||BSW (Black Sidewall)
This describes the sidewall appearance. Examples include Black Sidewall, White Sidewall, and White Letters.
The load index (LI) is a 2 or 3 digit number that corrolates to the maximum amount of weight
the tire can carry. For example, a tire with a load index of 87 indicates that the tire can carry
a maximim load of 1,201 lbs. In the case of our example the 87 identifies the tires ability to
carry a maximum of 1,201 lbs. So 4 tires will carry a maximum of 4,804 lbs. Refer to your
vehicle owner's manual for the recommended minimim Load Index. It is not recommended
to install tires with a lower Load Index. By doing so, this could cause your tires to be
overloaded thus potentially causing a blowout.
Speed Ratings (SR) are based on laboratory tests and indicates the maximum speed the tire
can achieve. These tests are based on limited time trials. Higher speed rating tires typically
will yield better handling capabilities, but may often result in lower mileage. Refer to your
vehicle owner's manual for the recommended minimum Speed Rating. It is not
recommended to install a tire with a lower speed rating as it could affect the handling of your
vehicle. It is important to note that speed ratings only apply to tires that have not been
damaged, altered, under-inflated or overloaded. Additionally, most tire manufacturers
maintain that a tire that has been cut or punctured no longer retains the tire manufacturer's
original speed rating, even after being repaired because the tire manufacturer can't control
the quality of the repair.
To help consumers evaluate their tires, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration (NHTSA) created the Uniform Tire Quality Grading System (UTQG). The
UTQG rates tires are rated on their tread-wear, traction performance, and temperature
resistance. The grade for each of these can be found on the sidewall of your tire (except for
winter tires and certain light truck tires). Click here for more information.
|Max Single Load (lbs)
The maximum load this tire will support. Remember to multiply this number by the number of
tires installed on your vehicle to get the maximum carrying capacity. This number is directly
related to the Load Index.
|Max Single Air Pressure (PSI)
The maximum air pressure this tire will support. This does not represent the amount of air
pressure your tires should have at all times. Consult with your owner's manual to determine the
best air pressure you shoud use for your vehicle.
|Tread Depth (32nds)
The amount of tread on the tire. Once the tire is worn to 2/32nds, it is considered fully used
and should be replaced at that time. Most tires will have tire indicators in the grooves of the
tire to help you determine when the tires are worn down to 2/32nds.
|Rim Width Range
||6.0 – 8.0
The approved wheel rim width range this tire will support.
|Measured Rim Width
The recommended wheel width as recommended by the tire manufacturer to get the best
wear us performance for this tire.
The measurement from sidewall to sidewall.
The measurement from one side of the tread to the other side of the tread.
The height of the tire when fully inflated.
|Manufacturer Part Number (sku)
Manufacturer part number (sku)