Like Tree0Likes

Load ratings on tires D vs E ?

Reply
Old 09-26-2009, 03:30 PM
  #1
KN
Registered
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: Gorham, Maine
Posts: 862
Default Load ratings on tires D vs E ?

Hey guys is there a big difference between a D rated tire and a E rated tire I think the E is a ten ply and the D an 8. My truck came with E rated 2006 GMC 2500 I'm thinking on swithing to D rated is this a bad idea?

Thanks Kirk
KN is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-2009, 04:13 PM
  #2
Banned
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Arlington Tx
Posts: 9,373
Default

You're correct on the plies. I'm surprised you have Es on your truck, I thought they were for duallys. If you tow heavy you should keep the Es. If not, the Ds will probly give a softer ride. You should be ok with Ds up to 8000lbs.

Wait and see what Sydwayz says, he's the man on this stuff.
Catmando is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-2009, 04:39 PM
  #3
Forum Regulator
VIP Member
Trade Score: (1)
 
Sydwayz's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2001
Location: Worldwide
My Boats: 17' Speedliner Cat & O.P.B.
Posts: 21,856
Default

The only way you will be legal for towing at the max is with the E-load rated tires.

Why are you thinking about going D? Rough ride currently? Factory tires on those trucks are pretty much barely good enough. Invest in a good tire and you will have a nice ride and still have E-rating.

The factory E-rated whatevers that came on 2500 Avalanche were terrible, along with those pissant 16x6 wheels.
Sydwayz is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-2009, 06:33 PM
  #4
Registered
 
5PMSMWHR's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: B'ville, NY
My Boats: '02 Formula 353 500EFIs, XRs
Posts: 1,000
Default

Sidewayz, any thoughts on E rated tires for 20x9 wheels? Vehicle is an 06 2500 Duramax towing an 02 353 Fastech, (12,000 lbs) Currently running the 16 inchers with Bridgestone E rated tires.
5PMSMWHR is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-2009, 07:04 PM
  #5
Banned
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Arlington Tx
Posts: 9,373
Default

"Pissant 16 wheels" lol well the "doughnut" look is coming back sad to say.
Catmando is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-2009, 08:32 PM
  #6
KN
Registered
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: Gorham, Maine
Posts: 862
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sydwayz View Post
The only way you will be legal for towing at the max is with the E-load rated tires.

Why are you thinking about going D? Rough ride currently? Factory tires on those trucks are pretty much barely good enough. Invest in a good tire and you will have a nice ride and still have E-rating.

The factory E-rated whatevers that came on 2500 Avalanche were terrible, along with those pissant 16x6 wheels.
There is a auto parts store having a sale on Pirrelli tires buy 3 get the fourth one free but the size i'm looking for they only come in D. Thank you guys for the help I will pass and get the right load rating.
KN is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-2009, 10:07 PM
  #7
Registered
 
32storm's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Rochester, NY
My Boats: Boatless....
Posts: 589
Default

Stick with the "E"'s.
32storm is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-2009, 10:18 PM
  #8
Registered
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Raleigh,NC & 1000 Islands,NY
My Boats: 99' AT28twin, 2004 Starcraft, 1978 Switzer
Posts: 1,024
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Catmando View Post
You're correct on the plies. I'm surprised you have Es on your truck, I thought they were for duallys. If you tow heavy you should keep the Es. If not, the Ds will probly give a softer ride. You should be ok with Ds up to 8000lbs.

Wait and see what Sydwayz says, he's the man on this stuff.
Actually, a dually would have less psi on the road than a srw F350. All my SRW F350's have always had e-rated and I would not think a D would cut it towing or carrying 4.5k in the box; which is a very common scenario for me. I had a 'Just Tires' store try to mount d rated; needless to say their incompetence has cost them a few customers.
Stick with the E-rated tires.
spilman is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 09-27-2009, 10:15 AM
  #9
Forum Regulator
VIP Member
Trade Score: (1)
 
Sydwayz's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2001
Location: Worldwide
My Boats: 17' Speedliner Cat & O.P.B.
Posts: 21,856
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by 5PMSMWHR View Post
Sidewayz, any thoughts on E rated tires for 20x9 wheels? Vehicle is an 06 2500 Duramax towing an 02 353 Fastech, (12,000 lbs) Currently running the 16 inchers with Bridgestone E rated tires.
I don't have any experience with E-rated 20" tires.

But, I'd look into BFGoodrich and Nitto.

Also, swing by your Ford dealer and take a look at what tires they are putting on the Factory 20" wheels that come on the new F350 SRW trucks. Continental comes to mind, which I am not overly fond of, but see if you can confirm.

Stick a post up on thedieselstop.com too. It's a primarily Ford PSD board and they will have a lot of input.
Sydwayz is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 09-27-2009, 11:30 AM
  #10
Registered
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Raleigh,NC & 1000 Islands,NY
My Boats: 99' AT28twin, 2004 Starcraft, 1978 Switzer
Posts: 1,024
Default

Just replaced my factory tires on my 08 F350; 275/65-20. Went back with Goodyear Wranglers. The first set went 72k miles so I stayed with the Goodyears...Load range E of course.
They look pretty good too....there were not very many choices, continental was 1 option, but most were more money and why change a good thing. just my .02
spilman is offline  
Reply With Quote
Reply



Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:59 PM.


Copyright 2011 OffShoreOnly. All rights reserved.