Tires are one of the most important components of any off-road vehicle. Without a good and tough set of all-terrain or mud-terrain tires under it, a 4x4 will greatly suffer from lack of traction, performance, and dependability.
As you know from the SEMA story on page 58, each year we lucky-dog editors get to check out the new parts and accessories at the Las Vegas Convention Center. We also get to roam the new tire hall. This year we were introduced to many new tires and sizes that would be a performance upgrade and fitting for any capable trail machine.
Cooper Tire Discoverer S/T Maxx
The new Discoverer S/T Maxx features Cooper's proven and reliable three-ply Armor-Tek3 carcass construction, a proprietary cut- and chip-resistant tread compound, and a progressive tread design. The S/T Maxx is designed to provide traction in the toughest terrains and is available in eight sizes for wheel diameters ranging from 16 to 18 inches. Info: Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., 419.423.1321, www.coopertire.com.
Cooper Tire Discoverer A/T3
The Discoverer A/T3 is an all-traction, all-terrain tire that will be available in April 2011. It's the latest tire in Cooper's SUV and light truck lines. The A/T3 uses advanced technology, compounding, and design to provide dependable all-terrain performance. Its silica tread compound improves tread wear and wet traction and helps resist cutting and chipping. The modern tread design significantly improves off-road traction without sacrificing highway performance. The A/T3 will be available in 30 SUV and 32 light truck sizes for wheel diameters ranging from 15 to 20 inches. Info: Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., 419.423.1321, www.coopertire.com.
General Tire Grabber
General Tire's new Grabber brings exclusive race-winning technology to everyday use in a new extreme-traction tire for the street and off-road. The tough three-ply tires features reinforced body construction and a race-proven, chip- and tear-resistant Duragen tread compound. The Duragen technology consists of high-strength steel belts and a durable microfiber three-ply casing. The Grabber's patented strake and chamfer tread pattern is designed to provide traction in all elements. The strake, or sweeping groove, across the tread allows the chamfering of the tread block corners to make direct contact with off-road terrain. The pattern is said to be very stable and quiet on paved roads and aggressive for off-road traction. The Grabber is available in a range of popular 15- to 20-inch sizes to fit a variety of pickups, sport trucks, and SUVs. Info: General Tire, www.generaltire.com.
Falken Tire WildPeak
Wildpeak A/T 01 is aimed at the all-performance sport/utility and light truck tire market through its aggressive design for maximum traction. The symmetric five-rib pattern and rigid block design allow for exceptional on-road response and exceptional off-road handling and traction. Two stiff, extrawide steel belts enable stability, while four wide, multiangled grooves enable maximum water, mud, and snow separation. Biting block edges provide unparalleled traction and control. Info: Falken Tire Corp., 800.723.2553, www.falkentire.com.