Does Mickey Thompson Have the Longest-Lasting Off-Road Tires?
July 13, 2022
Everything You Need To Know About Mickey Thompson Off-Road Tires
One thing we've always wondered is how tire manufacturers make tires so tough that, even when they're put through grueling, torturing punishments on some of the harshest terrains on the planet, they can still hold up without being shredded to pieces. It's almost unfathomable.
In today's piece, we'll take a close, in-depth look at the science behind creating an almost indestructible tire. Our subject for today is Mickey Thompson, who for the better part of the last half-century has been building tires that can withstand even the roughest conditions.
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Quick History of Mickey Thompson's Off-Road Tire Lineup
To start, one thing that helps make a tire strong enough to hold up through the worst of the worst begins with testing and development experience. And knowing that Mickey Thompson started back in 1963, that means that there are almost 60 years of testing and developing tires known to be arguably the best off-road tires on the market today.
The commitment that Mickey Thompson has for street and off-road racing shows through in the performance and innovation of their tires. And this piece would end up way too long if we listed all of Mickey Thompson's first-to-market innovations over the past 59 years to prove their dedication.
What Makes Mickey Thompson's Off-Road Tires So Good?
Some of Mickey Thompson's highlights that stand out to the off-road community, though, are having the first 35-inch tire built in 1973, having the first radial light truck tire in 1978, and designing the first off-road tire designed to be quiet on the highway in 1987. In 1998, they introduced the world's first directional four-by-four tire in the Baja Claw, and that soon became one of the most widely used tires across these rigs for several years running.
Everything listed above is a solid list of credentials that prove Mickey Thompson is the go-to brand for off-road enthusiasts, and they're also heavily involved in almost every nationally-televised off-roading event across the country and globe.
How Does Mickey Thompson Make Their Tires So Durable For Off-Road Use?
So, we've established the involvement, history, experience, and credibility that Mickey Thompson has within building tires and the automotive industry. But how do they make their tires so durable that you can run them on daily drivers and Ultra4 cars in back-to-back weeks?
Mickey Thompson won't go into the proprietary manufacturing processes they use and make that public knowledge, but what we do know is that one of their main focuses on durability is creating a super strong carcass structure for their tires. All Mickey Thompson tires feature three plies of sidewall thickness, in what the brand refers to as its PowerPly XD sidewall - this also adds a 50% heavier denier cord to the third ply for improved cut and puncture resistance. This also creates more overall stability in the sidewall for more precise steering and tire stability.
This is followed by aggressive four-pitch sidewall cleats or side biters in Mickey Thompson's tire designs, which offer greater strength, handling, and traction performance while offroading. All this combined makes it clear why these tires excel when put through extreme off-road situations. On top of the innovative construction design of the carcass and sidewalls, Mickey Thompson formulates a proprietary compound blend of rubber and silica that increases the tire's ability to fend off cuts and chips, and adds another layer of protection to the sidewalls and treat, all the while increasing the traction that you'll have.
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What Kind of Off-Road Applications Are Mickey Thompson Tires Best For?
All this combined is the type of superior craftsmanship, quality, and performance that we expect out of a tire company that's been building some of the best in the business for almost 60 years - it's a testament to Mickey Thompson's commitment to building off-roaders a tire that we can feel 100% confident that it's doing exactly what it's supposed to.
Mickey Thompson tires are perfect for any off-road built type, whether they go on your work truck, hunting vehicle, daily driver, Overlanding rig, rock bouncer, and even an Ultra4 car. We can confidently say that when you're ready for your next set of tires, Mickey Thompson should be high on your list as your next brand of choice.
Which Mickey Thompson Tires Should You Buy For Your Off-Road Build?
If you're not exactly sure which model of Mickey Thompson tires to choose from, an easy way to break it down is that anything with the name "Boss" in it will be a more extreme performance tire for aggressive off-roading, or even more extreme on-road driving situations. The Baja Boss A/T, for example, is 3 Peak Mountain Snowflake (3PMSF) rated for severe winter driving conditions.
The Mickey Thompson Baja Legend EXP is a great all-around hybrid terrain tire for anything from hunting trucks to Overlanding and weekend warrior vehicles. Although the Legend XP doesn't offer a 3PMSF rating, it still offers a great blend of on and off-road performance for those that spend a lot of time on both types of terrain.
Mickey Thompson's ATZ and MTZ tires offer a bit more aggressive tread compared to the Legend EXP and will have a bit of an advantage when the majority of driving is done off-road, but they still give smooth and respectable rides on the road too. The ATZ and MTZ are go-to tires if you want a tire that'll excel in a variety of off-road conditions and environments.
If it's the ultimate, extreme off-road performance that you seek, the Mickey Thompson Baja Pro, Pro XS, and Claw are the tires for you. If you see an X in the model name, these are your comp tires that have a special blend of super sticky compounds that are strictly for off-road usage.
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Shop Mickey Thompson Off-Road Tires At TrailBuilt Off-Road
Of course, if you have any questions at all on the different Mickey Thompson tire models, or just regarding Mickey Thompson tires in general, let us know and we're happy to help. To check out Mickey Thompson tires today, head over to our tire store to add yours to the cart, or visit our fitment gallery and see how a set of Mickey Thompsons will fit on builds like yours. We'll see you out on the trails!