Would leveling and changing rims and tires effect MPG

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Would leveling and changing rims and tires effect MPG

Postby saenzm - September 15th, 2016, 10:21 am

I am thinking about leveling and changing the rims and tires on my 2009 FEH. Would I see a decrease in MPG?
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Re: Would leveling and changing rims and tires effect MPG

Postby Jay2TheRescue - September 15th, 2016, 7:52 pm

Most definitely yes. The ride height, tires, and rims are specially setup to optimize fuel economy. Changing any of these items can have a negative effect on your economy.
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Re: Would leveling and changing rims and tires effect MPG

Postby Linna - September 15th, 2016, 11:34 pm

The stock wheels aren't the lightest wheels ever made, it's possible to change out the tires and wheels for a lighter combo and even improve MPG. A 15" rim/tire should save weight and since the brakes are only about 11" (drums are even smaller) there are no fit issues with using 15" rims like a lot of older Escapes came with stock.

From experience with my FEH, using a heavier but narrower tire (i.e. LT225/75-16) eliminates MPG loss from the additional weight.
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Re: Would leveling and changing rims and tires effect MPG

Postby saenzm - September 16th, 2016, 1:24 am

Linna wrote:The stock wheels aren't the lightest wheels ever made, it's possible to change out the tires and wheels for a lighter combo and even improve MPG. A 15" rim/tire should save weight and since the brakes are only about 11" (drums are even smaller) there are no fit issues with using 15" rims like a lot of older Escapes came with stock.

From experience with my FEH, using a heavier but narrower tire (i.e. LT225/75-16) eliminates MPG loss from the additional weight.


Do you have a pic of your rig?
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Re: Would leveling and changing rims and tires effect MPG

Postby Linna - September 17th, 2016, 9:06 am

saenzm wrote:Do you have a pic of your rig?


I went back to stock size Michelin LTX tires for the smoothie ride, not much to see there!
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Re: Would leveling and changing rims and tires effect MPG

Postby Squirrel - October 20th, 2016, 8:41 am

I bought 4 [almost] new tires on rims for my FEH. I looked at putting the stock rims from a XLT on the FEH and decided to stick with the stock FEH rims and paid to have the tires swapped. Figured can't go wrong using stock (and they look better, also. ;) )
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