However, the numbers that are checked when stopped by DOT will be the axle ratings and tire ratings.
Our 2012 Ram 2500HD diesel has a 5,500 pound rated front axle and a 6,010 pound rated rear axle. The original equipment Michelin Load E 17" LT tires are rated 5,500 pound at 60psi and 6,010 at 70 psi. I run them at 80 psi which means their carrying capacity exceeds the axle rating.
My springs were all removed for air bags. The rear air bags are rated 10,000 pounds, so the weak link in the rear suspension is the 6,010 pound axle rating.
The door label of 9,600 pounds GVW is meaningless to me as the legal capacity per DOT if stopped would be 11,510 pounds.
I tow at 10,600 pounds on the truck when crossing the scales.
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