Tire Tread Pattern Types
I get this question asked a lot of times and thought it a good idea to do some future articles on the various tread types and how to treat them.
Below is an image I put together to help you understand the difference between the basic Tread Patterns: Non Directional, Directional and Asymmetric.
In following articles I'll refer to these basic images to make the differences in performance and use clear and help you on your way in making a more educated decision when buying tires for your Fourwheeler.
Wheel offset and backspacing.
Okay so you finally decided you want to get rid of the puny looking tires on your truck and took a lot of time looking at the pictures on this site - your choice is made!
Wheee ha, just the idea of how your truck will perform gets your heart racing - yea, yea we know the feeling, but hold on: Are you seriously going to fit those new rubber doughnuts on the cheesy looking factory wheels?
No sir, never - they might not even fit on those narrow biscuit-cutters.
Hold your horses, before you charge off to order a set of wheels for those tires you need to know a few things - hey you do want those rims to actually fit and be road-legal, yes?
In some kind of order you need to look at the rim diameter and width - a quick look at the tire catalogue will show you the rim sizes that will work with the tire size you intend to buy - my advice is to stay conservative with your rim width...
If you decided on a width the next step will be to find a rim with the correct bolt-pattern (pcd) for your truck, then you need to calculate what rim-offset will keep the wheels from sticking out under the mudguards.
The most complete incomplete 4x4 tire listing available on the web today -
This is a continuous project to help guide you through the world of 4x4 tire-dom. One of the first upgrades most offroad vehicle owners do is fit a better set of rubber under their rig.
We are well aware that there is not a single tire available that is a true all-terrain all purpose wonder and this being a costly purchase that has 100% of your safety in their footprints it is important to make a somewhat intelligent decision.