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Old 02-17-2020, 12:53 PM   #1
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Default Moved to the desert, need better tires

Hi all. One thing has led to another and I find myself starting a new life in the desert, meaning many dirt roads, rocky roads. I have a 1995 Nissan pickup extended cab 2wd v6, and I believe my tire size is 215/75r14. Just got new Hankook Óptimo 724 tires back in August, but I’m afraid they’re not going to hold up to this challenging terrain. What are my options if I don’t want to mess with getting new rims? Will these tires work? All the tire terminology throws me for a loop.

https://www.amazon.com/General-Grabb...dp/B07BH8C8J4/

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Old 02-17-2020, 06:19 PM   #2
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I just bought a truck with these tires but they're 31x10.5x15's. I took a quick ride on a trail near my home to listen for any unusual suspension noises and the tires were fine. The trail is a mixture of dirt, sand and granite rock. I'm not sure where you're at but I'd also consider increasing your ground clearance if you plan on driving over rocks.

I buy my tires from Discount Tire or Tire Rack, their websites will let you to compare tire brands, sizes and type.

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Old 02-19-2020, 08:39 AM   #3
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My brother has one of the full size RAM 4wd trucks. He has a set of BF Goodrich all terrain tires and he loves them. The truck kept destroying goodyears.
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Nitto Ridge Grappler tires are also a good option.
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What exactly is the terrain? Gravel? Lose rock/shale? Hard rock, hard pack dirt?
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Looks like the Hankook Óptimo 724 are a pure street tire. If you are going to be running on dirt roads with embedded rocks and occasional sand, you should consider an all-terrain tire (A/T).

The pros: Improved traction on loose surfaces. Stronger sidewalls that resist rock damage.
The cons: Heavier, slightly noisier, less comfort.
If you encounter soft sand often, you may need to look at mud terrain (M/T) tires, but must of my desert friends run B.F. Goodrich A/Ts.
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Guys, this is a 16 month old thread and the OP has not been back since the orig post. Just an FYI...

But, carry on...
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Guys, this is a 16 month old thread and the OP has not been back since the orig post. Just an FYI...

But, carry on...

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And to the OP, I think you should go with Boggers. Cut out every other lug, staggering from side to side. Run them at around 10 or 11 psi.
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