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Old 01-21-2009, 10:04 AM   #1
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LT vs P rated tires??

Looking for new tires to compliment the new OME lift. Probably either BFG AT's (if I can find a good deal on them) or Nitto TG's. Both come in either LT or P ratings. I know the ratings refer to number of ply's, just not sure which is better?
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LT tires would be the best:
- http://www.4crawler.com/Diesel/Tires.shtml#SIDEWALL

I find P (passenger car) tires have too soft a sidewall for use on a heavier truck. I once ran a set of P metric tires on my old FJ55 Landcruiser and the sidewalls were shot in a year or two. Replaced those with some LT tires and it was so much more stable in the corners. With the P tires, it felt like it was wallowing in the turns, very mushy and slugging cornering response.

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P actually stands for 'pmetric' and LT is, obviously, light truck. to me, the only vehicles that should run P rated tires are cars. SUVs and trucks, IMO, are too heavy for Pmetric tires.
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There are 3 different types of LT, usually C, D, E ratings. Usually a 2 ply difference between P and LT C rating tires. The tread will be slightly deeper on LT. At least this is the case with Bridgestones.
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P actually stands for 'pmetric' and LT is, obviously, light truck. to me, the only vehicles that should run P rated tires are cars. SUVs and trucks, IMO, are too heavy for Pmetric tires.
I donít think SUVís and trucks are too heavy for P-rated tires at all. It depends on the uses. I wouldnít recommend an LT tire for a soccer mom that will never see anything but asphalt. The P-rated tire will ride better and get better MPG on the road.
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When choosing what ply to run you have to make sure that tire will hold the weight of the car/truck. in a diesel case i would try to run an D or E ply rated tire. but someone with a ford ranger heck ya all day but rated 4 ply tire. you also have to consider what you will want to do with the tire"off-road, highway? rating ply's B-4, C-6, D-8, E-10 and it goes up like F-12. and bfg A/T's rock chip like a fool it would be a great tire if it wasnt for that!
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