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Fellow 4 bangers, I am looking for some real life experience on lifting/leveling 4 cylinder trucks. I have a 2014 KC I want to possible lift. What's mpg loss like? I drive 110 a day for work. Would stock tires look goofy? Pics? Thanks!!


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I know I looked into that for my 1995 Nissan 4cyl back in the day. The loss of mileage and all the addon work I would have had to do would have made it look a lot nicer, but it would have pretty much destroyed it's ability to be a daily driver for me. It's more important as to whether you've got 4x4 or 4x2 for lifting than what engine you have as it is vastly more complex to lift a front end of a 4x4. I'm not up to speed on whether a 4cyl these days from Nissan means you are automatically in a 4x2 or not, back in the day you could have a 4x4 with a 4 banger.

Sorry you didn't get much more help on this and that I chose not to lift mine so can't be of much assistance.
 

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Fellow 4 bangers, I am looking for some real life experience on lifting/leveling 4 cylinder trucks. I have a 2014 KC I want to possible lift. What's mpg loss like? I drive 110 a day for work. Would stock tires look goofy? Pics? Thanks!!


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My 2010 KC is a 4Cyl. I have many pictures on my facebook page of my frontier. I had the 15" (235/75/15 with steel wheels, and I put a 2.5F/2R Llift on mine. I changed the wheels and tires to 16" with 265/75/16. The pictures are stock wheel regular, stock wheels with lift, and then with new rims and tires.

Here is a link to the F/B page. Let me know if it doesnt come through

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=614192838666206&set=a.333398530078973.77871.100002264852613&type=3&theater
 

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I have a 2012 SV 2.5L KC 2WD and I put the Rough Country leveling kit on it. I will continue to run the stock wheels and tires. It looks fine, actually just a little more aggressive since I have the OEM running boards on it. I have no loss of MPG's, but then all I did was lift it 2.5" and level it.
 

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Hey Grizzly

I have a 4 banger 2004 Frontier KC SE that I have done a Body and Suspension lift on. it looks great. I went with 16X8 after market wheels and 31" tires. Speedo change of course and my shift points are not as efficient as the factory configuration. Gas mileage with bigger tires will be impacted. I went from about 14-25 MPG to 12-22 MPG.
Burning Premium Unleaded seemed to give me better performance and slightly better gas mileage since higher octane fuels will in most cases burn more efficiently and cleaner than lower octane fuels. I put a header on my 4 banger helped a little with HP. I put a cold air intake on my 4 banger also...not sure I derived any benefit from that mod but it looks good, don't think it hindered performance either.
I hope this helps you out.
 

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My 2010 KC is a 4Cyl. I have many pictures on my facebook page of my frontier. I had the 15" (235/75/15 with steel wheels, and I put a 2.5F/2R Llift on mine. I changed the wheels and tires to 16" with 265/75/16. The pictures are stock wheel regular, stock wheels with lift, and then with new rims and tires.

Here is a link to the F/B page. Let me know if it doesnt come through

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=614192838666206&set=a.333398530078973.77871.100002264852613&type=3&theater
That looks good as hell...how much you got in wheels and tires if you dont mind me asking? Id like to do something similar to my 09
 

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That looks good as hell...how much you got in wheels and tires if you dont mind me asking? Id like to do something similar to my 09
just under $1000 .. looked for a great deal at Discount Tire Direct.

they are 265/75/16 Cooper ATP on Level8 MK6 Wheels
 

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My 2010 KC is a 4Cyl. I have many pictures on my facebook page of my frontier. I had the 15" (235/75/15 with steel wheels, and I put a 2.5F/2R Llift on mine. I changed the wheels and tires to 16" with 265/75/16. The pictures are stock wheel regular, stock wheels with lift, and then with new rims and tires.

Here is a link to the F/B page. Let me know if it doesnt come through

Jim Friesner
Would the 265 76 16 work on your 4 banger without a lift ??
 

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they'll fit fine but with the 2 inch increase in tire diameter you'll lose a noticeable amount of what little power the 4 cyl has.Try a 255-70-16, you get the same look but is only 1 inch larger than 235-75-15.you'll hold on to a bit more power.
 

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Thats what I've ordered for my new-used oem 16" rims. their Toyo AT3's 255-70-16 reccomend 7-8" wide rims in 16",not sure about 15" though.you can look it up under Discount Tires site under tire spec's.Probably be ok unless you air down on the beach to 8-10psi alot, you might pop a bead in a tight turn.
 

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My 2010 KC is a 4Cyl. I have many pictures on my facebook page of my frontier. I had the 15" (235/75/15 with steel wheels, and I put a 2.5F/2R Llift on mine. I changed the wheels and tires to 16" with 265/75/16. The pictures are stock wheel regular, stock wheels with lift, and then with new rims and tires.

Here is a link to the F/B page. Let me know if it doesnt come through

Jim Friesner
Is your truck an auto or 5sp? How do the bigger tires affect performance? Do you need the lift to create clearance?

I'm thinking about doing this to my 2011 with a 5sp.
 

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No lift needed to run 16's in place of the 15's, but running 265-75-16 tires is increasing your tire diameter by almost two inches which will make 5th gear useless on any kind of uphill grade, try looking at some 255-70-16's which are just a +1" increase in diameter.
 

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No lift needed to run 16's in place of the 15's, but running 265-75-16 tires is increasing your tire diameter by almost two inches which will make 5th gear useless on any kind of uphill grade, try looking at some 255-70-16's which are just a +1" increase in diameter.
Yes. That is what I was thinking. Thank you.
 
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