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Leveling Kit Mileage

Discussion in '3rd Gen Tundras (2014+)' started by harrisdoggy, Jun 22, 2016.

  1. Jun 22, 2016 at 8:26 AM
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    Curious to see if anyone has any info on gas mileage difference after putting a leveling kit on a 2016 Crewmax SR5 with TRD package, maybe with slightly larger tires (I'm not sure on size exactly, whatever looks good) on the stock 18" wheels. Thinking of just leveling it. Since I'm closer to 40 than 30 and I haul kids around in it I prolly better not get it lifted.....:)

    Thanks!
     
  2. Jun 22, 2016 at 8:30 AM
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    I usually get about 13-16 with a leveling and 33 inch tires(BFG Ko2) on 20" rims. I have a 2015 crewmax SR5 with TRD package.
     
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  3. Jun 22, 2016 at 8:49 AM
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    Lifting a vehicle has little to no effect on gas mileage. The biggest effect on gas mileage will be the tires; size, type, weight, and tread pattern. Also, different tires of the same size will effect gas mileage differently. For example, a heavy mud tire with an aggressive tread will give you lower gas mileage than a lighter highway tire of the same size.
     
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  4. Jun 22, 2016 at 10:03 AM
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    You'll see a drop. I've had a drop in MPG on all trucks I've owned that I've lifted and leveled. It changes the aerodynamics of the truck and exposes more drag underneath. It may not seem like a big drop, maybe 1-2 mpg but for a truck that gets 20 mpg on a good day, that's a 10% drop. Bigger, heavier tires will drop it another few MPG. Which is why I'm keeping mine stock for now, I need it as efficient as possible (for a truck).

    My last truck I lifted (F150) got 22 mpg dropped to 19 after the lift and never got over 16 mpg after the new wheels and tires.
     
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  5. Jun 22, 2016 at 10:04 AM
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    Hey but that's the name of the game, we do these mods for looks, not for efficiency. That's a decision you'll have to make.
     
  6. Jun 22, 2016 at 12:48 PM
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    Thanks for the info. Agreed - need to determine if it's worth it, weighing out the looks versus decreased efficiency.

    Thanks!
     
  7. Jun 22, 2016 at 12:49 PM
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    Kinda what I figured - thanks for the info!
     
  8. Jun 22, 2016 at 12:49 PM
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    Thanks for the info - gotta decide what I want to do now.......
     
  9. Jun 22, 2016 at 1:11 PM
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    Strangely, mine went up about 1 mpg after 5100s on the top setting and 1.25 spacers. 4 tanks, all a little higher. Made me go "huh". Added 295-70-18 tires this past weekend, so we'll see.
     
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  10. Jun 22, 2016 at 4:33 PM
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    LIFT = More drag = Less MPGS
     
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  11. Jun 25, 2016 at 9:25 PM
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    I'd like to say other wise my dad has a 3" lift on his 2014 sr5 tundra with 18" wheels and 35" tires. He gets 12.3 as his average. I have a 6" lift 20" wheels and 35" tires and I get 10.5average on my 2016 sr5 tundra
     
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  12. Jun 26, 2016 at 8:57 AM
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    Lifting a truck increases the net area of turbulent air flow, which amounts to more air drag, even without heavy tires. I had the OME lift for a while on stock tires for a while before upsizing the tires. I noticed that on Tundra, the effect of the lift is no where as noticeable as when I got larger and heavier tires.
     
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