Wheels & Tires
Nitto Ridge Grappler - The Best Combination (Hybrid) All-Terrain & Mud Terrain Tire?
The Nitto Ridge Grappler is a hybrid tire. That means it’s a combination of multiple things. In this case, it’s got the benefits of both an off-road mud tire as well as an all-terrain tire.
Here’s what’s worth knowing:
The tread pattern is aggressive but quieter than a traditional mud tire. It has a variable pitch to the tread blocks. Nitto used advanced sound equipment to design this tire to be quieter than a mud tire and still perform off-road. There are “Z” shaped grooves in the shoulder where the lengths and widths alternate to help clear out mud giving you much better traction
Like most of the other tires in the Nitto Grappler lineup, the Ridge Grappler has 2 different sidewall designs. This gives you some control over the overall look. Just like you used to have a choice with white letters or blackwall sides facing out, now you have a choice on 2 completely different looks giving you an aggressive or more aggressive appearance!
The tread blocks have reinforced foundations so you get reduced flex and rigidity where you need it
The bottom of the tread grooves have stone ejectors built in to reduce wear and tear on the tread compound
The shoulder lugs are staggered so they “bite” better when you get into the thick or deep stuff (mud, snow, etc.)
The tread blocks have tapered edges that alternate in location to help with traction even more.
To summarize, you get the performance of a mud tire in the mud, an all-terrain tire on the pavement and in snow, along with a noise level somewhere in between an all-terrain and mud-terrain tire. Most sizes are backed up with a mileage warranty to boot!
Want more info? Check out this 30-second video:
Nitto Ridge Grappler tires are available near you at any of our 3 Kansas City area Chux Trux stores, with locations in Olathe, Ks., Independence, Mo. and Kansas City, Mo.
Nitto’s Trail Grappler MT may be the best mud tire that also works as a daily driver. Why? It has mud tire features but the ride of an all-terrain tire and a noise level that is quieter than most mud tires.
Its off-road capabilities are perfect for today's trucks. With its combination of off-road performance and on-road comfort and performance, the result is a great all-around tire. Why? Check out some if Nitto’s Trail Grappler M/T features:
A 3-ply sidewall and the construction is designed to improve resistance to punctures from rocks, branches, off-road conditions, curb rash or whatever gets in the way. Basically, this means that this tire holds up much better than your typical M/S rated LT truck tire due to the extra reinforcement provided by they 3rd layer that so many traditional tires don’t have.
The large tread blocks give you biting edges designed for maximum traction without sacrificing performance and stability on the road
The nerds (we say that as a compliment to the brains that design these tires and other things we can’t possibly comprehend) that designed these Nitto tires use some really cool, techy equipment to analyze sounds in order to make this one of the quietest mud tires on the market. Very few off-road mud tires can claim this.
Another reason the Trail Grappler MT tires are quieter than many competitors is their engineers used 3d Simulators to adjust almost everything to do with the position, shape, and size of the tread blocks (the big chunks of rubber that make up the tread pattern). This simulation resulted in a tire that is 34% quieter at lower speeds and 36% quieter at higher speeds compared to their best selling Mud Grappler tire!
Almost all Nitto Grappler series tires use a dual design sidewall giving you 2 very different looks. One has a deep “V” shaped lettering on the sidewall and the other side has more typical (call it flat) letters
Nitto uses a state-of-the-art facility in White, Ga. (just north of Atlanta) with highly computerized equipment to build incredibly uniform tires. Basically, that means these oversized off-road tires balance out much better than others giving you a smooth ride.
Shoulder Grooves are reinforced to keep tread blocks still without giving up performance off-road or on.
Siping is the tiny “slits” or voids in the tread blocks that improve traction in snow and on wet surfaces and helps to decrease hydroplaning
A balanced void ratio (ratio of empty space between tread blocks) gives superior mud and dirt ejection for off-road traction
So no matter if you are hitting the trails or hitting the road, the Nitto Trail Grappler M-T off-road tires are sure to get you there with a smooth, comfortable ride and built to get you back on to the road for those times you want to get off the road.
Want more info? Check out this short video or on our website here:
Nitto tires are available near you at any of our 3 Kansas City area Chux Trux stores, with locations in Olathe, Ks., Independence, Mo. and Kansas City, Mo.
Pro Comp Wheels Roll in Kansas City
We’ve all heard the expression; “Man, that’s a nice set of wheels.” And of course, we know that, in the context most people use it, they are referring to the entire vehicle. But there’s no getting away from the fact that a “nice set of wheels” (or "rims" if you prefer) will have a huge impact on the appearance of any vehicle, whether it is a car or a truck. But in the case of a truck that will see some time off the pavement and out in the woods, a nice set of wheels must also be a strong and durable as well. And when it comes to strong and durable combined with good looks, you can’t beat Pro Comp Wheels.
Pro Comp realized that the off-road market needed to give buyers a line of good looking truck/Jeep wheels that could stand up to the toughest conditions that the off-road could throw at them. So, in 2001 they released their first wheel and have been delivering the strongest steel and alloy wheels you can buy ever since.
Pro Comp offers an amazing selection of styles, finishes, and fitments in their line of alloy wheels that can instantly transform the look of your 4x4. Their state-of-the-art low pressure casting method offers excellent strength and meets tight tolerances that result in a higher quality product for your Ford, Chevy, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, and Toyota trucks. They come in 5, 6 and 8 lug versions in various finishes and range in size from 15 to 20 inches.
Pro Comp’s steel rims are made with the best materials, feature thicker welds, and use fitments specifically designed to handle the punishment of hard off-road use. These features are delivered at a reasonable price, making Pro Comp steel rims the best value on the market.
Now, if you really want to make a statement, you should consider Pro Comp’s LRG rims. They do much more than just hold your tires. These wheels are manufactured to be the highest quality rims in sizes up to 24-inches in diameter with cutting edge style guaranteed to make a statement. They are available in 5, 6, and 8 lug configurations, and like the alloy wheels come in a variety of finishes and sizes from 17 to 24 inches.
Of course, you can find the full line of Pro Comp wheels at any of the three Chux Trux locations; Kansas City, Mo., Olathe, KS., Independence, Mo. Just go to which ever one is nearest you and once there the staff at Chux can show you the wheels you need and help you in any way. So, of your Ford, Chevy, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, or Toyota truck needs new wheels Pro Comp and Chux Trux have you covered.
Pro Comp Tires For On Road or Off Road
So, you’ve installed a lift kit on your truck, added some high-tech shocks, some cool looking fender flares, lights, etc. and you think you’re all ready to do some off-roading. But what about those tires? You certainly can’t expect the truck’s OE tires to give you the kind of performance you’ve built into your truck, now can you? Of course not. Tires are what connects all that high-performance gear to the ground and they need to be up to the task. You need tires that can perform at the same level as all the other equipment on your truck. You need tires from Pro Comp.
Pro Comp realized the need for tires that would complement the performance of their suspension systems and so, in 1998 they began manufacturing what has since become the top-rated tire in the off-road aftermarket. Pro Comp manufactures tires that can easily double as off-road and daily driver tires and those that are more aggressive for when you really want the utmost in performance.
