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.
That's another thing: it is insane to me that we can't reset the TPMS on these trucks from the driver's seat controls. I still have to do it for these wheels & tires. Probably going to buy my own device because I will lose my f*cking mind when my dealer tries to pinch me for $50 for them to do it. Yes, the new tires are load range E. The 275/55-20 KO2s were D rated and I ran them at 50psi per BFGoodrich recommendations. I'll play around with the PSI on the new tires and see if that helps the ride. Based on what guys in these forums are saying, load range E tires are probably best run at close to 50psi, as well, but some have gone as low as 40psi and reported no issues. I just tend to trust what the manufacturer's R&D has shown to work best. Thanks for the help!
Update after 1 week of driving....this set up (17x9 -6 offset/4.75 backspace & 285/70-17 KO2s) definitely rubs at full lock in reverse. Nothing crazy but it does rub. The other thing I have noticed is the ride quality is worse than the 275/55-20 KO2s on stock wheels. It's not harsh but I definitely feel more little bumps and undulations through the steering wheel and the seat of my pants. If I had to guess why, I'd say the much more aggressive offset of this set up or the lighter, cheaper wheels, specifically, are to blame. Can anyone offer any informed insight on this?
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