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Old 11-09-2006
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trip = 1750 miles leave on the 33MT or swap to the 31AT

going to Rossville GA to pick up my birthday present
I calculate the trailer + boat/motor at 1000 pounds or less
crossing the Smokies on the way to my cousins place in Newton NC - elevation about 6500'
bought the boat via the crappy pictures here on eBay
gent selling seems OK and I think a part time boat dealer and semi-pro bass fisherman

So do I swap out the bigger tires for pulling power and tread life or
leave them for the possible addtional gas mileage given the extra 2" in rotation
it is about a %7 difference on the speedo
leaving NJ after 5PM NOV 10th and want to be in Rossville, GA by 12PM on the 11th

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i wold leave the tires on the33s
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I would do the 31 AT's for better wear and better pavement traction. I doubt that the taller MT tires will improve your fuel economy when pulling a trailer.
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I would put the 31s on for sure.
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I really don't know what to tell you. How much does it cost to remount and balance the 31s and then do it again to the 33s when you get back.
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they are my winter tires, cleaned mounted and sitting in the crawlspace
looks like I am getting up early tomorrow....
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definately go with the 31s
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id say 31s
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Where is Rossville, Ga?

Brenton
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they are my winter tires, cleaned mounted and sitting in the crawlspace
looks like I am getting up early tomorrow....
I didn't realize you had them mounted already. I knew the MTs were on your Alcoas. I would defintely put the 31s on then.
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31s MTs can be pricey to just wear them out on a big road trip that does not involve wheelin or pics with us :)
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Where is Rossville, Ga?

Brenton
just south of chattanooga on hwy 27... and i would go with the 31's for the trip
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31s for sure. you will need the power in the mountains.
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are you going to get your alignment done, once you switch from the 33's to 31's?

and if so, do you have a lifetime alignment, or would you have to pay for it?
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Hi Christian - never had an alignment done when the 33's went on and wear has been fine and regular
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100% 31s. You will hate pulling a boat over the mountains with 4.10s and 33s. I don't think my trucks that great on its own with that combo in the mountains.

Nice looking skiff btw
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Definitely go with the 31s if it's not too much trouble. I get worse gas milage on my 33 MTs than I ever did with my 31 ATs, that goes double with pulling.

Don

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31s would definitely be your best bet.
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did someone mention the 31's being more expensive?

anyways, i would say 31's, if i had to haul something that far i would go down a size or 2...
i know everyone has experienced the loss of power w/ bigger tires, thats my reasoning.. bc my gas milage didnt change really, i still get 12 gal/mile
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