View Full Version : D or E rated tire?

03-23-2007, 08:27 PM
At some point, and im not sure when im going to do it, i am going to be putting new tires on my truck as these are gonna be sketchy about passing inspection. Anyway, my question is, do i really need load range E tires on my truck? As of now, i am only pulling my WB around, but also will be towing a dump trailer this year as well, and posibly having loads of something (mulch, soil etc.) in the bed of my truck. The reason i'm asking is because i would like to put 285's on the truck and BFGoodrich is the only company that makes E rated 285's at this point in time that i know of. If E rating was a must or strongly suggested ide get the BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A. But if it really isn't required, then ide probably look into the General brand version of that tire as it was suggested in another post on the site and after i looked at it, it seems to be a pretty good tire!!!

I have no problem dealing with a tougher ride due to E rated tires, but just looking for suggestions!!

thanks guys

03-23-2007, 08:44 PM
I went with e rated on all my trucks, better to have too much than not enough when it comes to load capacity

03-23-2007, 08:50 PM
Get some goodyear workhorses, they don't make them in a 285 but they sure are a heavy tire.

Sydenstricker Landscaping
03-23-2007, 08:54 PM
It says right on your door sticker that you are supposed to have E rated tires. The E rated tires will give you the proper wear, gas mileage, and most of all the proper traction and weight carrying capacity. My truck has C's on it( I bought it used with them on there) and they SUCK!!!!! I will for sure be putting E's on my truck, but maybe just 265's to save a little cashola!!

Gravel Rat
03-23-2007, 09:15 PM
The Toyo M-55 Traction tire comes in a 285/75R16 size and E rated. The tire will be expensive but the M-55 is a good tire. I have Toyo M-55s on the back of my 95 F-450 the have good traction.

The 285 E rated tire has a load rating of 3740lbs a D rated tire 3305lbs. Keep in mind a D rated tire has lighter sidewalls so they are not as tough.

You can run a E rated tire at 65-70 psi and still have enough tire capacity with a D rated rubber you have to keep the tires at max psi to get the load capacity. A D rated tire at max 65 psi won't ride as good as a E rated tire at the same pressure.

Chop Stuff Up
03-23-2007, 10:04 PM
I got 265/75 R16 e-rated A/T tires at pep boys for $125 each, plus they have the buy one get one free thing. That was a heck of a deal and so far I'm impressed. Plus they have the road hazard warranty and such so you're covered. There was a company that sold the BFG's on ebay and they were considerably cheaper than the costco wholesale here. I dunno if them guys still sell on there.

DJ Contracting
03-23-2007, 10:08 PM
It depends on what size truck you have i own all half ton trucks and found that over the years that i have been wasting money on e rated tires on a half ton. A C rating is plenty for a half ton although i have D rared tires on now, if i was to load the truck at the rate that the tires say i can my truck would break first, remember if i loaded my half ton with 6,610 pounds (back two tires combined) i think something would break before the tires blew out, anyway find a good dealer that knows what they are talking about before you get bigger is better.

03-23-2007, 11:08 PM
Go with the "D" Rated tire if you want, I have 285/75/R16 Goodyear MT/R's "D Rated" on my Silverado and I have put 4,000 Pounds on the bed and most of the time i have more then a 2,000 pounds on the bed in the summer. I have never had a problem with the tire's, But you do have to have it at 65psi.

03-24-2007, 12:40 AM
Thanks guys for all the insight, ive got some thinking to do, but plenty of time to do it!!


03-24-2007, 08:07 PM
general grabber awsome tire , you wont be disapointed!

03-24-2007, 11:04 PM
When towing an E will handle better than a D.

03-25-2007, 05:10 AM
Get E, do it right the first time, hey it might not be an A, but atleast you can pass the inspection with an E!!! lol

Not to hiajck the tread, but does anyone know of a good trailer tire. Mine dont hold air well, and they wear really bad, plus get flats easily and are cheapos. Thanks

04-05-2007, 06:05 PM
I just replaced the Bridgestone f rated tires on my 2500hd with the new Goodyear Wrangler with silent armor in 285/75r16 f rated tires. The ride is awesome and the tires have a great response and so far I have no complaints. I would normally shy away from Goodyear due to lack of durability espically mileage. My tire dealer has got a set on his powerstroke he got from Goodyear to tryout and they have 15000 hard miles and look brand new. The
ride is awesome. They also have the kelvar beads to help agianst punctures and flats. the tires also come with a bead edge protecter to protect the rim incase of curbs or other objects that might damage the rim. I know you will probably never overload the tires weight capacity but driving with weight in the back cause force on tires during turning and stoping along with absorbing pot holes. go with the f range tires IMO

grass disaster
04-05-2007, 06:39 PM
i just put on some michelin ltx m/s on. they are bad azz.

also with the e vs. d tire you will get an extra band around the tire that is supposed to help not get punctures.