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Old 08-31-2010, 08:38 AM   #1
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Question Trading in load range E BFGs

All right I just got some 265/75/16 bfg all terrains load range E a couple weeks ago. I did not see any other load range options for the 16"s. Since then my mpgs have gone down significantly. I knew from the start that I was gonna lose a couple from leveling the truck out and putting on bigger tires but....I have been driving easier and changed all fluids air filter etc. Would going down to a less thick sidewalk such as the nitto Terra help? I got them at discount so I think I have 30 days to bring them back. No comments about changing driving style, I know and I have
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All right I just got some 265/75/16 bfg all terrains load range E a couple weeks ago. I did not see any other load range options for the 16"s. Since then my mpgs have gone down significantly. I knew from the start that I was gonna lose a couple from leveling the truck out and putting on bigger tires but....I have been driving easier and changed all fluids air filter etc. Would going down to a less thick sidewalk such as the nitto Terra help? I got them at discount so I think I have 30 days to bring them back. No comments about changing driving style, I know and I have
Lower load range would help. The tires would be lighter and easier to get rolling so your gas mileage will be better. Load range E is excessive for a Tacoma unless you need the sidewall thickness for off-roading.
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Thanks. Any tire/load range suggestions?
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You can go to a load range C or D. The original tires are a C rating and is quite sufficient for our trucks for daily driving. I am driving with some used Toyos and they D ratings and Size is 265/75-16 and Im getting around 17 to 18 MPG.
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You can go to a load range C or D. The original tires are a C rating and is quite sufficient for our trucks for daily driving.
Im pretty sure the originals are P rated and not LT. Not entirely sure though.

the main reason I didn't go with the general grabber at2's in that size is because they only come in load range E. Way too heavy and stiff for a little 1st gen tacoma IMO.
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Mine came with a SL or standard load range tire. If you don't do much towing or hauling, they do great. They're a little lighter than a C range tire but heavier than the P or passenger tires. I've towed and hauled with them without a problem.
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Im pretty sure the originals are P rated and not LT. Not entirely sure though.

the main reason I didn't go with the general grabber at2's in that size is because they only come in load range E. Way too heavy and stiff for a little 1st gen tacoma IMO.
Ya you are correct Steve they were a passenger tire and Not a Light truck tire. So the tire ratings will be different. But they held up for me for 52,000 miles with No problems and I do haul our quads quite often.
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Ya you are correct Steve they were a passenger tire and Not a Light truck tire. So the tire ratings will be different. But they held up for me for 52,000 miles with No problems and I do haul our quads quite often.
Well the Passenger rated tires are plenty for these trucks if you don't off road on really sharp rocks. My last set were passenger rated and they were fine, although one had 4 plugs in it due to nails. Still sold them for $40 with about 2/32" of tread left lol.
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Im pretty sure the originals are P rated and not LT. Not entirely sure though.

the main reason I didn't go with the general grabber at2's in that size is because they only come in load range E. Way too heavy and stiff for a little 1st gen tacoma IMO.
Probably depends on where you buy your truck. Mine didn't come with P rated tires from the factory.
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Went to discount today and said there would be no difference in switching to a tire with a different load range. I guess I should have looked at these things before I bought the tires. I'm gonna do the deck plate mod and maybe squeeze out some more mpgs. Maybe lighter wheels in the future
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Go with the Duratracs. They're a Load Range C in the 265/75/16 and should take care of your problem. Hope this helps from a Manager at Discount Tire (North Carolina)
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Go with the Duratracs. They're a Load Range C in the 265/75/16 and should take care of your problem. Hope this helps from a Manager at Discount Tire (North Carolina)
Which one you work at man?? im gonna need new tires soon and i might come see ya.
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Have you factored in the new tire size? Going from 265/70/16 to 265/75/16 changes the revs per mile of your tires. If you were going from the stock Rugged Trails to the TA KO then the weight difference would only be about 70 pounds altogether.

I've got the same Load E BFGs and noticed a substantial mpg drop until I factored in the revs per mile. Get a scangauge if you really want to see what exactly your mpg is.
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Went to discount today and said there would be no difference in switching to a tire with a different load range. I guess I should have looked at these things before I bought the tires. I'm gonna do the deck plate mod and maybe squeeze out some more mpgs. Maybe lighter wheels in the future
I think you're getting screwed. If you look at the same tire with different load ranges, there should be a noticeable difference in price. Maybe they gave you a smoking deal on the E's but if you drop to LT or C, they should be cheaper. Good luck with your truck.
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I think you're getting screwed. If you look at the same tire with different load ranges, there should be a noticeable difference in price. Maybe they gave you a smoking deal on the E's but if you drop to LT or C, they should be cheaper. Good luck with your truck.
There's a 100% credit given on the tire towards purchase of a new tire. Depending on which tire he goes with, it might retail more expensive in a lower load range (i.e. all-terrain to mud, etc.)
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I got 20.5 mpg this past Sunday on a trip I took with my load range E tires all though I am still running LT245/75/16. You have to remember that the estimated ratings from the manufacturer is traveling at a constant 55 mph which is the average speed at which any vehicle gets it's best mpg.
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Which one you work at man?? im gonna need new tires soon and i might come see ya.
I'm in greater Charlotte
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