Originally Posted by Texasnielsen
104 rating is the front; 109 is the rating for the rear. Your initial post said you couldn’t find any tires. Are you now saying you can? Both front and rear tires have a load range of “C”. Load index is a more precise method of measurement than load range which focuses mostly on construction. The load index is what you are referring to. The 104 = 1984lbs per tire. The 109= 2271lb per tire. X 2 would be about 600lbs capacity you’d be giving up with 104 rated tires (load index) in the rear.
Not to be crass or anything. Have you been to a tire shop or just doing this online? Some one in person would be much more helpful.
Don't want to stir this up anymore than it already is, but there is a major error here based on what was found on the forum a while ago.
You have to be very careful with anything to do with a "C" rating on tires, especially if they have anything to do with Europe.
A "C" rating Europe commonly refers to a Commercial Tire rating, not a load range C tire like it might in the US. It is highly likely that the tires in question fall in the Commercial Tire category as VW is European.
It would be interesting to see just what the user manual states and how it is written as that might help clear it up. Perhaps a scan or a phone pic posted by the OP.
I doubt the OP would have asked if he had any idea of how to get what he needed, and that is why this forum exists to a large extent.
My personal opinion is the load range letter system is badly out of date and probably should be retired as it references "how many ply" specs regardless of how many plies the tires really have. Just some mystical conversion to how many pounds of load capacity. The load index numbers are much better and tightly specified.