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Trail’s End: July 1992, 10 Best Tires For Four Wheelers

Posted in Features on December 15, 2016
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Photographers: Jill Bohna

In the July ’92 issue of Four Wheeler, we published a story called “10 Best Tires For Four Wheelers.” We began the story by saying, “There just isn’t a tire that is the best, or we’d all be running them. All of us have different needs and preferences when it comes to tire-related performance. That means that while the ‘perfect’ tire may not exist, there are certainly tires that are darn near perfect for specific applications.” That statement is still accurate today.

“It was by no means easy to narrow the field down to a mere 10 tire brands, by the way, although some treads were far easier to pick than others. On the flip side, those tires that stood out in the crowd usually left something to be desired, performance-wise, once out of their intended-use envelope,” we wrote.

For the “Soft And Sand” category, we chose the 35x17.50-15 Mickey Thompson M/T and said it was almost hard to sink due to its generous width. When it came to “Heavy-Duty Hauling,” we gave the nod to the Remington Wide Brute due to its high load-carrying capabilities and good overall handling. For the “Not Just Mud” category, the Big-O Big Foot XT took the honors because it handled mud well but was also suited well for other wheeling like dune running. Speaking of mud, our choice for the “Mud Driving” category was the Super Swamper TSL, due to its ability to displace large quantities of goo. The “Sport Utility” selection was the Goodyear GSA because it was a cross between a street and all-terrain tread pattern. In the “Snow And Stuff” category, we chose the General Grabber AP, and we said “…where the AP seems to really shine above the fierce competition is in the snow.” The “All-Out Assault” choice went to the BFGoodrich Baja T/A for “…going mighty fast over grueling terrain with its four-ply nylon sidewalls and seven-ply (five nylon, two steel) tread.” When it came to the “Daily Driver” choice we gave thumbs up to the Dunlop Radial Rover RV because of its characteristics on the street and its capability off-pavement. The “Hasty Hauling” choice was the General XP 2000, which we said is for go-fast wheelers who put street performance high on the list. Finally, our choice for best “All-Around Tires” was the Dick Cepek Radial F-C due to it being a “…darn good tire that does just about anything well.” We were also impressed that the tire was available in a multitude of sizes and widths.

It’s interesting to read our tire picks now that more than two decades have passed. For us, this story brought back a lot of memories of tires we’ve ran over the years on our 4x4s.

If you were wheeling back in the ’90s, what tires did you run on your 4x4? Did you run any of the tires mentioned in our “10 Best Tires For Four Wheelers” story? If so, do you agree with our editors’ choices? Do you feel as though the tires you’re running today are superior to the tires you ran in the early ’90s? Send an email to ken.brubaker@fourwheeler and sound off!

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