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Old 05-16-2001, 04:57 PM   #1
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Post silly question: Removing crossbars give me better mileage?

Since I rarely if ever end up with stuff on the roof (I usually can cram everything inside the wagon) I was wondering if removing the two factory cross-bars would help me out in the MPG department?

Reduce noise?

Look cooler?

Anything?

(Ok I am bored and finally found the hex screwdriver that came with the car)

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Old 05-16-2001, 05:27 PM   #2
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Defitely reduces cabin noise. Don't know that you will get a perceptible mpg gain.
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Old 05-16-2001, 07:07 PM   #3
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Thanks I will do this and see how it looks and sounds.
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Old 05-16-2001, 07:33 PM   #4
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this is what it looks like:
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Old 05-16-2001, 09:52 PM   #5
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hehe
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( 'cept I pulled all the gold trim off mine)
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Old 05-17-2001, 06:28 AM   #6
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I've been considering pulling the crossbars off mine as well, as i'm sure they're not doing any good and i know i'll never use them.

One guy did do this to his GT and had everything taken off, filled and repainted. It looked very good.
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Old 05-17-2001, 06:36 AM   #7
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I pulled the crossbars off of mine. Just four torx screws holds 'em on. I if I need the bars, just put 'em back on.



The wind noise is definitely reduced. I doubt there was any performance gain to be had... It certainly looks cooler!

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Old 05-17-2001, 07:05 AM   #8
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Don't know if pulling off the factory crossbars will do much for mileage, but this'll cost ya about 8 MPG, so don't do it.



But it is still better than a SUV :-)
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Old 05-17-2001, 09:51 AM   #9
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Nice cannondale!

I have an old F500 model, but with an upgraded headshock unit (2.5 inches travel).

Of course I bought it when I was in 9th grade and it is only a 17 inch frame so it is getting a bit small for me... but very fun!

Need a longer seatpost though.
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Old 05-17-2001, 07:30 PM   #10
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I've had my crossbars off for at least a year. While I didn't notice any real gas mileage improvement, I did find less wind noise and better directional stability (less wind buffeting).
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Old 05-18-2001, 10:34 AM   #11
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Actually, a roof rack will cause a definite increase in Cd (coefficient of drag), as much as .10. For highway driving, removing the crossbars will decrease drag and probably give you slightly better mileage. The main part of the rack will still be there, but it has very little frontal area (one of the main components of drag) and will have relatively little effect. Lots of you here have mentioned that removing the crossbars reduces noise. Well that noise, my friends, is friction. Reduce friction - reduce drag.
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Old 05-18-2001, 11:10 AM   #12
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I don't think anyone said you wouldn't get ANY mileage gain, just nothing really noticable.

Obviously any reduction of drag, or weight, will give you some marginal mileage gain.
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