D or E rated tire?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by mcwlandscaping, Mar 23, 2007.

  1. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,163

    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
  2. richallseasons

    richallseasons LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 479

    I went with e rated on all my trucks, better to have too much than not enough when it comes to load capacity
  3. BobcatBoy06

    BobcatBoy06 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 184

    Get some goodyear workhorses, they don't make them in a 285 but they sure are a heavy tire.
  4. Sydenstricker Landscaping

    Sydenstricker Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,281

    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!!
  5. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,544

    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.
  6. Chop Stuff Up

    Chop Stuff Up LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 457

    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.
  7. DJ Contracting

    DJ Contracting LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 487

    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.
  8. 02DURAMAX

    02DURAMAX LawnSite Gold Member
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    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.
  9. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,163

    Thanks guys for all the insight, ive got some thinking to do, but plenty of time to do it!!

  10. git-r-done

    git-r-done LawnSite Member
    Messages: 73

    general grabber awsome tire , you wont be disapointed!

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