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A few tire questions...
I've got a 97 Crew, 2WD PSD. First of all, its my first diesel and I don't think I'd ever buy another gasser, atleast another gasser pickup.
Within the next month, I'll be in the market for new tires. I'm looking for a nice looking A/T tire with good tread life. I don't plan on doing any pulling with the truck and very little off-road. Maybe some caliche/gravel roads, but that's about it. It is primarily used on the highway so I want a tire that is going to last.
My first question has to do with load rating. Since I am not going to be pulling any trailers, do I need E Rated tires? They are more expensive and from what I read, give the truck a much firmer ride. If D is OK, I would rather have the smoother ride if I am not sacrificing treadlife.
That brings me to my question, will I see a considerable difference in treadlife with say E loaded BFG A/T's vs. D loaded BFG A/T's? If the anwer is probably not, I would prefer the D rated for the comfort.
I have had excellent luck with DiscountTire and will be buying my tires here at the local store. They already told me that they only recommend E rated for 3/4 ton trucks, but they will put on what I want. If D rated will do and I won't sacrifice treadlife, I'll go with D.
I have narrowed it down to:
BFG A/T (D or E)
Nitto Terra Grapplers (D or E)
Hankook DynaPro ATM (E)
Dunlop Rover MT Maxx Traction (E)
Has anyone run the same tires in both D and E Load Rating? Did you notice any difference in ride and was there considerable difference in treadlife. With almost pure highway driving, I'm hoping to get 30-40K out of them to give you some idea.
1997 F250 2WD Crewcab Powerstroke