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"LT" vs "P" Tires
« on: February 02, 2008, 09:20:18 am »
The lines between "cars" and "SUV's" seem to be getting quite blurry with all the new car based crossovers. Are LT tires needed for CUV's or a passenger car tires right?
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Re: "LT" vs "P" Tires
« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2008, 09:38:05 am »
This may sound like a silly answer but:

Whatever the Manufacturer has specified for that particular vehicle. That will take into account, weight ( laden vs unladen) performance, suspension design, expected use etcetera. 

The owners manual combined with the plate on the drivers door post will specify all the permissible tire combinations.
Why would one second guess that.
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Re: "LT" vs "P" Tires
« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2008, 10:14:54 am »
This may sound like a silly answer but:

Whatever the Manufacturer has specified for that particular vehicle. That will take into account, weight ( laden vs unladen) performance, suspension design, expected use etcetera. 

The owners manual combined with the plate on the drivers door post will specify all the permissible tire combinations.
Why would one second guess that.


Nope,not a silly answer....makes sense to me

It's just that most of the OEM tires I've had in the past seemed to be such c#@p that I've become a bit wary of "manufacturers recommendations"

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Re: "LT" vs "P" Tires
« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2008, 10:48:12 am »
In general, I don't think you're going to find LT tires on anything less than a 3/4 ton truck. Even most 1/2 ton pickups come with P-metric tires, so I can't imagine any manufacturer putting them on a CUV.

Unless you're regularly taking your CUV onto the kind of off-road terrain where torn sidewalls and punctures are a big concern (and why would you do that with a CUV?), LTs are totally inappropriate and would be serious overkill, IMO.
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Re: "LT" vs "P" Tires
« Reply #4 on: February 02, 2008, 12:28:51 pm »
In general, I don't think you're going to find LT tires on anything less than a 3/4 ton truck. Even most 1/2 ton pickups come with P-metric tires, so I can't imagine any manufacturer putting them on a CUV.

Unless you're regularly taking your CUV onto the kind of off-road terrain where torn sidewalls and punctures are a big concern (and why would you do that with a CUV?), LTs are totally inappropriate and would be serious overkill, IMO.

And would ride like crap too.

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Re: "LT" vs "P" Tires
« Reply #5 on: February 02, 2008, 04:53:03 pm »
I have LT on my Pathfinder because of the type of driving it sees.  I see no reason to get LT's for anything unless you really need the toughness of them as they tend to have more ply's than P rated.  I may go to P for the next set of summer tires though as the type of driving I am doing has been changing over the last year.

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Re: "LT" vs "P" Tires
« Reply #6 on: February 03, 2008, 04:20:07 am »
In general, I don't think you're going to find LT tires on anything less than a 3/4 ton truck. Even most 1/2 ton pickups come with P-metric tires, so I can't imagine any manufacturer putting them on a CUV.

Unless you're regularly taking your CUV onto the kind of off-road terrain where torn sidewalls and punctures are a big concern (and why would you do that with a CUV?), LTs are totally inappropriate and would be serious overkill, IMO.
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Re: "LT" vs "P" Tires
« Reply #7 on: February 03, 2008, 07:11:04 am »
Sailor. I was not suggesting that you'd stick with OEM tires by brand... I agree that they are often crap.

Pick the brand you are happy with but stick to the size and construction specified for the vehicle..

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Re: "LT" vs "P" Tires
« Reply #8 on: February 03, 2008, 03:01:51 pm »
And even with OEM brands, they are often specially formulated to meet manufacturer specifications for wear, handling, etc., and don't always match what you get in the retail version.

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Re: "LT" vs "P" Tires
« Reply #9 on: February 08, 2008, 12:28:38 am »
In general you wont find LT tires in the sizes associated with CUV's.