Best 10 Ply Tires

Do you need 10 ply tires? What is Load Range E? If you're not familiar with these tire terms, don't worry, we can help. Most 3/4- and 1-ton trucks are going to require a Load Range E, also known as a 10 ply tire, for proper load carrying capacity. Many drivers of half-ton trucks also prefer them while towing due to their stiffer sidewall which helps prevent swaying.

One of our best sellers is the Firestone Transforce HT. This Highway All-Season tire has been around for awhile because of its all-season traction, long treadlife and dependability. The tire is available in many popular truck sizes and is offered with a 30 Day Buy & Try Guarantee.

Are you looking for a tire that's more suitable for off-road use. If so, one of my favorite options is the Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac. This tire features a rugged tread compound that helps resist tread block chipping, chunking and tearing, especially during heavy loading and towing applications. Wrangler DuraTrac tires are also branded with the mountain/snowflake symbol to identify they meet industry severe snow service standards. They are also designed to accept optional #16 metal studs to enhance ice traction.

Another great value option is Kumho's Road Venture APT KL51. The tire offers excellent all-season traction with a relatively smooth and quiet ride. When we tested the tire, we liked that it provided great traction in the dry and wet.

Firestone Transforce HT
Firestone Transforce
HT
Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac
Goodyear Wrangler
DuraTrac
Kumho Road Venture APT KL51
Kumho Road Venture APT
KL51


To gain a better understanding of load range, read "Load Range/Ply Range Identification."

Comments

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 by Rich

1992 Nissan P/U OEM 14" wheels. Minimal road use, farm use vehicle for hauling fresh cut wood, debris, etc. Upgrading to 16" wheels for better A/T tire selection. My property has hills, sharp rocks, and brush, stumps, etc. It was recommended to upgrade to a E rated /10ply tire. Is that rating necessary to get the stronger (puncture resistant) sidewall and tread? If so, what is the closest available E for 225/60-16, my recommended size for 16" wheels?
Thursday, October 31, 2013 by steve

Tires like the Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure with Kevlar features Goodyear's Durawall Technology that resists puncture. The closest size that tire comes in is a 225-75-16, but that is likely 4 inches taller than what you are using now. Not so sure it would fit. Load Range E tires only come in very tall sizes.
Friday, April 10, 2015 by Terry

looking for a set of 10 ply for my F150. I live on counrty roads and pull a trailer once in a while. Most of my drive to work is highway. I have 4 ply now and get alot of flats.
Monday, April 13, 2015 by Tire Rack Team

Terry, What size are you using on your F-150? -- marshall@tirerack.com
Sunday, April 26, 2015 by paul

2001 Toyota tundra limited. I have a 1000 lb camper and want load range E tires
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 by Tire Rack Team

Paul, E load Range tires can be found while searching by vehicle or by size. Simply select LT tires under the sort tab. -- marshall@tirerack.com
Monday, July 6, 2015 by Reese

I drive a Land Rover LR3 SE, 2006. It is primarily used to pull a 6,000# boat. I have ran through some serious tires in two years on this thing pulling my boat. I am looking to get an E Rated or 10 PLY Tire. I am running the original size 255/60 R18. Can you recommend a tire? I am not interest in the ride quality just as long as it does not screw anything up mechanical wise.
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 by Tire Rack Team

Reese, Due to the size used on the LR3, we do not offer an E load range tires. Typically heavier ply rated tires are only available in sizes that are typically used by 3/4-ton and 1-ton trucks. -- marshall@tirerack.com
Sunday, January 17, 2016 by Dave Henson

I have a 2014 1-ton, 4x4, longbed Ram truck. I also have a very heavy camper with a slide out that is on the truck for most of the year. The tire size says LT275/70R18 125/122S. Does Michelin offer a tire like this in the 10 ply rating? Thanks.
Dave
Monday, May 9, 2016 by Cook, Scott

