03envoy said:Hello, I am deciding I am going to be lifting, and I tow ALOT with a heavy boat and Sleds in the winter. I think That towing with all this weight I should just stick with Stock Treadwright tires... Thoughts? Thank you!
jham said:I have 32" tires with 3.42 gears and I feel it does just fine but I don't tow anything
03envoy said:Yes, Thats what I was thinking. Thank you for the feedback! I just hope it doesnt look goofy if I go with a 3in lift ( body or suspension) with 30" or 31" tires.
03envoy said:Thanks to all! Still deciding I think 31" I am going to go with, going to check out djthumpers profile...
bore_pig said:I routinely tow a 17.5' fish and ski fiberglass boat or a 14' travel trailer. My TB does pretty good if I use a little common sense and use 3rd gear in the hills. Since I have 3.73 gears with 285/75-16 my effective gear ratio would be a bit lower than yours with 3.42 gears and a 265/70-16. I would not recommend larger than a 265/70-16. I used 245/70-16 as the stock size in my calculation. Somebody correct me if I'm wrong. Here's my math:
Original Tire Diameter / New Tire Diameter X original Final Drive Ratio = New Final Drive Ratio
Final Drive Ratio is either 3.73 or 3.42.
Mine with 3.73 gears and 285/75-16: 29.5 / 32.8 x 3.73 = 3.35 ---Effective final drive.
Yours with 3.42 gears: 29.5 / 30.6 x 3.42 = 3.30 ---Effective final drive.
DocBrown said:What ever you do, just keep in mind that a lift will change the center of gravity which for towing will change the behavior of the trailer. You'll be more prone to sway issues. Take it easy the first time out with it and the boat after the lift and get to know the behavior a bit. Don't want to see you ruin a boating weekend by dumping the rig.
Shdwdrgn said:If you're going to be doing a lot of long-distance towing, you may want to invest in a transmission cooler and a PCM tune. PCMforLess sells both. The PCM tune will net you a few extra HP and better management of the engine under towing conditions.
Shdwdrgn said:I also don't tow very often, but when I do, my load is pushing the max limits, so I'm contemplating getting one of the extra coolers for myself as well. No clue on installation though.
HARDTRAILZ said:Extremely simple. Cut one of the current lines to the cooler, splice in the new cooler and find a decent place to mount the new on. It keeps the factory and gives you the extra cool from the new one.