Choosing Off-Road Tires For Your Truck
Choosing Off-Road Tires For Your TruckTires are where all of your suspension components get to show what they can do by keeping your tires sticking to the terrain. Choosing the proper type of off-road tire for your types of terrain are essential to success off-road. Improper tires will result in poor performance off-road where the type of tread, compound composition and PSI all make a huge difference in how your tires adhere to the terrain. There is a tire specifically designed for every type of off-road use you can think of. From blasting across sand dunes, mudding in boggy terrain, hill climb machines and much more. Every type of tire has features that make it work better in certain terrain but that shouldn’t be the main reason you choose one tire over another. Remember tires are just a part of the equation of a successful suspension setup. Your truck suspension needs to be dialed in to keep your tires in contact with the terrain or your tires cannot do their job. Bigger and wider tires don’t always mean better, and the bigger you go, the more that needs to be adjusted and touched on to make everything work. There are other ways to get the results you want outside of getting bigger or more aggressive tires for your ride. Look into more specialized suspension components or depending on your goals some different and more long lasting changes can be made. Truck tires should be seen first as an additional source of lift and clearance for your truck, the fancy tread and compounds can be considered secondary.
Do These Even Fit Bro?
SizingWhen it comes to choosing any suspension component, a lot needs to be accounted for and tires are no different. The most important thing to consider is if the tires you want will even fit. If you’re still at stock ride height and those tires are a couple of inches larger than your current ones then you’re going to have a bad time. Do some research wherever you can to find out what size tires work best with your lift. Especially at stock height, which doesn’t give you too much variety to choose from. Check out forums and consult people with builds similar to what you’re aiming for to get an idea of what is capable at your ride height or look into one of the many ways to lift your truck to tuck some more aggressive tires underneath.
All Terrain Truck TiresAll terrain tires have been specially designed to handle a certain type of terrain, all of it. You can take these babies practically anywhere and get some solid reliable performance out of them, but while they may be good at a lot, they aren’t great at one specific thing. All terrain tires are designed with off-road performance considered first and then toned down to be a more streetable tire. These would be great for the avid off-roader who still has to drive a couple miles to get to the trails.
Extreme (Rock Crawling/Mud Terrain/Sand/Deep Snow) Truck TiresHighly specialized and extremely aggressive off-road tires that are designed for specific terrain will give you the best off-road performance while performing like crap on pedestrian roads, but that is not why you buy these anyways. Everything about these types of tires is crafted to handle abuse and provide traction, crevasse depth treads, kevlar sidewalls, and many other unnecessarily tough sounding features. Many of these specialized tires can handle terrain outside of what they are designed for thanks to their abundance of features also. The tire compounds used remain puncture resistant even at very low PSI but as a tradeoff do not perform or wear well at high speeds or on the road. Remember to keep your goals and practicality in mind when making any decisions on tires or lifts. Buying the wrong parts for the job or without a good supporting cast of other upgraded components could prove costly down the road! Build your build and have fun.