Every offroad enthusiast knows the twin pillars of offroading triumph: clearance and traction. For clearance, you’ll need a suspension lift kit. For traction, you’ll need proper tires—which, depending on the size, can increase your clearance as well. But with so many brands and models out there, choosing the right tires can be daunting.
The easiest way to narrow down your options is to focus on the kinds of surfaces you offroad on most. In San Diego that means dirt, sand, rocks, and occasionally mud (especially after the frequent rainstorms this winter). Here are a few of the best tires for San Diego offroading in a lifted truck:
BFGoodrich All-Terrain TA KO Tires for Offroading
This tire’s a great choice for all-around offroading use, but it’s especially great on dry loose dirt, sand, light-to-moderate rock crawling, and light mud. Its 3-ply sidewall design and ribbing sticks to terrain when aired down, and it also has exceptional wear qualities, with a longer wear factor both on the trail and on the street.
Dick Cepek Crusher tires for offroad performance
For aggressive offroad performance, you can’t go wrong with this tire’s unique tread pattern and “SideBiters” for extreme traction. Plus, its extra wide footprint offers a smooth ride and less noise on the street while driving to your offroad destination, making it more versatile than many of its competitors.
Maxxis Creepy Crawler offroading tires
This rock-climbing beast has a complex tread pattern that includes staggered grooves and shoulder lugs that maximize traction. The softer, more flexible rubber used also helps the tire remain strong while resisting gouging, but it’s not ideal for daily street driving. You’ll have to set aside a special place in your garage to store these tires between adventures.
Goodyear Wrangler MT/R Tires for Offroading
No matter how thick the rubber on your tires, all it takes is one extra-sharp rock to slice it open like a tin can. That’s why Goodyear has integrated Kevlar into the sidewalls of their Wrangler series for extra puncture protection. Combined with a uniform footprint, deep tread, and radial construction, this tire promises extended wear and a long tread life for years of offroading thrills.
Cooper Discoverer A/T3 tires for lifted trucks
This tire is especially suited for lifted trucks, and extremely potent on dry dirt, loose gravel and rocky trails. Plus, the rubber is treated with a silica-and-carbon compound to improve resistance from cuts and chips in harsh rocky and gravelly terrain. And while these tires are a bit on the bulky side, they still perform well at highway speeds.
Hankook Dynapro MT offroading truck tires
While pretty decent in most offroad conditions, this tire is a particularly great option for taking advantage of San Diego’s unusually wet winter. It has excellent mud traction thanks to large voids in the tread that are spaced out enough to self-clean mud and debris. For sand and dirt, Hankook’s tire has extra rubber across the sidewalls to improve its grabbing abilities, especially when aired down.
Get your vehicle offroad-ready at Stereo Depot in San Diego & El Cajon
Now that you have a good idea where to start with offroad tires, don’t forget about a lift kit if you don’t have one already. At Stereo Depot, not only do we have the best suspension lift kits, but we also have trained experts who can answer all your questions and offer suggestions to get you ready for the great outdoors. Give Stereo Depot a call at our San Diego location at (619) 736-9964 or our El Cajon location at (619) 873-4641.