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Old 09-27-2013, 11:53 AM   #15
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We too are using ultra high performance low profile P tires. They work great!

When there is less side wall there is less surface area to flex plus the high tech sticky rubber keeps the vehicle planted securely on the road.
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Old 09-28-2013, 06:35 AM   #16
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When there is less sidewall there is less protection from tire and rim damage when you hit a pothole....
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With high performance, low profile tires you then have the handling and agility to avoid/drive around pot holes.
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My TV has P rated tires. Each of which is rated at 2610 pounds of load carrying capacity.
The actual weight of my TV is @5,600 pounds, loaded hitched and ready for travel. It weight is just over half of what the tires are rated for.
It don't understand the problem with P rated tires.
I have towed the coach in temps from +7 degrees F to +107 degrees F. In the 10K+ miles. I have had no problems.
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The tire we usually change Suburban's to is a Yokohama Geolander 245/70R x 17" Load Range "D". The 265 tires are far too wide for the 7" rims on the Suburban so the narrower tire reduces the sidewall sway substantially. It also has less rolling resistance for slightly better fuel economy and performance. We use the Yokohama because they make this size in a load range "D".

We have made this change on at least 200 Suburbans and Pick-Ups. The difference in handling precision is so substantial I would make the change even if I never towed anything.

The ride is slightly firmer, you tow at 50 PSI run lightly loaded solo at 35. The speedometer reads 3.5% fast as in it reads 103.5 KPMwhen you are actually traveling 100 KPH.

The 3.5% of additional torque makes a surprizing difference in hills and headwinds. Shifting manually in large hills to keep the engine around 3800 RPM will give you good performance.

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