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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-11-2017, 11:53 PM Thread Starter
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Tire type question...P or LT

Hi everyone. I was wonder what the overall consensus was concerning the type of tire to purchase for my TH. I'll be getting a HZ lift and upgrading tires shortly after. I hope to be using my TH off-road a bit and so I was wondering if a LT rated tires is preferable over a P tire since I'll be doing some off-road/trail driving. I think most LT's have a 10-ply sidewall (good for rock protection) but also are heavier.


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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-12-2017, 12:21 AM
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P. I've wheeled my Liberty very hard with P rated tires and have never cut one. I don't think an extra 10 pounds per tire (and it's rotational mass so it's an even worse impact) is worth it. A lot of extra strain on everything. Double check to make sure the weight difference is big, but that's what I found out when looking at P245/70/17s vs LT 245/70/17s in Load Range E. Load range C or D would be lighter, could look at those. But, I'd really think carefully. Many people wheel with P tires and do ok. Most AT tires even in P ratings have thicker sidewalls than a standard P tire.

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We have lots of sharp lava rock where I live and I'd rather not cut a sidewall when I'm in the forest, so I went with LT. The ride quality didn't noticeably degrade like I had expected, nor has acceleration/braking.
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Ditto. I am running the LT Duratracs and no noticeable difference in ride or mileage.

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I'm running the BFG KO2's and I didn't notice any huge changes. There was a slight humming in the tires when they were brand-new but after 1000 miles there is quiet as can be. The ride in the Jeep hasn't changed in my opinion and is still as comfortable as the first day I came home with it on the stock Firestone tires. Went with 245/65/17 to 265/65/17 and they have performed flawlessly.

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I run truck tires, LR E. Not the softest.

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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-16-2017, 12:41 AM
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I went P.

Mine is a daily driver that sees real trails maybe a couple times a year and plays in the mountains or snow on occasion. No need for the LT; no heavy payloads, and mpg / road manners all year long are worth the risk of the softer sidewalls.

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I regularly offroad with p rated tires.

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