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3" Lift vs mpg (fuel economy) ! How bad is it now vs before lift???

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by moulin6801, Jul 22, 2010.

  1. Jul 22, 2010 at 4:50 PM
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    moulin6801

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    Hey guys , I m saving my coins for my next mod and I have "lift" in my mind. See a few threads about cost but not really on how does it affect MPG and ride quality...
    Can you experts give us your thoughts?!?
    Thanks
    David
     
  2. Jul 22, 2010 at 4:52 PM
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    08pretaco

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    Ride quality depends all on what setup you get. Spend more on better quality parts = better ride, skimp to save money = shitty ride. OME is a great coilover for the front and the springs and shocks were built to run together. The ride will become more harsh the higher you lift. To be perfectly honest, if you have a prerunner go with a Spindle lift. Keeps your stock geometry and the ride is amazing!

    The biggest factor on MPG is not necessarily lifting the truck (though it alters the aero of the truck) but the biggest factor is really the tires. You get bigger tires then they are heavier, then you mess with the final drive ratio and such.

    Do not be afraid to get a lift because you think its going to kill you mileage!
     
  3. Jul 22, 2010 at 4:56 PM
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    3-6 mpgs less
     
  4. Jul 22, 2010 at 5:04 PM
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    i think i've heard quite a few times the avg with 285's is 16-19mpg, somone correct me if im wrong
     
  5. Jul 22, 2010 at 5:09 PM
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    i have a 3" lift of a spacer in the front and AAL in the back with a diff drop. running 33" BFG TA tires i get about 17MPG with a heavy foot sometimes... all together about $400 nothing to brag about, but the ride seems just as smooth to me
     
  6. Jul 22, 2010 at 5:12 PM
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    My Scan gauge showed a one MPG less (18 to 17) after the 3 inch lift and the 285's droped it to 17 to 16's...ride on road is the same (even at 85 mph), ride off road is stiffer for sure..Scan gauge is reading within a few 1/10's at every fillup
     
  7. Jul 22, 2010 at 5:54 PM
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    15 mpg before lift....15 mpg after lift..haha no change for me
     
  8. Jul 22, 2010 at 6:48 PM
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    16.5 before the lift, 14 afterthe lift and 285's.
     
  9. Jul 22, 2010 at 6:52 PM
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  10. Jul 22, 2010 at 6:59 PM
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    Not too bad... I'm averaging 16.6 combined including my highway, in town, towing, and offroading on 3" of lift w/35's. Click my Fuelly bar in my sig for detailed info on my fillups.
     
  11. Sep 18, 2010 at 6:33 PM
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    Was getting 21 mpg out of some fillups before lifting........less mileage now is far out weighed by how much more I love my truck now that it's lifted!
     
  12. Oct 13, 2010 at 6:57 PM
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    I just finished lifting my V6 access cab with a final height up front of just under 4".

    Before: 13.5 L/100Km
    After: 13.6 L/100Km

    This is only after 2 fill ups so I'm thinking the extra .1 is just random. Bottom line : it's the same for me! When I put on 285's I'm expecting a change, though ...
     
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