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What do XL and Reinforced mean?

If your car is a multi-purpose vehicle (i.e. Minivan) or a vehicle that tends to carry heavy loads, it is likely that the manufacturer has designed the vehicle to be fitted with tyres which are capable of supporting heavier loads. These tyres are classified as XL (Extra Load) or reinforced tyres.

If your current tyres are either of these, you will see the lettering XL or RNF on the sidewall of the tyre – in the same way that the tyre size is printed on the side.

What does reinforced tyre mean?

A reinforced tyre, sometimes called an "extra load" tyre, has been developed to carry heavier loads than standard tyres.

Reinforced tyres are generally made up of stronger materials - such as a more robust carcass and steel belts - to ensure that the additional weight they carry is done so safely, without an affect on the performance. They are commonly fitted on commercial vehicles, SUVs, and other large vehicles.

What does xl mean on tyres?

If you see XL on the sidewall of a tyre, this stands for "extra load" and the identification is used to let you know the tyres are reinforced and capable and carrying more weight than standard tyres. The XL rating is typically found on tyres for larger vehicles, such as SUVs, vans, and trucks.