How To Pick The Right Off-Road Tires For You

Nitto Trail Grappler M/T

Choosing the right off-road tires

Travelling on off-road terrains requires vehicle that is capable in off-road driving such as ATVs. Off-roading consists of driving in rough terrains, muddy fields and wooded areas that is why it is very important that your vehicle have the right tires to make your off-roading more adventurous, fun and most importantly you will never get stuck out 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 kind of truck tires that is suitable for your off-road activities, enlisted below are the different types of Truck Tires base on your needs or preference – durability, traction, appearance, performance, or quality.

Types of Truck Tires

  1. All Season Tires – the composition and tread designs of all season truck tires are not built for off-road endeavours, but this kind of truck tires offers longevity and long-lasting tread that excels may it be wet or dry paved roads. It is also much cheaper than aggressive look truck tires that are currently popular in the market.
  2. All Terrain Truck Tires – this kind of truck tires are built both for on or 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 for extreme performance situation but on the road they offer longevity and excellent durability like the All Season Tires.
  3. Extreme Truck Tires (Rock Crawling/Mud Terrain/Sand/Deep Snow) – from the word itself ‘extreme’, this kind of truck tires can perform on extreme off-road conditions like rock crawling and mud terrain. They are designed with aggressive tread that extend to the sidewalls and giant lugs with deep voids which can grip to 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.

Given the types of truck tires above, explaining the difference between them you will be able to figure out what kind of truck tires are suitable for you. Now, we are going to give your 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 two replace two tires, buy a 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. For small cars, you can replace the original equipment 155/8OR-13 size with 175/7OR-13. The tire has lower sidewall and the tread is an inch wider. Plus sizing is one of the easiest ways to achieve performance and appearance of the vehicle. It has the same height as the original but the sidewalls are shorter. Selecting a larger tire or Upsizing is the common option. It can improve performance and ride quality because it has taller and wider tires.
  • 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 change 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.
  • 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.

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