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P METRIC or LT type tires??????

Which do I need for my 1/2 ton?

P METRIC or LT type tires??????

Postby duane4238 [OP] » Aug 22 2010, 4:01am

I have a '98 Silverado K1500, 5 liter, Auto trans., 3.42 rear. I don't tow anything, anymore, and a couple of times a year I bring home some firewood from my hunting camp. Went to get tires and the sales guy wanted to know if I wanted LT245's or P245's. What should I be using? The LT's were a lot more expensive than the P's. Could I run the P's safely or would I be pushing it with a truck? And would I notice a difference in handling?
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Re: P METRIC or LT type tires??????

Postby miserytom » Aug 22 2010, 12:55pm

all depends on the weight rating of the tire ,still id stick with the LT
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Re: P METRIC or LT type tires??????

Postby Austin » Aug 24 2010, 2:27pm

LT = Light Truck
P = Passenger car

Which do you drive? C'mon duane, this is a no brainer. :lol:
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Re: P METRIC or LT type tires??????

Postby GMman » Sep 04 2010, 3:42am

The new 2010 GMC Sierra SLE Crew 4x4 Z71 came with P tires which are 4 ply rating. I had them take my 8 ply ratings off of my other truck and swap. I had gotten about 60K on my original P tires on my 2007 Chevrolet 4x4 Crew. If you are running highway without gravel, off road you should be OK with P tires. It is hard for me to change a flat, so I always buy the higher price ones. My experiences only, your mileage might vary.
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Re: P METRIC or LT type tires??????

Postby NiftyNic » Sep 11 2010, 10:48pm

I drive a 2000 Silverado 1/2 ton 5.3 4x4 and I am on my third set of P metric tires with no problems and that includes light off roading and towing a boat. I have gotten an average of 50000 miles out of the first two sets. I think they work fine for a 1/2 ton and give a better ride IMO.
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Re: P METRIC or LT type tires??????

Postby lzn197 » Sep 12 2010, 2:05am

If you never really haul anything then the P metric tires might be fine. Please note that most LT tires have a higher weight rating, do not have a mileage warranty and they have 2/32nds deeper tread.

If it was me, I would stick with what the door sticker says the original tires were.
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Re: P METRIC or LT type tires??????

Postby DaDeO » Sep 16 2010, 7:49pm

The trucks come standard with the P tires, even with the heavy duty towing package. I'd go with the P's for a better ride.
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Re: P METRIC or LT type tires??????

Postby duane4238 [OP] » Sep 17 2010, 3:36am

Thanks, guys, for all the suggestions and information. I got my original window sticker out and checked and my truck originally came with LT245x75x16" tires. I liked the ride I had with those tires so I've decided to go with the same thing. Also, after looking at both the LT and the P, I like the fact that the LT's have more rubber on them. Am going with Michelins in the end. Thanks, again!
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Re: P METRIC or LT type tires??????

Postby GMman » Sep 17 2010, 5:58am

Sounds great! Your choice sounds fine.
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Re: P METRIC or LT type tires??????

Postby mjacoby321 » Sep 21 2010, 3:50am

both tires can be used for it all depends on the ride itself. Ps are the standard tires being used while the LTs has more rubber and can be used on longer rides.
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