Nature is a wonder in itself. It’s hard to fathom the interconnectedness of this world when you take a walk in your local woods because no matter what is happening in your world, nature continues its march forward. Ants go on foraging; birds go on flying and building nests; squirrels go on darting here and there. When you go off-roading, you get to experience the wonder of nature first-hand as you drive deeper into the forest realm, the desert landscape, or the river path.
LINE-X Inland Northwest in Coeur d’Alene offers the best spray-on bedliners for trucks, SUVs, golf carts, and ATVs. We also specialize in tool boxes and cargo management systems, wheels and tires, grille guards, and other cool truck accessories. In our previous blog post, we discussed tips for choosing the best off-road wheels and tires. In this blog post, we’ll continue that series with what to consider when looking for the best off-road tires and wheels.
WHAT TO CONSIDER FOR OFF-ROAD TIRES
In general for off-roading, the wider the truck tires and the taller they sit off the ground the better. With more surface area of the tire touching the terrain, you’ll get better traction, which is what will help you climb up steep embankments and take those curves like a pro. Furthermore, the taller you sit, the less likely you will damage your truck from rocks on the trail. Also, when you invest in a lift kit from LINE-X Inland Northwest in Coeur d’Alene, you’ll not only sit taller, but you’ll be able to also install bigger wheels. Wider tires affect the speed, meaning you’ll go slower with wider tires. However, when off-roading, you aren’t speeding so this is usually not a factor to consider.
Why Backspacing Matters for Off-Roading
Backspacing is the distance between the mounting face of your wheel and the inside edge. When you lift your truck, you are increasing the backspacing, which moves the wheel further into the wheel well. When you are off-roading you want to decrease backspace, which moves the wheel away from the wheel well. This is because of the bumps from the road. You don’t necessarily want your wheels constantly banging into the mounting face.
Why Offset Matters
Offset is the distance between the center of the wheel and the mounting surface. Why does this matter for off-roading? When you’re off-roading, you want your wheels to be out as far from the truck as possible to give you the clearance you need. Hence, a decreased offset will give you more space to work with from the edge of the tire. LINE-X Inland Northwest in Coeur d’Alene notes that you may even need to have a zero or negative offset to achieve the results you need for off-roading purposes.
For off-roading, you ideally want something sturdy, durable, and lightweight for trekking over rocks, boulders, and making insane hill climbs. Alloy is now the recommended metal of choice over the traditional steel rims that dominated the market for years. Alloys are a mixture of metals. They are of lighter weight and can hold up to rust and corrosion more so than steel rims do. Alloy rims also come in the widest wheel depth, which makes them the rim of choice for many off-roaders.
There are two main kinds of alloy wheels, each with their own advantages: forged alloy and cast alloy wheels. Cast alloy wheels are lighter than forged alloy wheels and are more malleable, which means you can make a ton of cool designs from them. They are also great if you are looking for speed while off-roading. Forged alloy, being of a heavier metal and more durable, are usually more expensive than their counterparts. Cast and forged wheels refer to the process in which the wheels are made. Casting is where aluminum is superheated and then poured into molds for shaping. Forged is where only one piece of metal is used that is called a billet. The billet is heated just like in casting but the end result is a stronger wheel and is formed a bit differently.
HOW TO DECIDE ON OFF-ROAD WHEELS
Functionality is the key when it comes to choosing off-road rims, tires, and wheels. Sure, you want to look good while out on the trails, but part of the reason you are out on the trails is to escape civilization and the need to impress.
Ultimately, LINE-X Inland Northwest in Coeur d’Alene recommends that you focus on the use of your wheels and not so much the look. You want off-road tires that will get the job done, whether it’s mudding, bouldering, or just tooting around on trails with the kids. You also want to make sure you have the right truck accessories to go along with your amazing off-road wheels and tires, such as the right bumper, winch, grille guard, and tool box. And don’t forget your LINE-X coating that will protect the bed of your four-wheel drive pickup from any tool you huck in the back or any tree that decides to attack.
LINE-X Inland Northwest in Coeur d’Alene wants to ensure your off-road vehicle is exactly what you need to make memories with for a lifetime. We also specialize in helping your work truck have everything it needs to get the job done as well, from spray-on bedliners, tonneau covers, and cargo management systems. Let’s face it, when work goes well, vacation goes even better! Drop off your vehicle with us today!