Your off road tires can make or break the experience of driving on challenging trails. If they are not properly maintained, your ride will suffer and you could be seriously hurt. Try to learn to recognize problems before they become issues that threaten your safety, and take care of them as soon as possible with these tips for maintaining your tires.
When driving on the streets, you want your tires to be well-inflated as a safety precaution and to increase your mileage. However, while you want to avoid taking things too far, having under inflated tires on your Jeep is actually preferred by many. Because these are so different from the ones you use for everyday driving, they require special attention.
If you want to save money, consider radial tires, which can be adapted to both off road and street driving. You will need to adjust the tire pressure depending on what you’re doing, but this type of tire works well anywhere. Whatever kind of tire you get, you will still want to carry a portable air compressor with you so you can inflate or deflate your tires anywhere.
The tire rotation of off road vehicles is also different from that for driving on the street. For the former, the rotation should generally be more frequent. This is largely due to the conditions under which you are you doing this type of driving and how quickly it wears away at a tire’s treads. Often the wear difference is quite big between front and back tires.
The typical off road vehicle will require rotations between every 6,000 and 8,000 miles, but in most cases you’re better off doing it even more often, about every 4,000 to 6,000 miles. The best judgments, though, come not from just looking at mileages, but rather from your own critical eye. If you think its time to get your tires rotated, you’re probably right.
When buying new tires, you have to pay close attention to the first rotation. Note inflation and alignment, and use them to make any changes you need, or you might damage the tires. Rotations in a Jeep should be done in an X so that front-left goes to rear-right and so on, as opposed to street tires, which are only rotated front and back.
An option many don’t consider – but should – is replacing the air in their tires with nitrogen. The procedure gives your tires better performance and helps take longer for them to wear out. It even gives you better gas mileage and, best of all, it’s environmentally friendly. With nitrogen, you can go green while still doing what you love.
The only problem with nitrogen is that it can sometimes be hard to find. But, there is really no need to worry as its popularity grows more and more these days. This excellent alternative to ordinary air for your tires should be coming to you soon, and you wouldn’t want to miss out. By making good purchases and taking care of your off road tires, they will last you longer than ever, and let you enjoy many more of those rough terrain rides.