Before joining this forum I read almost all of the current - past 6 months - tire threads. Like Tireman9 & CapriRacer Iím a prolific tire poster. But, I do not have the educational background or experience level they have acquired in their many years of industry involvement. However, my message is a little different from theirs. I provide information that follows industry guidelines and the government regulations that the industry must abide.
Iím not a supporter of any particular brand name tire or tire design. Mostly my inputs about tire brands/designs will be options.
Tire manufacturers build tires to the design specifications required by vehicle manufacturers. Itís not cut and dried there. The industry is huge and inputs come from others within it that are also binding and not always made public. The Tire & Rim Association (TRA) and Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) are just a couple of them.
Here is one of the most abused terms used by forum posters. ďRecommended Cold Tire PressureĒ. What that term means when you see it on your tire placard or in the vehicleís owners manual is; CORRECT tire pressure, as set by the vehicle manufacturer, as directed by the DOT. Because the tire is just a balloon filled with a gas, it would be nearly impossible to set an absolute tire pressure. So, the recommended cold tire pressure is the one you should start out with every day. Itís the industry standard.
USN - RET - PDRL
DoD & SSA - RET