Pro Comp A/T Sport Pro Comp Xtreme A/T Pro Comp Xtreme MT2 Pro Comp Xterrain Rock Crawler
Their all-new Pro Comp A/T Sport can take you anywhere you want to go anyway you want to get there. Whether you are trying to get you and your buddies to that excellent, out of the way, kayaking spot, or you’re out to make the first tracks on fresh powder, or you just want to get away from the city, Pro Comp’s new A/T Sport is the tire that can do all that. The A/T Sport features sweeping groove technology, a staggered design with side holder lugs, multi-pitch variation, and an all-terrain compound. So not only is the A/T Sport capable in any terrain, like most all terrain tires, it can still maintain quiet on-road manners for your daily commute.
Next up is the Xtreme A/T. This specialty tire features larger voids and deeper tread than any other tire on the market yet it will still run relatively quiet on the street. Its real advantage is its sure footedness in adverse conditions. It’s the tire that acts like an all-terrain tire but takes it to extremes. It features a 2-3 ply sidewall that makes it ideal for light trail, sand, and dirt running yet its optimized for a quiet ride on the pavement. It will deliver superior wet weather traction and braking and it comes in 3 sizes ranging from 31” to 37”
If you need maximum traction in extreme off-road conditions then the Xtreme MT2 is for you. Designed for enhanced traction under a variety of conditions, this latest Pro Comp 4x4 tire delivers the perfect combination of an aggressive grip and a comfortable ride. The go anywhere performance of this tire comes from its three-ply sidewall and extra grip rubber compound. Available in sizes from 31” to 40”, this tire is outstanding on rocks or in the mud.
Still not enough tire for you? Then Pro Comp’s most aggressive off-road tire is the Xterrain. The Xterrain is for when you need maximum traction in the mud and dirt. It features a self-cleaning tread design and exclusive Dual-Guard, three ply sidewall construction that makes it an excellent tire for rock crawling. This is a hard core off-road tire that only comes in once size, which is a 305/65R17. For you guys who are into technical specs, this is a 33” tire (32.6 to be exact).
All Pro Comp’s tires are great in lifted Ford, Chevy, Dodge, Ram, or Toyota trucks or Jeeps. Remember that, in general, all terrain tires ride better and are better for trucks that must also be daily drivers. They are also better in the snow since we do get dumped on here in Kansas City by Mother Nature from time to time. Mud tires, obviously, perform better in the mud while also looking very good and giving you that attitude you crave.
You can find the full line of Pro Comp tires and get expert advice on exactly which tire will meet your needs from Chux Trux. Any of Chux’s three locations, Kansas City, Mo., Olathe, KS., Independence, Mo., have the staff and expertise to guide you into making the right purchase that will make your next off-road adventure one to remember.
So you want an aggressive off-road look with the biggest tires you can possibly stuff in your fender wells, but you don’t want your tires rubbing when you turn.
Nothing’s worse than a badass looking truck with huge tires sitting still, but can’t move because the tires eat away at the inner fenders when the steering wheel is turned. Great for straight roads, not so great if you ever need to turn.
There are several factors that affect whether or not your tires rub when turning.
- Wheel offset – how far the wheel (and the tire attached to it) sticks out from the edge of the truck
Amount of lift, if any
Type of lift kit – not all lift kits are created equal. Although few of them do this, there are still some that will increase the track width of the front end, pushing the tires out slightly. This can make them rub just like having wheels without enough offset, or wheels that are too deep.
Tire size and type – Mud tires have a tendency to rub more because of the larger treads
Other parts added – mud flaps, fender flares and some running boards all make the opening in the fender well “smaller”, making some tires rub sooner than they would without these accessories
Fender mods – we offer fender mods and minor trimming to help clearance issues
How you drive – do you enter your driveway or a parking lot at more than a snail’s pace? Rubbing occurs most often when turning, but even more so when turning and hitting a bump at the same time. Even if it’s just 10 MPH, that can be the difference in having a tire rub or not
Turning in reverse – when you put your truck into reverse gear, everything shifts slightly (not just the transmission). Backing out of a driveway, parking spot, etc. is one of the most common times that a tire will rub.
Not all trucks are created equal – You can put the exact same tire/wheel combination on 2 identical trucks and one might rub slightly and the other won’t at all
Know What To Expect
The bottom line is to get the very best look you might need to compromise just a little. We will recommend a wheel/tire combination that looks great and works well. Could it rub the inner fender occasionally? Yes. There are hundreds of thousands of trucks on the road that rub slightly when turning in a driveway or backing up and this is normal. But on most of these, it’s only in severe turns or certain angles that cause rubbing. The average turn onto another street or into a parking lot won’t affect much. When you hit a bump or go off road driving, your tires will rub more than usual.
Depending on your truck, the tire could be rubbing on a plastic fender liner/insert, it could rub on the frame or other steel component, or it could rub on the outer fender itself. Some are worse than others, but it completely depends on the truck. On older Chevy’s and some other trucks, it is rubbing on the outer fender (at the bottom), which can mean you have a pretty sharp piece of steel rubbing on rubber. Rubber will lose this battle every time resulting in your tires being “slashed” or cut by the fender. Ask not just IF the tires you choose will rub, but ask WHERE they will rub so you’ll know where to check for wear and damage in the future.
If you want a tire that will NEVER rub, tell us before you buy them. You’ll be forced to compromise with a smaller (shorter and/or narrower) tire, and/or a wheel that’s not as wide and deep as you might like. Try to find a balance of living with a little bit of rubbing, and getting the stellar looks you can get with a lifted or leveled truck and a great set of tires and wheels.
Visit us at Chux Trux right here in Kansas City, check out our website or give us a call and we’ll find the perfect wheel and tire combo that’ll fit what you want and how you want it.
Easiest Way To Pick Out Your Set of Wheels And Tires
The minute you realize you’re financially ready to throw set of shiny new rims on your ride you might just hit a wall. You take a glance around the Internet and see that there are literally too many choices out there. You’re eyes will cross, your head will spin and you’ll begin to despise wheel makers for being too creative.
Maybe not, but it is tough to narrow down the rims you want.
Unless you’ve got the exact name of the rim and style you want, it could take a while to figure out what rim is best for you, your truck and your wallet.
We’re here to walk you through a process that just might help.
Let’s start at the top.
What Are You Doing With The Rims?
Think about how you use your vehicle. Are these going to be on your off-road truck? That immediately knocks all chrome finishes off of the list because chrome can’t hold up to all the mud and grime, much less all the scrapes you’ll get out on the trail. You need something that’s tough and will hold up even with a little caked-on mud.
Do you live on a dirt road? Drive in a lot of snow? Never wash your truck or rims? All of these questions help narrow down your rim search.
Will you be towing a lot? That knocks all of the light wheels off of your list. Heavy loads need heavy-duty rims with certain load capacities. They’re out there and they look great, but you’ve got to know if you need them at the start of your search. If you fall in love with a regular rim and don’t want to go with a heavy duty rim, you may find yourself with cracked wheels and a wrecked truck. Not to mention you could kill yourself or others. Don’t take that chance. If you tow, go with a heavy duty rim and tire combo. It might cost more than light duty wheels at first, but think about the cost of replacing your whole rig or worse, a life.
What’s Your Wheel Budget?
The good thing about rims is there are a lot of choices in finish, construction and size that can dramatically change the price. If money is no problem, go as big and wide as you want with whatever finish you like most (as long as they fit). If you’re on any kind of budget, you need to keep the type of finish and size in mind.
