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Old 07-27-2016, 06:19 PM   #1
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Tire question - I know, I know...

I know this is answered someplace on the site, but searching the forums for something specific like this is maddening. And I know this might not be the right forum to post this on, so I'm sorry for that too, in advance.

Having said all that, we want to replace the tires on our 2015 Mini Lite 2104s. The current ones are ST205/75R14, load range C. Is there a load range D tire that will fit the 14" rims? Anything we find online in 14 is still a load range C. We've been made paranoid by the tales of China bombs and undersized tires and want to do the right thing, but just don't know what that is.

Thanks in advance for any direction you can provide!
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Old 07-27-2016, 06:52 PM   #2
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Hankook RA-08 or Kumho 857 is THE tire to buy; probably have to order online though, most tire dealers don;t carry them/ Also you will need a 195R14 to be the same physical size as ST205; but they carry 300# more per tire, are 8 ply rated, D, and good for 99 mph. 4 shipped to my house was $510.00 from busdepot.com.
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Old 07-27-2016, 06:58 PM   #3
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Check online D rated tires are available in the 14" rim size I've looked at them for replacement of my C rated when the time comes.
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Old 07-27-2016, 07:17 PM   #4
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We haven't seen anything online from a manufacturer we would trust. We will definitely check out the Hankooks. This site is just terrific for getting quality info.
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Old 07-27-2016, 07:18 PM   #5
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I've had the Hankooks on my 2703ws for almost 2 years and 0 problems
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Old 07-27-2016, 08:28 PM   #6
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Not sure where you can buy them, but Dura brand tires have D rated 14".
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Kenda Karrier. I run them on my work trailer. Good solid tire.
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I think the first thing is that you should probably get over the Internet hype around China Bombs. It is virtually impossible to avoid stuff made in China these days and doing so is definitely NO guarantee you will get a product that is functionally better.

I suspect that most of the hype is undeserved blame shifting. When you run a tire overloaded (quite easy to do actually...), beyond its speed limits, under its proper air pressure for the load, or any combination of these you are playing with dynamite and really should not go blaming the tire if something goes BOOM!

With a 7000+ lb trailer running ST205R14 tires i do understand wanting a bit more safety margin though. So here are a couple I have my eye on:

I have always gotten great service from these folks:
Karrier ST205/75R14 Radial Trailer Tire - Load Range D Kenda Tires and Wheels AM10235

I bookmarked this one from an earlier post for when the time comes:
ST205/75R14 LRD 8 PR Kenda Karrier Radial Trailer Tire

You can find other suggestions here if you search and have a bit of patience to wade through all the China Bomb hype
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I think the first thing is that you should probably get over the Internet hype around China Bombs. It is virtually impossible to avoid stuff made in China these days and doing so is definitely NO guarantee you will get a product that is functionally better.

I suspect that most of the hype is undeserved blame shifting. When you run a tire overloaded (quite easy to do actually...), beyond its speed limits, under its proper air pressure for the load, or any combination of these you are playing with dynamite and really should not go blaming the tire if something goes BOOM!

With a 7000+ lb trailer running ST205R14 tires i do understand wanting a bit more safety margin though. So here are a couple I have my eye on:

I have always gotten great service from these folks:
Karrier ST205/75R14 Radial Trailer Tire - Load Range D Kenda Tires and Wheels AM10235

I bookmarked this one from an earlier post for when the time comes:
ST205/75R14 LRD 8 PR Kenda Karrier Radial Trailer Tire

You can find other suggestions here if you search and have a bit of patience to wade through all the China Bomb hype
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x3 and by the way, Hankook are South Korean. They will be opening a plant in the US sometime soon according to Wikipedia. I put Hercules tires on my fiver. They are made by Cooper and built in the US.
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