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In the concern of fuel mileage being your "most" concern, consider a new learning curve in your driving habits. Especially if you're someone with a little bit of a preppers mindset at all.. I'd rather where lighter shoes for the accelerator than lose ground clearance or other advantages a larger tire may provide. I'm not complaining about fuel mileage. And in my ranger my foot is light. The thought is more "since I need tires, the option exists to help the mileage or a little"
With the exception of going from a Mudder to a radial type tire a 245 vs a 265 is within less than a .50" in width and sidewall. HOW much gas do you think you're going to save with a 1.5-2lb difference in tire weight on the outer corners for unsprung weight and rolling mass? That .50" in ground clearance at least in my eyes is more valuable than a few gallons of Gas and I'm not unsympathetic to the gas woes. I live in Vegas, damn near anything else considered civilization is at least 200 miles away in any direction, I always use Premium fuel, I'm generally loaded 400lbs more than stock with gear all the time, and I roll 33" DynaPro MT's which have a bit more lug than the avg mudder tire.
If anything, curb the heavy foot, save some money up, re-gear.
As an added note: ANY TIME you see the silly MPG numbers on ANY VEHICLE, no matter the make or model. They standard is held to exactly that. An established standard. Which means; When they are testing for CITY/HWY mileage, they are testing at 22.8MPH [CITY] and 55.4MPH [HWY].. IF YOU AINT DOING THAT, you're not gonna get the stated MPG. Those that live in Hilly or Hotter climates even less.
My point here is its not your tires brotha... 110 mile in each direction or not. Its either the WRONG vehicle for that use OR driving habits. :(
EDIT: and not to cast judgement or make too many assumptions, but looking at your vehicular harem you got going on, I didnt see a Prius in the mix and nearly everything you got there looks like it passes everything but gas stations... as a track guy, not only is it somewhat obvious you have a possible adrenaline addiction, I feel your pain.
Ground clearance isn't a concern. I have other rigs for that. I just want the truck to drive well.
Honestly I've had cheap rigs to commute. I had a Saturn for a while that I replaced with a mazda protege. But I got in a wreck and it was totalled. I only have my commute for another few months then I'm making a cross country drive. So rather than get another commuter I bought something I'd enjoy and something I could give to my son. So that's why you don't see a fuel sipper in my line up.
I see... Perhaps the first thought here is to determine what is meant by "drive well" or more importantly, your definition? Are we distinguishing that as overall ride or feel of the truck? Total absence of mechanical issues? Both or more than that?
I've squeezed 22.3 +/- MPG out of my 4.0L OHV a couple times, but that's it, just a c o u p l e of times. most times I get my 300-320 or so miles from my tank and that's it. Ive got well over 350K on my 93' now. Good news is I've found a 4BTa locally through a friend. Will hopefully see if the 30+ MPG is truly attainable and having the power/Tq I desire from it still.
What brand/type of tire are you running now outside of the already known and given size?
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