We Are Your Tire Experts!
For truck enthusiasts, such as yourself and those of us here at Truck Works, customizing a truck is one of the most fulfilling projects you can tackle. Adding customizations here and a few tweaks there are just a part of the process we look forward to the most. When it comes to tires for your truck, you may want the biggest, baddest babies on the market, but there are many elements to consider before heading straight to the tire shop. Making solid decisions about your truck tires and wheels early on is very important, for it can save you time, money and aggravation—and who could pass that up?
At Truck Works, our licensed experts know a thing or two about truck tires and can provide a wealth of information whether you’re a newcomer to custom truck tires or a seasoned veteran. What’s more is we conveniently handle the installation process! Take a moment to educate yourself about the world of tires if you’d like to learn a bit more. As always, we welcome you to contact us here at any time with questions or call us at (816) 842-4222.
Considerations to Make When Choosing Tires for Your Truck
If you want your truck to look awesome and perform at optimum capacity, you’ll do well to make sound decisions about your tires early in the customization process. There are many elements to consider when choosing the perfect truck tires, but three of the most important are application, size and wheel type.
- Application – One of the first things you must think about when choosing truck tires is where you will be driving most often. For example, if you do a lot of off-roading or work at extreme work sites, it wouldn’t make sense to choose tires geared more toward general all-season use. The bottom line here is your tires should be suited to your truck and driving environments. If you’re wanting off-road truck tires, you need to be prepared to make some changes and tweaks to other components of your vehicle and be okay with some added maintenance. Adding height with tall off-roading truck tires will oftentimes necessitate a body lift, suspension lift or even both depending on how big the tires are. Suspension lifts allow for enhanced in-wheel travel ability, while body lifts will just make way for larger tire fitment—not enhanced performance. If you’re an off-roader, you’ll probably want a suspension lift. Also, if you want to add bigger tires to your truck, you’ll want to account for the weight increase, which can lead to heavy strain on your vehicle’s shocks and axles as well as mess up your gear ratio if left alone. We recommend adding new ring and pinion gears and enhanced performance shocks in many cases. Further, you may also want to add exhausts, custom intakes computer chips and other modifications to improve performance.
- Size – Many people assume they need the biggest, most aggressive truck tires available. However, it’s important to realize that particular truck tires have certain effects on performance and ride quality. If you do a lot of off-roading or use your truck in extreme conditions, you need truck tires with the appropriate tread pattern that are at least 35 inches in diameter. If you’re more of an extreme off-roader, you’ll want to choose truck tires that are at least 37 inches in diameter with a tread pattern suited for the type of environment you’ll be driving over most often, of course. If you’re unsure about what an “appropriate” tread pattern is for your vehicle and frequent off-roading or commercial activities, feel free to reach out to Truck Works for our expert opinion. No matter the truck tires’ diameter or tread pattern, it’s wise to consider the material your vehicle’s wheels are made of as well.
- Wheel Types – Perhaps the most important consideration to make when choosing truck tires is the material makeup of your vehicle’s wheels. This being the case, you need to know that there are essentially two types of wheels. For extreme conditions, you require rugged and durable rims suited to endure large loads and heavy force—you require steel wheels. For less-heavy-duty activities, such as racing and towing, alloy wheels are a great fit due to their lightweight aluminum composite makeup. Alloy wheels can come in a range of designs and can be brilliantly polished, which is harder to do with steel wheels.
What’s the Right Type of Truck Tire for You?
We cannot stress this enough: you need to consider what types of off-roading or on-roading activities you engage in most often before choosing truck tires. Do they need to be highly durable? Should they provide a smooth ride quality? Are you more concerned with performance, or do you just want your truck to look rad? These are some of the questions you need to ask yourself. Your answers will determine whether you need all-terrain, extreme or all-season truck tires.
- Truck Tires for Extreme Conditions – Extreme tires are perfect for hardcore off-roading in a variety of terrains, including rocky, snowy, sandy or muddy environments. They have extreme tread designs that reach out to the sidewall, which is reinforced to allow the tires to traverse a range of surfaces and stay durable. Extreme truck tires perform at optimum capacity in a low air pressure bias ply but are available in both bias and radial ply. Drawbacks to this type of truck tire stem from the fact that it produces a bumpy ride as well as causes low gas mileage when driven at high speeds.
- All-Terrain Truck Tires – These types of tires are highly versatile and commonly built to accommodate light-to-moderate off-roading as well as normal driving conditions. They come in an array of styles depending on their intended use (i.e., more off-roading than everyday road use and vice versa). If you are a hardcore off-roading enthusiast, these may not be the best truck tires to choose due to their durability on the road.
- All-Season Truck Tires – All-season truck tires are not meant for off-roading activities thanks to their basic tread design and composition. However, they’re the perfect fit for people who desire durability and high performance quality on paved surfaces in both dry and wet conditions. All-season truck tires may not look as threatening or hardcore as the other types of truck tires, but they tend to last exponentially longer out on the road than their extreme and all-terrain-style cousins. Further, these tires are probably your best bet if you’re just looking to add bigger tires for aesthetic reasons.
A Common Misconception About Off-Roading Truck Tires
If you want off-road truck tires, you need to know exactly why. You may desire better truck performance in a range of off-roading environments, and that’s perfectly understandable. However, many people decide to fit their rides with off-road tires to improve traction on rugged terrain because the popular mindset is “bigger tires equal more traction.” This assumption isn’t necessarily true. Off-road tries indeed allow for a bit of added traction in an off-road environment, but it’s important to know there are better ways of adding traction. If you’re simply wanting more traction, utilizing your stock truck tires and adding a traction differential or locker would be a better solution than fitting your ride with bigger truck tires. Another great solution would be to add a winch before anything else.
The main idea to remember here is big and bad truck tires are intended to raise your truck’s ground clearance and height to allow the vehicle to handle extreme ascents and descents in off-road environments and trails. If you’re more of the mudding type and don’t really care about ascent and descent, you might fare better with mud terrain bias truck tires. Want to learn more about off-roading tires and the advantages and disadvantages of the different types? We’d be happy to answer any questions!