10 Ply Tires
By: Discount Tire
So you have questions about 10 ply tires.
What is a tire ply? Does my truck need 10 ply tires? Is there a difference between a 10 ply tire and a Load Range E tire?
First, a tire “ply” is an older term referring to the internal layers of the tire’s construction. The more layers the tire has, the higher a load capacity it has (or the more weight it can support).
Second, understanding the tire ply rating system helps you stay informed on how your tires support the weight of your vehicle. For instance, if you’re driving a ¾ ton or 1 ton truck, or even a larger SUV, your vehicle likely requires a 10 ply tire.
And when it comes to 10 ply tires versus Load Range E tires, here’s a brief history lesson: in the early days, there were 10 individual layers used in the construction of early bias ply tires. But as tire manufacturing technology has advanced, tire engineers can now design and build radial tires of equal strength without all of those layers. This can carry the advantage of reducing rolling resistance and increasing performance in some off-road applications.
(If you want to learn more, you can check out our page on load range versus load index.)
In short, the ply rating and the load range rating are systems of measure for load carrying capacity, and Load Range E tires are equivalent to a 10 ply tire.
Advantages of 10 Ply Tires
Now you probably want to know if you need 10 ply tires, right? Or the benefits of going with a 10 ply tire on a vehicle that doesn’t require it?
First, whether you’re looking for truck tires or all-terrain tires, you may need E-rated tires. As mentioned earlier, ¾ ton and 1 ton pickups, as well as many larger SUVs are all examples of vehicle types that need to run on Load Range E tires to operate safely—especially if you’re towing or maxing out your vehicle’s payload.
Additionally, some off-road drivers seek out a Load Range E/10 ply tire, because it provides extra layers of durability and sidewall protection for extremely harsh off-road terrain. And in some cases it might actually be necessary to add on some load carrying capacity for off-road gear and modifications. Think things such as heavy armor like steel skid plates, sliders, bumpers, hitches, roof racks, rooftop tents, aftermarket lighting, as well as all of your camping gear. You name it, 10 ply tires can carry it!.
Some half-ton truck drivers also prefer using a 10 ply tire for the increased towing capacity. Not only does the higher load carrying capacity of the E-rated tire make towing a cinch, their stiffer sidewalls can help stabilize loads and reduce sway at speed.
Best 10 Ply Tires
Now that we’ve covered some of the basics, let's talk about a few of our favorite 10 ply tires depending on your usage needs. These include options for all-season capability, all-terrain performance and high value underdogs:
Michelin Defender LTX 10 Ply
Up first is an all-around heavy hitter, a marvel of all-season Load Range E construction—the Michelin Defender LTX 10 ply tire.
Designed to provide assured traction no matter the weather, this tire can control whatever you’re hauling while also taking on dry, wet and even light snow road conditions.
Did we mention that it delivers a comfortable ride too? Plus, with its eco-friendly design, you can expect better fuel mileage even when your vehicle is under load. And as an added bonus, the 10 ply variant of the Michelin Defender is designed to be long-lasting and is backed by a 50,000-mile treadwear warranty.
BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 10 Ply
With a legacy that began on the silver screen (Jurassic Park, anyone?), the BFG KO2 is an all-terrain tire that means business.
With its aggressive tread pattern and rugged shoulder blocks, you already know you’re in for a treat off road. But if you go for the BFG KO2 in 10 ply/E-Load, you get a higher load carrying capacity for all of your gear and modifications while being able to mix it up with the rough stuff out on the trail.
Plus, if you need to double up its use to haul a trailer or payload in off-road or muddy conditions, this tire can handle the load and still deal out the grip you need when the going gets tough.
In short, if you need higher load carrying capacity combined with off-road performance, this 10 ply tire should be at the top of your wish list.
Falken Wildpeak AT3W 10 Ply
If you’re a value-minded driver who demands utmost from their tires without dropping too much coin, the Falken Wildpeak AT3W 10 ply is an excellent choice.
Designed for versatile performance on the road and off, the Falken AT3W 10 ply features a rugged all-terrain tread pattern fitted onto Load Range E body for carrying, towing, hauling or whatever else it is you need your light truck or SUV to do.
Optimized for carrying a load without any struggle at all, the Falken AT3W also features heat diffusers in the sidewall. These reduce heat buildup in the tire, helping you avoid tire failure when you’re hauling or towing—especially on the highway.
To add even more value, this Falken 10 ply tire is backed by a 55,000-mile limited treadwear warranty, so you can count on towing and all-terrain performance that will last you mile after mile.
As you search for your tires, (whether it’s 10 ply/Load Range E or otherwise) bear in mind that your options might vary based on your vehicle type.
Because there are so many variables to take into account when choosing the right tire, we created Treadwell. It’s a tire decision guide designed to help you find the right tires for your unique driving needs.
In the meantime, if you’ve found the right set of 10 ply tires, schedule an appointment to get them installed, or stop by whenever it’s most convenient for you and take advantage of our touchless experience.