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P rated vs. LT tires

Discussion in 'Wheels & Tires' started by qckslvr2234, Mar 7, 2012.

  1. Mar 7, 2012 at 12:08 PM
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    qckslvr2234

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    I know this is a dumb question but I dont know the answer.

    I am looking at tires and I dont really know the difference between p rated tired and lt rated tires other then the price. I just want to make sure I buy what I need.

    I am lifting the truck with billy's at 2.5. I dont offroad other then getting to hunting grounds, once a year at the beach and around the farm. I also occassionally tow a boat about half an hour a few times a month.

    Do I need lt series tires or will p rated tires be all I need?

    Thanks and once again sorry about the dumb question.
     
  2. Mar 7, 2012 at 12:11 PM
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    I literally copy/paste your thread title into google "P rated vs LT tires" and this is what I got:

    When it comes to selecting replacement tires for a van, pickup truck or SUV, the most important consideration is to maintain sufficient load carrying capacity.

    Three tire-sizing systems are used on the Original Equipment (O.E.) tires fitted to today's light trucks, Euro-metric, P-metric ("passenger" metric) and LT-metric ("light truck" metric). Many 1/4-ton and 1/2-ton vehicles use Euro-metric and P-metric sized tires, while 3/4-ton and 1-ton vehicles use LT-metric sized tires.


    http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tiretech/techpage.jsp?techid=70


    Try it sometime :D
     
  3. Mar 7, 2012 at 12:21 PM
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    LT tires are heavier and stiffer vs a P rated. Personally I wouldn't get a P rated tire, P rated tires have lower ply rating compared to LT tires.
     
  4. Mar 7, 2012 at 12:28 PM
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    I'm running P-rated tires on my Tacoma double cab. If you haul heavily every day, you'll probably want LT tires. LT tires have a thicker sidewall which makes them ride stiffer but also resists gashes when on trails. For most people's purposes, P-rated tires will do the trick. They're also lighter so they're better for your MPGs.
     
  5. Mar 7, 2012 at 12:28 PM
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    P-rated tires are PASSENGER, LT is LIGHT TRUCK.

    LT tires are going to be a tougher construction to carry the weight of a truck and it's payload.
     
  6. Mar 7, 2012 at 12:40 PM
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    So it sounds like this is another one of those whatever you want kind of answers. I guess since I will be mainly drive on the highway a p series tire will be ok. As long as I dont tow that often which i dont.

    If I am reading these posts right.
     
  7. Mar 7, 2012 at 12:48 PM
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    P rated would be fine for what you are describing
     
  8. Mar 7, 2012 at 12:50 PM
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    Thanks alot. My lift should be in soon so now time to get some tires.
     
  9. Mar 7, 2012 at 3:14 PM
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    Most LT tires are rated for capacity limits that exceed what our little Tacomas can even haul or load. LT tires are simply made for cargo and hauling vehicles. Think Bobtails, UPS trucks, Food delivery trucks, Armored vehicles.
     
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    :popcorn:
     
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    People who are self conscience and judge other people's choice on tires just because they get would get the bigger tire to compensate for their...should we say. Short comings.


    :cool:
     
  12. Mar 7, 2012 at 3:29 PM
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    Taking off my LT Terra Grapplers for P's tomo. Bought the LT's for extra puncture resistance thinking I'd be off road all the time. Turns out I'm never off road and now my truck rides rougher than necessary. Should help my MPG's a little as well as I'm dropping 10lbs per corner :D
     
  13. Mar 7, 2012 at 3:47 PM
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    My E rated LT Hankook MT's and now ATm's are definitely stiffer than the Grantreks
     
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    Without a doubt , the overall ride is stiffer
     
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    It's the smaller abrupt bumps that you can really feel the difference on.
     
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    So which rating is best? I have a 2nd gen reg cab and will do a little offroading. I will be using 235s to try and get mileage the same and I like the military look better.
     
  17. Mar 8, 2012 at 3:42 AM
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    Thats exactly what I was looking for. I am actually thinking of getting the terra grapplers as well.
     
  18. Mar 8, 2012 at 5:08 AM
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    "Best" is a matter of opinion... For me, the best is P-rated, someone who rock crawls will shred a set of P-rated tires in a day so best for them might be D or E rated. For a regular cab, unless you're worried about puncture resistance, P-rated tires will be fine.
     
  19. Mar 8, 2012 at 7:11 AM
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    If you are looking at 235/85R16 they ONLY come in an E-rated tire.
     
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    Probably better going off with a 255/70/16 size that way you still get good MPG and stay in the P-rated range.
     
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