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Looking for D or E rated tires for my Tacoma

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Hamer95USA, Jun 10, 2017.

  1. Jun 10, 2017 at 1:39 PM
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    Hamer95USA

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    Hey fellow Tacoma gear heads,

    I want to put a set of D or E rated tires on my Tacoma since I also carry a hard side camper in my truck bed and I need the tires to carry the truck and camper weight. I have the OEM Chou Seiki 15"x 7" aluminum rims installed on the truck, but can also switch back to the original 15" OEM steel rims. My tires are currently 225/75/15. Can anyone recommend a place where I can get a set of tires that either D or E rated tires?
     
  2. Jun 10, 2017 at 3:08 PM
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    I doubt anybody makes an E rated 225/75/15, you'll probably have to step up to 235/75/15 which is closer to a 30" tire.
     
  3. Jun 10, 2017 at 3:11 PM
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    I just checked and the most I could find was a load range C in 225/75/15
     
  4. Jun 10, 2017 at 3:17 PM
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    Thanks Speedytech7 for your replies. That's what I found as well concerning my tire in that particular size with that a C load range. I'll do a search with your suggested tire size and see if that will work for me. I like the Arb bumper on your truck in the picture. Very cool!
     
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    Thanks, the bumper actually made by Relentless Fabrication, but I suppose the designs are similar from afar. I had to look up the wheels your running, I was really confused when it turned up pictures of stock 15" Tacoma alloys, then I realized Chou Seiki must have made them for Toyota. I always joke about my motorcycle having Enkie wheels, Enkie makes Honda's stock bike wheels in the 80s.

    Hoping to get my junk back on the road soon, I rolled it about three weeks ago and haven't found a new body yet.
     
  6. Jun 13, 2017 at 10:09 PM
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    Try Treadwright. Not sure if they'll have your size but all their tires are D/E sidewall
     
  7. Jun 14, 2017 at 2:18 AM
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    For 225 size I see only trailer tires on D and E rating. There are some D rated in 235 size.
     
  8. Jul 4, 2017 at 3:31 PM
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    Hello RysiuM,

    Would you be kind enough to give me a link please?
     
  9. Jul 5, 2017 at 10:25 AM
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    Cde ratings I believe only says what their max pressure is. The load index says how much weight they can carry. What tires do you currently have? Most light truck tires will carry more weight than the taco is rated to have in the bed. The cheapest tire on tire rack is rated for over 1800 pounds. That leaves more than 2000lbs for payload, which unless you have 1 heavy sob of a camper, is plenty.

    Your 1999 taco is only rated for 1500 to 2000lbs payload. If you need new rubber anyway, go nuts. But you don't need new tires just for the camper.
     
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    @Indy: Thanks for you input. The Six Pac hard side camper weighs 1200 lbs empty. That's not counting if I load it up with water/food/clothes/gear which will probably add another 500 lbs. When I brought the camper home from the seller's farm, the tires sagged from the weight, it was tied down with ratchet straps (dangerous to me), and the truck pointed upwards due to the soft stock leaf springs & weight of the camper. I had crosswinds driving home and I can feel the camper rocking back & forth in the truck bed due to having a plastic bed liner (very bad!) and the heavy winds. The D load range tires that I'm looking for, upgraded leaf springs and a set of Ride Rite air bags will help deal with the weight issue along with a sprayed in bed liner & bed mat for the camper to keep the camper stable in the truck bed.

    @The CookieMonster: Thanks for the link. I'll check out the Pirelli Scorpion ATR or the Kumho Road Venture MT51.
     
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    Wow, your gas mileage must suck in that setup. Also with that load your truck must be quite top heavy. Care to share the picture?
     
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    I can't calculate the gas mileage since I haven't found a set of tires that I feel safe driving with the camper loaded on the truck. Yes, the camper is top heavy so the D load range tires/upgraded leaf springs/air bags is on my truck upgrade list. You can feel the camper bucking around a bit when there's crosswinds on the highway. It isn't light or aerodynamic like my old '80s FWC Fleet pop up camper that I had before.
     
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    There is no way to make that setup not sway in crosswinds. You have a narrow truck with a sail mounted to it. Replace the entire suspension with welded steel and it will still happen . Taco springs are notoriously weak. It only takes a few hundred pounds to get the headlights pointing at the moon :) you can go to helpers etc and it will cut it down but it wont eliminate it. And you'll want to go easy on turns to say the least.

    I'm assuming you're only putting the camper in when you plan on using it? Max your tire pressure when you're loaded, drop it back down when it's off. It will help with the bulging and also make them run cooler. Heat and underinflation kills more tires than anything else.
     
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    In my Taco I can loaded about 350kg (that is about 770b) of tiles inside my camper shell which weights about 200lb or so. At that load all leafs are touching and I don't dare to drive fast over bumpy streets. And the load i pushed as far forward as I could. One time I had a full truck of oak firewood, and that was scary - I did not exceed 35mph.
     
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    I was wearing through c's like it was the cool thing to do, got a good deal on a set of e's, and while my gas mileage has suffered a little, I now dont chew tires, and have the added advantage of beefier sidewall.

    I did have to ditch 15's though, went to 16's.
     
  20. Jul 6, 2017 at 8:45 PM
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    I might have to sell off my black powder coated OEM Chou Seiki aluminum alloy 15" wheels for the 16" wheels to get either the D or E load range tires. I can't find any D or E load range tires in 15" locally or online that I like.
     

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