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Good tire for tow rigs-

Discussion in 'Tow & Trailer' started by Pookster, Jul 29, 2004.

  1. Pookster

    Pookster 1/2 ton status

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    I wanted to step up to a larger tire size... 285/75x 16 's seem limited, and only avaliable in D rating.

    235/85-16, are only 31.8" in outer diameter, but there are a lot more choices avaliable out there, but are avaliable in E ratings. However, I dont tow all that much ( I do however haul some heavy stuff in the bed from time to time, 150 or so cinder blocks). Would I be ok with a C or D rating?

    For some unknown reason to me, why are 16.5" tires cheaper than 16" tires across the line? There are obviously less tires avaliable, but what is avaliable, is about 30-40 bucks cheaper than the equal size in 16".
     
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    83ZZ502_Jimmy 1/2 ton status

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    Do NOT go C rated. For 3/4 or 1 ton tow rig, you usually want a tire that carries 3000lbs a piece. Either a D or better yet an E.

    Now some larger tires D rated can carry more than some E rated smaller ones. Check the rating again and go from there.

    Just my .02

    John
     
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    Just like the previous posts says, you need to look at the actual load carrying capacity of the tire and just not the "letter" rating. The letter rating (C, D, E, etc...) varies by tire size in how much it can carry.

    For example, from the BFG website, a 235/85R16 All-Terrain is E-rated with a max load of 3,042 lbs. However, a 285/75R16 which is only D-rated has a max load of 3,300 lbs.
     
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    rodzzilla 1/2 ton status

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    I just put some 285/75/16 Trxus M/T's on my K3500. They have a 3700lb load rating. Not enough time on them to see how they will wear. Seem like a good tire so far.
     
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    We run 265/75 BFG ATs E load range on the green suburban, and they handle the 8500# Airstream quite well at all speeds.

    If the truck didn't see any offroad time at the deer lease, then we would probably go with a milder tread.
     
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    I have a set of 265/75R16 All Terrains and they are D load range, not E.
     
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    Whoops! That must have been wishful thinking. /forums/images/graemlins/blush.gif

    After consulting the sidwall, they are in fact, D load range.
     
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    Check out the Dunlop A/T . I just bought my second set. Put a set on my wife's previous Cherokee, and bought a set for my crew cab. They're D rated, but the weight rating is higher than the E's they replaced. I could not beat them based on the specs and price. I paid under $100 each for 33 x 12.5 x 16.5's. Made in USA, too. /forums/images/graemlins/usaflag.gif
     
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    We have some 245/75r16 BFG Commercial TA's that are E rated on my parents burb, they were only $100/ea at Costco. Think the rating was somewhere around 3000lb's, haven't looked in a while. They are all-terrains technically, but more street biased but ride nice and handle well.
     

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