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Old November 16th, 2012, 03:43 PM   #1
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Default Tires...Load range D or E?

My truck (2000 350 with a 7.3 powerstroke) came with some load range D's on it. 305/70/16

I am getting some new tires here shortly, hopefully before winter.

Been doing some reading on the interweb machine, and it seems some go with D, some go with E.

Leaning towards E, thoughts?
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Old November 16th, 2012, 03:59 PM   #2
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If you carry heavy load you want the load range E tires for the extra capacity they can handle
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Old November 16th, 2012, 04:03 PM   #3
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E for sure on that truck. my 2500hd also says e or d range. came with d's and had the treads start seperating from the belt. I cant see any reason not to play it safe and get the E range
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Old November 16th, 2012, 04:13 PM   #4
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The ride quality with d is a whole lot better. My buddy has d bfg at's on his Cummins long bed crew cab. Hasn't had any tire problems. Its really preference. The load difference is usually just a few hundred pounds so for ride quality I'd go with d's
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Old November 16th, 2012, 08:38 PM   #5
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I went through this last winter for my powerjoke. I checked and the capacity for the 305/70r16 D's I used was higher than the stock E's so I went with the D's
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Old November 16th, 2012, 09:28 PM   #6
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I've got E's (285 70 17) on my 06 Megacab and it's a pretty rough ride although I don't know that it would be much softer with D's. You'll get 2 more ply's with the E's. Some people suggest that causes a drop in mileage, but I gotta think it's negligible. I did just rotate mine and they are heavy bastards. I'm getting close to needing new tires too. I'm hoping to make it through the winter but i'm thinking I'll go with E's again unless the deal is so way better on D's.
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Old November 16th, 2012, 11:43 PM   #7
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I was going to go with E rated tires for my 1/2 ton, but I'm starting to think Ds....
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Old November 17th, 2012, 12:09 AM   #8
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I daily drove a TJ on 35s for 6 years so maybe my basis is a little off, but I think my f250 rides just fine with e range tires. Infact I prefer it over my tj and just took it to the northern up towing my jeep because its more comfortable. For what I normally do, I would like the extra capacity if price is similar which I imagine it is.
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Old November 17th, 2012, 03:20 AM   #9
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I might be wrong, but don't e rated have deeper tread.
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Old November 17th, 2012, 05:04 PM   #10
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I'd go E, but i'm only rollin' on C's so my opinion doesn't mean much
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Old November 17th, 2012, 05:17 PM   #11
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I went with the E rated tires on my Dmax. I needed all the weight capacity that I could get. The rough(er) ride was a trade off, but the peace of mind when hauling heavy is worth it. If I was not hauling a fifth wheel or gooseneck I would just stick with D.
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A rated. a is always the best right? why would you want a flunking tire?
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What size are you going with? Different sizes have different weight raitings.
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What size are you going with? Different sizes have different weight raitings.
Yep, Also different brands have different weight ratings, Brand, size, model are all going to be factors. You can find LRD tires that are rated for more weight than a LRE. Personaly I would say read some reviews and pick out a tire and tread that you like, LRD or E. Another thing to consider is that if your truck calls for a LRD, and you want to run a LRE, You will most likely have to run the LRE at 80psi to take advantage of the weight rating, your factory rims might not be able to handle that.
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What size are you going with? Different sizes have different weight raitings.
Size posted in first post.

D in current size has a higher rating than e in stock size, but my D's always look underinflated even when at high (close to Max) pressure.

I load the bed with firewood, but always short trips (less than 5 miles).

Rarely tow.
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Old November 18th, 2012, 10:35 PM   #16
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I'd go with the D's if you are going with 305's again. Remember E's in stock form are enough tire when the truck is fully loaded down. It doesn't sound like your getting even close to that point.
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remember to look at the date codes too, i turned a set of "new" tires down last january that were actually about 18 months old. i run 285/75/17 dueler revo 2s LRE on my CTD.
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I went from D's to E's when i got new tires last fall.. didnt even notice a difference in ride.. better to have it then to need it.
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always go with more tire than necessary. the LRD probably only maxes out at 65psi and the LRE should max out at 80psi. that can make a world of difference with heat build up when towing.

see what the max weight carrying capacity of each tire is at their max psi and go from there.
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Had D tires on F350 when I bought it was unbearable to drive tow trailer. I wait until tires were bald enough to buy new E load tires.

I could notice huge difference From D load 285/85/16 to E load 265/75/16. It was much better no more squil on highway like you had flat tire on one side.
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