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How much does your lift effect your MPG?

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by bhh2000, Mar 10, 2012.

  1. Mar 10, 2012 at 11:16 PM
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    bhh2000

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    I am planning on getting a 2-3 inch suspension lift soon and was wondering what if any MPG change I could expect? what does it really change?

    thanks
     
  2. Mar 10, 2012 at 11:19 PM
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    The tires that usually go with a lift will lower the mpg the most
     
  3. Mar 10, 2012 at 11:23 PM
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    This ^^.

    I haven't yet upsized tires, but my ~2" lift didn't change my average mileage (~18MPG) at all.
     
  4. Mar 10, 2012 at 11:52 PM
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    ok, so If I keep 31's like I already have the lift its self shouldn't change my MPG very much? I hear people bitching about how Lifts hurt their milage and thats from the 33's or 35's they put on?
     
  5. Mar 10, 2012 at 11:54 PM
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    you lift the truck to fit bigger tires, and its usually the tires that kill mpgs.

    it also depends on the kind of tire; street tires will get you more MPGs than aggressive mud terrains
     
  6. Mar 10, 2012 at 11:54 PM
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    true! the lift it self should not change it much. it’s the tire size that gets you.
     
  7. Mar 11, 2012 at 12:01 AM
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    The lift alone will affect MPG as you are creating more drag by lifting the body & therefore exposing more of the tires and undercarriage, increasing the amount surface area that has to slice through the air. Adding bigger tires will certainly increase the effect. Don't be surprised if you drop 2mpg with the lift alone.
     
  8. Mar 11, 2012 at 6:27 AM
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    ^ this. I used 8 tanks of gas when I bought my truck and averaged 21 mpg. Installed lift, wheels, & tires now I struggle to get 15 mpg.
     
  9. Mar 11, 2012 at 9:12 AM
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    I had just a 2" lift with stock tires for a few weeks and saw no change in MPG. Then I got 265/75R16 P-rated Hankook A/Ts and still had no change (with odometer corrected for tire size). The P-rating is key, LTs will lose you a couple MPGs.
     
  10. Mar 11, 2012 at 10:29 AM
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    Not true.
    The WHEELS and TIRES are what affected your mileage, not the lift (alone).
    This ^^. I track every tank of gas that goes through my truck and there was ZERO change in mileage with the ~2" suspension lift. (I know that won't be the case when I upsize my tires...)
     
  11. Mar 11, 2012 at 10:52 AM
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    I put a 2" lift on my 07 ext cab with my 255/70/16 and im still getting the same mileage 17-20 city and hwy driving. I will be going to a 265/75/16 to get a 1.5" taller tire and i'm sure i'll loose some MPG than.
     
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    I lifted my truck to perform well off-road and for function not to worry about what kinda MPG im getting. I do have to say my 6 little squirrels are very thirsty in the city an on the highway
     
  13. Mar 11, 2012 at 11:08 AM
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    Lifted mine 2.5", MPG's stayed the same. We'll see what happens after the tires.
     
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    I do believe I said lift, wheels & tires. And you can lose Mpgs with the lift alone, are you implying it's impossible?
     
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    Not to be a jackwagon, but who cares? It may go down a couple, but when you get 18 or so already, what's another couple of MPGs among friends?
     
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    ^^^^^ this. I did the same exact thing (same amount of lift and same tires) and also saw no change!
     
  17. Mar 12, 2012 at 1:55 AM
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    And axles and CVs and diffs. You're also raising the profile of the vehicle, and changing the flow dynamics from factory. Simply by lifting, more air will be diving under the truck, which is notorious for inducing drag.

    But as others have said, every truck and driver is different, and results will vary.
     
  18. Mar 16, 2012 at 11:50 AM
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