I have a 2012 Ram 2500 4x4 diesel with original tires (firestone transforce ht 265/70/17) have 27,000 miles on them and they are almost bald, and yep, I watch tire pressure and rotate. I'm not going back to firestone, but does anyone have like truck with better tires?
No off road for me, just highway.
Monday, May 9, 2016 by Tire Rack Team

Scott, Though they do tend to go through tires pretty quickly, there are some longer lasting options. Check out the Michelin Defender LTX M/S: http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Michelin&tireModel=Defender+LTX+M%2FS&partnum=67R7DLTXOWL&vehicleSearch=false&fromCompare1=yes&affiliate=GF3
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 by Rob

At Scott Cook...

I have a 2014 RAM 2500HD and also came with Firestone TransForce HT. This is the worst tire I have ever experienced. While this article says it is a best seller, it ain't due to performance. Likely just the price. Still, I was on the fence as to whether to go with the BFG AT2 or the Yoko Geolander AT 2015.

The price gap is just too wide between the two so I am going with the Yoko's. Feel confident that this will be a great tire. It is really getting some attention and very solid consumer feedback.

Cheers,
Monday, February 20, 2017 by Carl

I have a 2010 toyota tacoma trd offroad double cab and will be towing a 4000# travel trailer. What tires would you recommend? I also hunt and fish and need to offroad too.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 by Tire Rack Team

Carl, The most popular all-terrain tire is the BFGoodrich All Terrain T/A KO2. This will provide you with great off road traction with a good ride on the road as well. You can view the tire here: https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=BFGoodrich&tireModel=All-Terrain+T%2FA+KO2&affiliate=FK8
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 by Jim Goodwin

Are E rated 10 ply tires really built w/ten plies, or just built w/1 or 2 plies rated 10 ply? Are the plies steel (would be a heavy tire 10 steel plies) or fabric?
Thursday, March 2, 2017 by Tire Rack Team

Jim, Load range E tires are the equivalent of the older 10 ply rated tires and are often still referred to as such, even though tires no longer have 10 actual plies in them.
Monday, May 1, 2017 by john

I have a 1996 dodge ram van/ 318 engine with a recently installed fiberine fiberglass high top and i want to get a tire that gives a more stable ride that corners better with all the top heavy weight of the new hightop. Should i go to a 10 ply tire? i will not need a off road tire but one that sees occasional snow. i had a stronger shock installed in the back and that helps a lot but want to stablize it even more with thicker sidewall tires ? what do you suggest? thanks
Monday, May 1, 2017 by Tire Rack Team

John, You may see more stability with the additional air pressure that a higher ply tire can provide. If you are not already, inflate your current tires to their max psi and see if that helps, if it helps but you need them to be firmer then a E load tire would be a good option.
Tuesday, May 2, 2017 by N8inNC

I have a 2016 Ram Long bed 2500. I have Michelin HT 275-70-18 on my truck now. I have got 35,000 miles out of these and need to update. I pull a 13,000lb 5th Wheel during the summer, drive on the beach and get a little muddy in the fall. I need a good all around tire, as the HT has ZERO off road characteristics.

Thanks!
Wednesday, May 3, 2017 by Tire Rack Team

N8inNC, The best tire for your needs is the BFG KO2. This will give you the off road capability you have been lacking without a harsh ride on the road. These also have high ratings for tread life: https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=BFGoodrich&tireModel=All-Terrain+T%2FA+KO2&partnum=77R8KO2RWL&tab=Survey&affiliate=FK8
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 by James

Need e rated tires for classic 1977 GMC Motorhome, what would you recommend for LT225_75R16 tires e rated that is not used in winter or off road but gives a quiet ride comfortable ride.

Thanks
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 by Tire Rack Team

James, Your best option is the Michelin Defender LTX MS in this size.

https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Michelin&tireModel=Defender+LTX+M%2FS&partnum=275R6DTLX&tab=Survey&affiliate=FK8

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