What’s the difference between Load range E and Load range D tires?
There’s not much of a difference between load range E and D tires. The main difference is the load capacity they have; E can withstand a little more than D in that regard. Other than that, there’s not much to it.
Load range goes from B to F. As you can probably guess, the difference between B and F is substantial, but not so much between B and C – or, as you’d like to know, D and E.
And the difference has nothing to do with high school grading or anything similar. B isn’t better than F.
Instead, the higher the letter is, the more pressure it can take. A load range E tire can take 80 psi, which is a little more than what the load range D tire can take, 65 psi.
Oh, and, if you didn’t know, psi stands for “pound per square inch”, which is a fancy way of talking about tire pressure.
Does that mean a higher psi is better, making the load range E better than the load range D? Well, not exactly.
Follow along! I’ll answer that question down below – among other things.
What’s better Load range D or E?
No tire is better than the other unless we’re talking specific brands and not load range. Each load range serves a specific purpose; more likely than not, you need the type of tires you already have in your truck.
In and of itself, no-load range is better than others – no matter if we’re comparing load range D and E or B and F or any other combination you can think of.
That’s not to say you don’t need a specific type of tire for your truck. Sometimes, personal taste comes into play as well – but, more often than not, your truck will determine what you need.
Now, you may be wondering, “why should anyone buy load range E tires, then?” Well, that’s an easy question to answer!
Because your truck can carry more weight with E tires than with D ones. Load range E tires can carry up to 1,520 lbs. while D tires can carry 1,220 lbs.
(Remember to multiply that number by the number of tires you have to get your truck’s true weight capacity; I’ll use the single tire number for simplicity’s sake.)
Before you go out running to the store, get load range E tires, and throw an extra 200 lbs. in your truck – you need to remember something.
The weight capacity of your truck is not determined by your tires alone. In fact, the max weight capacity your truck can take is determined by the weakest link.
So, if your tires are the weakest link, then, sure, you can upgrade to E tires and carry a 1,520 lbs. – but make sure that’s the case before you do; otherwise, your truck may not take it.
Do I need Load range D or E?
You need to choose load range D or E tires depending on your truck and taste. For less experienced users, it’s better to stick with what your truck already has. Veteran truck drivers can decide whether to switch tires or not based on their experience.
Changing your tires is something that you should do out of necessity. Otherwise, you’re wasting money.
So, you probably are wondering whether to choose D or E tires – because you need to replace one or several tires.
If I were you, I’d stick with the type of tires I have. So, if your truck came with load range D tires, I look for more load range D tires.
With that being said, if you feel like your wheels are unstable, shaky, or not enough to handle your truck, you should consider turning things up a notch and buying E tires.
Do you need load range E tires? Probably not, unless you’re driving around with heavy loads or a big enough rig to justify that purchase. Nine times out of ten, that’s not the case.
And, may I add, there’s a little bit of difference between E and D tires money-wise. Load range E tires are between 10 to 20% more expensive.
Even if you can afford them, having bigger tires has its issues, though. It’s harder to balance and align load range E tires than it is to do the same with D ones.
Are Load range E tires the best?
While load range E tires can take a lot of tire pressure and plenty of weight, there’s one tier above that. Load range F tires can take somewhere between twice and thrice more weight than the alternative.
As I have discussed above, the load range comes in many letters. The closer the letter is to the end of the alphabet, the more weight and tire pressure it can handle.
Of course, bigger is not necessarily better! Not only that but your truck may not be suited to use the biggest tires available in the market.
What I’m trying to say here is, don’t rush your way into buying load range F tires just for the sake of it.
Consider moving up a letter if you feel your truck is wobbly and unstable – but do so after you make sure everything else is working properly.
Remember, changing tires may require you to go to the repair shop and do a little balance and alignment.
Do I need to balance and align my tires after changing load range type?
There’s no need to balance and align your tires after you get brand new ones – but it’s not a bad idea to do so. While not completely necessary, it’s absolutely beneficial and has little to no disadvantages to do so.
Why balance and align your tires? Because it ensures that your wheels will work in unison. That means your tires will all act as a team and there be no differences when they hit the road.
As I’ve said, it’s not necessary – but nothing wrong will come out of it.