Are you the kind of driver that prefers mud, dirt, and rocks to smooth pavement?

We understand.

One of the most-important components of your off-road machine is your wheels and tires.

You need wheels to look like the baddest mother around.

And you need tires to actually move out there in the wilderness.

That’s why we’ve put together this quick buyer’s guide to off-road wheel and tires.

Off-Road Wheels

Taste in wheels, much like any design accessory is going to be subject. Beauty has always, and will always, be in the eye of the beholder. Here are some of our favorites available now from Summit Racing’s wheel and tire offering.

Black Rhino Rockwell

These head turners are available in matte black and in gloss black with a chrome outer rim.

Diameters: 17-20 inches

Black Rhino Rockwell

Cragar Soft 8

These old-school classics are available in chrome, black, and silver.

Diameters: 15-17 inches

Cragar Soft 8 Black

Black Rock Series 900 Viper Wheels

These killer wheels come in both black and tungsten.

Diameters: 15- and 17-inch

Black Rock Series 900 Viper Wheels

American Racing ATX Ledge 

It’s hard sometimes to find chrome wheels that look tough. American Racing’s ATX Series AX188 Ledge wheels don’t have that problem.

Diameters: 14-20 inches

American Racing ATX Ledge

Raceline Raptor

A super-cool off-road racing wheel, the Raceline Raptor comes in either black or an eye-grabbing machined look.

Diameters: 16-20 inches

Raceline Raptor black wheel

Dick Cepek Torque

Available in Matte Black and Aluminum.  You pay for the wheels. The awesome is free.

Diameters: 16 & 17 inches

Dick Cepek Torque wheel

Moto Metal MO951

This is just one more way to let everyone know your rig means business. Check them out.

Diameters: 16-20 inches


Off-Road Tires

Goodyear Wrangler MT/R with KEVLAR®

These bad boys have KEVLAR built into the side walls. That’s the material law enforcement personnel use to stop bullets. This stuff increases sidewall puncture resistance by 35 percent. The asymmetrical tread provides aggressive traction off the road and a pleasant ride on it.

Goodyear Wrangler Kevlar tire

Interco Super Swamper TSL/Bogger

These tires are purpose-built for professional mud boggers. They’re still street legal! If you’re looking to attack the swamp, this is a great first step.

Interco Super Swamper bogger tire

Cooper Discoverer STT

These Cooper tires provide good all-around off-road performance for pickups, SUVs and off-road vehicles.

Coopoer Discoverer STT tire

Mastercraft Courser MT

The solid, block-like construction of the Courser MT tire is designed to provide exceptional wear resistance and excellent dry-braking capabilities. The alternating scalloped shoulder lugs provide strong self-cleaning characteristics.

Mastercraft courser mt tire

BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2

These mud tires have a classic, crawler-inspired tread design with a dual grooving pattern intended to provide incredible on and off-road performance.

BFGoodrich Mud Terrain tire

Nitto Trail Grappler M/T

Nitto, like many of these other tire makers, understands you want maximum traction and off-road performance but want to enjoy your on-road driving too. These Trail Grappler M/T Tires are designed to do that very thing. You can enjoy reduced noise on the roads and enjoy the benefits of the thick rubber compound when tackling the trails.

Nitto Trail Grappler tire

Author: Matt Griswold

After a 10-year newspaper journalism career, Matt Griswold spent another decade writing about the automotive aftermarket and motorsports. He was part of the original OnAllCylinders editorial team when it launched in 2012.