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Tyre Markings

Understanding tyre markings can be a freakin' nightmare, so here's a simple guide...

Example: 205/55 R 15 89H E11 02 027550 TUBELESS M+S 2400

205Tyre width (in mm).
55Aspect ratio.  Percentage between the width and height of the tyres sidewalls.
RStructure type (in this case 'Radial'), (others; Bias-belted, Diagonal/Bias-ply, Reinforced/Extra Load, Temporary).
15Size of rim (in inches).
89Load bearing index (see table). Multiply tyres weight by four, then make sure your car weighs less!
HSpeed rating (see table).  Maximum speed which tyre should be used.
E (encircled)European homologation mark.  Without this mark your car will fail its MoT.
11Country (code) were the tyre has been given approval (see table).
02Series of amendments incorporating the most recent major technical amendments made (to the ECE's Regulation 30) at the time of the tyres approval.
027550ECE (European Commission for Europe) approval number.
TUBELESSTyre does not require an inner tube.
M+SSuitable for mud and snow.
2400Manufactured during the 24th week of the year 2000.
Speed Ratings
MPH KM/H
A1
A2
A3
A4
A5
A6
A7
A8
B
C
D
E
F
G
J
K
L
M
N
P
Q
R
S
T
U
H
V
Z
ZR
VR
W
Y
3
6
9
12
16
19
22
25
31
37
40
43
50
56
62
68
75
81
87
93
99
106
112
118
124
130
149
+149
149
167
168
186
5
10
15
20
25
30
35
40
50
60
65
70
80
90
100
110
120
130
140
150
160
170
180
190
200
210
240
+240
240
269
270
300
Country Codes
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
32
33
34
35
36
37
Germany
France
Italy
Netherlands
Sweden
Belgium
Hungary
Czech Republic
Spain
Yugoslavia
UK
Austria
Luxembourg
Switzerland
(Vacant)
Norway
Finland
Denmark
Romania
Poland
Portugal
Russian Federation
Greece
(Vacant)
Croatia
Slovenia
Slovakia
Belarus
Estonia
(Vacant)
(Vacant)
(Vacant)
(Vacant)
Bulgaria
(Vacant)
(Vacant)
Turkey
Load Index
CODE Kg CODE Kg CODE Kg
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
32
33
34
35
36
37
38
39
40
45.0
46.2
47.5
48.7
50.0
51.5
53.0
54.5
56.0
58.0
60.0
61.5
63.0
65.0
67.0
69.0
71.0
73.0
75.0
77.5
80.0
82.5
85.0
87.5
90.0
92.5
95.0
97.5
100.0
103.0
106.0
109.0
112.0
115.0
118.0
121.0
125.0
128.0
132.0
136.0
140.0
41
42
43
44
45
46
47
48
49
50
51
52
53
54
55
56
57
58
59
60
61
62
63
64
65
66
67
68
69
70
71
72
73
74
75
76
77
78
79
80
81
145.0
150.0
155.0
160.0
165.0
170.0
175.0
180.0
185.0
190.0
195.0
200.0
206.0
212.0
218.0
224.0
230.0
236.0
243.0
250.0
257.0
265.0
272.0
280.0
290.0
300.0
307.0
315.0
325.0
335.0
345.0
355.0
365.0
375.0
387.0
400.0
412.0
425.0
437.0
450.0
462.0
82
83
84
85
86
87
88
89
90
91
92
93
94
95
96
97
98
99
100
101
102
103
104
105
106
107
108
109
110
111
112
113
114
115
116
117
118
119
120
475.0
487.0
500.0
515.0
530.0
545.0
560.0
580.0
600.0
615.0
630.0
650.0
670.0
690.0
710.0
730.0
750.0
775.0
800.0
825.0
850.0
875.0
900.0
925.0
950.0
975.0
1000.0
1030.0
1060.0
1090.0
1120.0
1150.0
1180.0
1215.0
1250.0
1285.0
1320.0
1360.0
1400.0
Last updated: 23 Feb 2004 - 7:03pm GMT