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While the word “truck” may be confusing and you might think of those big commercial trucks that are carrying large cargo across states, in this article we will refer to SUVs and pickup trucks. Utires.com expert answers all the main question and gives valuable advice on used truck tires.
Main characteristics of truck tires
Truck tires usually have a large tread width (225 and above), aspect ratios ranging from 65 to 80, higher load indexes compared to passenger tires (130 and above), and tread patterns designed for off-road conditions.
By using the right set of tires for your truck you can:
Increase mileage — if you use your truck for towing or carrying heavy cargo, then you need the right set of tires based on the load you plan to carry and the road conditions. So make sure to check the load index and choose the right tread pattern in order to increase mileage.
Improve off-road performance —if you are forced to drive your truck on unpaved roads, then you will definitely need special tires designed for that. We have plenty of off-road truck tires in our offer of products, so feel free to check them out.
Prevent flat tires and accidents — by using the right set of tires for your particular truck and the road and weather conditions you drive on, then you can highly reduce the risk of accidents and flat tires. Truck tires are made to prevent cuts and to reduce the retention of stones.
Types of new or used truck tires
Should be installed if you are spending about the same amount of time on the roads and off-road. They have a tough construction (strong bead, tough plies and a strong rubber tread) that works well both on highways and on rocky terrains. They can easily adapt to most road conditions, but their downside is that they are not very fuel efficient and they make more noise.
Mud terrain truck tires
Buy them if you are mostly driving off-road. Mud terrain truck tires are designed to maintain traction and stability and to be used even in the roughest conditions. They have a more aggressive tread for better grip and handling, and some of them even have a tread pattern on the sidewalls for extra traction.
All-season truck tires
Thanks to their flexible compound and tread patterns with deep grooves, they offer a smooth ride in all types of weather, including light snow. They provide average performance, but improved mileage and fuel economy.
New or used all-season truck tires suit life in the city — areas with milder weather conditions (warm, not extremely hot summers and winters with little snow), and they are the most popular among truck owners. See our offer of all-season truck tires here.
Winter truck tires
If you love going to the mountains or roads in your state are constantly covered with snow and ice in winter, installing tires marked with a three peak mountain-snowflake symbol is a must. Their tread compound remains flexible even at very low temperatures, and a deep tread pattern with sipes across the tread allows them to grip to icy roads. Check out our offer of winter tires here.
Truck tires’ tread patterns
The tread is the part of the tire that is in contact with the road, and the way it’s designed affects the performance on the road. There are usually two types: one made for fuel efficiency and one built for good traction.
Rib tread design
The grooves are parallel to each other, and the tread depth ranges from 11/32” to 23/32” (for new tires). They have circumferential grooves that form the aspect of “ribs” in the tread. Their parallel design reduces rolling resistance and improves fuel consumption, and they started to be used on commercial vehicles since the fuel price has increased.
Rib tread tires offer good fuel economy, but their traction on wet roads or snow is not as great. On trucks, they are usually placed on the steering axle, and on the torque axles when the priority is not traction. They are great for trucks, vans or RVs that are doing long interstate roads in warm weather conditions.
Block / lug tread design
The grooves are placed perpendicular to the tread and they are creating lugs or blocks. These tires are designed for good traction as well as improved mileage. On trucks, they are usually placed on the drive axle. New models would usually have the tread range from 14/32” to 32/32”.
Truck tires speed index
Speed ratings of tires are categorized by letters from A to Z, ranging from 5 km/h (3 mph) to above 300 km/h (186 mph). Our current offer of used truck tires includes speed indexes ranging from J (62 mph) to N (87 mph). As you can see, this index is not so high, so it’s unlikely that you can race on them.
Truck tires load Index
This number is correlated with the speed index, and it represents the maximum load that the tire can hold at the maximum speed. The higher the index, the bigger the load that it can take.
Our current offer of used truck tires includes load indexes ranging from 123 (3.417 lbs.) to 165 (11.354 lbs.). This means that each tire can hand hold up the indicated load, and by adding up the amounts for all the tires on your truck, you can find out the total load that you are allowed to carry. For example, an 18 wheeler with tires that have a load index of 123 will be able to carry up to 61.506 lbs.
At Utires.com prices for used truck tires vary from $100,26 per tire to $1,145 per tire. To make the choice easy for you, check out which price category is more suitable for you.
Used Truck Tires Under $100 — you won’t usually find so many models under this price. They will have a smaller width and height and will be from less known brands (for example, the Milestar Premium Highway or the Falken RI151).
Used Truck Tires Between $100 and $300 —here you will find the biggest majority of tires, in all shapes and sizes and from some of the top brands (for example, the Goodyear Unisteel, the Michelin Pilot or the Continental HSR Plus).
Used Truck Tires Over $300 —it’s obvious that the higher you go in price, the bigger the tire and the better the mileage, the resistance to damage and the construction. These tires are usually for heavy-duty trucks that go off-road. They have strong constructions to offer great traction and to handle any kind of damage. For example, the Bridgestone M729, the Goodyear G278 or the Continental HTC1).
Should I buy used truck tires?
Definitely yes. But from a renown offline or online retailer. Your choice must be determined by the quality of the tire and it’s main characteristics. If you want your used truck tire to serve you for a long time, aim for the ones with the most tread left. For example, a used LT 225/70R19.5 Michelin XDS2 with 10.5/32” at Utires.com would cost you as low as $206. Also check out used truck tires that have only been driven once with discounts of 50% and more. Plus free shipping!
Why should you choose UTires?
Utires offers a wide variety of both new and used tires for all types of vehicles, including used truck tires. We have the biggest selection of used tires in the US, and all of our products are carefully inspected to meet quality and safety standards.
Thousands of clients all across the country can testify to the quality of our products, and this is also reflected in the thousands of positive reviews on Google and eBay. We are selling more than 200,000 tires each year, which come at great prices and with high tread. Check out our offer of products and hopefully you will find the truck tires you are looking for.
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