The load range is identified by a letter of the alphabet, usually from A to F, which represents the ply rating and load pressure. A rating of “E” on the tire means the tire has a ply rating of 10 and a load pressure of 80 psi.
The ply rating is used to identify the strength of a tire and is an important factor when buying new tires. The higher the ply rating means greater strength, durability, and load-carrying capacity. This article is all about this.
What does an E rating mean on a tire?
E ratings are also known as Extra Load tires or XL tires. E-rated tires are reinforced to handle higher inflation pressures than standard load tires.
This allows them to carry heavier loads than standard load tires without sacrificing durability or ride quality. If you see the letters ‘LT’ in front of the tire size, this means that it is a Light Truck tire.
Are E-rated tires better off-road?
E-rated tires are NOT all-terrain tires and are certainly not mud-terrain (M/T) tires. They are typically used in commercial vehicles or large pickup trucks and SUVs with large payloads and/or towing capabilities.
These tires generally feature aggressive tread designs, deep grooves, and large voids to provide additional traction on wet roads and in light snow.
Do I really need Load Range E tires?
Your vehicle manufacturer will only recommend Load Range E tires if they are required to support the weight of your vehicle and its load — such as a heavy-duty truck. This is why most passenger vehicles use Load Range C or D tires.
How much weight can an E-rated tire carry?
E-rated tires are built to withstand the load-carrying capacity (LCC) of 3,750 pounds per tire at the maximum air pressure, if your tire’s maximum pressure is not known it may be located on the sidewall of the tire.
When replacing E-rated tires, it is important to select replacement tires with a load-carrying capacity equal to or greater than the original equipment tires being replaced.
What is a tire’s speed rating?
A tire’s speed rating indicates the maximum service speed for which the tire is certified. This number is vital because it affects how fast you can drive and how long your tires last. The standard scale begins at Q and ends at Z, with each letter corresponding to a different speed level.
Is load range F better than E?
E is a stronger sidewall than F and you should always go with the heaviest duty trailer tire available. On a trailer it’s not about speed rating, it’s about PSI. F is higher PSI but lower load range.
Trailer tires are a little different than auto tires due to the fact that they have a max PSI and an actual weight rating. So if you have a 3500lb axle you want to get 3500lb rated tires (aka “E” load range) or greater.
What is the load rating of a tire?
Just about every tire out there is rated for a certain maximum load, which is the maximum weight it can support before the tire begins to wear or break down.
The most common rating is a load index, which defines the load rating of a tire as a fraction between 1 (the lowest possible rating) and 100 (the highest).
For example, an E-rated tire is designed to support up to 13.5 pounds, while a G-rated tire can handle up to 23.4 pounds.
What is the difference between E and G tires?
G tires have higher load ratings than E tires, which means they can carry more weight — up to 1,000 pounds (450 kilograms).
For example, an E-series truck tire has a 225-pound (102 kilograms) maximum load rating; a G-series tire has a 400-pound (180 kilograms) maximum. The “G” stands for “general purpose,” which indicates that the tire is suitable for more than just trucks.
An “E” rated tire will have higher air pressure than most other tires on the market. This increases the weight carrying capacity but may also decrease traction in snow and ice conditions.
An “E” rated tire is ideal for heavy cargo loads or use as a trailer tire, but may not be appropriate for passenger vehicles in areas with harsh winter weather conditions. Thanks a lot for reading.