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How to Buy Larger Tires

February 28, 2020

We hear a lot of people out on the trails or online wondering about what size tire they should be running.

 

Whether you're a newbie or have some experience in off-roading, this question has probably crossed your mind at some point.

 

So today, let's talk about the right size tires for your application!

 

1. Consider What You Use Your Vehicle For

This is a big point we want to cover.

 

The right size tire for your ride will be determined mostly by what terrain you're using it for.

 

If you like to do some hardcore rock crawling or mud bogging, then you're going to want a larger tire than if you daily drive your off-road machine.

 

Typically, if you live in a place that has diverse terrain like large rocks, loose gravel hills, mud, and snow but you still want to be able to drive to work, we recommend a 35 or 37.

 

This will give you enough ground clearance to deal with a variety of terrain while not being overbearing when driving down the road.

 

2. Consider Your Lift

Some vehicles can get away with throwing a larger tire on and still fit properly without a lift kit.

 

However, usually this is not the case.

 

So the next thing that we would recommend is that you consider what size lift kit you are going with.

 

The larger the lift, typically the bigger tire you can run. 

 

Just keep in mind that you sacrifice road comfort and stability as you increase your tire size.

 

3. Offset

Next we want you to consider the offset of the wheels you are running.

 

If you're adding a lift or upsizing your tires and need to clear your suspension components, consider using a wheel that has a negative offset.

 

The negative offset of the wheel will push it out, away from the suspension components and give you more room.

 

4. Trimming

It's not uncommon for your larger tire to rub against parts of your vehicle.

 

Trimming allows you to cut down pieces of your vehicle that get in the way of your tires.

 

Depending on what size tire you choose, the amount of trimming will vary. 

 

Trimming can be as small as shaving a few inches off of some plastic in your wheel well or be as big as removing your bumpers.

 

Wrap Up

We hope this helped you determine what size tires are right for you. If you're still wondering about fitment for your specific vehicle, head over to our gallery.

 

There, you can see exactly what others are running and even if they had to do any sort of trimming to make their setup work!