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Bigger tires vs. re-gearing

I got a 96 F250 auto and it has 4.10 gears in it and i want to increase my mileage, just wondering if it would be more bang for buck to buy bigger tires (currently have 235/75R16) or try to find a some gears out of a junk yard. Thanks

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Gears, if you can get um cheap! IMO.

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I would also say gears, keeps the truck looking better, can gain more mpg, tires dont cost as much, less road noise, much more benefits for gears IMO

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i would go with gears as well. speedo will be off with different sized tires but will not with gear change.

i have a spare set of rear 355's, pm me if interested.

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Tires would only help on hwy, in town they would actually decrease fuel economy

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thanks for the info guys, ive been debating doin the dana 60 front end swap as well and maybe just finding that front axle with the right gears like 3.55's then match the rear to them if i can even find them in a junk yard.

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Usually people selling a front axle have a rear to go with it

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Usually people selling a front axle have a rear to go with it
Alright, any suggestions on where to begin to look for one.

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look for a hole truck somewhere. a older gasser can be bought cheap and you have everything you need to swap it out. were i live they yards want 1200+ for a D60.
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oh hot damn maybe i dont need it that bad, i do know a few people that own junk yards at home and maybe find an old rancher that has a wrecked one and can get a deal

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