Author: Chris Tobin Photos: Courtesy of Manufacturers
Tires are often overlooked and under appreciated, but in reality are much more than the round things that drain your bank account at inopportune times. They are the only part of your car, truck or UTV that actually touches the ground, so no matter how much power you have under the hood or how much suspension travel at each corner, if you can’t put it to the ground your efforts may be for naught. Even our daily drivers, play vehicles, support rigs, chase rigs and trailers need good rubber. Fortunately in the Dirt Sports Nation we have a plethora of high-quality tire manufacturers to give us a wide variety of choices whether we need tires for racing, work or play. To help highlight some of those choices, we brought together a small group of some of the top manufacturers’ truck and UTV tires. Remember the tires shown here are just a small sampling of what these companies offer. If you don’t see a tire that suits your particular needs or goals, check out their websites where we’re sure you’ll find a tire that will work for you.
The Grabber is the strongest tire General has produced to date and includes reinforced puncture-resistant sidewalls, Duragen Technology and the patented strake and chamfer tread design to deliver aggressive off-road traction along with stability and reduced noise on paved roads. Features inspired by the Grabber Competition tire include a race-inspired sidewall design to resist punctures and red lettering. The race-proven three-ply construction provides driving confidence under the world’s most extreme conditions.
General Tire (800) 847-3349 www.generaltire.com
The Mud Rover from Dunlop features a wide, open shoulder design that provides excellent self-cleaning ability when used off-road. On the street the tire benefits from 5-Pitch Technology that aids in noise reduction for a quiet ride. While alternating shoulder lug scallops help to enhance lateral grip and stability, center tread bars provide directional control on- and off-road, making it an excellent tire choice for weekend warriors who have to drive their truck to work during the week.
Dunlop (800) 321-2136 www.dunloptires.com
DWT’s Moapa tire for UTVs features an aggressive tread and top notch construction. Other features include a wide contact patch for enhanced traction and a sidewall design that provides excellent protection with its unique wrapped tread design. The Moapa uses lightweight bias-ply construction to make acceleration easy while the 6- or 12-ply specially engineered carcass design provides a high-performance smooth ride. The tires weigh from 19.5 to 36 lbs. depending on size.
DWT (800) 722-3746 www.dwtracing.com
The Kanati Mongrel from GBC Motorsports is DOT-approved and features a unique tread pattern that makes it the perfect solution for off-road use on your UTV. The versatile tread pattern is based on the Kanati Mud Hog light truck tire. It features an eight-ply rated radial construction designed for superior load capacity, puncture resistance and rider comfort. The Kanati Mongrel is currently available in five popular sizes with additional sizes coming soon.
GBC Motorsports www.gbcmotorsports.com www.kanatitires.com
All-Terrain T/A KO
Having been tested in some of the most extreme off-road motorsports competitions over the last 30 years, the BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO is well known for its excellent off-road performance. It is, after all, the tire that invented the all-terrain category—setting the standard for off-road performance. The All-Terrain includes a number of unique attributes including improved stress distribution, which provides as much as 12 percent increase in tread life. High-strength single-strand bead construction, two full-width steel belts and a three-ply polyester carcass
contribute to the tire’s strength and durability.
BFGoodrich (877) 788-8899 www.bfgoodrichtires.com
Wrangler MT/R with Kevlar
Goodyear’s Wrangler MT/R with Kevlar tire features an innovative asymmetric tread design that provides aggressive off-road traction and enhanced handling on the road. The hardworking wraparound tread helps to deliver sidewall traction in deep mud, sand and rocks while advanced silica rubber provides superb off-road and wet traction. It is offered in a full range of sizes, including several that are ideal for weekend off-roading or serious competition.
Goodyear (800) 321-2136 www.goodyear.com
The Fun Country tire was developed using a unique combination of design elements, technology and engineering to provide excellent off-road traction as well as a quiet ride on-road. A unique tread pattern and design with circumferential grooves and stone ejector ribs combine with innovative shoulder and sidewall design to make this the best all-terrain tire in the Dick Cepek line.
Dick Cepek (330) 928-9092 www.dickcepek.com
The Maxxis Trepador Radial tire is available in 30- to 40-inch diameter sizes for 15- to 18-inch wheels to fit most dual-purpose street and play off-roaders. With a competition heritage, the aggressive tread design delivers a great traction balance between mud, rock, sand and whatever other terrain you may encounter. The Trepador features durable radial construction with three-ply sidewalls on selected sizes for extra strength and durability.
Maxxis Tire www.maxxis.com
The Baja ATZP3 tire from Mickey Thompson is built with PowerPly three-ply sidewalls for strength and durability as well as good handling on- or off-road. The tread and lug design features wide lateral grooves, stone-ejector ribs and specially designed shoulders and sidewalls to give new meaning to the all-terrain tire designation. The Baja ATZP3 uses unique design elements, tire technology and engineering to deliver excellent off-road traction along with a quieter ride and superior durability for today’s light trucks.
Mickey Thompson (330) 928-9092 www.mickeythompsontires.com
Rocker XOR LT Radial
Designed by the same team of Pit Bull engineers as the proven line of bias Rocker Champion tires for serious trail riding and off-road terrain, the Rocker XOR LT Radial is sane enough to use on a daily driver. The aggressive tread block design and wide voids provide easy clean out off-road and resistance to hydroplaning. Over-the-shoulder lugs and sidewall traction provide added strength and traction for rugged use. They are available in several large sizes for serious rigs that are used on the street and in the dirt.
Pit Bull (800) 645-2006 www.pitbulltires.com
Renegade R5 M/T
The Renegade R5 M/T tire from Radar is a rugged, heavy-duty tire. Its aggressive hooked tread design will provide excellent traction in sand and mud with large self-cleaning voids. The scalloped shoulders help protect the tire while providing additional traction off-road. They are currently available in popular sizes for most light trucks.
Xtreme MT2 Radial
The aggressive open-tread design of Pro Comp’s Xtreme MT2 Radial tire was optimized using computer modeling to deliver unsurpassed grip and control without excessive noise. The alternating scalloped shoulder lugs and the continuous tread pattern on the upper sidewall bite into dirt, mud, rocks and trenches for positive traction when off-roading. The Xtreme MT2 uses Tri-ply construction and is available in sizes from 31 to 37 inches in diameter.
Pro Comp (800) 776-0767 www.procompusa.com
Open Country A/T II
The Open Country A/T II tire from Toyo is available in nearly 100 sizes to fit 15-, 16-, 17-, 18- and 20-inch wheel diameters in P-Metric, Metric, LT and Flotation sizes. The all-new tire offers over 40 percent more treadlife than leading competitors thanks to a wear-resistant tread compound. Its tread design provides enhanced performance on- and off-road, including in rain, mud and snow while also delivering a ride low in noise and high in comfort. In addition to the treadwear warranty, Toyo offers its No Regrets 45-day 500-mile trial offer.
Toyo (800) 678-3250 www.toyotires.com