What to Consider When Buying Offroad Tires
Tires are one of the most important purchases you can buy for your offroad vehicle. Tires are what give you traction, get you out of sticky situations and ultimately deliver all the power your engine has to offer to the ground. When purchasing new tires for your 4×4, make sure to keep these things into consideration:
1) Tire Size
If you are going with the same size as your stock tires, this is an easier choice, as all you need to do is look at the tire specifications printed on the sidewall of your tire. If you want to larger than stock however, you may also do this but keep in mind that if you go too big you may need to do some modifications such as a lift or extended fenders. Going with larger or wider tires can help give you more ground clearance and traction.
2) Tread Design
The better the tire is on the street, the worse it will be offroad, and vice-versa. If you’re looking for a killer offroad tire that will get you out of some crazy stuff, consider purchasing two sets of tires, one for off and one for onroad. There are a variety of different treads available and it’s up to you to decide which tread will be best suitable for your situation. For most offroad applications, you’ll want tread that has deep patterns to help act as paddles when freeing your car from mud and rocks.
Before putting a new tire on your vehicle, make sure it will fit. If it rubs on the fender walls at all or rubs against anything, chances are it can only hurt you. It’s important to see your 4×4 mechanic to help with any fitment issues and give you advice.
4) Tire Specifications
Each tire has printed specifications on the side. Make sure to look for the maximum cold inflation and load limit, tread-ware numbers, traction and temperature grades, aspect ratio (ratio of height to width), radial, with of tire and the diameter of the wheel (rim). Knowing your tires’ specifications can be important to help make the right purchasing decision.
5) Aftermarket Upgrades
Like we previously mentioned, if you plan on putting on larger tires than stock, you may need some aftermarket parts and 4×4 accessories to ensure everything works properly, efficiently and safely. Larger tires can require new brakes, transmissions, differentials, suspensions and more. Do your research first and if you have any questions please feel free to visit or call our auto service center.