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Tire Buyer's Guide

Posted in Features on February 1, 2007 Comment (0)
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Tire Buyer's Guide

Don't judge a tire by its type. Mud tires have been known to kick some serious butt on boulders, and rock rubber can surprise and do major shoveling through goo. Sure, an all-terrain could pull a fast one and be less "all" and do slightly better in one area, but its goal is acceptable performance across the board-including on the highway. Meanwhile, a more aggressive mud- or rock-oriented tire is probably not going to be the picture of peace, quiet, and on-road comfort. Therefore, decide what you really need (as in, how big is simply show-off big?) for your type of wheeling (especially on a truck that's also your daily driver). But no matter what the four-wheeling task at hand, tires are now built for pretty much all kinds of abuse, thanks to super-thick sidewalls and tread patterns that can claw at what you want and spit out what you don't. Here's a sampling of who has what.

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Sources

BFGoodrich
877-788-8899
www.bfgoodrichtires.com
Pirelli
Rome, GA 30161
800-747-3554
http://www.us.pirelli.com
Pro Comp
Compton, CA 90220
866-232-0665
www.procomptires.com
Maxxis
Suwanee, GA 30024
800-462-9947
http://www.maxxis.com
Firestone
Indianapolis, IN 46260
800-888-0650
http://www.fsip.com
Interco
337-334-3814
www.intercotire.com
Dick Cepek
330-928-9092
www.dickcepek.com
Toyo
800-442-8696
http://www.toyotires.com
Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.
www.coopertire.com
Parnelli Jones
www.dirtgriptires.com

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