Sorry, men, but this is one ugly truck. The strange shape of the fender wells, F150-inspired headlights, tacky fender vents, big, ugly, over-styled mirrors, ugly tailgate, ugly exhaust tips........overall, an ugly looking vehicle.
Optical illusion or not, it still *looks* nose high. My truck has the RC 2" kit and it definitely looks nose high at times, especially parked facing uphill on even a slight incline. Measurements confirm there is a half inch of rake but it doesn't always look that way. Drives me crazy to the point that I bought the 2" rear block kit to get the back end up another inch. Something about the design of the truck from the cab forward that creates the nose high illusion.
Rough Country 2" kit on my truck. As measured, there is 1/4 inch of rake but, man, does it look high in the front. Parked on even a very slight incline the nose definitely looks higher. I am strongly considering the RC 2" rear block to eliminate this.
I experienced a similar sharp drop in MPG back in October. Went from a steady 17mpg in almost exclusively "around town" driving to 13-14mpg since. Truck is a 2015 5.3 with 27k miles on it, 285/70-17 BFG KO2s on Pro Comp Wheels (85lbs per corner), and I use 93 Octane. I was comfortably above 17mpg all summer and well into the 20mpg range on the highway. Seen a few posts from fellow members about this so it seems the colder weather plus the "cold blend" gas used in northern states is likely to blame.
The stock design looks better but they have too much offset (+27), in my opinion. Sit way too far in the wheel wells. The higher offset really exposes the fact that the rear track is slightly more narrow than the front. For that reason, I'll always vote for aftermarket wheels with much less offset, with anywhere from 0 to -12 being the sweet spot for me.
UPDATE: I finally received my TPMS re-learn device in the mail and discovered 4WHEELPARTS had inflated my tires to 73 psi! When warm, they were rolling at close to 80 psi, so no wonder why the ride was so f-ing rough. Took all four tires down to 47psi and all is right again.
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