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P or LT ?

Discussion in 'Wheels & Tires' started by Deadpair, Oct 26, 2012.

  1. Oct 26, 2012 at 8:25 AM
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    Deadpair

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    Is there a negitive in using an LT rated tire on a Tacoma that came stock with a P rating tire ?
     
  2. Oct 26, 2012 at 10:14 AM
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    Mescalero

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    if you dont need it (cause just a daily driver with no load), slight gas mileage reduction and some added noise/stiffness to start with
     
  3. Oct 26, 2012 at 10:18 AM
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    DeeKay21

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    X2. The LT is a heavier tire with thicker sidewalls made to tow things if necessary but even with P rated tires I believe the weight capacity goes over our 6,500lbs of towing capacity so either way you will be good to go.
     
  4. Oct 27, 2012 at 5:11 PM
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    Yamaha Dave

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    This is GOOD, ACCURATE, info. :thumbsup:
     
  5. Oct 27, 2012 at 5:27 PM
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    OZ-T

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  6. Oct 27, 2012 at 5:29 PM
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    I have LT tires on rather lightweight aftermarket wheels, I didn't notice any change in MPG with that.

    They are definitely stiff though.
     
  7. Oct 27, 2012 at 5:32 PM
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    TnRedNeck721

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    i found that the truck handled quite a bit better when i went to a LT tire. and i went up a size as well. running LT265/75R16 nitto terra grapplers. and feel the truck drives and rides better than the 265/70R16 rugged trails!
     
  8. Oct 27, 2012 at 7:29 PM
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    The downside to lt tires is the stiffer ride and a slight loss of economy.
    The advantage is much safer towing and load hauling.
    Pulling a max trailer load of 6500 lbs puts your rear tires within a few hundred pounds of the maximum load index on a p rated tire, assuming the following:
    P rated tires @ 2400lbs x4 = 9600 max weight
    Truck, fuel, passengers, misc stuff in truck- 5000lbs

    You now have 4600lbs to play with, 1125 per tire. 15% tongue weight of a 6500lb trailer is just under 1000lbs, all of which is on the back tires. They're now within 650lbs of being maxed out.

    This doesn't take into account any cargo in the bed, tools, camping gear, etc.

    If you regularly use your truck to haul or tow, LTs are worth the cost.
     
  9. Oct 27, 2012 at 8:50 PM
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    Yamaha Dave

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    What I think is hilarious are the guys who buy Load E or LT tires and actually don't haul anything more than a few bags of groceries, kids, and some Nike shoe boxes.
     
  10. Oct 27, 2012 at 8:53 PM
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    TnRedNeck721

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    i have E. could have gone with D. but discount tire was out. i have an empty bed most the time but, most the time i use it i load it up. and tow a 12’x7’ trailer with a utv and atv on it a lot. trailer and rhino and atv it’s right at maybe a bit over 3k pounds. and rhino has to go on front of trailer making the tong weight a bit more.
     
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