The jeep tires on your vehicle are your one single link to the road.
If that statement sounds daunting, that's because it is. Think about it. You can have the most sophisticated machine, a powerful engine, the most elaborate suspension and every other automotive widget ever manufactured but if your tires are not suited to your vehicle, it will all be for naught.
When choosing your Jeep tires it is essential that you pick the tires that best fit your rig. There are several things to consider when choosing tires.
In general, increasing Jeep tire size can greatly increase the off-roading capabilities of your rig. Larger tires provide increased total ground clearance, increased traction footprint and flotation, make obstacle climbing easier and simply look better.
However, larger tires are more expensive and may require you to upgrade your suspension as well for proper clearance.
Larger tires can also require you to change or upgrade your axles, u-joints and drive shafts. It can also call for increased braking power. So while bigger tires are definitely better for off-roading, although you may have to spend a little more for them.
Tire width can also affect your choice of tires. Wider Jeep tires increase footprint, which leads to increased traction and flotation. However, narrower tires may be the best option where the traction is located just a few inches below the surface. This is the case with shallow snow or muddy roads.
Tread patterns of tires are another factor that can influence your choice. The most popular tread pattern for off-roading is a mud terrain pattern. Unfortunately these tires run rough and loud on the highway so you may be better off with another type of tread pattern if you are looking for a quieter ride.
When choosing your Jeep tires it is essential that you pick the tires that best fit your rig, and the type of off-roading that you do most.
One of the more popular choices among my hunting and jeep friends is the Interco Super Swamper Bogger Tires. The Super Swamper has a patented three-stage lug design that gives you supreme traction under the toughest of conditions. The tread design, which consists of short, intermediate and long lugs are arranged to give you the ultimate traction, and are also self-cleaning.
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Don't forget to pick up some cool
Jeep-Wheels to go along with your new tires.
If your planning on going with larger tires, you will need to install a Jeep Lift Kit
If you live in an area that gets plenty of snow, you may want to consider adding a Jeep Snow Plow to aid you in getting around with your new tires.
Don't forget to check out all the cool Jeep Tire Covers for your jeeps spare tire.