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BFG AT Load Range

Discussion in 'Wheels & Tires' started by silvertaco408, Nov 12, 2009.

  1. Nov 12, 2009 at 6:56 PM
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    silvertaco408

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    What are your opinions on load range C vs load range E? How much stiffer is the ride going to be and do you think it is worth it on a tacoma, which isnt going to be carrying a very big load?

    I was also wondering if you could just run a lower air pressure with an E rated tire because of its extra strength, to make the ride a little less stiff. Thanks for the input.
     
  2. Nov 12, 2009 at 7:07 PM
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    Great questions!
    I would like some iput as well.
    Looking at bfg ko's 265/70/17 load e

    how is the road noise as well?

    not trying to hijack the thread.
     
  3. Nov 12, 2009 at 7:26 PM
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    I have the c rated 265/70/17 BFG A/Ts ands its been up to what i expected it to be.I chose the c over than the e coz i dont haul regularly.The c is also lighter than the e rated which translates to better MPG.
    On a side note, Bfgs have good handling if they are not overinflated.My confort level for the PSI is 32/32 winter.
     
  4. Nov 13, 2009 at 1:57 AM
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    E is going to be much much stiffer on a light truck like a Tacoma. The C rated are rated higher than the capacity of the Tacoma, even some P rated all terrains are rated higher than needed and higher than what comes stock on these trucks.
    So even if you carry a load or tow D or E rated are not needed and will lessen your mpg and provide a very stiff/harsh ride. Some people don't mind that since it is a truck and some larger sizes are only available in a higher rating, so they deal with it. The higher rated tires are usually more expensive also.

    You are not going to want to run a lower air pressure on pavement than what is suggested by the manufacturer or what is determined to be optimal by using the 'chalk method' because running under-inflated tires is the main cause of blow outs and will also decrease your mpg and increase the tread wear.

    If you do a lot of offroading with sharp rocks and items that could puncture a tire then D or E rated would be better due to the added sidewall strength.
    But I've done some moderate offroading with P rated tires and have no damage. I'm not comfortable rock crawling anyway so I don't need E rated tires.

    Just for comparison..
    Stock- Dunlop at20 P245/75/16= 2271lbs
    Stock- BFG Rugged Trail P265/70/16= 2403lbs
    P265/65/17= 2337lbs
    Mine Now- Nitto TG P265/70/17= 2535lbs

    I don't think many people realize that Toyota puts "P" passenger rated tires on their Tacomas (even the TRD packages).
    Get a tire rated at no less than 2300lbs and you will be fine for most anything you do with your truck, except extreme offroading.
     
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    silvertaco,

    thanks for letting me share your thread. i am just trying to clarify something. load range e tires can be inflated to 80psi. my truck states 28-29psi. is that what i am suppose to run them? is this when the "chalk method" comes into play.

    thanks for your input.

    -al
     
  6. Nov 13, 2009 at 1:16 PM
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    Thanks a lot for the info Kristin. I also noticed that you have some moto metals with an offset of I believe -12...I was wondering what u did to make those fit without any rubbing (lift, trimming, etc.) Thanks again

    Al...No problem man. Sounds like we are both in the market to buy some new BFG's so I can use as much info and research as possible. These tires are pretty expensive and I want to make sure that I get the right ones and I'm sure you do to.
     
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    The psi noted on the door panel is for stock tire setup only....ignore it ;).

    You should start with the psi suggested on the tires you are using, but that is the max psi which is not optimal for normal driving conditions. So you go with a few psi lower, but not wanting to be under-inflated that is where the chalk method comes into play.
    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/wheels-tires/51690-what-psi-should-i-run.html post #15 by chris4x4.

    My bf has bfg muds E rated on his Chevy 2500hd, when we haul a very heavy toyhauler we set them at 80psi...driving around like that without a load is a terrible ride and that is in a heavier truck, I couldn't imagine the ride with those on my Tacoma :eek: and the mpg would definately drop. I tease him that his truck rides like the Flinstones car :D.


    I'm on stock (trd bilsteins) suspension, 32" tires, I had minor rubbing on turns like in/out of parking spots and into the driveway. The area it rubbed was on the inner front fender, under the bumper there is a 'knob' looking piece that sticks down (look from the front of the truck at the underside of the bumper in front of the tires and you will see it) I cut that off and about an inch above it. I trimmed the inner fender behind the tire just a tiny bit. You can't see any of the trimming unless you look for it and it was very minor and easy.
    Some others are running the same wheels and ~32" tires without any rubbing at all :notsure:.
     
  8. Nov 14, 2009 at 1:09 PM
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    I have E rated BFGs and it's like driving a tank in terms of roughness on pavement.

    Feels damn good off the pavement though.
     
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