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Load range E vs SL

Discussion in 'Wheels & Tires' started by Bones2012, Mar 3, 2018.

  1. Mar 3, 2018 at 4:25 PM
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    Who has experienced the difference between different load range tires? Do you see a big difference between E and SL?
    I mostly will be driving on pavement but when you look at different size tires and choices, when you go bigger the load range goes to E.
    My question is what is the difference in ride quality?
     
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    Are you towing a lot? Or off roading in rocky terrain? If yes, E. If no, SL.

    You definitely notice the E rides harsher.
     
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    E rated tires are heavier as well so that will affect your braking and acceleration. I recently removed some 295/70/18 E rated ridge grapplers on Method NV wheels. The combination weighed about 100 lbs per wheel which killed performance imo. They've been replaced with OEM TRD wheels and 275/70 E rated tires for towing.
     
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    Stock/current is 275/65/18. I am keeping the stock wheels but looking for better looks, Don't tow or offroad much at all, just a pavement pounder. To go to a 70 the selection drops fast to stay in SL. I was looking at the Falken Wildpeak and the Nitto Terra Graps. Falkens would have to be a 265/70/18 and I am not sure how that would look. For me at this point in my life I am going for looks. Nitto's have more options. I am currently on stock suspension. I might
    level but not looking to do anymore lift than that. Don't mind doing some trimming but don't want to do a frame or other cuts or what ever they are called.

    I would like to stay with a 70 size but get as wide as possible. I would be willing to buy wheel spacers if that would help get a wider tire to fit.

    I have read and read through setups here and it seems to get more confusing. Just when I think I have it figured out, poof, the next read blows it all away.

    Thanks for any help
     
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    There’s nothing wrong with going E or SL as long as you are using them correctly. I had E rated on my last truck, a 2015 Tacoma. But I go down trails a fair amount with rocks and roots and don’t want to risk a flat.

    When I go to new tires on my Tundra, they will be E rated BFG KO2.
     
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    Thanks
     

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