I currently purchased a 2000 Dodge Ram 1500 4x4 truck that had 285/75/r16 Wild Country MTX Mudd Terrain tires on it and I am getting 10.5 MPG that would NOT have been an issue but I commute with this beast now. My gearing is 3.55. My stock tires are 245/75/r16 with an optional 265's.
I will not be off roading as much now since this is my daily commuter to the tune of 250 mi per week. I travel all hwy and city but a few times a year I may travel through gravel or some sand. I live in Orlando, FL so it is also always hot.
What tire do you suggest I go for that will maximize my MPG for the driving that I do? Will I see an improvement going with a smaller tire?
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RE: Going back to stock
These trucks weren't made for economy. I would not excpect much from going back to a stock size. If you are going that route, a street tire with some aluminum rims will be your best bet. Then pull every extra pound of weight you don't need from the truck. Or find a cheap beater econobox. It's painful at first, but you get used to it.
I live in Florida also. Best thing to do is buy another set of wheels, so you can run the street tires and the sand/mud tires. For the street tires get the same diameter (over all hieight) and thin, with the large straight grooves for the june rains. An A/S all season works good.
Buy a tail gate lock (or some hose clamps) so you can run with the tail gate down. that works good too.