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XL vs LT tires

Tiohunter

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I'm starting to look for new tires for my silverado 1500. I've had good luck with the cooper at3's but am considering the copper rugged trek. I can get my factory size in the XL rating, but if I go up a size 10 plys are available. I know the 10 ply is what everyone is going to recommend but it's almost 40 dollar difference in price per tire. Wondering if anyone has any experience with both for a comparison on driving Montana gravel roads.
 

steveshuntn1

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Just put some cooper at3 LT 10 ply E rating tires on my Titan xd. Very smooth ride and better mpg than the oversized tires the previous owner had on it. I can’t stand flats!
 

SD_Prairie_Goat

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another vote for 10ply. That extra $40 is cheap compared to wasting a day repairing a flat. Or having to buy two new tires because the flat can't be repaired and the remaining axel tire is too worn down to match up with a new tire....
 

Nostromo

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Just put some cooper at3 LT 10 ply E rating tires on my Titan xd. Very smooth ride and better mpg than the oversized tires the previous owner had on it. I can’t stand flats!
That's what I run on my Sierra. They tend to collect stones but everything else performance wise is good.
 

nrpate05

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I think the XL rating is a slight step up from the P rating, but still doesn't hold a candle to a 10 ply tire. If you use your truck offroad and haul things a 10 ply is really the only way to go IMO. You can also adjust the air pressure to soften up the ride around town if you'd like.
 

S-3 Ranch

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yea personally wouldn't even gamble with a passenger car tire if your driving dirt roads all the time. Get an E rated tire and be done with it.
I live on a mequit tree , cactus , rocky ranch , E rated tire or be ready to do some walking, nothing worse then two flats @ same time
get a tire plug kit and a cheap air pump also
my 2ct worth if you ever drive off pavement
 

KB_

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I live on a mequit tree , cactus , rocky ranch , E rated tire or be ready to do some walking, nothing worse then two flats @ same time
get a tire plug kit and a cheap air pump also
my 2ct worth if you ever drive off pavement
Yea I have one of those air pumps that plug into the truck with a long enough hose to reach each tire. Comes in handy for more then just your truck tires.
 

hank4elk

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Cooper S/T Maxx, great traction, quiet on highway
I just checked and mine have 20k on them in 2 years and are feeling worn. NM dirt roads.
They are loading with mud recently, like badyears do...
10 ply and 2 flats. Screws and lag bolt.
Rotate and save for new ones. Yikes.
Tires do you no favors, if I can't get to the hwy.
 

Durango Mike

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I'm starting to look for new tires for my silverado 1500. I've had good luck with the cooper at3's but am considering the copper rugged trek. I can get my factory size in the XL rating, but if I go up a size 10 plys are available. I know the 10 ply is what everyone is going to recommend but it's almost 40 dollar difference in price per tire. Wondering if anyone has any experience with both for a comparison on driving Montana gravel roads.
Go 10 ply, on one hunt in Montana we had a rented GMC Blazer and my truck woke up to find 3 flat tires on the Blazer after a day of driving on ranch roads. The truck had no issues with 10 ply on the same roads. The old line that the difference between a rental car and a 4 wheel drive is that a rental can go anywhere didn't work we had to buy some tires!
 

antlerradar

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There is a difference in what dirt/gravel roads are made of. If the roads are surfaced with clinker/shale don't even attempt them with XL rated tires. The clinker will cut through them like a knife through warm butter. The blue stuff is much less forgiving than the red. There is a reason the native used the blue to make arrowheads.
I would never drive our roads without 10 ply tires. I change enough flats as it is.
 

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