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Hi All,

Hoping someone can clarify things for me. There seems to be very little availability passenger tire rated tires in the all terrain, hybrid terrain, and mud terrain categories.

I find alot of E load rated and some C rated. I understand the load rating means the ability to hold air pressure. I also understand that the higher load rating usually means a heavier tire with stiffer sidewalls.

When offroading....and airing down.....dont you want a pliable sidewall to conform to terrain?? Doesnt it make it more difficult for an E load tire to do this over a SL rated tire??

What am I missing?

Thank you,

George
 

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Hi All,

Hoping someone can clarify things for me. There seems to be very little availability passenger tire rated tires in the all terrain, hybrid terrain, and mud terrain categories.

I find alot of E load rated and some C rated. I understand the load rating means the ability to hold air pressure. I also understand that the higher load rating usually means a heavier tire with stiffer sidewalls.

When offroading....and airing down.....dont you want a pliable sidewall to conform to terrain?? Doesnt it make it more difficult for an E load tire to do this over a SL rated tire??

What am I missing?

Thank you,

George
My thoughts are you want an E rated tire for off road. Yes it is a thicker side wall, but that means its a lot less prone to punctures and tears. I've done wheeling with some guys that use P or C rated tires and they've torn them up pretty good. E rated will still conform to the terrain. It just springs back a bit quicker. I will only use E rated tires for off road anymore.
 

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I was happy off roading with D rated tires. Much more compliant than E at the same pressure. Perhaps dropping the pressure on the E more would makeup for the difference though.

My most recent buy was Yokohama Geolander A/T G015 in P265/75R16. Not super aggressive, but they ride nice and smooth.

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E would be better for offroading imo.

I searched out lighter duty tires for performance reasons, rotating weight and all that. Not many choices around but Discount Tire Pathfinders (rebranded Hankooks) to the rescue. Love them.
 

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The Duratrac and Cooper AT3 is available in P series. Works for me. I wanted traction, soft ride and more efficiency than the C or E rated versions. I don't rock crawl or drive sharp gravel roads enough to warrant the heavier tires.

If you're having trouble finding lighter tires go to the manufacturer's website. They often list more options than Tirerack and Discount Tire.
 

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Unfortunately you cannot have the best of both worlds. You will have to make sacrifices somewhere. If you want the best of both worlds, you are better off getting another set of wheels. If you are doing any offroading that requires you to air down, you will want the E-rated tires so you don't risk puncturing the side wall.
 
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