Have had it on the truck for a few years now, and it's holding up great. I'm sure I'll never go back to a front mount unless it's absolutley necessary.

I just think having a big, heavy, wide block of a cooler rack in the front of a well engineered,aerodynamic vehicle would cause the mpg's to suffer a bit, and the engine work harder because of the blocked airflow.I'm no engineer either............JMHO.

 

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Old thread revisited. Cool.

I went with the rear swing-away on my '02 SuperCrew. Absolutley no sand/dirt/grime/road gunk issues.And the access is easy.All my gear is in the bed. Have had it on the truck for a few years now, and it's holding up great. I'm sure I'll never go back to a front mount unless it's absolutley necessary.

I just think having a big, heavy, wide block of a cooler rack in the front of a well engineered,aerodynamic vehicle would cause the mpg's to suffer a bit, and the engine work harder because of the blocked airflow.I'm no engineer either............JMHO.

 

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http://www.stripersonline.com/image/id/2128637/width/350/height/700]

 

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http://www.stripersonline.com/image/id/2128639/width/350/height/700]

nice rack where did you get it

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Thanks TO.

Google Swingaway,and you'll find the frame. Myself and a buddy fabbed up the cooler/rod rack.

The box is from American Van.

 

and this ties it all in. 1 of the best I've seen.

 

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Old thread revisited. Cool.

I went with the rear swing-away on my '02 SuperCrew. Absolutley no sand/dirt/grime/road gunk issues.And the access is easy.All my gear is in the bed. Have had it on the truck for a few years now, and it's holding up great. I'm sure I'll never go back to a front mount unless it's absolutley necessary.

I just think having a big, heavy, wide block of a cooler rack in the front of a well engineered,aerodynamic vehicle would cause the mpg's to suffer a bit, and the engine work harder because of the blocked airflow.I'm no engineer either............JMHO.

 

[img=

 

http://www.stripersonline.com/image/id/2128637/width/350/height/700]

 

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http://www.stripersonline.com/image/id/2128639/width/350/height/700]

 

I really like your set up. WOW.

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The Front is the way to go, I have had a 100 quart cooler/rack on the front of my Jeep for 10years+ with no issues,

I like pulling up to the surf line & having easy access to my stuff.

 

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