The question of whether lifting a Jeep affects gas mileage is one that many people wonder about. Let’s find out!
In order to answer this question, we need to first understand what role the transmission plays in gas mileage. The transmission takes care of changing gears and controlling engine speed. It also decides when the vehicle needs more power from the engine to climb hills or accelerate quickly. When you lift your Jeep, it changes how much weight is on the tires and how high they are off of the ground which can change these variables as well as other aspects related to fuel efficiency like aerodynamics and suspension geometry (which all have an effect on gas mileage).
So do lifts affect gas mileage? Well, it depends on who you ask. The answer is different depending on the person and situation. For some people, lifting a Jeep can actually improve gas mileage because it increases how much weight is on the tires which improves their grip with the road surface. Some lifts also increase air flow to cool engine components which provides an efficiency benefit for those who drive off-road often or in hot weather conditions.
For others, installing a lift kit may have negative impacts related to fuel economy due to decreased aerodynamics or suspension geometry changes as well as simply wasting money by using more gas than necessary because of increased weight from bigger wheels and tires.
Let’s take one example where you wanted to install a larger tire size without changing any other aspects about your vehicle like gear ratios (while keeping all other aspects unchanged). If you were to install a set of 33 inch tires on your Jeep Wrangler, it would lower the gas mileage by about 20%.
So which view is correct?
The answer is that there isn’t one. It all comes down to how often you drive off-road and in what conditions (temperature wise) as well as personal preference for style or appearance. Some people prefer their vehicle lift kit because they like the look while others want improved performance when driving over rugged terrain. For those who simply enjoy off-roading without any consideration for fuel efficiency, installing a lift kit can also increase gas mileage due to better grip with the road surface from increased tire weight so be sure not to ignore this factor!
When deciding on whether to install a lift kit, it’s important to consider what the long-term impacts will be. For those who want better fuel efficiency and have off-road experience from time to time, installing a bigger tire size without changing anything else about your Jeep may not make sense since you’ll get more gas mileage with smaller tires. Bigger wheels also tend to cost more money so this must be taken into consideration as well when making an informed decision.
The same can go for someone who simply enjoys driving their lifted Jeep around town but doesn’t do much off roading – they would likely get worse fuel economy than if they had installed larger tires instead of lifting their vehicle due to increased weight leading to decreased aerodynamics which would result in an increased gas mileage loss.
In the end, there are too many factors to consider when deciding whether or not installing a lift kit will affect your Jeep’s fuel efficiency so we’re just going to leave that up for you and your personal preferences!