The Best Types of Tires For Off-Road
Considering how much time, money, and energy we spend on building our rigs, it begs the question; When all the wrenching is done, and wheels are ready to be mounted, what is the best type of tire to purchase so we can finally hit the trails?
So What Is The Best Off-Road Tire?
This might depend on multiple factors including: the size of the tires you’re looking for, what type of terrain you’re driving on, and whether or not you’ll be trailering your rig or driving it to the trails on its own four wheels. Regardless, tires are one of the most important decisions to be made when building an off-road vehicle. In general there are three types of tires to choose from when it comes to four-wheel drive vehicles.
- All Terrain tires have interlocking treads that provide traction in ice, snow, mud, and paved surfaces. These tires are low in cost and have good longevity - typically recommended for someone who uses their vehicle for daily driving with limited off-road use.
- Mud Terrain tires have aggressive tread patterns that provide extreme grip in pretty much all off-road conditions, especially wet snow and deep mud. These tires are also very durable and are usually constructed with beefed up sidewalls to protect from rocks and other off-road hazards. Although these tires are super tough and made to last, due to their aggressive tread pattern they are not as highway friendly or cost efficient for daily driving. The higher costs of these tires really only make sense to those who plan on spending more time driving their vehicles off-road than on.
- Competition tires are made out of a very soft compound that is not typically driven on-road. These tires are the most expensive out of all three options and will likely wear the fastest due to their softer compound. Overall competition tires are designed to maximize traction for vehicles that are strictly driven off-road.
The raised rubber segments that make contact with the road are known as the Tread Blocks. When tires such as mud-terrain’s are described to have “more aggressive tread,” this typically means that the tread blocks are more prominent, resulting in more grab on rougher surfaces like snow and mud. Less aggressive tires, such as all-terrain’s, typically have lower tread blocks that provide more surface area and grip on flat surfaces. Just like tread blocks, the sidewall lugs off mud-terrain’s are more prominent and aggressive than those found on all-terrain’s, resulting in a similar grab/grip comparison.
If you’re someone who plans on using their build strictly for off-road use, maybe even some off-road racing, then Competition tires is where you should be looking. If you’re someone who plans on using their vehicle primarily off-road, but may do some street driving on the way to the trails, then Mud Terrain tires are the tire for you. Lastly, if you’re someone who plans on daily-driving their vehicle, but may encounter a dicey dirt road or some rough weather, then go check out the selection of All Terrain tires on our website!