In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the initial factors you should be considering when it comes to upgrading your 4×4 truck’s tires. Tires play a big role in performance and safety for these vehicles, impacting several other components in the process.
At Pro Audio Pro 4×4, we’re proud to offer numerous truck accessories and upgrades in addition to our car audio services. From lift kits to spray-in bedliners to off-road lighting and even tire options, we have you covered if you’re looking to upgrade your vehicle in any way. In today’s part two, we’ll look at the vital area of tire tread – there are three common types out there, and making the right choice will impact not only the tire lifespan but also your vehicle’s performance and safety ratings.
The most common tire format chosen by 4×4 truck owners is the all-season tire, which, as the name suggests, are viable options throughout the year, even in the Utah winter. They are made from a hard rubber blend that withstands hot weather but also remains flexible in the snow or the ice, ensuring safety no matter what the weather outside is like.
These tires come with normal traction needs, with a tread compound that stiffens as temperatures decrease. They’re viable in both wet and dry conditions, plus very good for hauling and towing needs due to the way they remain in confident contact with the ground. They also provide a quiet, smooth feel and great fuel economy, a big plus for many drivers.
All-terrain truck tires, on the other hand, are good for the driver who uses the truck for both on-road and off-road purposes. There are several different varieties of all-terrain tires, with a few different logos you might see on the tire sidewall that indicate which type they are:
- Snow logo: This logo has a three-peak mountain with a snowflake, and it designates tires that can traverse through deep snow and winter ice conditions.
- M letter: The letter M stands for mud, signaling the tire can pull itself through mud.
- S letter: Means the tire can make contact through most snows that are not too deep.
It should be noted that all-terrain tires are a bit louder than all-season tires when you’re on the road. This small inconvenience, however, is well worth it for the benefits they provide in terms of versatility.
Finally, tires built specifically for off-roading are generally called mud tires. If you plan to use your vehicle for off-road purposes at least 80% of the time, this is the area you should be looking in.
Mud tires come with massive tread blocks, plus studs and knurls on the sidewalls and shoulders. They also have gigantic voids that grab onto any part of the terrain, allowing you to move through everything from mud to snow without digging holes. They’re also great for climbing rocks without risking popping holes, and they can even get through streambeds if you need to cross some water.
Now, we generally don’t recommend significant on-road usage for these tires. They are extremely loud, for one, and they wear down unevenly on pavement, eventually stressing the system and causing the steering wheel to shudder as you drive.
For more on the kinds of 4×4 truck tires you might be considering, or to learn about any of our lift kits, remote start systems or other vehicle upgrades, speak to the staff at Pro Audio Pro 4×4 today.