A painted or black rim is usually cheaper than a chrome or polished finish. They still look great but won’t cost as much. Another way to cut the price down is the size. You might want 24 inch rims, but you know 20s in the same design and finish will be a whole lot cheaper. You can sacrifice a little size to get the finish and design you want, or sacrifice the finish and design to get a bigger size.
How To Choose
Once you know what you’ll be using these rims for, what your budget is and what finish you want you can decide on a style. You’ve got classic six-spoke designs, plain, wild designs, riveted, polished lips and more.
A great way to decide on what rims you want is to use our wheel visualizer. This lets you see what a certain rim will look like on your vehicle so you aren’t surprised when that red painted wheel just doesn’t look great on your yellow F-150.
The prices on tires and rims change about as often as numbers in the stock market. To get the best and most current price, give us a call today. We don’t even bother putting wheel prices on the website because they change too often.
To find your next set of rims, check out our huge selection of wheels and tires here at Chux Trux. Remember to give us a call if you have any questions about any specific rims or tires you want.
If you need help deciding on a style, load capacity, color, finish or anything else just call us here at Chux. We’ll help you out at any stage of choosing the next set of rims for your vehicle.
Keeping Your Rims Clean Can Save You Money And Embarrassment
When you drop your hard earned cash on a set of rims, you fully expect them to last for years and look absolutely stunning every day.
Welcome to the real world.
Rims get dirty, abused, stained, chipped, dented and dinged.
And that can all be in the first week of use.
Make sure you take care of your rims so they’ll look great for years.
Nothing is more embarrassing for a car guy to have a hot looking car with dirty wheels. You’re showing your truck off to a new friend and they’re looking at all your mods in admiration. And then their eyes fall to your rims. You realize you’ve been a little lazy and just rinsed them when you washed your truck last weekend. Now you notice the brake dust, the stains from the ice-melt used to get the ice off of the road and some kind of white buildup that looks like water pooled on the lip when it was parked. That’d be dog pee from the neighborhood stray.
Go ahead and crawl in your hole now.
Or just keep your rims clean like you’re supposed to and you’ll never be afraid or embarrassed to show your rims to anyone.
Start With Washing Your Rims
Start with washing your rims once a week whether they need it or not. You wash your body that often, same goes for the rims. Make sure you use wheel wash that’s good for using on your particular surface, not some generic container that says there’s soap in it. Use a good clean sponge and get all of the brake dust off. That stuff is like cancer to a rim.
Try some of the awesome wheel cleaners http://chuxtrux.com/c-1033237-tires-wheels-rims-wheel-tire-accessories.html we’ve got here at Chux Trux.
When you’ve got them all washed, rinsed and dried, it pays to apply a coat of wax at least twice a year. Just your regular car wax will work. This puts a layer of protection between your rims and the world of ice-melt, beet juice (used to melt ice on some roadways), brake dust, all the crap that accumulates in potholes and the neighborhood dogs of the world.
If you’ve got polished wheels, you’ve got to detail them at least twice a year like you would the interior of your truck. Get in there, put the elbow grease into it and get them clean. Use a high-grade aluminum wheel polish like Wenol or another paste type of wheel cleaner and a cotton rag or microfiber towel. There’s no substitute for patience and elbow grease here. If you don’t like working so hard at cleaning your rims, clean them more often. It’ll be easier to clean them if you do it often. If you let them go and only do it a couple of times a year, you’ll have 10xs the work to get them looking great again. If you keep up with them and clean them monthly, it’ll be a whole lot easier.
NOTE: Do NOT use any type of “spray on/hose off” wheel cleaner. These are way too abrasive for most wheels and could void any warranty you have on the finish! There are a few tools to make the job easier. Mother’s makes something called a PowerBall that goes on the end of a drill to make things go faster. However, you need to make sure the chuck on the drill doesn’t contact the wheel anywhere or your do more harm than good. And like we said earlier, apply a good coat of wax to them when you’re finished
When It’s Too Late To Just Wash Your Rims
When you get a cleaning conscious too late in the game, there are a few options for you if you don’t want to buy a new set of rims just yet. You can have your rims polished by a professional, assuming your wheels are polished, and not chrome. This works great if your rims have surface stains that haven’t really penetrated deep. They might come back looking like new again.
If the surface is too far gone to try and polish, you can have them painted or powder coated. This gets rid of the chrome or metal finish, but looks good on some vehicles with the right color choice.
Wrapping your wheels is another choice. This only works if you’ve got a lot of flat surface area on your rims. Too many spokes or crazy designs and the wrap won’t look very good. But with vinyl wrap, your color choices are endless.
The main point here is to keep your rims clean from the start. They’ll look better and last longer if you take good care of them right out of the box. Rims aren’t cheap and are worth the time it’ll take to give them a good scrubbing.
If you want to know anything else about taking care of your rims, give us a call here at Chux Trux. Send an email, comment below or drop by one of our Kansas City locations. We’d be happy to help.
Things To Think About Before Dropping Cash On New Rims
Buying a set of wheels and tires doesn’t sound like a life-changing event.
But when it’s you throwing down the cash, you’d better think on it before driving off.
Future alterations to your truck could depend on the rims you buy today.
Well, if you’re going to lift your truck or Jeep later on,keep in mind that some lift kits require certain offsets in your rims. If you go with a factory offset now and don’t want to buy new rims later, your choice of lift kits may be limited.
Learn more about how lift kits affect wheels and tires.
Also, when you do lift your truck, you might want a wider stance with a different offset than what looks good right now at stock height.Just something to keep in mind.
Sometimes your tires will rub. It’s just a fact that no one really thinks about when upgrading rims and tires. When you go with wheels and tires that are bigger than the stock tires and rims, you could have rubbing issues. Think about it. The wheel wells are shaped like part of a square. Tires are round. You’re literally trying to fit a round object into a square hole.
What most people don’t realize is that the offset/backspacing of the wheels you choose has as much to do with tires rubbing as the size of the tires you choose. And it’ll probably only happen on the front two. The rear wheels and tires don’t turn. The rubbing comes into play when you’re driving and you make a sharp turn, like when pulling into a driveway. The tire will rub on the inside of the wheel well. Some people are cool with it. They know it’s not going to cause much damage and they’d rather get the looks out of a bigger tire and live with it rubbing a bit. Others might want to know that eventually, the rubbing can wear your tire in that spot. This will also void your warranty on the tire.
Another thing to think about when considering how your tires might rub – the price. If you want to pay a couple hundred dollars for a piece of rubber that’s going to go through a little erosion every time you park, go ahead. If you want to know you paid good money for a good tire and warranty,then you might want to rein it in on the size and go with something that won’t rub.
The kind of finish you choose for your rims should take a little more thought than deciding what color you like best. The finish is what you see every time you look at your truck. It’s also the first thing most people notice when looking at your ride.
The finish should be easy for you to take care of and to keep clean. Not to say it’ll be so easy you can skip it, but it should be something you’re ready to handle. If you live on a dirt road, do yourself afavor and skip the chrome. These will be chipped by a rock and once you break the barrier on that chrome plating, that’s when things start to go South.Chrome has to be kept clean and washed at least once per week, no matter what. If you’re not up for that, go with different material.
