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Choosing the right off-road tires
Travelling off-road terrains requires a vehicle that is capable of traversing the terrain without getting stuck or damaging the vehicle. Off-roading or 4×4 driving consists of crossing in rough terrain, muddy fields and wooded areas, which normal vehicles are not equipped for. This is why it is very important that your vehicle have the right 4×4 truck tires and wheels to make your off-roading adventures more fun and most importantly provide the traction you need to not get stuck in the middle of nowhere.
Off-road tires provide additional traction in off-road conditions. The tire must grip a variety of different surfaces from boulders and rocks to snow and mud. In order to choose the right truck tires that are suitable for your off-road activities, below are the different types of 4×4 and off-road tires and their characteristics – durability, traction, appearance, performance, or quality.
Types of Truck Tires
All Season Tires – The composition and tread designs of all season truck tires are not built for off-road endeavors. This kind of truck tires offers longevity and long-lasting tread that excels in wet or dry paved roads. They are typically much cheaper than aggressive 4×4 truck tires that are currently popular in the market.
All Terrain Truck Tires – This kind of truck tire is built both for on and off-road performance. Most of these kinds of truck tires are built with off-road standards but they are modified in certain areas to improve street performance, the result is they are capable of handling everyday driving. All terrains truck tires won’t perform as well as specialized off-road truck tires in extreme performance situations but on the road they offer longevity and excellent durability like the all-season tires.
Extreme 4×4 Truck Tires (Rock Crawling/Mud Terrain/Sand/Deep Snow) – This kind of truck tires can perform in extreme off-road conditions like rock crawling and muddy terrain. They are designed with aggressive tread that extend to the sidewalls and giant lugs with deep voids which can grip to most any surface for increased in traction. Due to the aggressive tread designs and huge lugs, Extreme Truck Tires can be bumpy and noisy on the road, as well as provide very poor gas mileage.
Given the types of truck tires above, you have to figure out what is most important for you. Between them you will be able to figure out what kind of truck tires are suitable for you. Are you outfitting a rock crawling specific 4×4 off road beast or are you just replacing worn tires on your family pickup? Here are some tips and guideline on how to buy the right tire or which one is best for you.
First, you need to determine when you need tires. Tires are considered to be worn out at 2/32 inch minimum tread depth. During wet conditions 4/32 inch or less could mean significant loss of traction on your tires and 6/32 inch tread depth for snow conditions which means the tires ability to bite into snow is lessen.
Second, determine how many tires you need. If you only need one it is suggested that you replace it with the same brand, line, load capacity and speed rating with the rest of your three remaining tires. If you need to replace two tires, buy tires with similar and better quality of the other two tires. It is also recommended to place the newly bought two tires on the rear of the vehicle.
Third will be determining the size of the tire, you can find this information in the owner’s manual of your vehicle or your vehicle’s placard that is often located inside the glove box, door, doorpost, or door edge of your vehicle. Changing the size of the tire improved the ride quality performance of the vehicle. Selecting a larger tire or upsizing is the common option when you buy new tires for a 4×4. It can improve performance and ride quality because it has taller and wider tires and adds additional clearance for the truck.
Fourth thing to do is to consider the performance and speed ratings. Handling response of a tire corresponds with its speed rating; remember when tires need to be changed it is a good thing to replace it with the same or higher speed rating because if you replace it with the lower speed rated tire it will limit the vehicle’s performance in terms of handling and speed capacity. (more of a concern for car tires)
Fifth is knowing the tire construction. Tires are made in different ways to provide traction in different situations; it will help you to choose the right tires for your off-road vehicle. In addition to this, knowing the treads and voids will you how will the tires work in off-road conditions.
Last for the list of tips and guidelines is buying a kind of tire that has a good quality yet affordable for you. A good exercise would be to calculate the total price for your tire purchase and divide that by the miles of service to get the cost per mile. Another way is to use the UTQG (Uniform Tire Quality Grading) ratings (tread wear grading); this method is use when you are comparing tires with a particular brand. The method is to divide the tread wear rating by the price. If you want the best value you need to pick the highest value.
Providing the tips and guidelines on how to buy the right tires, the next question will be where to buy Off-road Tires. You can actually buy it on different Tire Dealer stores near you or if you don’t want to leave your home you can buy at online auction sites like Ebay.