As many experienced Jeep off-roaders are aware, not all off road tires are created equally. With so many selections to choose from, it may be a bit overwhelming for anyone who is not as familiar with the different tire types. We are going to try and make it a little easier for the newbies to find the right type of tire for their adventures.

First of all, it is important to know what type of terrain you will be primarily using your tires on. If you are going to be driving your vehicle primarily in muddy terrain, you will want to choose a tire that was designed to be used in that situation, specifically one that has a tread design that was designed to be used on mud and dirt. It is also important to keep in mind that if you have a lift kit installed on your Jeep it will affect the size of the tires that you can use.

If you plan to use your Jeep on snow and ice, choosing a tire that features spikes will offer you better traction when you are on ice. You shouldn’t use these types of tires on the road; it can damage them and render them useless in some cases. Having tires that were designed to be used specifically in winter conditions will help to keep you safe and give you the stability that is needed on this type of terrain.

If you are just planning to use your vehicle for fun and drive it primarily on dirt and gravel, there are many tires to choose from. Depending on how rough the terrain is and what it consists of your tire needs will differ. If you are unsure of what type will best suit the needs of your outdoor adventure, it is best to consult with an expert in the field. They can tell you what you need and what will be the best fit for your situation. Having the right tire on your Jeep will help you get the most out of your off-roading experience.

Written by Andrew

"You're telling me it's got four wheels, two seats and goes faster than the speed limit? Good, I'm driving."


  1. By consulting an expert in the field, I’m assuming you are not necessarily talking about the guy who sells tires. That’s where I made my mistake. He convinced me that I needed this set of tires that set me back a couple of pay checks. Turns out they weren’t really the type of tires I needed for the driving I told him I would be doing. That set was only about half as much as the ones I bought. The story had an OK ending. After I found out I had been had I went back to the place and talked to this guys boss. He took the tires back, made me a deal on the set I really needed and reimbursed the difference. I was lucky he was an upstanding business man. Oh yeah, the jerk got fired. Always ask more than one person when in doubt.


  2. I had no idea there were so many types of tires available for off roading with my Jeep. I think I have tried just about every type of terrain there is and then some. I had good tires on the first time I drove on snow and ice, but they weren’t the right type. When I switched to winter tires with snow spikes the ride was unbelievable. Control was not a problem and some serious fun was had that day. I have learned that a good tire is not always enough, it’s more important to have the right type of tire for the terrain you will be driving on.


  3. I like a variety of terrains and I decided to keep a set of tires for each one. I rarely cross terrains on a single weekend and I usually know where I’m heading before I leave home. I like the control that the correct tires give me. I find that the time it takes to change the tires is minimal and well worth the time and effort.


  4. Traction and stability can’t be overrated. You have to experience it to totally get the need for the right tire to fit the terrain you’re on. You may be able to drive on any tire, but I totally agree that the right tire will make all the difference in the performance of the vehicle.


  5. I’m told that spiked tires are not legal in all states. I’m guessing that has more to do with the roads you drive on. I can’t believe it’s an issue in off road areas. Anybody know the answer to that one? I’d hate to buy them and not be able to use them.


  6. Jeep 4×4 EVO2 erminal Reality makers of 4×4 EVO and 4×4 EVO2 worked with Jeep to create a game that focuses on the new Jeep Wrangler Rubicon. The previous off-road games that Terminal Reality designed used real makes and models of SUVs and trucks as well as real aftermarket products which gave the players the opportunity to build their ultimate vehicles to race with.


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