11:21 AM 10 Oct, 2022
All secrets about off-road tires
For the first time, a car owner usually thinks about purchasing and installing off-road tires far from civilization, when it becomes clear that the car cannot be pulled out of the mud without outside help.If you have such a question, then it's time to determine what parameters you need to choose new off-road tires.
Types of off-road tires - how to decide when buying
There are two criteria that motorists are guided by before buying off-road tires: price and operating conditions. If everything is more or less clear with the price, then it is worth dwelling on the conditions in more detail.
If you plan to occasionally go to nature to have a picnic or put up a tent for a couple of days, then 80/20 class tires (80% asphalt and 20% off-road), the so-called «ALL TERRAIN», will suit you. These tires can be called the optimal compromise between a comfortable ride and cross-country ability:
- moderately deep tread pattern holds the road well, the noise level is moderate;
- rubber is resistant to abrasion, which allows you to use it for several seasons.
It is worth noting that it is impossible to move around on such tires all year round, as some SUV owners do. When the temperature drops below zero, the tires lose their elasticity.
If you often drive on bad roads or like outdoor activities in hard-to-reach places, a full-fledged M/T (MUD TERRAIN) mud tire is your choice. Its distinctive features:
- high lugs and a deep tread divided into separate checkers will provide high cross-country ability on any off-road;
- asphalt characteristics of such rubber are much worse than those of ALL TERRAIN, and the level of wear is higher;
- when accelerating over 80 km/h, these tires start to make noise.
With proper operation and the absence of damage in the form of lateral cuts and deformation of the cord, a mileage of 50-60 thousand km of M/T rubber is quite within the power. They don’t use it longer - with wear of more than 50%, these tires completely lose their off-road qualities and turn into A/T.
Off-Road extreme tires are designed for those who like to storm impassable places, participating in competitions and trophy raids. Good resistance to adverse external influences (shocks, impacts, etc.) makes it possible to use this rubber in the most difficult conditions. However, there are also disadvantages:
- very high wear on asphalt (for 12-15 thousand km the tire will lose most of the tread) plus poor handling;
- on a wet or icy road, driving on such wheels is simply dangerous.
Cars shod in extreme tires usually travel long distances on trailers or tow trucks. Another option is to drive the car to the competition site on ordinary wheels, dragging a trailer with mud tires, and change the shoes before the start. This is cheaper than buying a new set of wheels worth up to $500 for 1 bottle in a year.
We choose wisely
Off-road tires, like any professional tool, are selected for specific conditions and require a special understanding of their specifics. With incorrect and inexperienced handling, aggressive wheels will not be pulled out of the mud, but on the contrary, they will bury the car over bridges and break the chassis. Be careful and choose right!
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