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Old 12-15-2008, 18:15   #1 (permalink)
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Tire Pressure

i was wondering whats the best tire pressure for driving when empty, or for a little better traction in the winter?
i have a '96 F250 2wd with 235/85/R16 tires. the door sticker says max pressure when load front/rear, 50/80 psi.
how low psi is safe, and is it best to keep a difference front to rear?
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Old 12-16-2008, 17:52   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Tire Pressure

you just answered your own question. 50 lbs. front and 80 lbs. back, loaded. Safe low
pressure is 50 lbs front 80 lbs. rear. That is ONLY if you have truck tires that will take 80lbs. If you have passenger car tires on your truck that only allow 32 lbs. max you have the wrong tires for that truck.
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you just answered your own question. 50 lbs. front and 80 lbs. back, loaded. Safe low
pressure is 50 lbs front 80 lbs. rear. That is ONLY if you have truck tires that will take 80lbs. If you have passenger car tires on your truck that only allow 32 lbs. max you have the wrong tires for that truck.
Actually that's safe max pressure.

I would run 45 to 50 all around unloaded
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Old 12-19-2008, 12:40   #4 (permalink)
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i was thinking 45-50 all around would be safe. the pressure listed are the max and i only load my truck near the max about three times a year. i think i will go 50 all around and see how it does. when i load my dirtbikes in the back, ill bump the rears back up a little.
i was a little worried because i had to drive my truck to the denver airport. i had to go over two mountain passes, the temps have been in single digits, and chances of snow. the roads turned out to be fine, but i thought maybe i could get a little better traction with lower air pressures.
i do have 300lbs of sandbags over the axle, so maybe ill compromise and go 50/60.
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Old 12-20-2008, 19:18   #5 (permalink)
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don't know how your insurance co. works for you but if we had sand bags or any other
weight in our car or truck that was not solid to the vehical we will lose any insurance
claim. If the vehical has to make a sudden stop the " weight " becomes a moving projectial. It will enter the cab and crush it. Possibly injuring you or crushing you.
How does your system work ?
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