Do some rims come with a finish warranty? Yep, sure do. But very few wheel manufacturers are willing to take on that kind of drama. And when they do, it’s only covers maybe a year or two. And warranties don’t cover neglect, like not keeping them cleaned and waxed..
Just get some rims with a finish you’ll take care of.
Hauling And Towing
Do you ever tow a trailer or haul heavy load with your truck?
If you do, you’ve got to let your wheel and tire sales guy know this upfront. All rims and tires have a load capacity. You don’t want to find out your rims have a small load capacity while you’re on the interstate doing 60 mph with a trailer full of cattle.
Find out your towing capacity before you pick out your rims and tires.
If you tow frequently or know you’ll be hauling stuff in your future, make sure you go for rims and tires that can handle it. Don’t pay$40,000 for a nice truck, $3000 for some awesome rims and then go for the cheap tires or cheap wheels. If you feel like being cheap today, just take a moment to think about the affects of blowing a tire could have while towing a trailer.Not only is your rim, trailer and cargo gone, your truck is going to have damage too. Not to mention that this type of situation can put your family and others at serious risk. Now go ahead and start looking for rims and tires that are made to handle towing and hauling.
Start right here at Chux Trux on your search for new wheels and tires. We've got a huge selection and we aren't afraid to help you out or give you prices on anything. Just give us a call with your questions.
If you want to know anything else that’ll help your wheel and tire shopping experience go smoothly, give us a call, send an email or comment below. If you need help or have questions, we’re more than happy to help out.
Does size really matter?
Of course it does!
Even though we aren’t supposed to judge you from your appearance, we all do it. The size of your rims can say a lot about you and your style.
When shopping for new rims, you’re gonna want the right size in both diameter and width. We’ll help you out with that and help you make the right impression without saying a word.
Diameter of Your Rims
Just about everyone knows bigger rims look better on trucks than small rims do. This isn’t 1995 where a bitchin set of 17 inch wheels look hot. Now even manufacturers are getting in on it and offering up to 22 inch wheels right from the factory.
Aftermarket rims go even bigger and you’ll see plenty of 24’s at any given truck meet or car show. There may even be a set of 26’s rolling around on a smooth, flat street.
You’ve got to keep in mind that 22 inch rims are about as big as you can go on a stock truck and still have room for enough tire to keep the rims protected. Any bigger than 22 inches and you’ll have to get really low profile tires to be able to fit them on your truck and be able to turn.
With super low profile tires you lower the protection the tires give your rims. Hit a pothole with a good amount of sidewall on your tire and you’ll probably be okay. Hit that same pothole with a 24 inch rim and barely enough rubber on the tire to call it a tire and you’ll end up with a bent or cracked rim.
Width Matters Too
Width matters when buying rims and tires, especially if you’re buying them separately. Just because your rim is 20 inches in diameter and you found 20 inch tires doesn’t mean they’ll fit. You need to know the width of your rims before you can buy a set of tires. You’ll have to look at the tires spec sheet to find out what width of wheel the tire is designed for, but that’s a whole other conversation.
Staggered fit rims and tires are seen more on sports cars and hotrods. This is when the rear rims and tires are larger and/or wider than the front. Since the rear wheels don’t have to turn like the front wheels, you can safely tuck a much larger size in the rear of any vehicle. A common example would be to have 20x8” wheels on the front and 20x10” wheels on the rear. You see this frequently on “Modern Muscle” cars like Camaro’s, Mustang’s and Challenger’s. Most 4WD trucks run the same size on all four corners, but some 2WD trucks will go with staggered fits.
Limitations of Tires Available
When you get into big rims and tires for certain types of use, you’ll find your choices for tires may be severely limited. When you get 20 inch rims on your four wheel drive you can find tons of manufacturer’s who make 20” tires for stock height vehicles. But when you want to throw a 37 inch tall tire on it, there are only a few tire makers out there to choose from. There just aren’t as many companies making them for that size.
If you’ve got a set of 20 inch rims and you want a regular street tire you can choose from just about any manufacturer out there. Just remember when you go with big rims and you want off road tires, your choices are going to be a lot more limited and expensive.
Size Affects Price
Big rims are going to cost more than small rims. Bet you already knew that.
Size really does have a huge affect on the price of your new rims and tires. You can buy a really nice, high quality set of 17 inch rims and tires for under $2000. Try getting that same set of rims and tires in 20s or 22s and the price can more than double.
This is where really knowing exactly what you want and what you’re willing to spend comes into play. If you’re willing to pay for what you want, go for it. If the size doesn’t matter that much to you, you’ll save a lot by going smaller. But we all know bigger looks way better, so it’s worth saving up for.
What Do You Expect?
Before you throw down the cash for your rims and tires, think about what you expect from them. No, we aren’t getting philosophical here, we’re being real. If you live on a gravel road and expect to have a clean set of chrome rims for more than a week, you’re expecting too much. Rocks are going to chip and ding the surface and eventually lead to pits, which can’t be stopped.
If you live in an area with pothole-riddled roads, keep a decent size sidewall even if it means going down an inch on your rim size. A set of four 22 inch rims is better than three 24’s and one cracked 24. But we’re more than willing to accommodate you as long as you know the risks. Ask our experts if you are unsure.
Plus Sizing Your Wheels
If you want the good looks of larger diameter rims, but don’t want to sacrifice any ride quality or sizing limitations, you can plus size the rims and downsize the tires to match your factory size. The size of the rim won’t really matter if you keep the overall outside diameter of the tire the same as your factory tires. If your factory rims are 18 inches with a meaty tire, you can get 22s and go with a lower profile tire and keep the same overall diameter.
Any way you look at it, bigger rims look great on trucks.
It’s a scientific fact.
Well maybe not from an actual scientist, but that’s our opinion and we think highly of it.
If you’re looking for a set of rims and tires come check out our huge selection. We’ve even got a wheel simulator on our website so you can get an idea of what the rims will look like on your vehicle before you buy them.
If you have any questions about sizes, tires, rims or anything else just give us a call, send an email or come by one of our Kansas City locations.
We’d love to hear your opinion on big rims and tires below, so sound off.
The Truth About Wheel Bolt Patterns And Wheel Spacers
You might have an idea of what a bolt pattern is. You might even know exactly what a bolt pattern is.
But do you know why you should care?
We do. And you might want to listen to this.
If you ever plan on buying rims for your truck other than exact factory replacements, you need to know what your bolt pattern is or at least what it means. If you decide to order a set of rims from a website or pick up a used set from someone local, it’s really important that you know your truck’s bolt pattern. If you don’t, you may be wasting a whole lot of money.
The wrong bolt pattern will not fit on your truck no matter what you do. The wrong bolt pattern on the wheels means your only option is to return the rims or sell them, but they ain’t fitting on your truck.
Don’t waste all that money. Learn what your bolt pattern is and how it’s different from other vehicles.
What Do You Mean “Bolt Pattern”?
First of all, when we say “bolt pattern” we mean the actual bolts (lugs or wheel studs) where your rims are mounted on your truck’s suspension. That would be the studs where your lug nuts go. They make a circle and consist of 4 to 8 bolts. You’ll notice on a rim that in the center, there are 4 to 8 holes where these bolts slide through to fit the lug nuts on.
