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Old 08-05-2015, 07:33 PM   #1
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I run Load Range E Michelin tires on my 2008 Silverado 2500HD Duramax, and they are due for replacement this year. Load range E tires are advertised as 10 ply, but when I read the information on the sidewall, the plies only add up to 7. The tire dealer called Michelin when I pointed this out, and was assured that the tires indeed had 10 plies. However, I wonder whether they are "10 ply rated". I'm old fashioned, and would prefer 10 actual plies.......thoughts?
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Old 08-06-2015, 03:06 PM   #2
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Your tires will have a description of the plies used in their construction right on the sidewall.

All tires have used a ply rating system since cotton ply tires went off the market.
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Old 08-06-2015, 03:22 PM   #3
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"Today's load range/ply ratings do not count the actual number of body ply layers used to make up the tire's internal structure, but indicate an equivalent strength compared to early bias ply tires. Most radial passenger tires have one or two body plies, and light truck tires, even those with heavy-duty ratings (10-, 12- or 14-ply rated), actually have only two or three fabric plies, or one steel body ply."
I would be concerned that your tire dealer did not know this.
More info here:
http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tirete....jsp?techid=55
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Old 08-06-2015, 08:51 PM   #4
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I would agree and find a new tire dealer. This is pretty common information!
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Old 08-06-2015, 10:13 PM   #5
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Not sure the rating on these tires but Princess Auto is selling them and they appear to be USA made. The reason I mention them princess auto has an amazing return policy for broken things. Normally no questions asked, if it's broke they take it back. Rockwell American
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Old 08-07-2015, 05:21 AM   #6
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Not sure the rating on these tires but Princess Auto is selling them and they appear to be USA made. The reason I mention them princess auto has an amazing return policy for broken things. Normally no questions asked, if it's broke they take it back. Rockwell American
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I would prefer not sitting on the side of the road with a damaging blowout wondering about their wonderful return policy.

Just sayin'
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Old 08-11-2015, 04:11 PM   #7
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Good point, but they are cheap and are U.S. made. 😳


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