Are Larger Tires And Wheels Better For Offroading?

Are Larger Tires And Wheels Better For Offroading?


If you invest as much time offroad as you do on, why are you riding on factory tires? Are bigger wheels and tires much better for offroading? You bet! It's even worth the cost of a lift package to improve performance. Choose your tires first and then pick your wheels. Below are a few reasons why larger is better.


Larger Tires


Do not go offroad on stock tires. The factories mount smaller tires for gas efficiency. Fuel efficiency isn't one of the most crucial factors in an offroad car, performance is. So, pick the ideal tire for the best performance. 

Tire Type


Choose your terrain and match the tire to the surface. If you wish to be a mudder, get mud tires. They aren't extremely comfortable on the highway, but you won’t get stuck in the mud. Something like Nitto's Mud Grappler would do the trick. Mud tires are created to channel away the mud to keep you from slowing down. If you will be on a few different offroad surfaces, go with an all-terrain tire like Nitto's Terra Grappler. All surface tires (ATs) are typically the best option for offroading. ATs go where you steer them, not the other way around. 


Tire Dimension


An excellent guideline to follow when picking larger tires is to never have a wheel that is majority of the diameter of the tire. This means do not put more than a 40" tire on a 20" wheel or a 35" on a 17" wheel, or 30” tires on 15” wheels, you get the idea. By doing this, you take care of the sidewall height. Since you have actually obtained those bigger tires, it's time to obtain larger wheels.

Larger Wheels


Bigger wheels are much better. The broader the wheel, the wider the tire. That raises the spot of the tire that touches the ground, which improves your grip. When you are offroad, grip is crucial. Whether you are climbing rocks, mudding, or driving on gravel or sand you need traction.


When Selecting A Bigger Wheel, Keep These Points In Mind


First of all, think about the surface you will usually be driving on. All offroad wheels are made to be long-lasting, however, if you are rock crawling, you will need additional longevity. All KMC wheels are durable, but the XD Series is made to manage the rock crawling style.


Vehicle Weight


Your truck or Jeep's complete automobile weight includes the weight of every one of its parts. As you boost the weight of the wheels, you lower acceleration due to the fact that you are increasing weight. That's not a big consideration unless you intend on offroad auto racing. The rotational weight is the weight of all the parts that spin. When you raise wheel weight, you increase rotational weight. That is important because it takes much more energy to relocate more weight. Extra power needs much more fuel. To get bigger wheels without including a severe amount of weight, select an alloy wheel as well as steer clear of steel wheels.


Brake Clearance


If you aren't lifting the suspension, pay specific attention to the countered. You need to see to it that those larger wheels will get rid of the brakes. For the best handling and steering offroad, keep the wheel close to stock. If you are upsizing, you may have to move the wheel out of the way. This decreases the offset, yet keeps tires from striking the structure, internal fender panel, suspension, as well as brakes. If you are going to be serious about offroading, obtain a suspension lift set up.



If you are serious about going offroad, you have to get serious about getting a suspension lift package. You won't bottom out when the going gets rough. Speaking of rough, you really have an even more comfortable ride on harsh roadways and trails. Raising the suspension also offers you more flexibility to grow tires as well as wheels. So, if this is your first time getting into the world of 4 × 4'ing, begin with the lift, then pick your tires and wheels. Contact us today for more information on the best wheels and tires for offroading.


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