Mud tires are comprehensively engineered for extreme off-road environments (see How do mud tires work?), but despite the focused design, some of those hardcore characteristics can also come in handy for certain 4x4/truck enthusiasts on the street.
Good treadlife, style, reasonable comfort, and mega load range – these are the characteristics that most enthusiasts are looking for when running mud tires on the street.
Tell us what you drive and we’ll show you all the best options.
Considering mud tires, but looking to minimize the negatives associated with running them mostly on-road? Here’s a list of to consider that should get you rolling in the right direction.
Billed by Nitto as a “Hybrid Terrain Light Truck Tire,” the Ridge Grappler very effectively splits the difference between an all-terrain tire and an all-out, dedicated mud tire.
“Featuring a revolutionary dynamic hybrid tread pattern, the Ridge Grappler provides a quiet and comfortable ride while the deep, aggressive sidewall lugs and tread pattern provide capable off-road performance.” – NittoTire.com
But don’t mistake the Ridge Grappler for a toned-down option with no real teeth. It absolutely looks the part and delivers points that mud tire enthusiasts demand: High capacity/load range, durability, off-road capability, and treadlife.
With a 4.7/5 rating (according to hundreds of TireBuyer.com shoppers), the Ridge Grappler is basically a sure thing for those who want to bring plenty of mud tire attributes into their daily drives without much downside.
Ridge Grappler sizes range from 16" all the way up to 24". Numerous “E” (10-ply) and “F” (12-ply) ply ratings are available, so whatever your hauling needs, the Ridge Grappler can get the job done.
“Without a doubt the best tire I have ever bought!”
“If you want the performance of a mud terrain, the life of an all-terrain, and the silence of a highway tire, look no further! These tires perform great in rain, snow, and dry conditions. I live in northern Indiana where we experience all extreme seasons… I couldn’t be happier with the look and performance.” – TireBuyer.com Ridge Grappler review
General’s latest mud tire, the Grabber X3, was engineered from the outset to be compliant during street use. The X3’s multi-pitch tread pattern design accomplishes apparently incompatible goals – extreme off-road traction and a quiet ride on the street.
“Very surprised at the low road noise when driving on pavement. They sound more like an AT tire than the MT which they are. The truck is used mostly for towing. Very satisfied with the performance so far with the X3’s. Traction is very good on wet boat ramps and muddy back roads. The best part – they look GREAT!!” – Tirebuyer.com Grabber X3 user review
Available in 43 sizes ranging from 15"-20", the Grabber X3 offers distinctive and stylish red sidewall lettering on many sizes/specifications. So when you clean them up for street duties after a successful mud adventure, the Grabber X3 stands out like none other.
A mud tire for the street with standout red sidewall lettering that can’t be missed? The Grabber X3 is your tire.
Like the Ridge Grappler, the Mickey Thompson Baja ATZ P3 is another tire that straddles the line between all-terrain and mud-terrain, but definitely delivers on all the points that a road-going mud tire enthusiast is looking for.
“The Baja ATZ P3 has a unique ‘hybrid’ design between an all-terrain and mud terrain tread pattern to give the grip needed for weekend adventures and a smooth ride on paved conditions.” – MickeyThompsonTires.com
Especially when viewed from a tread perspective, the Baja ATZ P3 looks the part of a full-fledged mud-terrain.
Baja ATZ P3 sizes range from 15"-22", with plenty of “E” load range options for those looking for serious towing and hauling capacity. Mickey Thompson’s “Powerply 3-Ply sidewall construction” contributes to excellent stability when under load, and responsive handling during typical street driving too.
“For the street” is probably one of the last things that comes to mind when taking a look at Cooper’s Discoverer STT Pro. But this standout Cooper tire earns a spot on our list of mud tires for the street by virtue of reasonable comfort characteristics and remarkable treadlife.
Discoverer STT Pro users have reported upwards of 65,000+ street miles to a set, which is more in line with standard touring all season tires than mud tires. Four season traction is also a reported strength of the Discoverer STT Pro.
“Have had these on for about a year and they perform extremely well. Have been in rain, snow, ice, off road, and of course dry road… Is excellent on wet, snowy roads, I have even tried to do a controlled hydroplane and got no lift. They are wearing very well and look forward to see how far these will go. They are on a 3/4 ton Dodge 4x4 with a cummins and handle the weight well. All in all a great tire for my application.” – TireBuyer.com Discoverer STT Pro user review
A relative newcomer in the mud-terrain tire space, what Nexen does have is significant experience engineering some of the most comfortable street tires on the market.
That street comfort knowhow has been infused into the new Roadian MTX:
“The Roadian MTX features an aggressive design that is extremely versatile for on- and off-road driving. Each tire boasts a dual sidewall design that allows you to customize the look of the tire on your vehicle. The Roadian MTX also features a standard 3-Ply design and F-Load weight rating that makes it extremely capable for heavy hauling. With such rugged traits you wouldn’t expect the Roadian MTX to be as quiet as it is on the highway, but thanks to its patented tread block design the road noise has been minimized.” – NexenTireUSA.com
As compared to the original Roadian MT, the Roadian MTX is a step forward in both treadlife and comfort. In the comfort department, Nexen suggests that the Roadian MTX is on par with the all-terrain Nexen Roadian AT Pro RA8.
In addition, tire design and style look to have leaped forward by about three generations. The new Roadian MTX has a distinctive sidewall design that is sure to have you smirking every time you walk back to your truck, and turning heads on the street as well.
The Roadian MTX is available in 35 sizes from 15"-22" in diameter, and is one of the more affordable tires in the mud-terrain category.
If you are looking for a new set of mud tires, you’ve come to the right place. Explore our full range of available mud-terrain tires. Or give us a call 866-961-8668 to discuss more mud tire options for the street.