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C Rated Tires

Forgive me if this has been asked before. I have a '15 Transit 350, taking a 235/65R16C tire. I'm a delivery driver that sees a LOT of gravel! What is the best "off road" tire that people have been using. Thanks in advance!
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There is no "best" but I'm happy with my Cooper tires, upsized to 245/75 16.
Mud flaps may be a good idea on gravel roads.
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I'm happy with our Nokian WRC3 tires in stock 235/65/16 size.

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You actually want a Load Rated 'E' tire for your Transit. Nearly every tire manufacturer has made the Ford Transit unique 235/65/R16 tire size but a lot of Transit owners are going with the larger 245/75/R16 like asdrew.

You will not have a clearance problem unless you have the front wheel well liners and then it barely touches the edge of the time at full locked turning. I have the Michelin Defender LTX 245/75/R16 tire on my 2017 T-250 DSD van.
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What, if anything, must be done to the vehicle when adding that larger tire diameter? I thought I read somewhere that there was a coding change? I have the 3.5L ecoboost and 3.31 LS diff

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What, if anything, must be done to the vehicle when adding that larger tire diameter? I thought I read somewhere that there was a coding change?
Nothing needs to be done for clearance in most cases, some tire styles will need trimming of the pinch weld seam.

The larger circumference will affect the speedometer/odometer about 10% but the performance difference as far as shift points, power, etc is negligible. I have two 3.5 wagons with 3.31 axles, one with stock tires and one larger. I cannot tell any difference.

So far no solutions to reprogram for larger tires have been found, but there are numerous GPS speed apps for your phone to display an accurate speed if you wish. I use the TorquePro app on my Android stereo to display speed.
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You can try the michelin agilis crossclimate in our size and rating.
I haven't tried them off road. Someone else has and they seemed fine.

Don't know how well they will wear.
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The problem I'm finding is that all the tire shops and the Ford dealer will not sell me anything that doesn't have that darn "C". I understand that the "C" stands for Commercial, as in the application of the tire. I also know that I need a "E" load rated tire, which I'm led to believe is a 10 ply, but those 10 ply truck tires are few and far between.


Everything I've been shown look like glorified passenger tires (with street tread patterns) or winter tires (which are soft). The only one I'm sort of liking is the Toyo HO9 All-weather tire. It definitely has the most aggressive tread. Anyone used one?



Decisions, decisions. Thanks for all the helpful replies!
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You actually want a Load Rated 'E' tire for your Transit. Nearly every tire manufacturer has made the Ford Transit unique 235/65/R16 tire size but a lot of Transit owners are going with the larger 245/75/R16 like asdrew.

You will not have a clearance problem unless you have the front wheel well liners and then it barely touches the edge of the time at full locked turning. I have the Michelin Defender LTX 245/75/R16 tire on my 2017 T-250 DSD van.
Do you need E rated tires if your not hauling heavy loads? My T250 van is only 5400 pounds empty and around 500 pounds of add ons.
I'm thinking I'll get a smoother ride if I ditch the E rated tires when the time comes I need new tires.
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Do you need E rated tires if your not hauling heavy loads? My T250 van is only 5400 pounds empty and around 500 pounds of add ons.
I'm thinking I'll get a smoother ride if I ditch the E rated tires when the time comes I need new tires.
You'll get a smoother ride if you put weight in the van.
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