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Can I Daily Drive Mud Tires?

July 2, 2021

Mud tires look great, they are aggressive and can be a really great asset off-road. But can you daily drive them? Let’s find out.

 

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Table of Contents

  1. What Are Mud Tires?

  2. Composition and Treadwear

  3. Mud Tires in Winter

  4. Fuel Economy and Ride Quality

  5. What Tire Should I Get? 

 

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What Are Mud Tires?

 

mud tire is a tire made to be taken off-road, through tough terrain and muddy spots. Mud tires are completely created to be off-road. From composition to design, everything is made with the outdoors and off-road in mind. This creates a smooth ride off-road and keeps you from getting stuck in the mud. But will they work on the road? That’s what we are figuring out today. 

 

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Composition and Treadwear

 

The composition of a mud tire is softer than other tires, this is to hug the terrain off-road. Similar to airing your tires down to achieve the same grip when you are off-roading. This soft compound is great for traction and grip while on the trails but when you are driving on roads and highways it may not be the best option. This soft tread wears down much faster as you can imagine. Because it is soft the highway tears its way through the tread much faster than a harder tread like on an All-Terrain tire.

 

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If you are truly just daily driving your mud tires, we have seen people need to get a new set after about 20,000 miles because they ran through them too quickly by driving them on the road all the time. These tires are not meant to be used for your daily on the road. Yes, they can be, they legally can be used on the road and there are no rules to stop you but it is definitely not ideal. 

 

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Mud Tires in Winter

 

Piggybacking off of the last section, the soft compound of a mud tire is not great for winter either. This soft composition freezes in the cold and gets very hard and slippery. They won’t be able to get heat into them to ride nicely. The design of a mud tire features big tread voids and large tread blockers to be used essentially as scoops in the mud. For mud, this is great to keep you from getting stuck and will grab at the terrain.

 

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In the snow, however, this is not ideal. This is because the snow will get packed into these big tread voids which ends up basically turning your tires into rolling pins in the snow which is obviously not ideal. You will end up slipping and sliding everywhere. 

 

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Fuel Economy and Ride Quality

 

Mud tires are generally going to be larger and chunkier than your stock tire. A bigger tire is ideal for off-road adventures to take up more surface area and get you over big obstacles. However, this larger tire will cost you. Not only because a larger tire will be more expensive, but also because your fuel economy will get worse when you get a larger tire. Your rolling resistance will go up quite a bit, causing your miles per gallon to drop.

 

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Larger tires will also be heavier as well, dropping your mpgs. On top of this, on the road, your ride quality isn’t going to be great with a mud tire either. If you have ever driven past a truck and thought wow those tires are really loud, chances are that they were running mud tires. Those big tread voids and blocks lead to a really loud tire on the road. 

 

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What Tire Should I Get?

 

Depending on your lifestyle, the type of tire for you will change. The rule of thumb is if you drive on-road more than off-road, get all-terrain tires. If you drive off-road more than on-road get mud tires, and if you drive on-road and off-road an equal amount, get hybrid tires. If you live in a climate with snow, look for a tire that is 3-Peak Mountain Snowflake Rated! 

 

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Like always, when you get a wheel and tire package from TrailBuilt you will receive free shipping, mounting, and balancing. We also offer as low as 0% APR financing for those who qualify so you can build now and pay later. What tires are you running? Let us know in the comments down below!

 

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