Looking for 10 Ply Tires? They're Now Called Load Range E Tires.

Heavy duty 3/4-ton and one-ton trucks, such as the Chevy Silverado 2500, Dodge Ram 3500 and Ford F-350 typically require heavy duty tires. A Standard Load tire doesn't have enough load capacity to match these vehicles properly. 

I frequently receive phone calls from truck owners looking for 10 ply tires. However, modern heavy duty tires no longer have ten plys. Many years ago, heavy duty tires were built to carry more load capacity by increasing the number of cotton plys in the carcass of the tire. The more cotton plys the tires had, the more load capacity they could safely carry. As tire technology has progressed, materials stronger than cotton began to be used to create stronger plys used in the tire's construction. 

Therefore, tire manufacturers no longer needed to increase the number of plys in their tires to carry extra loads, but rather increase the strength of the plys. For example, a tire that once needed ten plys, may now only have two or three actual plys. Lighter and stronger tires can now be made using fewer plys in a tire's sidewall. The tire industry also changed the way they label heavy duty truck tires. Even though some may still refer to the old system, it's been updated. When shopping for new tires, you can use this simple chart to refer to the modern term for load capacity ratings on heavy duty tires used on 3/4-ton and one-ton pickups and SUVs. 

  • 2 ply = Standard Load
  • 4 ply = Extra Load
  • 6 ply = Load Range C
  • 8 ply = Load Range D
  • 10 ply = Load Range E

For more information on this topic, take a look at "Load Range E 10 Ply Tires for Heavy Duty Use."


Thursday, December 26, 2013 by Kurt

I am looking for a load range E tire with the stiffest side wall to reduce sway when towing large 5 th wheel trailers.
Monday, December 30, 2013 by Gary


What tire size do you need?
Friday, August 14, 2015 by Shane

Looking for tires for my dodge 2500.
I load roughly 3000 pounds directly in the box while hauling a cement mixer. Looking for tires that won't squat. I thought they were going to blow out with a 3500 pound load today.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015 by Gary


I can check on this for you. What is your tire size?
Friday, September 9, 2016 by Peetah Nodal

In the "ply era," a side effect of getting a tire with more plies, was a sidewall, and tire in general, more resistant to punctures. Is this property of higher load range tires still preserved, despite them now having no more actual plies than passenger tires?

Or is there some other rating or measure, that can be used to more accurately predict sidewall toughness / puncture resistance, independent of load carrying ability?
Wednesday, September 6, 2017 by jess

I'm interested in the answer to Peetah Nodal's question -- how can I know the sidewall strength of a tire? I'm looking for "tougher" all season tires for a Subaru Forester (225/60R17).
Tuesday, September 12, 2017 by Tire Rack Team


The only 'tougher' tires would only apply to truck applications not cars or crossovers, tires that carry more weight or load would be a heavier ply to handle the higher pressure for instance but I do not have a class of tire I would say were tougher for your Forester.

Leave a comment