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Old 05-11-2018, 12:23 PM
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Hey guys. I have a 2012 Tundra that I bought a few years ago. I put a mild lift and "35"'s on it and honestly, I love the look. Fast forward 2 years with the lift and I'm tired of the noisy tires and the gas mileage. I cant be the only one. I'm contemplating now going back to stock height and putting stock size Michelin Defender LTX tires on. Its the season of towing boats and I tow 2.5 hours each way a few times a month. Has anyone else had similar regrets? I told myself when I got the truck that I'd leave it alone. Oops!

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I went 6” lift to 4” lift to stock height to 2” drop. I was tired of $1200 tire changes and wearing out front end parts. Drives a million times better, tows better, and I can actually use the bed for work.
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Originally Posted by 230weekenderUSC View Post
I went 6” lift to 4” lift to stock height to 2” drop. I was tired of $1200 tire changes and wearing out front end parts. Drives a million times better, tows better, and I can actually use the bed for work.
That too. The bed height is a bit annoying sometimes. Overall for a truck that will never see the woods, it just seems impractical. It is pretty though.
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I don't regret it, I usually only go a couple inches, on my Truck I am running BFG radial all terrains, on my Jeep Toyo Open Country IIs, both pretty mild tread designs, no louder than stock tires. I am thinking of getting a Ram 2500 next and plan on leveling it and putting 35s on it as soon as I get it.
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Yep i did the leveling kit and the bigger tires. I wish i never did. I have since down sized tires to just above stock and found the nitto terra grapplers are quiet enough. The bigger tires towed terrible and took forever to stop and accelerate.
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Thats why I am stock on my 2015 Duramax.
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Originally Posted by MacCTD View Post
I don't regret it, I usually only go a couple inches, on my Truck I am running BFG radial all terrains, on my Jeep Toyo Open Country IIs, both pretty mild tread designs, no louder than stock tires. I am thinking of getting a Ram 2500 next and plan on leveling it and putting 35s on it as soon as I get it.
I have the toyo AT II on this truck and they howl. Seemingly worse than when new, which is normal, but even when new they were louder.
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If you tow leave it alone. If you don't - lift that thing.
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I regret lifting mine every time I’m at the gas station or when I hook a trailer larger than a u-haul or Jon boat to it.

Not very noticeable in everyday driving, but when you are trying to tow a boat up the Cumberland Plateau or Monteagle Mountain it’s noticeable. Sitting in the slow lane trying to maintain 45mph with the big rigs. Crossing large bridges like the Skyway even slows me down substantially towing.

regearing to 4.88s helped some, but once I went from BFG ATs to Toto MTs the difference was drastic. Those heavy tires really do take a toll.

12 mpg highway & maxing out my boat trailer jack get old after a while. Next truck will be left at stock height!
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Originally Posted by Basketcase View Post
I have the toyo AT II on this truck and they howl. Seemingly worse than when new, which is normal, but even when new they were louder.
Surprising, do you rotate them, mine are 285/75/17s, I rotate them every 5k miles, I have close to 40k miles on them and they still have plenty of tread left.
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I would not change a thing about my suspension and have 32,000 miles on it and the 35" BFG KO2s. Suspension is mid travel ICON VS2.5 front and rear and CB+2 shackles & polyurethane bushings. Trucks rides better then stock on pavement and get 14 mpg around town and 17-18 on interstate.
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I'm +2" in the front and same in the back over stock sized nitto terra grapplers. I've had it that way for two years and i'm very happy with the way it rides. I was most concerned that it would look like my truck skipped leg day sitting lifted over factory size rubber but the lift is mild enough that it doesn't look funny at all. I'm a big fan of the terra grapplers and would definitely recommend them
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Originally Posted by MacCTD View Post
Surprising, do you rotate them, mine are 285/75/17s, I rotate them every 5k miles, I have close to 40k miles on them and they still have plenty of tread left.

Mine are 295 70 18 rotated at 5k. Even when they were new I could hear them, but it was still new and still cool so I overlooked it. The novelty has worn off. I have probably 15 to 20k on them. I'd say they're half to 3/4 tread still left and they're getting louder. I used to be able to tow from NH to RI there and back on one tank of fuel very comfortably. Since the lift, I have to fuel up. The real killer is the noise though.
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Originally Posted by Regulator29 View Post
I would not change a thing about my suspension and have 32,000 miles on it and the 35" BFG KO2s. Suspension is mid travel ICON VS2.5 front and rear and CB+2 shackles & polyurethane bushings. Trucks rides better then stock on pavement and get 14 mpg around town and 17-18 on interstate.
It looks great. Very similar setup as mine and I loved it when I first did it. Even for about a year and a half afterwards. I think that is about the mileage I get now. It was better before and I want it back. If you say yours isn't loud, I wonder if the 20 vs 18" wheel plays a part in that. I like the BFG tires. I have them on my 4runner but that truck is loud for other reasons, so I'd have no clue about tire noise.
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When I was still trailering a boat I had an F350 6.7PS with GY Duratrac on 20" wheels and they had a pretty loud hum to them and why I went with the KO2. I still have tons of life in them, but when its time I will be going right back with the same tire. I haven't towed anything really heavy so not sure the impact my 2" lift would have if any. I hated how the truck looked stock and hated how the truck handled more, suspension fixed that, but still miss that F350 6.7 PS.

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I also added Hypertech Speedometer Calibrator, so my speed an odometer is correct after increasing tire size. I calibrated with hand held GPS to get it exact.
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Originally Posted by Regulator29 View Post
When I was still trailering a boat I had an F350 6.7PS with GY Duratrac on 20" wheels and they had a pretty load hum to them and why I went with the KO2. I still have tons of life in them, but when its time I will be going right back with the same tire. I haven't towed anything really heavy so not sure the impact my 2" lift would have if any. I hated how the truck looked stock and hated how the truck handled more, suspension fixed that, but still miss that F350 6.7 PS.
I had 325/60-20 DuraTrac's on my F250 and found if you rotate them every 5-6k miles they stayed quiet and wore evenly. I got almost 70k miles out of the first set. Switched to KO2's and although they were a bit quieter traction on them sucked compared to the GY's.
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Originally Posted by tmd11111 View Post
I had 325/60-20 DuraTrac's on my F250 and found if you rotate them every 5-6k miles they stayed quiet and wore evenly. I got almost 70k miles out of the first set. Switched to KO2's and although they were a bit quieter traction on them sucked compared to the GY's.
DuraTrac's were noisy from day one, they wore great and when I traded in the truck with 50K on the odometer they had tons of life. Since I like money and I like expensive tires, rotating tire every 5K is part of my routine maintenance schedule. Not sure if the weight of the diesel was the difference. You are correct about the traction though, that F350 with DuraTrac's was a beast especially in the snow.
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I have a 2016 F-250 and have debated toying with it and lifting it - decided against it. It looks and drive nice as is. After the novelty of the idea wore off, I am glad I didn't.
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I wouldn't lift a 3/4-ton truck because they are good as is to me.

For 1/2-ton trucks, they all seem to look better with it and some require it for anything other than easy dirt trails. GM's low front overhang are the worst. I put Bilstien 5100 shocks on mine which is an improvement in ride and handling over the Z71's Ranchos and it raised the front to the right height without having to add anything else such as a leveling kit or lift. Stock size tires but went more true AT than the not quite AT Goodyears it came with. No regrets going this route.

I'm sure a Fox/King/Icon set-up would be better but much more money.

Since you like the Tundra, I would buy a TRD with the Fox shocks and good tires and leave it alone.

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