For most of us, we will never buy tires for an all-terrain military vehicle, but if you are in the market to buy one or by tires for it, here are some things that are good to know about the tires and what to look for. All terrain military vehicles tend to be armored, so the weight can be much higher than a normal all terrain vehicle.
For military vehicles the ability to advance regardless of terrain is of utter importance, getting stuck should be avoided, so the tires need to be able to manage a wide range of terrains and weather conditions.
You need a tire that can manage both on and off road and that is a challenge, as often tires are design with a specific feature to overcome a challenge. These tires need to be able to be good on mud, snow and on hot roads without high wear. They need to have a sturdy construction and be rugged enough to withstand difficult terrain, while having excellent grip so that neither mud nor snow will slow you down. The tires also have to be able to handle the high loads, without limited risk to cut or crack, so the rubber compound needs to be rupture resistant.
Tire failures can be very difficult and dangerous to fix, so maintaining the tires will be a key part of optimal management of an all-terrain vehicle. It is advisable to consult the tires technical manual to ensure that the tire dimensions are as per the vehicle specification. The load capacity and tire pressure are also key factors to follow to ensure that you don’t overload the tires, which can lead to tire failure. Tire pressure is important as low tire pressure puts extra strain on the tire carcass and can damage the sidewalls. When you drive on-road, the wear is higher when you have low tire pressure. Low pressure leads to higher heat build up in the tire, so make sure to visually check the tires after the vehicle has been used and to check the tire pressure on a regular basis.