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Old 06-08-2015, 02:49 PM   #1
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A TV tire question

Another question while there is some tire guru's around....

I have a F150 as a TV and I'm considering changing out the tires that came with it from the factory. Right now the truck has "P275 55R20 111S Tires and I'm thinking about going to an LT tire possibly a Michelin. Does anyone have any recommendations and will an LT tire actually increase my truck Payload if I choose the correct tire?

I see Michelin has a Cross over Light Truck tire called a LTX/MS2 or possibly the LTX A/T2. I have no idea if these are what I should be looking at or not.
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Another question while there is some tire guru's around....

I have a F150 as a TV and I'm considering changing out the tires that came with it from the factory. Right now the truck has "P275 55R20 111S Tires and I'm thinking about going to an LT tire possibly a Michelin. Does anyone have any recommendations and will an LT tire actually increase my truck Payload if I choose the correct tire?

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The answer is NO. Tires no matter what the load capacity greater than the load capacity of the truck does NOT increase the load capacity of the truck. The load capacity of the truck effects far more items than tires.

Restated, if the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) is 5000 pounds and some one installs tires with a load capacity of 8000 pounds the max load capacity of the entire truck with load is still 5000 pounds. Any total vehicle weight greater than 5000 pounds is overloaded.

One would want to match the tire load capacity to the maximum possible vehicle load. (Or GVWR) Anything greater than that is OK just don't load the vehicle gretaer the GVWR because there are other assemblies that were only created to the max GVWR. Like springs, shocks, brakes electronic suspension and brake compoenants to name a few.

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Wheel rating needs to match and preferably exceed tire rating.
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Another question while there is some tire guru's around....

I have a F150 as a TV and I'm considering changing out the tires that came with it from the factory. Right now the truck has "P275 55R20 111S Tires and I'm thinking about going to an LT tire possibly a Michelin. Does anyone have any recommendations and will an LT tire actually increase my truck Payload if I choose the correct tire?

I see Michelin has a Cross over Light Truck tire called a LTX/MS2 or possibly the LTX A/T2. I have no idea if these are what I should be looking at or not.
275/55R20 Tires | Michelin Tires

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Using any "P" type tire requires you to "de-rate" the tire load capacity by dividing by 1.10.

Many of the "LTX design" sizes are actually just "extra load" Passenger tires and not really LT type tires.

I wrote a blog post March 2 on "Much Confusion" discussing the "LTX' name and line of tires.
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You cannot go wrong buying the Michelin LTX/MS2 tires. I get 70,000+ miles on them on both my Tahoe and Yukon...and have never had a tire failure. Cost a little more...but so well worth it. jon
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