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Old 02-18-2011, 08:14 AM
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duratrac load rating

I have settled on the duratracs, but am not sure which load rating to go with. My thought is If I go with the higher load rating, I'll get more miles out of them even though it will be a bit stiffer ride.
The question is- is this true? or is the jeep so light that it really doesn't matter?
(This is on an unlimited so it is a bit heavier than a two door.)

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I've heard people say the use a heavier load range tire because they are more "puncture resistant". which basically means they have more material around the tire to support the higher air pressure required for heavier vehicles.

That being said, heavier load range tires are going to cost more. They are going to use more gas because they are heavier.

And this maybe like compairing apples to oranges, but my truck uses 245/75R16 load E tires and my jeep has 30x9.5R15 load C tires(30.5x9.5 vs 30x9.5 basically), and there is a huge difference in weight. There are 4 extra layers of steel cable wrapped around the tire and at least one or two extra layers on the sidewall.

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Idk, I have C loads on mine for a year now, not a whole lot of miles on them tho'. I kinda of figured the size you wanted was going to determine the load you had to get...
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I haven't heard anyone suggest the E's for a Wrangler, Unlimited or not. The C's are doing just fine for me.
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Just got C's duratraks 2004-more than adequate for DD and some not to harsh off road--with some tire mfs size is determined by load range--others No--different load ranges with same size--not good to mix which is how I found out when dlr sold me 2 tires with diff range that those presently on car-noticed handling difference
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I've got load range E's on my 04. Only load range available in the 285/16-75 size.

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