How much will your tires "really" cost you ???
I've really been beating myself up over "wanting" bigger tires, but not wanting (or maybe even being able) to spend much more on gas, than my F150 is already going to drink in the first place !
Now, solid, real-world numbers for this kind of thing, are really hard to come by..... So of course I'm going to be making some guesses here, but I think you will get the idea.
My stock XLT, will come with crappy, dinky little 235/70-17"s. Now, lets just say that driving it easy, all freeway, it gets 17mpg, stock. This would mean that to drive my truck 80K miles, I would use about 4700 gallons of gas, at lets just say $5 a gallon (although that might be overly optomistic, when we are factoring in what gas will be costing in 4 years, towards the end of that 80K) That comes out to $23,500 ! Ha ! Just about exactly what I'm paying for my XLT itself ! However, that's just what you will pay, to drive a half ton truck, with stock wheels.
Now, lets say that a set of BFG AT 285/70-17"s, knock my mileage down by just 1 1/2 mpg, or from 17 mpg's, to 15.5 mpg's. This would mean an 9% decrease in mileage, "OR" an additional $2,115 in fuel over the 80K lifetime of the tires. Damn ! This means these $1000 tires, are actually going to cost me $3115 !
Okay, so now what if I say, I don't give a $#!+ ! I just want some bad-*** looking 35"s ! Okay, so lets say this drops my mileage by 3 mpg's, from 17mpg's, to 14 mpg's.... this equates to a 20% drop in fuel economy, "OR" an additional $4159 in fuel over the 80K lifetime of those tires, so my 35" tires now cost me ($1300 for the tires) $5459 ! Damn ! At that price, those things better look REALLY freaking cool !
Now, if I'm completely off base on any of my calculations, please tell me where, and why.
I'd just love to have somebody show me why 35"s would only cost me like $500 more..... Because that's something I could probably swing.
Does everybody on this forum just have that much more money than me ??? (then again, I only work 30 hours a week, and fish 30 hours a week too, so I'm not really complaining too much.... except about having to go with smaller tires ;-)