The bolt pattern comes in when you measure the distance between those bolts. You’ll find a lot of trucks have a 6-lug bolt pattern. That’s great. Must be easy to exchange rims between them, right? Nope. Just because they all have six bolts down there doesn’t mean those bolts all line up. Even one millimeter of a difference means two different 6-lug rims won’t fit on your 6-lug truck. So no, those 6-lug Chevy wheels will NOT fit on a 6-lug Ford.
How Do You Find Your Bolt Pattern?
You can break out your ruler and find your bolt pattern, but since the differences are so small, it’s hard to measure the pattern without a bolt pattern gauge. Yes, that’s an actual tool.
The way you measure a bolt pattern varies depending on the number of lugs you have. You measure a 4-lug, 5-lug, and 6-lug vehicle differently. We didn’t invent this system so don’t blame us. We’re just explaining it to you. Bolt patterns are measured directly across, from one bolt to another. For a 5-lug pattern, you’ll measure from one bolt to the space directly across from it. The easiest way to find your bolt pattern is to get your Google on. There are tons of websites dedicated to the predicament many wheel buyers find themselves in when asked, “What’s your bolt pattern?” It’s easy to search by your make, model and year.
What Can You Do?
The most important thing to do when you decide to buy a new set of rims is to check the bolt pattern and match it to your specific truck. If you happen to have bought a set of rims from a friend of your neighbor’s cousin and now there’s no way to get your money back, you could get a set of adapters.
But we don’t recommend it.
Why not? They just aren’t safe. Yes, we sell them (only the good ones, not the cheap junk you find on eBay), but we don’t install them and we don’t recommend you put them on your truck.
Adapters take your bolt pattern and “adjust” it to let you fit a rim with a slightly different bolt pattern. The thing is, they create a weak spot that just isn’t as strong as bolting on a set of rims that fit directly on your truck. If you have a vehicle that’s just for show, go for it. If you have a daily driver you want new rims for, go ahead and get the correct bolt pattern.
What Are Wheel Spacers?
Wheel spacers are pretty much what they sound like – they create space between your suspension and your wheel. Maybe your custom wheels aren’t available in the exact offset you want or need. Or maybe you just want them to stick out from under your ride just a bit more. Wheel spacers will do that. Spacers fit on your wheel hub (that would be behind the wheel) and then you bolt the rims on. This adds about ¼ inch of space to push your rims out just a little bit. This could be helpful if you’ve got a bigger set of brakes installed, or have a lift kit or lowering kit and just need a little more room. Or maybe you like your rims to sit out a little more from where they currently do for a different look. Spacers will do that, but typically only about ¼”.
When you put a spacer on and then bolt your wheels on, the lug nuts don’t fit down on the stud as much as they do without that spacer. Common sense tells you that since the lug is grabbing fewer threads on the bolt, it’s not as strong as it was meant to be.
There are special lug nuts you can get that’ll fit further down into the spacer, but again, we recommend getting the right part for the job and get the right size wheel for what you need. Read more to see how safe wheel spacers and adapters really are.
So there you have it. The mystery of wheel spacers and bolt patterns explained. If you have more questions give us a call, send an email, comment here or come by one of our Kansas City locations. We’d be glad to help you find the exact right size rim for your vehicle whether you’ve got bigger brakes, an odd bolt pattern or have questions about anything.
Why Offset and Backspacing Are So Important
Let’s see some raised hands for everyone who knows exactly what offset and backspacing is….
Didn’t think so.
Besides the fact that backspacing and offset aren’t foreign languages, almost no one really understands what the heck they really mean.
We’re here to educate ya.
Look, offset and backspacing aren’t very glamorous. When you talk about rims you want to talk about the finish, diameter size and the price, not the offset. Even some wheel people don’t have a clue what offset and backspacing really means. That’s okay. We aren’t here to judge.
Wheel offset and backspacing are really just 2 ways at arriving at the same measurement. And that is how far will a wheel stick in or out from your car or truck. The truth is offset and backspacing can really have a major impact on how or if your rim fits. So let’s dive right in and figure these beasts out.
Start Right Here
For starters, when we’re talking about the rim in this article, always picture it facing your left side. Pretend you’re in the driver’s seat and we are talking about the front left rim. This will keep things less complicated.
For those who don’t know, the center of the rim where the bolts go through is called the mounting plate. That’s an important piece when talking about offset and backspace because when the mounting plate is moved in or out, that changes the numbers.
Say you’ve got an 18 x 8 inch rim. This means your rim is 18 inches tall in diameter, which is the part you see when standing outside looking at your rims. The 8 inch measurement is how wide the rim is. That’s the part you won’t see unless you take the tire off, or you are standing behind the truck looking at the tread. Backspacing and offset doesn’t have anything to do with the diameter, only the width.
If you get this 18 x 8 rim and you want zero offset, that means the backside of that mounting plate will be dead center in the rim,leaving 4 inches on the front of the rim and 4 inches on the back side of it.So from the mounting plate to the edge of the rim’s lip is 4 inches. Same as between the mounting plate and the inside lip where your brakes are.
Backspacing means the space behind the mounting plate measured to the inside lip of your rim. If you’ve got that same 18 x 8 inch rim and it’s got a 3 inch backspace, that means there are 3 inches between the mounting plate and the back lip and there are 5 inches left on the front side.That makes these rims have a deeper dish than the same rim with zero offset and 4” backspacing would have.
Offset is either called negative or positive and it’s measured in millimeters with either a + or – symbol, meaning positive or negative offset. And you thought you’d never use the metric system in your life! Since the offset of a rim is always measured in millimeters it’s important to know this conversion = 25.4 millimeters is equal to 1 inch. Even if you need to use a calculator when checking out a set of rims, at least you’ll know what you’re getting into.
If you have a negative offset, that means the mounting plate is closer to the suspension side and further away from the outside of the rim, leaving you deeper dish rims,which typically makes them stick farther out from under the truck than your stock rims. A positive offset means the mounting plate is closer to the outside of the rim, leaving you a smaller lip (or almost none at all) with a larger space behind the rim which keeps more of the wheel under the truck
Here’s an example: With our same 18 x 8” wheel, if it has a 0 (zero) offset, then the back of the mounting plate is dead center in wheel. And dead center of an 8” wide wheel with 0 offset would mean the backspace is 4”.
If the offset of this wheel is +25, that means the mounting plate is 25 mm closer to the curb (about 1”), giving you a wheel that sticks under the truck more than one with
Why You Need Offset and Backspacing
If you like those deep dish rims with a whole lot of extra lip around them, you’d want a rim with a negative offset, or very little backspacing.
If you’ve got a little import car with tires that aren’t very wide to begin with and you only like a little polished lip around the rim,you could go with a positive offset.
When you have a lift kit or big brakes, you may have to go with rims with a specific offset so the wheel isn’t rubbing on any of your new suspension parts or over sized brake rotors and calipers
Another reason you’ll want to know about offset and backspacing is when you buy rims that stick out. If you go for the really negative offset rims, you’ll end up with rims and tires that stick out. That could be a good thing in some cases, but if you go extreme, you could end upwith tires that rub on the front inner fender or wheel well when you turn. Even if your truck isn’t lifted now, make sure you tell your salesperson if you plan on lifting it so they can help you find wheels that will work with both a lifted and non-lifted rig.
