Choosing the right tire size for your truck is important. Big oversized tires can get you out of some sticky situations on the trails, but they aren’t ideal for daily driving your truck or Jeep on the highway and city streets. Tire size not only affects your ride’s performance, but it also affects safety. It’s never worth sacrificing safety just to get a slight increase in performance, so we’ve created this guide to help you correctly size your tires.
Finding the Right Size Tires
A vehicle’s factory tire size can be found in the owner’s manual or on the tire label, which is usually located either on the driver’s side doorjamb, the lid of the glove box, or inside the fuel cap. Most people simply replace their old and worn tires with tires of the same size. You may not always need to replace just one – sometimes you may need to replace two or all four tires. When the time comes to replace all four tires, you may want to assess whether the previous size is the best choice.
If you choose tires with a lower profile, you’re likely to see an increase in your vehicle’s handling and performance on the street. If you have larger wheels or plan on tracking your vehicle then this may be the option for you. However, on trucks many people like the visual appeal of larger, more aggressive off road or all terrain tires. “Plus sizing” refers to choosing tires of the same height as the old ones, but with a wider tread. This improves tire response and the handling of the vehicle. The more rubber on the pavement, or on the rocks if you are on the trail, the more grip you get.
Unique Considerations for Your Vehicle
If you upsize to a larger tire, you need to make sure that the new tire’s load-carrying capacity is equal or greater than the recommended load for your vehicle. You also need to assess tire-to-vehicle clearance and suspension, so your tire isn’t rubbing along the wheel wells or on suspension components. The size of your vehicle and your typical driving habits also are important factors. If you carry heavy loads in your SUV on a regular basis, you need to make sure your new tires aren’t so big that they’ll cause rubbing when carrying heavy loads. You always want to take your suspension articulation into account when you are choosing tires, or wheels. If you are doing more than just street driving you want to make sure you won’t crush your fender when your suspension is flexed on obstacles.
Weather conditions in your area should also influence your decision. Some drivers like to have seasonal tires for when the weather changes, while other drivers living in more consistent climate conditions will opt for long-lasting tires suited for their driving environment. Take all of these factors into consideration when choosing new tires for your vehicle.
Another variable that you may want to consider while shopping for tires will be road noise, mud tires on the highway can be annoying even with the windows up. If you will be taking your vehicle mostly on the streets then you may opt out of a M/T and go with something a little more on the mellow side. An all terrain tire has close lugs and more of them so you can have the grip and the quiet, smooth ride on the streets. If you have any questions or concerns about the style, size, or brand of tires you need then feel free to drop by and see the pros at Tx Truck Accessories. Our team members are full of knowledge and experience. We will put you on the right path and give you first had testimonials on different brands and models of tires.