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post #1 of 8 Old 11-14-2011, 12:14 AM Thread Starter
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Running Ds on a 00 7.3 Exc.

Is anyone out there running load range D tires on their Exc? I was just out cleaning up after putting new wheels and tires on the 00 Exc when I noticed that the tires that they just mounted were Ds and not Es. I ordered Es and will see what my options are from the tire store that I went through, but am wondering if I really have anything to worry about. I have a buddy that tried runing Cs on a 2500 Surbaban and had problems.

The Exc is a 7.3 4X4 that sees mild off roading but is mostly highway.

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I was thinking of getting D rated tires too, but from what I understand, you have to pay attention to the rated load capacity of the tire, and see if that will be withing the limits neccesary for your application. The D's that I was looking at are 3,305 lbs per tire, which is plenty, since I don't tow too much with it at all. Any other opinions are welcome, even ones that call me an idiot, just back it up with some facts
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I have d rated on my factory wheels. I did not notice any real difference from my e rated. I got a great deal on the BFG A/T and factory wheels that where d rated. I just use them for the winter months and dont really tow much. If you ordered e rated why not bring them back?

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I have d rated on my factory wheels. I did not notice any real difference from my e rated. I got a great deal on the BFG A/T and factory wheels that where d rated. I just use them for the winter months and dont really tow much. If you ordered e rated why not bring them back?
Based on my limited hunting about - it seems that I cannot find anyone that sells the BFG AT in 295X75X16 with an E rating, I can find Es in 285s but not the 295s so am starting to think that they do not come in an E rating.

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I think the ex's came with d,s to soften the ride.

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I use the D rating in 315/75 BFG At's, and will until the wife and I buy a travel trailer, then it will get E's. At that point I'll probably switch to goodyear duratrac's
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I bought my 2000 7.3 ex 4x2 new with d's. Fine for a while, but mushy sidewalls later. Factory recommended tires changed to E's and they had a recall on stock tires. E's will ride fine with a diesel sitting on them. It is a heavy beast, suburban's weight aint even close especially on the front end. If you asked for E's you should try to get them to make it right.
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Yea - I would have to go to the next size up to get an E rated tire with these. Lessons learned:

Do not assume that all sizes of a tire can be had with the same ratings

Look at the tire specs for each size, looks like if I go by the specs the 295 Ds are very close to the E rated 285s.

In other words do you homework. I will be riding these out until they need to be changed and then will decide what I will do. Not sure I can get the 305 in there without rubbing, and the ride is so much better since I did the V/B spring mods with the rear sway bar and new shocks that the fact that I am on Ds does not seem to be hurting me.

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