Good To Know
So you can see, there are reasons knowing offset and backspacing can be helpful when picking out your next set of rims.
If you have any more questions about offset, backspacing or anything else truck related, contact us here at Chux Trux and we’ll take care of you. Give us a call, send an email, leave a comment or drop by one of our Kansas City locations. We’ll be happy to help.
Custom Wheels –The Finish Is Where It’s At
The finish of your custom wheels is where your preference really comes into play. This is where you can let things really shine. Or look flat, colorful, plain, etc. Go with what you want because this is what’s going to get your wheel noticed. The wrong finish can clash with your truck or just look like crap. The right finish can make a big change in the whole look of your truck.
There are several different types of finishes you need to know about before throwing down for your next set of custom wheels. Come on, these things cost enough as it is, you don’t want to get a finish you aren’t completely happy with.
Machined rims won’t give you a shine like chrome rims, but they do have a nice luster to them. Some are clear coated for longer lasting shine. Machined rims are the way to go if you’ve got a rim budget to stick to and you want the biggest bang for your buck.
A clear coated machined rim looks great, is shiny and holds up for a long time. Again, you’ve still got to clean them to keep these custom wheels looking awesome.
You’ll hear a lot about polished wheels when you start looking around at different stores and online. Polished is similar to machined and brushed wheels, they just take it a step further with the finish. Think of it like sanding wood. Machined would be similar using rough grits and paper on wood, while polished rims would be more like continually sanding down with a finer grit paper until you got a really smooth finish (and mirror-like shine). That’s not to say that machined wheels are rough, they aren’t. They just don’t have all the extra work done to them to make them standout.
A polished rim can shine like chrome when new and later when you polish them. Keep your polished rims clean and shiny by washing, polishing and waxing them. Some polished wheels have a protective clear coat that’ll make it easier to keep them clean so you’ll need a cleaner that’s safe to use on coatings.
Of all the finishes you could get, chrome is the shiniest and more popular. Chrome rims bring the bling, if that’s what you’re looking for. Chrome isn’t the cheapest type of wheel and larger sizes can get pretty pricey.
For a mirror-like surface on your wheels, chrome is the way to go. The downside is that the chrome plating isn’t real fun if you live in a snow or ice region. The salt, beet juice and other chemicals they use on the roads is not very friendly to chrome plating. Some road chemicals can get on your wheels and cause a chemical reaction and cause small pits to appear, which can cause chrome to peel. You can keep a good coat of wax on them to slow down the process, but if you live in one of those states that gets a lot of winter weather, you’ll have to work extra hard to battle the physics of a potential chemical reaction.
And even if you live in warmer climates, you’ll still have brake dust. Brake dust is one of custom rim’s worst enemies. Brake dust coats your rims and can be highly corrosive. It can pit your chrome in no time. You’ll need to wash your chrome rims once a week or more to keep the abuse down to a minimum. Many things factor into whether this will be an issue for you, or not. How hard/soft your brake pads are, the look/shape of the wheel, etc. A wheel with lots of little pockets (or windows) gives brake dust more areas to creep into, making it harder to get it all out.
Rims with a super finish look like very similar to polished. Some offer these with a clear coat over the super finish, as well. The clear coat helps keep the surface looking good and slows down corrosion by protecting the metal. This type of rim is relatively inexpensive and a good choice if you’re rim budget isn’t as big as you’d like it to be, but want a wheel with some shine to it.
Just like any other rims, Super Finish rims need to be cleaned once a week if you want them to look their best for a long time. Make sure to use cleaners and polishes that are safe for coatings.
Black is a popular finish on rims these days. If you want to go against the chrome trend, black is a good choice since it’s the exact opposite of bright and shiny. You actually have quite a few options when you look at black rims. You’ve got the matte or flat black finish, satin, gloss, Teflon coated and black chrome.
Basically, they’re all black rims. The actual black finish you want depends on what you want the rims for and what you’re willing to pay.Only one company offers Teflon coated wheels. These are made to deflect dirt and road grime better than other rims, but they’ll cost you. Matte or flat black is pretty popular in the aftermarket industry at the moment. They give you a little bit of old school coolness with today’s designs and wheel sizes. Satin and gloss black are rims that are powder coated or painted black. These rims should be cared for like any other painted or coated rim.
Stainless steel rims are nice, but pretty hard to find. Only one company makes them and you won’t find them in the “cool” big sizes or unique designs. In fact, unless you’ve got the money and you drive off-road enough to need indestructible rims, stainless steel probably isn’t what you’re looking for.
PVD rims are actually coated with a special material. PVD stands for Physical Vapor Deposition. This stuff looks just like chrome and works like powder coat. The good thing is this finish is tough and much more durable than chrome. The best thing about PVD wheels is the fact that they resist the bad stuff that eats through chrome. Salted roads, Magnesium Chloride and bad weather won’t affect PVD rims like they do chrome rims. This alone is why PVD may be the perfect, or only, finish you should consider if you live in an area where this crap is used on the streets. You’ll pay for it in the price of the rims, but if could be worth it if you want to look great even in the snow.
PVD rims need to be cleaned with soap and water just like other wheels.
This rim is usually a one or two-piece wheel that’s painted or coated black and has a machined lip so it’s got the shiny edge of the barrel. These rims are usually black in the center, but can actually be many different colors (argent, gun metal, etc.) and have a machined lip.
Another popular version of black rims is to get black wheels in combination with machined accents (black/machined finish). These wheels may have a black face with a machined lip, or be all black with machined accents. Sometimes it’s completely black but only has rivets that are machined. This opens up a world of combinations when it comes to black wheels.
These rims are a good choice when you just can’t commit yourself to a solid painted rim or a fully machined rim. You get the best of both with the black color and the contrasting lip or accents. Keeping these rims in good shape is the same process as the others – clean them once a week for the best results. Don’t let brake dust hang around for very long and clean them like a neat freak if you drive on salted streets.
Which Rim Finish Is Best For You
The finish of your rims comes down to your own personal preference and budget. When shopping for your next set of rims you should also keep in mind the type of environment you’ll be driving in, how often you want to have to clean them and what you expect your rims to look like in a few years.
If you need any further help or suggestions, we’d be more than happy to answer your questions. We’ve only been experts since 1991 so we kind of know what we’re talking about when it comes to custom wheels. We know from experience what it’s like to care for rims on a daily basis. In fact, we may or may not have a set of rims on our personal vehicles that are older than you. So yeah, we can help you out when it comes to a certain finish. Just give us a call, send an email, comment here or come on by one of our Kansas City locations.
What Are Your Wheels Made Of?
Wheels make the world go round. The right set of rims can make your truck look badass.
But you might have a hard time choosing the perfect set since there are so many choices out there. From the construction of the wheel to the size, fit and finish, there are literally tens of thousands of choices.
If that isn’t enough to make your head spin, there’s the stress of choosing the wrong set for the job. You could end up with pitted, stained wheels in just a short amount of time if you pick out the wrong finish for your custom rims, depending on what part of the country you live in and how they treat your roads in the winter.
Wheels aren’t cheap and you don’t want to waste all that money on wheels that look sad and dirty in less than a year.
We’re here to help you out with that.
We know wheels and we know how to use them. That’s why we’re giving you the information you need to pick out your next set of perfect wheels.
