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Tire Load Rating, LT C vs E?

Discussion in 'Wheels & Tires' started by Mctodd, Feb 16, 2020.

  1. Feb 16, 2020 at 3:04 PM
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    I just picked up some BFG K02s lightly used for a steal but they are LT C rated. My truck sees a fair amount of highway miles, weekend off roading and camping, and a little towing (dump runs with a light trailer/small boat). My question is am I good with the LT C rated tire as opposed to E rated tires? and if not what are my risks?

    I already spent too much time online in the tire size rating rabbit hole getting conflicting info so i figured this would be the bet spot to sort it out

    Thanks in advance

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  2. Feb 16, 2020 at 3:16 PM
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    The LT means light truck tire the c is the load rating
     
  3. Feb 16, 2020 at 3:19 PM
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    So you will have to look at the max load lbs and at what psi then add you truck and max eight you might carry as long as you don’t exceed that wight your good
     
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  4. Feb 16, 2020 at 3:20 PM
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    C rating is perfect for a gen 1
     
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    There you go
     
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    C rating means 6 ply. E means 10 ply. Gonna haul more with 10 ply like stated above. More psi, stiffer tire but they will ride lil stiffer imo. Think you’ll be fine with c rated
     
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  7. Feb 16, 2020 at 5:13 PM
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    C-rated is what came with the truck when new.

    I prefer e-rated for doing things for which you’ll be using your truck, though c-rated will work per spec.

    The e rides stiffer, but is substantially stronger and can take more abuse (curbs, road debris punctures, off road jarring). Its heavier and your MPG will go down. You’ll be fine, but next time go to the e-rated.
     
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    My gen 1 came stock with p rated tires. Lt c rated was an increase in stiffness for me
     
  9. Feb 16, 2020 at 5:31 PM
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    Yes. You are correct. P rated was the factory tire rated tire.

    Never had c-rated, but e-rated is stiff! Strong as Ox.
     
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    Thanks for the info everyone. It sounds like the C rates should be fine for now, possibly go E rating in the future if i plan to tow more.
    I bought these "used" (driven less then 1k) and moved quick to secure the deal and didn't realize the load rating was a little lighter til time of purchase but went with it anyways due to the price (paid a little under half list price per tire).
     
  11. Feb 17, 2020 at 5:20 AM
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    C should be more than adequate for your usage.
     
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    C comes stock on a Raptor fwiw
     
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    C is perfect and has typically been what I have run on trucks, jeeps, 4runners. I would put a C load on my Tundra but unfortunately the size I will be running does not offer any good C load tires, they are all E.
     
  14. Feb 17, 2020 at 11:24 AM
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    They also offer a D rating (8 ply) on most tires. Kind of an in between might be an option.
     
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    C rating is the old 6 ply rating. I have some goodyear C rated for trailer towing. 50lbs of air max when loaded, 35 when empty. Smoother highway riding than E rated.
     
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    Switching from Duratrac 275/65r18 E's to C's this weekend. Cannot wait to see what the difference of 3 lbs per tire and softer side wall do?

    I figure this could be my winter set and I could buy some E's for towing in the summer if it's a failure move..
     
  17. Jul 14, 2021 at 7:36 AM
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    how heavy is your trailer? I switched back to P rated michelins last summer. I tow a 4k travel trailer and not no ill effects of the OE rated tire vs my previous e rated tire when set to 50psi. Yes at 40psi the e rated is more stable, but i find the back tires at 50psi is perfect for towing
     
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    Our fleet trucks come with load C Duratracs. I was skeptical at first, as I’m an old school load range E guy, but I haven’t seen nor heard or a rash of flat tires.
     

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