Being able to read and comprehend the information printed on a tire’s sidewall will make it easier for you to understand your tires and help you choose the right replacement set.

P-Metric Sizing System

To accommodate the smaller tires used on compact cars, the P-Metric (Passenger Metric) system was created in 1976. The maximum inflation pressures of P-Metric tires were raised for lower rolling resistance. The P-Metric system is widely used by domestic tire manufacturers.

P-metric sizing system

ISO Metric Sizing System

International Standards Organization (ISO) Metric system combines the metric system with a service description. The service description provides the load sizing index along with the speed rating symbol.

ISO metric sizing system

Light Truck Metric Sizing System

Similar to the P-Metric system, except the P is replaced with the LT light truck designation. Also, LT-Metric and P-Metric tires differ in construction.

Light truck metric sizing system

Light Truck High Flotation System

The same as the Light Truck Numeric system with tire diameter added to the front.

Light truck high flotation system

Light Truck High Flotation System

Similar to the Numeric system for cars, it lists the section width in inches, construction type, rim diameter in inches, plus the light truck designation.

Light truck numeric system

High Flotation vs. LT-Metric vs. LT-Numeric

As the size dimensions increase, Flotation-sized tires will have wider overall width than their LT-Metric and LT-Numeric designed counterparts. Another difference is that Flotation sizes typically require wider wheel widths than LT-Metric and LT-Numeric sizes.

High flotation vs. lt-metric vs. lt-numeric

Static loaded dimensions measured on a 7.0 wheel.

  Désignation des dimensions Dimensions r‚elles (PO)    Diamètre hors tout x Largeur hors tout
grande portance 30 X 9.5R15 29.8 x 9.6
lt-métrique LT235/75R15 29.2 x 9.3
lt-numérique 7.00R15LT 30.3 x 8.1