So I'm currently involved in a deep conversation with a couple buddies about tires and I'd like to the opinion of my esteemed Xterra colleagues on the subject.
Buddy #1 drives a 2018 4Runner off-road trim Toyota whatever... [eye roll emoji] He's in deep on researching the best tire. He recently blew out a set of P-metric, Falcon Wildpeaks I think; he ripped the sidewall on a trail. Now he's trying to convince us that E-rated tires are too much for our rigs and off-roading and C-rated tires are better. He's hung up on the load ratings and how rigid they are. He is well read and stubborn. I think it all stems from his previous rig, a Subaru Outback with 2" lift (3300# car) and D-rated BFG AT KO2. He hated the KO2s on that rig; he said they were too stiff. We think they were too much tire for the Outback. Also, I've wheeled with him a couple times and he does not air down, but he was running p-metrics...
Buddy #2 drives a 2007 GX470 (essentially a Land Cruiser Prado). He's running a set of E-rated BGF AT KO2's and they are perfect for the size rigs we drive. He is easily convinced/persuaded by advertising and a trusted opinion. He argues that a light truck tire is appropriate and E-rated might be overkill in some situations. He suggests that D-rated tires might be adequate for some rigs (he's thinking about another friends Taco) and are probably more comfortable around town. He argues that strength for load equates to durability and puncture resistance as an artifact of materials used to gain that load strength, and that ply-rating is kind of a hold-over from days gone by. Today, load ratings sort of equate to ply-equivalents... I can buy into this line of thinking.
Then there's me. 2012 P4X and E-rated KOs. Why even discuss it. Just get solid E-rated, 10 ply tires, 3-ply sidewalls. BFG KO2s or similar. Set it and forget it man! Air down to 20-24 psi when on the trail and never worry about your tires. Airing down and back up gives everyone (well the kids really) a chance to get out of the truck and pee. Who cares if the driving around town feels like your driving a truck, the X is one.
To preface, we are all driving comparable tracks like Fins and Things, and multi-day trips like Elephant Hill and the Maze.
Anyway, what are your opinions on tire ratings for off-roading?