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Old 07-02-2013
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3" body lift handeling and mpg

Hello, a few months back I bought a standard 1999 ford ranger xlt stepside 3.0L v6. It is 4x4 and I am getting 20mpg city with it. I will be commuting to college with it and wanted to do a 3" body lift. So my question is how much will the 3" body lift affect mpg and handling on the highway?

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Old 07-03-2013
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Yes it will affect mileage. Anytime you lift a vehicle, add bigger tires its just working against you. Other factors after lift would be gearing also. Maybe some of the 3.0 guys will give you an idea of mileage. I would expect a 1-2 mpg drop minimum.
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Yes, you will notice the effect. If it's a large concern don't do it, others with a 3.0 will have to comment on the power.

I bought a tuner to help my 4.0
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Originally Posted by 01RangerEdge View Post
If it's a large concern don't do it

I look at it as a slight modification on an old saying:

If you have to ask......
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Old 07-04-2013
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lol i get better mpg than you currently do and im lifted on 33x12.5 mud tires but i also have a 4.0 and a tuner.

if you do some gearing, a tune, and routine maintenance, it shouldn't be a drastic hit on your mileage. Just gotta pay to play i suppose.
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Old 07-04-2013
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I'm not too concerned with the mileage, just handling on the highway.
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the only thing i notice on my ranger on the highway, is that on windy days, i get pushed around a lot. on the interstate, watch out for big rigs. their drag is dangerous to tall vehicles. i have a 94 on a 3 inch body lift, and 32x11.50xr15's. it doesn't get super mileage, but it's not bad either. for what it is. be warned, however. if you do this, and attempt to load a riding lawn mower in your truck, that is a long drop. you will need to park with the rear end down in a drain ditch or something. there's a 3 inch drain ditch near my house, and i drop my rear tires in it, and then put my ramps on it. handling-wise, i think it's obvious that you shouldn't turn at high rate of speed, no sharp turns, and watch out for sideways inclines.
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Started with a stock 2wd 3.0 getting about 20 mpg combined, converted to 4x4 and a body lift now it's around 18. Handles different with wind, less acceleration but I wouldn't want to go back.
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Old 11-28-2013
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i just recently lifted and threw on 33's

my mileage if i go easy on it is right around 16-17 city highway combined.

being winter and that its cold, im seeing 15-16.

if i dont go easy on it, and play in the snow a lot, 7-11 lmao.

handling is not a noticeable effect. handles the same imo.
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