HOW CAN I SELECT A GOOD 4WD / OFF-ROAD TYRE
Our team at All Coast Tyre Solutions Yandina & Maroochydore, have a long history of supplying and using 4WD tyres and will give you great, reliable advice on what tyres will suit your vehicle, your application and driving style.
Finding the right 4WD tyres can be challenge.
Luckily, we stock a huge range of tyre brands to suit your budget.
The tyres fitted to your four-wheel drive as it first rolled off the production line were designed with three purposes in mind.
- To provide a soft, quiet and compliant ride during your initial test drive, so you are convinced the vehicle is smooth enough to want to park it in your driveway.
- They must be built to a price point, as the saving of just a few dollars per new vehicle can save manufacturers millions of dollars over a production run.
- They need to hold air. Simple, right?
Well, things start to turn when you begin looking at upgrading rubber to something more aggressive, such as an all-terrain tyre.
Modern all-terrain tyres have the hardest life of any tyre in the spectrum, and are responsible for a seemingly impossible task.
They need to perform in arduous off-road conditions as well as maintain respectable on-road manners and tread wear rates.
All-terrain tyre owners want to be able to drop the kids off to school on a Monday and head away camping or four-wheel driving on a Friday.
PUTTING DUNLOPS TO THE TEST
In January this year, store owner, Peter O’Leary and his family took the infamous All Coast Triton up to Fraser Island over the holidays.
It was Pete’s turn to put the Dunlop AT3G tyres to the test, Peter said ‘I Rate them’ they handled well in soft sand, on the rocks and through the water crossings all over Fraser Island.
Wanting a tyre that can handle any terrian, delivers exceptional durability for a smooth comfortable ride on and off road?
The Dunlop AT3G tyres are perfect for you!
- 50% on Road 50% off road
- Durability – Rugged strength that helps resist cuts and punctures for confident off road driving.
- Handling Performance – Helps clear excess mud for versatile off road traction.
- Grip Performance – Delivers impressive traction in wet conditions.
“If they are good enough for Pete’s ute, they will be perfect for your vehicle.”
WHAT IS UTQG?
Take a closer look at the sidewall of the tyres fitted you your vehicle, and you will notice more than the size or manufacturer’s name stamped there.
In the case of American made tyres, they must meet Uniform Tire Quality Grading (UTQG) before being deemed fit for road use.
What this covers is the tread, traction and temperature grades, meaning you can compare apples with apples when it comes time to go tyre shopping.
The higher the number stamped here on the tyre’s sidewall, the longer they should last.
Tyres are tested under controlled situations, and once they have driven a total of 11,520km, an average is determined and the tyre can be graded accordingly.
Traction is graded from highest to lowest, with AA being the tyre with the most ability to stop quickly on a wet surface, down to C, which would be about as controlled as ice-skating in tenpin bowling shoes.
Tyres get hot, which is why having them temperature rated makes plenty of sense.
Tyre temperature grades are rated from highest to lowest with A being able to take more heat than a C grade tyre, for example.
From Subaru Foresters and Rav4’s to customised serious off road 4wd’s, we have the right 4WD tyres for you.
Come in and see us or give us a call and we will be happy to discuss your needs and how we can help you get the best out of your 4WD or SUV tyres.
Check out some of the brands that we are able to offer you from our Tyre Brands page.
We stock a range of Century 4WD batteries and can supply all battery needs for your vehicle, auxiliary battery or caravan/camper and boat battery.
Talk to us about your needs and if we don’t have the answer we will get it one for you.