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Best tire for gas milage?

Discussion in 'Wheels & Tires' started by Gregman, Nov 4, 2010.

  1. Nov 4, 2010 at 7:35 AM
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    Gregman

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    What is the best tire size, make, and model for the best gas milage?
    I know the biggest factor is probably the weight with the lighter tires being better, but there is also the outside diameter or circumference or the number of revolutions per mile or however you want to look at it. And there is also the sidewall stiffness and width of the tide or aspect ratio, so would a 16" or 17" or larger be better? I have a set of the original 16" Toyota steel rims and a set of 16" Toyota aluminum rims off of a 4-Runner which are lighter, so I'll probably put the highway tires on those and mount up a set of off road tires to the steel rims. Oh, and my truck is a SR5 V6 4x4 auto.

    Just wondering.
     
  2. Nov 4, 2010 at 7:50 AM
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    rim size doesnt matter.

    if all you want is the BEST gas mileage, you want a tire thats narrower, lighter, and with poorer traction (less rolling resistance).
     
  3. Nov 4, 2010 at 8:17 AM
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    Like he said, light weight and tread design are the big things. I just put on a set of MS2's but havent' driven enough to tell any mpg difference yet compared with my toyo at's I had before.
     
  4. Nov 4, 2010 at 9:13 AM
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    Yeah, I am pretty much set on the Michelin LTX M/S2 but was just wondering if I should be looking at anything else. I checked the specs at the tirerack.com and an LTX M/S2 with a load rating of 109 (2271 lbs) weighs just 34 lbs but has a max inflation pressure of 44 psi so I am thinking it is pretty much a highway tire. This tire is priced at $145 each with a $70 discount for 4 of them ($510 total), which I think is a fairly good deal.
     
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    What size tires are you looking at? Mine are 265/70/16 and they cost a total of $708 installed, I couldn't find that size cheaper anywhere. If you're looking for a highway tire the MS2's are great, mine have given me a noticably smoother and quieter ride.
     
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    I'm just figuring whether I should pull the trigger but either way, GoodYear Assurance Fuel Max are supposed to be very light weight and add between 3-4 mpg. The traction is also not too bad and price between $125 and $175.
     

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