Let’s face it: There’s a good chance you bought a Jeep Wrangler because you’re ready to explore the great outdoors with off-road driving. In order to navigate trails that lead to the best fishing (or mudding) holes, it’s important to have the right tires — not only for your vehicle but also for where you’ll be taking it.
Knowing what you want to do and where you’ll be going is the first step in determining which tires will be best. That said, it’s not easy to choose Jeep tires from all the options you have available, but a few universal guidelines apply to pretty much all vehicles.
Pay attention to stock and lift
The right tires will not only maintain your Jeep’s efficiency but will also protect Mother Nature when you’re out there off-roading. If you’re starting out with stock Jeep tires, you need to identify the size you currently have to know what upgrades you can choose. If you have a lift kit, keep that in mind to know how tall of a Jeep tire you can choose.
Choosing tires for the daily driver
If you’re planning to drive your Jeep every day in between adventures into the wild blue yonder, you’ll need to choose tires that can handle both rugged terrain and pavement with minimal wear and tear. Tires that work well in mud will be noisy on the highway, and pavement-only tires could lack the traction needed on the trails. Talk to us about choosing a tire that’s a good compromise, without sacrificing grip or noise levels.
Research all-terrain tires thoroughly
On the other hand, if you’re planning to use your Jeep mostly for pavement driving, you’ll want to look into all-terrain tires. These are the factory tire on many “beginner” Jeeps and other SUVs, and while they are designed for paved road use, they can also navigate well in inclement weather and some “easy” off-road trails. While all-terrain tires are great for sand and beaches, they may not offer enough traction for muddy environments.
Take it all off-road
Mud tires for Jeeps have a pretty serious tread, with deeper channels that can easily dig through sludge and mud without losing traction. If you’re the type of Jeep driver that takes your vehicle mainly off-road, these might be your best choice. Tread patterns on mud tires are also great for rocky terrains. They can protect tires from possible punctures, and they better conform to the topography of the trail.
Weathering winter and snow
For climates and adventures that include snow and ice, a good set of winter tires could be better than even the best mud or off-road Jeep tires. Not only will they offer better traction on slippery surfaces, but you’ll also find that they provide shorter stopping distance, improved turning, and better acceleration. (Don’t forget your winch when you go on winter adventures, regardless of how good your snow tires might be!)
Reduce some (air) pressure
Don’t overlook the importance of airing down. Even if you have the appropriate tires for your chosen terrain, changing the tire pressure by airing down can offer increased vehicle and tire performance. Lowering pressure can widen the footprint of your tire and allow the tire to flex and conform to the terrain more. Just remember not to lower it too much, and increase pressure before you take your Jeep back on the pavement.
Airing down is especially important if you’re planning on taking your Jeep to the beach or through the sand. Wider tires are a great choice for these trips, but you can also air down for increased traction, better weight distribution, and less spin-out when you accelerate. Just make sure not to gun it too hard; you’ll dig yourself into a hole instead of taking off.
Think beyond tires
No matter which trails you travel or the Jeep tires you choose, you shouldn’t go off-roading without some important preparations. If you’ve never been before, it could be worth taking a course. Don’t overlook the importance of a winch kit to help in case you get stuck and a first-aid kit (just in case). Respect the nature around you and stay on the designated trails.
How you choose to use your Jeep is an important part of knowing which tires you need. Axleboy technicians work with clients who use their vehicle for school carpool, as well as drivers who want to take their Jeep camping down by the river on the weekends. Once we learn where you plan on driving, we can help you pick out tires that will give you the most control of your vehicle.
When you come to us, we’ll work with you to figure out what type of tires best fit your purposes. After you choose the right tire options for your model, we’ll expertly mount and balance them. Contact us today to get the best tires for your ride.