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posted December 18, 2000 01:06 PM           Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
I have to buy new tires for my Ford F150. I want to know what the differences are between LT and P tires; what sizes I could fit on the stock rims; the stock tires are P235-70R16; what brands people have had good experiences with, and what brands to avoid. I live in Canada, so have access to Can. Tire.

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posted December 18, 2000 05:20 PM           Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
Well, do you drive your F150 off road too. If not, then go with a highway tire like Bridgestone Dueler H/L. If you like the off road driving too, then go with an LT(light truck) tire that has a more aggressive tread like Michelin X Radial or Bridgestone Dueler H/T.
Sizes can be changed by 2. You could go up to a 255/60R16 for a wide low profile look or go up just one to an odd size 245/65R16. If you like the fat look, then go with the 255/60R16. Otherwise, there is no advantage really changing tire size from your stock 235/70R16. It will give you better dry weather traction/handling(the larger size tire over stock). It will be worse in the snow though.

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posted December 20, 2000 04:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for treadwheeler   Click Here to Email treadwheeler     Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
Don's size recomendations are all applicable. Though you inquired also about LT vs P. The short story is load capacity & some relation to durability. In addition to the type of driving questions Don asked, you also need to determine the use of your truck as it relates to load, either towing or hauling. A "P" metric tire, even one designed for use on light trucks, has a reduced load capacity when fitted to this type of vehicle. Basic rule is to take the max load capacity, (found several way's, on the sidewall, in a tire reference manual load index chart and inflation to load capacity chart) and reduce it by 10%
P235/70R16 = 1984lbs max load cap.
installed on a LT = 1984 x .90 = 1785lbs max capacity.
Versus -
LT235/70R16 = 1985LBS NO REDUCTION.
Keep in mind that inflation preasure directly relates to load capacity in both LT & P tires.
If load capacity is not of concern to you I would follow Don's size options by description of desired results.
Hope it helps.

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posted December 20, 2000 07:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for edlight     Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
I'd get LT's because they are more durable. The ride will not suffer if you get a highway-comfort type such as the Bridgestone Dueler H/T.

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