Maxxis offers many different tires for trucks and 4x4s as well as motorcycles, trailers, and bikes, but that didn’t stop the company from offering a new aggressive mud tire, the Maxxis RAZR MT. About a year ago we worked with Maxxis to build a crazy project car known as the Mad Maxxis Off-RoadRunner to showcase this new tire, but now we have finally gotten to test them on our daily driver. The tires are a rugged design that fits perfect in the spectrum of tires that Maxxis offers from well-mannered all-terrains to ultragrippy competition tires.
The RAZR MTs are perfect for the 4x4 owner who wants a good-looking tire that is ready for muddy and rocky trails at a moment’s notice. We mounted a set of 35s on a pickup that sees the full spectrum of use, from road miles and dirt exploring to trailer towing and everything in between. The tires shined in all arenas. If your 4x4 sees a variety of uses but you need a mud tire for off-road fun at any time, you’ll want to consider the new RAZR.
A year ago we built this wacky 4x4 car with a diesel V-8 and outfitted it with the new Maxxis RAZR MT. That project was pretty wild because it had different-size tires front and rear, but we solved that issue by running different gear ratios. The car was abused off-road, and the RAZRs laughed off the rocks and desert fun.
We bolted a set of 35x12.50R17 RAZRs to our daily driver on the stock 17-inch steel wheels to see how the tires would hold up to work truck duty. The truck is our all-around machine and sees lots of miles doing everything from off-road recovery to parts runs. We admit the wheels are less than flattering, but we weren’t looking for bling; rather, we want strength and utility.
Though the wheels may not be considered good-looking, the tires are. The sidewall tread design, chip-resistant shoulders lugs, and unique tread pattern give the tires the appearance of off-road readiness. We hit the dirt to find out if the looks were real.
A razor is good for shaving, and a RZR is a good Polaris side-by-side for off-road fun, but the RAZR MT is a mixture. It makes you look good and works well off the highway. As our big truck rallied through loose sandy riverbeds, the tires propelled us with ease.
We found a few hillclimbs where we could let the new rubber drag us up, and we were pleased with the traction. The truck we drive is big and heavy. Finding ourselves stuck with it isn’t on our to-do list, and the RAZRs alleviate that worry.
In wet sand the tires found traction and kept us moving at a steady pace. We aired down as we saw fit, and the truck floated across the soft terrain. The additional sidewall tread gave us traction as the pressure was lowered.
Our test truck often drags a trailer (on Maxxis tires) that hauls a variety of 4x4s (some on Maxxis tires). We needed a good tire for daily use but also wanted off-road performance for when we are towing or exploring away from asphalt. The RAZR supplied all. We can hear the slight hum of the tires on the road, but not to the point it becomes annoying. We know these tires are coming soon in a variety of sizes all the way up to 40s, so expect them at your local tire shop.