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load range E vs D. better tread life?

Discussion in 'Wheels & Tires' started by achirdo, Jan 30, 2011.

  1. Jan 30, 2011 at 2:39 PM

    achirdo [OP] I Weld!

    Apr 7, 2010
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    North DFW
    06 dodge ram 3500 5.9 cummins
    so im about to replace my stupid goodyear duratracs in load range E. the tires were great in the mud but ive only got 10k miles on them and they are already really bald.

    so im was going to put on on bfg a/ts seeing that everyone gets over 50k mi out of them.

    now im stuck in between load range D tires and load range E. is it true that u will get better tread life out of a E rated tire vs a D? i dont care about ride quality, the stiffness doesnt bother me.
  2. Jan 30, 2011 at 3:07 PM

    DevL Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2010
    Load range does not have a direct corrolation to tire tread life. The softer the compound the better the grip and the hgher the wear. This has nothing to do with multi ply internal construction which allows greater loads to be placed on the tire because it can hold more air pressure. These are seperate aspects of the tire. Almost every other aspect has more of an effect on tread life, including compound, inflation level, tread type, alignment, weight load on tires, and driving style.

    Load range E tires TEND to have a harder compound becasue they are subjected to heavy towing loads, but this is not necessarily true on a tire by tire basis. Most sprorts cars are faster than pickups. Typhoons, Lightnings, etc are way faster than a Miata. See how those dont have direct corrolation either?

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