Start at the beginning when choosing your wheels. What they’re made of is one of the most important decisions you’ll make, besides the size, finish and cost of course. And when you find your perfect set of wheels, visit our wheel visualizer to see what they look like on your vehicle.
The construction of wheels isn’t as simple as you might think. There’s more than one material and method used to make all the cool looking wheels you’ve probably been drooling over lately.
Check out the different types of ways wheels are made and see what kind is best for your ride.
One Piece or “Cast Aluminum”Rims
One piece wheels are made just like they sound – in one piece. Wheel makers pour super hot molten aluminum into a cast mold, cool itoff and out comes the wheel. There are actually a few different ways manufacturers make these cast wheels depending on the way the wheel is designed, but they all result in a one piece wheel.
One piece wheels are usually heavier and sometimes stronger than other types of wheels. This is why most auto makers use one piece cast wheels to make factory wheels. A downside of one-piece cast wheels is if you damage one you’ll probably have to replace it rather than have it repaired.
Cast or one piece wheels are pretty tough and are on the inexpensive side of the price scale. That makes these wheels a good choice if you’re watching your wallet and don’t want to blow it all in one place.
Two-piece wheels are also self-explanatory. The outer piece,which is the lip, hoop or barrel, is made separately from the center or spoke area of the wheel. They’re then welded or bolted together to create the wheel.The inner section can be made from cast aluminum, billet or forged aluminum and the outer hoop is usually aluminum.
Two-piece wheels look about the same as three-piece wheels and have the same quality. Two piece wheels are usually cheaper than 3-piece,depending on the materials used. A welded two-piece is a little harder to repair since the outer hoop has to be cut off and a new one welded on. A boltedtwo-piece is easier to repair since a new hoop can be bolted on. Depending onthe type of aluminum wheel you have, and where the damage is are also factors in repairing custom rims. If you curbed one, or a pothole bent the lip, these can occasionally be repaired. Every case is different so ask your local wheel experts if yours can be repaired.
Three-piece wheels are made very similar to two-piece wheels, but are more expensive. With these you get the center (usually forged),the outer hoop and the inner hoop all held together by bolts or rivets. The good thing about all the parts is you can get just about any width wheel you want, including the really deep dish wheels. Most 3-piece wheels are built to order. This gives you the ability to have custom made offsets and backspaces which are great for lifted and lowered vehicles. They’re also easy to repair if the rim gets bent or damaged. Three-piece wheels are seen most frequently on luxury cars, race cars(road race, etc.) and other higher end applications.
Also, 3-piece wheels are typically lighter weight than cast wheels. The bad thing is these are the most expensive type of forged wheel out there.
You get the badass riveted look on the three piece wheels so even if they are a little heavy, they’re a great way to make your truck look like the tough guy on the block.
Billet wheels are usually 2-piece or 3-piece wheels. Billet wheels are forged from billet aluminum. Since the creation process uses less material than other types of wheels, billet wheels are really light weight and can be made into crazy unique designs. And even though they’re light weight, they’re still pretty strong.
Billet is a softer material though, and can result in bends and a hard to clean surface. They can also be pretty pricey depending on the design and size. Billet wheels need to be polished several times a year to keep their good looking surface or they’ll start looking cloudy.
Billet wheels aren’t as popular as they were a decade ago. You’ll find the biggest crowd of billet wheels at truck shows on custom trucks, hot rods and other show vehicles.
Forged rims are made by using extreme force to take a raw chunk of metal and turn it into a unique shape with intense pressure. You’ll find most forged rims on performance cars because they’re very light and strong. Forged rims don’t have the shiny, mirror surface chrome rims have, but they do have a bright finish that looks good when they’re clean. The good thing about forged wheels is how strong they are. These rims are about 300 times stronger than cast wheels so of course they can last a lot longer and take more abuse.
You won’t find many solid steel wheels on the market today. These are mostly considered old school and are pretty hard to find these days. You won’t find 26” steel wheels or steel wheels with the latest and greatest designs, but if you need a good solid wheel that’ll last for a good price, steel may the way to go. Steel is also a great choice for off-road wheels since they’re so tough. The downside is that steel will rust. Guaranteed. So weight that with the other benefits before making your choice.
What’s All This Mean?
Here at Chux Trux we know the looks of your car, truck or Jeep are important. That’s why we carry a huge selection of wheels made from different materials through different processes. Construction, finish, looks and prices are the main categories you’ll look at when choosing your next set of wheels for your truck.
Let us help you with that important decision and get a set of wheels that you won’t regret.
Are Wheel Spacers and Wheel Adapters Safe?
Wheel spacers are normally used when there is a clearance problem with brakes, tie rods and other components. By spacing out the wheel, you can gain a small amount of clearance for tie rod ends, brake calipers, etc. For these applications, a 1/4" spacers is normally used between the wheel and hub to gain the neccessary clearance. The problem here is with a spacer installed, you then have far fewer threads on your wheel studs for your lug nuts to safely hold your wheels on. As long as you have at least 7 full threads for the lug nut to thread on to, these thin spacers normally work fine. Every vehicle is different, sometimes even from the front to the rear wheels, so carefully inspect each for safe installation.
Thicker wheels spacers are also available. Their purpose is to push the wheels out farther. Many Jeep owners use these to widen the track width and gain stability while rock crawling. Most are imported products and made from a low grade aluminum and are approximately 1.25" thick. These bolt on using the factory wheel studs and have other studs built into the spacers to bolt your wheels back on. These spaces are typically made from either cast aluminum or machined from billet aluminum (aircraft grade). Any cast aluminum product (spacer, wheel, etc.) is a mixture of molten/liquid aluminum with and poured into a mold to create the desired shape. They typically have sand or a similar product added to the molten metal to help it flow into all the crevases of the mold. Although many of these spacers work fine, we have seen several of these adapters crack and fail many times. Chux Trux will not install these, nor will we sell them as a carryout item. These are a "buyer beware" item. However, there are some high grade spacers available in limited bolt patterns. A spacer made from billet aluminum is a block of solid aluminum that is either forged or milled into the desired shape. These types of spacers are quite a bit stronger than their cast alternatives. Due to the process and work involved in building them, they also cost more. If you need spacers, we recommend you purchase the highest quality ones available to reduce the risk of failure.
Wheel adapters are just like the thicker wheel spacers above, but they are designed to change from one bolt pattern to another. An example would be so you could install Ford wheels on a Chevy. Most of these are imported and made of a low grade aluminum. These are also about 1.25" thick. Although many of these adapters work well, we've also seen these crack and fail several times. For customers insistent on having these, we do sell them. However, we won't install them for safety reasons. Again, buyer beware. There are some higher quality manufacturer's of these such as Poison Spyder, Transdapt and American Force to name a few.
Only you can determine what you are comfortable installing on your vehicle. The experts at Chux are hear to help you make the RIGHT decisions when it comes to choosing accessories. Sometimes it costs more to do it right. But that's the price of being safe.
A good set of all terrain or mud terrain off road tires will find a place in the heart of every truck enthusiast. The problem is how do you decide which tire to buy? Americans have an abiding love affair with large cars and trucks. Today, many Americans take their passion to the next level and get their kick out of driving Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs), four wheel trucks and Jeeps. But to thousands of aficionados, a straight off-the-assembly-line vehicle is just not good enough. It’s like a magnificent specimen of a Bengal tiger with the temperament of a cuddly little house cat. They’re looking for something different, something with teeth, and something on the wild side. Their ultimate objective is to sit behind the wheel of a formidable monster that can take in anything from blanketed roads and rain-swept highways to off-road terrain so formidable and rugged that even a M1 Abrams tank would shy away from.
