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    The following diagram explains all the markings that exist on the side of a tyre; you can order new tyres by simply knowing the size, speed and load ratings but if you ever wondered what all the other stuff means you can find out here.

    1. Tyre brand name

    2. Pattern or model code

    3. Tyre size

    4. Service description (Load index & Speed symbol)

    5. ECE or EEC type approval number**

    6. ECE noise approval

    7. North American recall code

    8. Date of manufacture code

    9. UTQG quality rating

    10. Maximum permitted load (USA)

    11. Maximum permitted inflation pressure (USA)

    12. Denotes tubeless construction

    13. Safety warning

    14. Direction of rotation (Directional or Composite tyres)

    15. Rim fitment instruction (Asymmetrical or Composite tyres)

    16. Denotes extra load tyre construction

    16a. Denotes reinforced tyre construction

    17. Position of tread wear indicators.

    **(C & U regulations stipulate all tyres used in the UK must carry an E number)

    Other Markings

    In addition to the above the tyre manufacturers have complicated things further with the following markings that are often found after the tyre size. Many of these letters refer to the tyre being specific for use on a particular vehicle.

    AM8 – Aston Martin (not model specific)

    AM9 – Aston Martin : DB9, VA & V8

    AML – Aston Martin

    AMX – Aston Martin

    AO – Audi

    B – Bentley

    B1 – Bentley

    BZ – Bridgestone original equipment

    CZ – Subaru

    DSST – Dunlop run-flat tyres

    DT1 – New pattern

    DZ – Honda / Mazda / Toyota

    EMT – Goodyear run-flat tyres

    EZ – Audi / Mazda 6

    F – Ferarri

    FZ – Bridgestone original equipment

    G1 – Indicates that outside diameter or tread width differs from a tyre without this marking

    GZ – Subaru

    HO – Honda

    HRS – Hankook run flat

    HZ – Bridgestone original equipment

    J – Jaguar

    JZ – Seat / Subaru

    K1 – Ferrari

    K2 – Ferrari

    KZ – Nissan / Toyota

    LRR – Low rolling resistance

    MC1 – Mclaren

    MGT – Maserati

    MO – Mercedes

    MOE – Mercedes Extended (Runflat)

    MO1 – Mercedes SL65 AMG

    MZ – Mitsubishi / Toyota

    N0 – Porsche

    N1 – Porsche

    N2 – Porsche

    N3 – Porsche

    N4 – Porsche

    N5 – Porsche

    N6 – Porsche, The numerical escalation of Porsche N-Spec tyres reflect either enhancements to the previous generation of the same tyre model.

    NZ – Bridgestone original equipment

    OZ – Bridgestone original equipment

    PE – Peugeot

    PZ – Ford / Mazda / Mercedes / VW

    R01 – Audi Quattro, RS4, RS6, R8

    R02 – Audi Quattro, RS4, RS6, R8

    Runflat – Run flat tyre

    RFT – Run flat tyre

    ROF – Run flat tyre

    RZ – Bridgestone original equipment

    S – Various manufacturers

    S1 – Various manufacturers

    S2 – Various manufacturers

    SSR – Run flat tyre

    SZ – Mazda MPV

    TO – Toyota

    TZ – Mazda 6

    UZ – BMW 3 / Skoda

    VO – Volkswagen

    VW – Volkswagen

    VW2 – Volkswagen

    VZ – Bridgestone original equipment

    WZ – Bridgestone original equipment

    XL – Reinforced tyres. Have a higher load index

    XZ – Bridgestone original equipment

    YZ – Bridgestone original equipment

    ZP – Michelin run flat

    ZPS – Yokohama run flat

    * – BMW

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