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Old 08-30-2015, 09:10 AM   #57
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I have towed with several 6.0s with 3.73. gears of that generation with my 30'er. It's fine.
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Old 08-30-2015, 11:14 AM   #58
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Old 09-07-2015, 12:30 AM   #59
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I am about to pull the trigger on one of these hard to find 1500 with 6.2l and max tow but it comes with 20"tires. Will I sacrifice ride quality and what about sidewall issues related to towing???
I'll admit I am a newbie to Streaming and even trailering in general so I'd appreciate any experience or research on this before developing this relationship with my expensive TV.
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Old 09-07-2015, 06:41 AM   #60
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20s are fine. I like 18s better from a cost standpoint, but I think that's not as bad as it used to be. I wouldn't want 22s though.
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Old 09-07-2015, 07:00 AM   #61
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Dznf0g - dumb question here but can you replace 20s with 18s and if so, what are the impacts on load capacity, truck height, adjusting hitch to keep trailer level, odometer and other computer tracking (fuel economy, DEF usage etc)?

I have a 2013 2500 Diesel 4x4 - about 44k miles and when it's time to replace the tires, I'm considering "fatter" aspect ratio 18s but not sure if benefits will justify all costs (not just financials). Thx!
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Steve, you would, obviously have the cost of the new wheels. I just picked a random tire, Michelin Latitude:

265/65R18 = 2601 max load and 31.5" in diameter $173 on tire Rack
275/55R20 - 2535 max load and 31.8" diameter. $200 on tire rack.

So they are very comparable, and so close in diameter that I wouldn't even pay for the reprogram for the difference in diameter. Price is pretty close now that 20s are more common.

Other brand may have different specs, so check, but it is a pretty seamless transition.

I, quite frankly, can't tell the difference towing, and I have towed with both on Silverados/GMC.
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DC Bruce, your truck sounds nice. There are trucks with higher payloads. I have shared in several posts about my almost ridiculous hunt on the Ford lot with 135 trucks going door to door looking for what seemed forever, a missing truck that came up on the computer that met my configuration need. Needless to say it was listed as a Platinum on the computer and was a Lariat. Duh. I saw payloads as low as 900# all the way up to 2300# payload. Regardless though, you found what you needed as well.

Another thing to consider is the cylinder deactivation technology. I do not know if all of their engines have it but GM admitted to excessive oil use on "high mileage" engines with that technology. In the report they call high mileage 30-40K. It may not be an issue towing but you might want to take an extra gallon of oil on longer trips. As a side note, Honda, who also uses that technology is experiencing the same issue, according to one of the many articles I found in June when shopping the brands. It seems each company has some technology that makes people question dependability whether it be cylinders or turbos.

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Thanks. I have 265/60R20E tires. At 80 PSI it carries almost 3200#. Not needed - I go around 65 PSI because at 2800# a side, that's plenty of headroom for 4500# on the scales.

If you've done both and can't tell a difference, I'll probably be more inclined to just replace with what I have already. Thanks!

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And my apologies to the OP for the hijack!
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SteveSueMac, there is a website that you input the tire diameter, your final axle ratio and also your final drive (trans) to get the impact of changing tires. Pretty nifty.

Tire Size Calculator

Just digging around on Michelin's website I see that above 18" HD tires or non- P metric tires are few and far between.
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Cool - thanks, Rodster!
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I'm aware that Honda has had some oil consumption issues with the variable displacement version of their V-6. That engine used to be available only in FWD versions of the Pilot, and maybe the Accord. Now, I think all Honda V-6s have it.
Regarding GM, since the demise of the ill-fated V-8-6-4 engine offered in the Cadillac decades ago, I wasn't aware that GM offered variable displacement engines in any of its vehicles. The "Ecotec" family of variable displacement engines was introduced with the revised pickups in 2014. These engines, a V-6 and two V-8s, all have cylinder deactivation. It's kind of hard to imagine this being a big deal. My observation is that the 4-cylinder duty cycle is, at most, 50%; and that's highway cruising with an empty truck. Even on non variable displacement engines, I see complaints about oil consumption, probably due to the very light oil now specified for most engines. I'm at 11,000 miles and have not had to add any oil (yes, I'm about due for a change). My BMW, over the 12 years I owned it, consistently used 1 1/2 quarts between oil changes; my Honda Pilot doesn't use any. Really, my bigger concern is GM's use of direct injection, which has proved troublesome in other makes, especially VW. With no gasoline washing the intake valve stems, there has been accumulation of crud from the PCV system that clogs the intake passage. And in first generation BMWs the high pressure fuel pump failed repeatedly due to the ethanol in our gasoline. Interestingly, Chrysler's new 6.4 liter gasoline engine available in the Ram 2500 has variable displacement but no GDI. It also produces less HP and torque than the GM 6.2. I'll keep an eye on things; beginning late October, we're going to weigh anchor and become more or less full timers for a while.
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The Ford F-150 3.5 Ecoboost walked all over the Chevy V-8 on towing tests, you might want a second look.
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The Ford F-150 3.5 Ecoboost walked all over the Chevy V-8 on towing tests, you might want a second look.

Sigh, more trolling. No links, no references, no evidence along with a highly subjective term like "walked all over?"

I've not seen a towing test in which the Silverado 6.2 w/8speed and max tow was "walked all over" by the F-150 3.5 ecoboost.
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