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Tyre codes

A tyre can have a number of different markings. We will go through most of the markings here and explain what they mean

Speed and Load Index

Load Index

The load index marking is also called Load Capacity or Ply rating/Load Index, and is a numerical designation that indicates the maximum lb load ONE tyre can carry. See the list below indicating how many pounds each can handle.

Load index / capacity
80 990 Lbs 90 1320 Lbs 100 1760 Lbs
81 1016.4 Lbs 91 1353 Lbs 101 1815 Lbs
82 1045 Lbs 92 1386 Lbs 102 1870 Lbs
83 1071.4 Lbs 93 430 Lbs 103 1925 Lbs
84 1100 Lbs 94 1474 Lbs 104 1980 Lbs
85 1133 Lbs 95 1518 Lbs 105 2035 Lbs
86 1166 Lbs 96 1562 Lbs 106 2090 Lbs
87 1199 Lbs 97 1606 Lbs 107 2145 Lbs
88 1232 Lbs 98 1653 Lbs 108 2205 Lbs
89 1279 Lbs 99 1709 Lbs 109 2271 Lbs

Speed Index

The speed index indicates the maximum speed the tyre can handle. Choosing a higher speed index is not a problem.

Speed index / capacity
J 62 m/h T 118 m/h
K 68 m/h U 124 m/h
L 75 m/h H 131 m/h
M 81 m/h V 149 m/h
N 87 m/h Z More than 149 m/h
P 93 m/h W 168 m/h
Q 99 m/h (W) More than 168 m/h
R 106 m/h Y 186 m/h
S 112 m/h (Y) more than 186 m/h

Run Flat Tyre / RFT = Extra reinforcement that prevents the tyre from collapsing at the puncture

RoF = Run on Flat, See RFT

SSR = Self Supporting RunFlat, See RFT

Zero Pressure / ZP = See RFT

RF / Reinforced

FR = Rim Guard

ML = Flange protection

XL / EL = Can handle heavier load

TL / Tubeless Tyre

LT = Light Truck

C = Carrier / Light Truck / Caravan / Trailer (can usually handle heavier loads and have sturdier flanges)

Production Date = For example, 2210 means manufactured in week 22 of the year 2010.

M + S, M & S or Mud & Snow = Winter tyre

Special markings

Additionally there are several special markings, like for example "B" or "*" which mean that the tyres are originally developed for BMW cars.