The Off Road Mentality
For them nirvana or a wonderful feeling is the throb of a powerful engine silently ticking over waiting to cut loose, like a predator on a leash. The irrepressible spirit of adventure throbs through their veins, that incredible thrill of the explorer venturing into the unknown, the sudden rush of adrenalin, that indomitable or awesome high as they shoot forth like conquering heroes smashing through anything in their way. This is what off roading is about and with the right set of tires, this dream can become your reality.
But before you rush headlong into off-roading, stop and ponder the full implications of the new world you’re entering. Off-road tires are designed to grip a range of surfaces from sand to mud, rocks to boulders and snow to dirt. If you are planning on investing in a set of off-road tires first determine the kind of surfaces you are likely to drive on. Your off-road surface should be the prime consideration in making your choice.
When you talk about truck tires many people know that larger tires give you command performance in traction on off-road terrain. While that’s a fair assumption, it doesn’t stop there. There’s no doubting that the right selection in off-road tires does provide better traction in off-road conditions, but there’s more to adding rubber to a tire than just traction. Think about the look larger tires give; that commanding height which comes with a lethal combination of a suspension lift kit and oversize tires. Cruise down a highway on a behemoth while lesser vehicles move aside overwhelmed with that sheer demonstration or raw power encaged. Look at boulders, mud fields, dirt tracks, or sand dunes without any fear at all because you are writing in a truck that not only has the looks but also the toughness and stamina to challenge Mother Nature on her own turf.
Or gift your truck some attitude with a set of formidable mud or all terrain tires. Give it that tough, stocky, wide-bodied appearance of a powerful but dignified vehicle which one doesn’t mess with, not if one wants to see another sunrise at least.
If you plan on driving both on-road and off-road then the way to go is to strike a balance with all-terrain tires. These tires have on-road/off-road capabilities in equal measure with a tread design of interlocking multi-faceted tread blocks. This unique design provides traction on paved surfaces, gravel roads, and dirt trails as well as on mud, ice, and dry snow. All-terrain tires, because of their versatility, are the most common type fitted on four-wheel drive vehicles. They offer superior traction at subdued noise levels, and yet deliver more tread wear and mpg. All terrain tires are suitable for any surface in any season so you do not have to keep two sets of tires. However, because of less flexible tread, their rock performance is just about adequate.
The Attributes of the Nitto’s Terra Grappler
All-terrain tires provide a good service life and are relatively inexpensive. An outstanding choice in an all-terrain tire is Nitto’s Terra Grappler an all-terrain light truck radial tire ‘par excellence’. It guarantees exceptional year round performance and road comfort with negligible road noise, and yet with outstanding wet and dry road traction.
You would be shocked on how many people have nice trucks, with raises, and larger tires that never see any dirt!. It is quite common. This truck sees as much pavement as any Honda Accord out there. They can get away with that with these outstanding Nitto tires that can handle the pavement just like they can handle mud and other types of conditions that are seen when one leaves a designated paved surface.
Pro Comp’s Premium Radial All-Terrain is another fine choice. This tire is quiet and comfortable on the highway and yet provides amazing off-road performance. It is a nice choice for SUV and pickup owners looking for positive off road results but the Nitto is superior in many different shapes and form. You can ask one of our dedicated sales representatives for even more details on why the Nitto is so popular for consumers.
Aggressive All-Terrain Tires
Aggressive All Terrains (AT) ranks mid-way between a mild all terrain and the real mud/rock tire. They provide better street performance and tread wear, offer better mileage with superior trail performance than a mud tire. Their tread design features more void areas when compared with a regular all-terrain, almost as much as aggressive mud tires. Some aggressive ATs have a softer rubber compound for improved rock holding capability but lesser tread depth makes them more positive in braking and handling.
A genuine example of aggressive ATs is Toyo Tires Open Country M/T, the perfect aggressive solution for full size pickups calling for more ground clearance, off-road capability, and enhanced load carrying capacity. Another quality option is Pro Comp Tires Xtreme All Terrain Radial, a strong 4 wheel drive truck tire, a formidable solution for off-road enthusiasts.
Rock and mud tires are very similar in appearance. In fact they are so alike that their performance is much the same on either surface. These tires have a design pattern of flexible treads heavily interspersed with voids. The tread segments act as paddles providing traction in mud, while the voids throw off the mud keeping the tire clean. The tread blocks are flexible so that they are better able to contour themselves around rocks. Their higher contact pressure provides better grip and traction on rough, uneven surfaces. The rubber in mud tires are slightly softer so as to provide more contact, and by extension, better grip. The carcass and sidewalls are beefed up with stronger plies to sustain inevitable rock damage.
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One great example of mud tires is Nitto’s Mud Grappler Extreme Terrain which provides incredible off-road traction on mud, rocks, and/or dirt. The Mud Grappler’s 3-ply polyester sidewall construction and massive lugs provide added protection against sidewall punctures when overcoming off-road obstacles, well beyond the design specifications of other brands.
Other options are Nitto’s Trail Grappler. The Trail Grappler M/T offers the best of both worlds in off-road performance with on-road comfort. It’s an aggressive yet quiet tire with enhanced puncture resistance provided by the thick rubber construction of its 3-ply sidewall. Its unique tread design ensures positive forward traction with superior lateral stability. When it comes to on-road comfort the Trail Grappler leaves the competition behind. Noise levels are minimized and far less than are expected from off-road tires.
All Terrain Tires vs. Mud Tires
Now why would you want to choose mud tires? Do you actually need them? The simple answer is that it’s all about appearance. So who would really need mud tires? That’s a no-brainer – it’s the off-roaders that plan on smashing through mud regularly, where mud tires shine. Their huge tread lugs perform like paddles driving the vehicle steadily through the liquid dirt, dead limbs, and loose stuff like an icebreaker muscling its way through an ice field. Simultaneously the open tread design does a great job of self-cleaning, consistently throwing off loose mud, constantly looking out for you and your truck.
But the experts seem to differ on the right way of getting traction in mud. You have the option of choosing a narrow tire that cuts through the goo and reaches hard ground easier, much like military tires, or you could go for the wide-body, flotation-type tire which behaves like a paddle tire in loose sand. It all depends on where you live and the kind of mud you’re looking at. It’s your call. Mud tires also work well in sand when you don’t have dune tires or don’t want to invest in a set. The huge lugs and open tread work like a paddle tire and the chances of a tire puncture will certainly decrease.
The All-Terrain Tire Advantage
If you don’t regularly drive in mud or sand then you don’t really need a set of expensive mud tires unless you’re after that aggressive, rugged look. If you want the best of both worlds your answer is an aggressive all-terrain set of tires with rough, jagged shoulders, and sidewalls. The actual difference between mud tires and all-terrains in regards to normal everyday driving is that all-terrain tires provide more grip when stopping and on corners, and are quieter. With more tread edges, they grip the surface better to provide greater traction on wet or snowy roads. All-terrains are by far and away the preferred choice for on- and off-road surfaces.