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I have an 05' 2 wheel drive Dodge. Will putting all-terrain tires on it instead of highway tires make a difference? and will the size help at all?

Question by connow. Uploaded on February 01, 2010

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from Clay Cooper wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

The all-terrain tires will make deference in handling and the height of the tire will also change the performance, the taller the tire the more power needed to turn them and less gas mileage. Another improvement you can do is to install a locking rear differential. Personally, I would save the money for a good used 4x4 or even better a 4x4 ATV.

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from Beekeeper wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

A wider tire will make a difference as well. I've gone to 265's rather than the issue 245's for my Dodge 1500. It does make a difference.

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from seadog wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

If you can afford it, take Clay's advice & save for the 4wd. If not, better tires--AT & wider--will give you better traction.

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from anjadams wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

I dont care what kind of tire you put on it, a 2 wheel drive will leave you STUCK if you arent very careful. A more aggressive tread and wider tire will really help out your traction though.

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from crm3006 wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

Are you thinking of off road, or back road driving? If that is your reason for going to all terrain tires, they will not help you on the front of the vehicle. Also, without a substantial amount of weight over the rear axle, a truck is more prone to skid or fishtail than an ordinary passenger car in mud or snow.

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from sgaredneck wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

Clay hit on something very important. The LOCKING DIFFERENTIAL. I will never ever buy a vehicle again that doesn't have one. A 4wd without them is really a 2wd. A well-driven 2wd with one will go a lot of places. All that said, a driver's got to know his/her limitations. Idiot + 4x4 = S.O.L.

I'll throw in the idea of the hi lift jack too. That tool can do a lot of things for you in a bad spot.

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from country road wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

The all-terrain tires will give you better traction and let you get further from help when you get stuck.

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from Sneaky wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

Very little. Hardly worth the expense. Save your money for a 4X4.

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from Dickvon wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

Hi Connow,

All-Terrain tires will certionally provide better off-road traction(grip)than highway tires but will not be as effective on wet or dry pavement.

Tire width will also help traction due to increased ground contact surface area. Tire height may also provide a little more ground clearance but may cause other problems. Check with your Dodge dealer to see the max size tires recommended for your truck.

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from alabamaoutlaw wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

If a dog takes a leak on the tire of my 1500 it's stuck.Single track diffenential.Road truck thats it.

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from blackdawgz wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

It certainy makes a difference, depending on the tire diameter and width. Both affect the tire's footprint. Get a used positraction unit at the JY also. That will double your traction.

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from johnycakes wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

Buy a Chevy.

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from country road wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

The all-terrain tires will give you better traction and let you get further from help when you get stuck.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

The all-terrain tires will make deference in handling and the height of the tire will also change the performance, the taller the tire the more power needed to turn them and less gas mileage. Another improvement you can do is to install a locking rear differential. Personally, I would save the money for a good used 4x4 or even better a 4x4 ATV.

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from sgaredneck wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

Clay hit on something very important. The LOCKING DIFFERENTIAL. I will never ever buy a vehicle again that doesn't have one. A 4wd without them is really a 2wd. A well-driven 2wd with one will go a lot of places. All that said, a driver's got to know his/her limitations. Idiot + 4x4 = S.O.L.

I'll throw in the idea of the hi lift jack too. That tool can do a lot of things for you in a bad spot.

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from Beekeeper wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

A wider tire will make a difference as well. I've gone to 265's rather than the issue 245's for my Dodge 1500. It does make a difference.

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from anjadams wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

I dont care what kind of tire you put on it, a 2 wheel drive will leave you STUCK if you arent very careful. A more aggressive tread and wider tire will really help out your traction though.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from crm3006 wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

Are you thinking of off road, or back road driving? If that is your reason for going to all terrain tires, they will not help you on the front of the vehicle. Also, without a substantial amount of weight over the rear axle, a truck is more prone to skid or fishtail than an ordinary passenger car in mud or snow.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Sneaky wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

Very little. Hardly worth the expense. Save your money for a 4X4.

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from Dickvon wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

Hi Connow,

All-Terrain tires will certionally provide better off-road traction(grip)than highway tires but will not be as effective on wet or dry pavement.

Tire width will also help traction due to increased ground contact surface area. Tire height may also provide a little more ground clearance but may cause other problems. Check with your Dodge dealer to see the max size tires recommended for your truck.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from alabamaoutlaw wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

If a dog takes a leak on the tire of my 1500 it's stuck.Single track diffenential.Road truck thats it.

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from blackdawgz wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

It certainy makes a difference, depending on the tire diameter and width. Both affect the tire's footprint. Get a used positraction unit at the JY also. That will double your traction.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from johnycakes wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

Buy a Chevy.

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from seadog wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

If you can afford it, take Clay's advice & save for the 4wd. If not, better tires--AT & wider--will give you better traction.

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