Get­ting the best from your 4x4 tyres

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With so much choice out there it pays to do your home­work be­fore you de­cide on a set of new tyres for your 4WD. We asked Maxxis to come up with some tips for choos­ing tyres that will work for you. High­way, All Ter­rain, or Mud Trac­tion? No one tyre fits ev­ery ap­pli­ca­tion, but with the huge va­ri­ety on the mar­ket, you can be sure that you’ll find some­thing that works for what you’re do­ing. If you’re do­ing a ma­jor­ity of high­way driv­ing with a bit of off-road here and there, you’ll be sur­prised how far a good All Ter­rain (A/T) tyre can take you. Look for ta­pered tread lugs and self-clear­ing tread grooves to ex­pel mud and stones and keep you mov­ing. On the road the best All Ter­rain tyres drive and han­dle sim­i­larly to a high­way tyre, so look for siped tread blocks which will mean bet­ter grip on wet roads, and ask about the tyre’s road noise and han­dling. Load rat­ing: If you’re car­ry­ing heavy loads or reg­u­larly tow­ing, you’ll need a tyre to suit. 4x4 tyres can be rated to carry any­thing be­tween 850 kg and 1800 kg per tyre, so ask about the load rat­ings of the tyres you’re look­ing at and make sure they’re ap­pro­pri­ate for your needs. If you’re reg­u­larly tow­ing or car­ry­ing loads that ap­proach the limit of your tyres’ ca­pac­ity, this will likely make them wear faster and you’ll want to con­sider some­thing with a higher load rat­ing. If you don’t need the ex­tra load ca­pac­ity how­ever, you’ll prob­a­bly get a bet­ter ride with a lighter con­struc­tion. Wet road grip: Al­most all 4x4 driv­ers find them­selves do­ing some high­way run­ning and this is where mud trac­tion tyres can vary sig­nif­i­cantly. Again look

for sip­ing – tiny grooves in the tread lugs that help to ex­pel wa­ter – and ask about the tyre’s road noise and wet road han­dling. A well-de­signed mud trac­tion tyre will han­dle safely and drive com­fort­ably on the road with­out com­pro­mis­ing its mud trac­tion off-road, so make sure you know about all as­pects of its per­for­mance be­fore you buy. Check the spare: There’s noth­ing worse than be­ing stuck on the road­side with a spare that doesn’t fit. If you’ve changed from your orig­i­nal size, make sure you carry a spare that is suit­able to use should you re­quire it.

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