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Old 02-07-2011, 02:58 PM   #11 (permalink)
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My Jeep didn't really do much mpg wise (within measuring error) when I stepped up from 225/70R16 to 245/70R16 tires (yes, I corrected the speedo). It dropped me from about 1825 rpm at 60mph to about 1760 rpm at 60mph. It definitely didn't hurt though.

However, keep in mind, with a 360 in the Jeep, it's still very over-geared, and will climb 7% grades (with 2 people and a couple hundred pounds of crap in it) at 60 with the cruise set without a downshift.

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Old 02-07-2011, 04:32 PM   #12 (permalink)
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My Jeep didn't really do much mpg wise (within measuring error) when I stepped up from 225/70R16 to 245/70R16 tires (yes, I corrected the speedo). It dropped me from about 1825 rpm at 60mph to about 1760 rpm at 60mph. It definitely didn't hurt though.

However, keep in mind, with a 360 in the Jeep, it's still very over-geared, and will climb 7% grades (with 2 people and a couple hundred pounds of crap in it) at 60 with the cruise set without a downshift.
Unless Wikipedia is wrong, the first number is the tire width and the second number is the height, expressed as a % of the width. So in the example you gave comptiger, your tires got 20 mm wider and 2*20*.7 taller. Wouldn't the wider tire cancel out some of the gains?

I planned on going from 225/60 (stock) to either 225/65 (3% increase) or 225/70 (6% increase). Width remains the same, but the height is increased.
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Pickup truck guys try this all the time and invariably it backfires and they get WORSE MPG, even after speedo error is corrected for.

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Empirical data shows thar gearing works and bigger tires are counterproductive.
Invariably?

I saw noticeable gains (~3%) by switching to taller wheels/tires on my truck. Steel 16" wheels to Aluminum 17" wheels with 5% taller tires. Overall weight was the same, but taller, heavier tires means the moment of inertia still increased.

I can see it go either way, but it certainly helped on my truck.
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Abell - Yes, I went both wider and taller (.75" wider, 1.1" taller). That may have negated some of the benefit on the highway, but with a tall riding vehicle with a pair of big solid axles underneath, aero drag from wider tires isn't exactly significant, relative to the rest of the undercarriage, etc.
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Old 02-08-2011, 12:51 PM   #15 (permalink)
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I wasn't thinking aero, i was thinking RR/contact patch geometry. Maybe my assumption that narrow tires have better RR is incorrect....I'm fairly new around these parts
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On my car I felt the 215's it came with were too wide sacrificing snow traction, I went from 215/60/15(129mm high sidewall) to 205/65/15 (133 sidewall) 1% taller tire, I did it a tire or 2 at a time so never saw any FE change. But snow traction is better using the same make model tires. I may go to 195/70 next depending on what tires I find.

Some shops won't mount anything but factory size, I carry mine home and mount them myself. Other option is to carry in wheels, they might mount anysize that way.
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I went from 155/80R13 tires to 155/80R15 on my suzuki swift. So taller but just as wide. I went from ~42 to ~47 highway mpg. But as others have said it depends heavily on your cars gearing. My car still revs higher than I would like on the highway.
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On my se camry stock is 215/55r17' but mine came with Trd wheels so it got 225/45r18. Which are smaller than stock. 1.3% too small. So when they wore out I got 225/50r18. 2% larger than stock.

Mpg didn't chage a whole lot. I have noticed about 1 mpg increase on trips but if my wife drives it,'it spends more time idling then driving But this car turns 2000rpm @63 mph.(stock)

No on my work truck it has 4.88'gears and with 31's it turns 3k at 65'mph. I plan on upping to 33x10.5r15'and this should drop a few hundred rpms.
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I checked on the way home tonight - I'm at 1950 rpm @ 60mph. 2250@70mph. So gearing down further may not help much...
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Can you tell me the typical before/after tire size change you are talking about? Can you point to a non-ecomodder thread on this?

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I can do this, as I experienced exactly what BD was talking about.

my stock tire size on my Ranger was 225/65/15 on steel rims.
I changed my rims and put on a set of aluminum 15x10 sport rims, with tires sized 255/70/15 a difference of about 8.75% increase in diameter, from 26.5" to 29.0"
initially saw a slight increase in mpg on the hwy, but a decrease in any sort of driving I had to do in town. but also on the hwy, my truck would need to downshift from OD into drive, and sometimes even down to 3rd, just to go over a simple overpass.
then I dropped to 255/60/15 tires, which brought the diameter of my tires within 1% of stock diameter, and both my hwy and my in town mpg increase by a fraction (this was all going by tank fill ups)
the truck also would no longer need to drop out of OD to go over an overpass.

average tank with stock: 240-280(best) miles mixed
average tank with the 29"D was about 240-300(best) mixed
average tank with 27"D was 260-340(best) mixed.

that was with no real hypermiling techniques used (other than timed lights and drafting, which Ive always done)
once I sarted really paying attention to my driving habits, I was able to get close to 400 miles from my tank.

so I would say your best bet overall would be to only go up 1 size (if running 50's, go to 55's) if possible, go a little skinnier (if running 225 try and go 215)
and look for LRR tires (Low Rolling Resistance)

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