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How to Choose the Right Tires

In no way is this quick reference guide intended to be comprehensive.   There are several M/T, A/T, and hybrid tires available on the market, from a variety of manufacturers.  We recommend that you talk to a local off-road shop or Jeep club to discuss the best tire options and availability in your geographic area.

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Where the Rubber Meets the Road

When it comes to keeping your vehicle on the move, choosing the right tires is a major decision.  There are so many brands with different tread styles, speed ratings and seasonal ratings that it may seem like a daunting task.  When you think about the fact that those four little tires are the only thing keeping you on the road, there is a lot riding on your choice of tire.  Consider the following 4 points before you purchase your next set of tires:

How do you drive?

When choosing tires, the first step is to determine what kind of driving you intend to do.  Will you be going off-road, spending a lot of time on the highway, just tooling around town or perhaps a little of everything?

Define your expectations.

From there, determine how long you expect the tread life to last (i.e. 40,000-60,000 miles). When you start looking for that perfect set of tires, one thing you can look at for assistance is the UTQG (Uniform Tire Quality Grading). The U.S. DOT requires every tire manufacturer to grade its tires based on UTQG to establish ratings for tread wear, traction and temperature resistance.

What’s in the budget?

The cost of a high quality tire can be intimidating.  One way to cut costs and reduce your “sticker shock” is to purchase tires with a lower speed rating.  Rather than getting tires that are “V” rated, for speeds up to 149mph, consider going with an “H” or “U” rating.  Let’s be honest, how often do you plan to drive at speeds over 125 mph?

Better handling or a smoother ride?

Finally, consider what kind of ride you expect.  While low-profile tires have become a popular trend and the stiffer sidewalls improve handling, they don’t offer the same amount of cushion as traditional tires when going over bumps, and they make the rims more vulnerable to damage.

When you walk into Axleboy, our top priorities are your safety and satisfaction.  Come in today and let one of our experts help you find the perfect set for you and your vehicle.

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