Posted by Tire Guy on August 18, 1999 at 22:53:13:
In Reply to: LT tires or passenger tires???? posted by john on July 21, 1999 at 11:03:37:
LT tires will be more stable under load than passenger tires. The heavier sidewall on an LT tire will twist and flex less than a passenger rated tired. They will also carry a much heavier load for the same reason. However, they will ride rougher for that reason too. The statement that LT tires last longer is misleading. They will not have the problem with the sidewalls bulging out or stretching, as is common with a P-rated tire under heavy load or off-road use, but do not have any advantage in mileage. The tread will wear just the same. Most manufacturers use the same tread belt on their LT and P rated tires. The difference is only in the strength of the sidewall. Pep Boys sells a 60000 mile LT tire made by Cooper (the Adventurer LT) that is an excellent tire and is only $89. BFGoodrich also makes good, inexpensive truck tires. Try to avoid Farm and Fleet's Baja Radials (too hard, fish tails) and most any Firestone, or Goodyear tire.
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