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Old 08-25-2010, 02:01 PM   #1
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C load or E load

We're getting the DuraTrac 285 75 16s this week for our TJ. Which load range would be better, the C or the E? Jeep is used mostly as DD.

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Old 08-25-2010, 02:26 PM   #2
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C. You don't need E on a Jeep. To shed some light on it, my 3/4 ton van conversion runs D, my 1 ton truck ran E, and horse trailer runs E.

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Old 08-25-2010, 02:35 PM   #3
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But the Cs don't qualify for the Goodyear rebate. Es are just going to be a little stiffer ride, right? Any other drawbacks?
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Old 08-25-2010, 03:05 PM   #4
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You won't notice the ride effects, hardly at all

If the majority of your mileage is Hiwy--"E" is OK

The only really noticeable deterrants, would be by running lower air pressure off-road

The "E" range, with stronger sidewall would be more subsequent to "BEAD BLOW" at lower airpressures !!

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Old 08-25-2010, 04:12 PM   #5
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C is generally a lot cheaper than E to begin with. It's your dime tho. Some light reading to help you make a choice Wiki - Tire Codes The stiffer sidewall on an E is not necessarily a good thing if you plan on leaving the pavement as Jim stated.
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Old 08-25-2010, 05:06 PM   #6
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3 years in a row while elk hunting I have had a flat from a darn sharp rock on 6 ply tires. 10 ply is all I use now.
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Old 08-25-2010, 05:36 PM   #7
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I run C's on my TJ and my 1/2 ton Silverado, softer ride than a E. And I have never had any problems off road as far as cuts and flats with C's in the last 10 years...
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Old 08-26-2010, 08:52 AM   #8
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Well now isn't this special. It turns out the moron I was dealing with was quoting me the wrong size tire! I told him more than once the size 285 75 16 but he insisted on looking up the 265 75 16s. The 285s don't come in a C load & the 265s do. This explains why the other dealer I had quoting had so much trouble looking them up!

Jeez, people should really have to wear signs! D'oh!

So it looks like we're going with the E loads... and not from the guy who couldn't get the size right, even if it is going to cost a couple hundred extra bucks! That's just how we roll.
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Old 08-26-2010, 12:27 PM   #9
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And just to add more salt to the wound...

The Mgr quoted me $235 / tire last Thursday. His subordinate quoted me $220 / tire on the following Monday. When I talked the Mgr again yesterday, he said the tires were $257. I pointed out that this was the third price they've given me over the phone in less than 7 days. I told him about the $220 quote & he flipped out. He asked for the person's name who quoted this price & he'll find out.

Today's follow up was the Mgr told me that the person never quoted that price this week. I asked what price he quoted or is he saying that he never talked to me about the tires. He said that he never talked to me about the tires.

Too bad they don't remember the $220 quote because I have a competitor's quote @ $205 a tire that they'll have to match now. They could have made more money if they'd had just kept their mouth shut.

This is so much fun! Almost like buying a used car!
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Old 08-26-2010, 07:55 PM   #10
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If you put E load tires on your jeep your MPG is going to take a big hit. E rated tires are 10 PLY for weight and side wall protection. The duratrac E rated tires take up 80 psi and make you jeep feel like your driving a dump truck. I have the C rated duratracs on my Jeep which are 6 PLY and 50 psi. Much better MPG and still fantastic side wall strength and durability. I had the E rated duratracs first and watch my MPG disappear faster than lighting. Took them back to the tire place and had them change them out to the same tire but C rated and my MPG went right back up.

Not sure what rebate your talking about regarding the C rated not qualifying, I used the treadlighlty $100 off any 4 goodyear tires all were C rated and goodyear is sending me my rebate.
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Old 08-27-2010, 08:55 AM   #11
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What size tire did you get? The 285s don't come in a C load range. So, for the larger tires, gotta get the E loads. That's why the service Mgr said the C loads don't count for the FORD / GOODYEAR $100 rebate, because he couldn't find them.

I dropped off the competitor's written price as per the dealer's price match policy. The service guy told me he'd have to check into this because he doesn't know if he can match that price. I asked him why their tire price match policy didn't apply to these tires. He said it does but he doesn't think they can go this low.

Disgusted with his blathering, I went straight to the Dealership Mgr and explained the situation. He assured me that they'd match the price & sent me back to service. When I got there, the service guy I'd been dealing with (who wasn't the Mgr after all) was arguring over the phone. He said that the price is too low. He was obviously frustrated & told the person on the other end of the phone that he didn't like this but he'd do it this time only.

Don't know if that was all just a show for me or not but the bottom line is, they're selling the tires at the competitor's prices which is just $1 over Tire Rack tire price (without S/H added in).

So, do your research & don't let them bully you around. I don't mind confrontations, especially if it is going to save me a couple hundred bucks!
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Old 08-27-2010, 01:10 PM   #12
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You are probably right about the larger tire not being available in the smaller C load range. You might just have to get the E rated ones if your going that big. I bought the 245/75/16 C rated (31" inch) duratracs which were listed at Just tires for $193 each. I got them to match sears tires at $145 and ask them if they would still beat sear's price with a little lower so they went down to $137 per tire.

Mounted, balanced, with taxes, and out the door for all five duratracs = $810
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Old 08-27-2010, 03:34 PM   #13
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Ordered the tires from the Ford dealer's competition. My explanation to Ford is that I wasn't satisfied with their customer service. My wife I would rather pay $100 more & deal with a company that gives us good customer service & works with us instead of giving us a hard time & fighting us along the way.

We're getting a free 4-wheel alignment at the other place which is good because I'm putting the lift on today & that cost offsets the $100.

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