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No tyres are easy to choose. Even if you want to change your car tyres or motorbike ones – the process you’re about to delve into is the same. It is important to know how to choose buggy tyres and any other types as well.
How to choose buggy tyres
Buggy tyres are generally different from the on-road tyres as they have some sort of a tread pattern with pins on them. You can pick and choose from a huge variety of shapes, sizes and patterns, but one of the most important aspects to be careful about is the compound. In order for you to choose the best buggy tyres, you have to learn to determine which type of track/surfaces you are planning to run on.
These can be of three kinds:
- Hard – very good in case you are planning to drive on soft surfaces because these tyres are stiff, with insensitive to surface changes and are designed in a way that they won’t move when you’re stepping on mud, fresh grass or loose dirt.
- Medium – this one is recommended if you are looking for dirt surfaces;
- Soft – it feels like an ironic joke, but soft tyres are good for hard surfaces (with blue groove condition).
As a general information, a medium compound tyre will help your vehicle be more confident, more direct and a soft compound tyre will feel slightly stickier than the rest. However, weather changes can affect how your tyres behave.
And, remember, it is not that easy in real life as it sounds in theory. With experience and after trying on various buggy tyres, you will now which type you’ll need to buy. Reading your track correctly – as it’s called so often – takes time and patience. You’ll probably have various attempts when you’ll feel that your vehicle is unsafe and rather “unsure” of itself and of the road. That is when you’ll know you bought the wrong type of buggy.
When choosing buggy tyres, bear in mind to check that the item you are buying is durable and easy to use. Of course, for many of you – the passionate ones – it will be extremely interesting to choose not only compounds and types, but also actual buggy patterns.
Prices and patterns
Here are a few examples of what you can stumble upon in the market:
- Zipps, chain link, rasp, typo;
- Catapult, gridiron, impact;
- Cityblock, i-beam, enduro;
- Handlebar, moto.
The prices can vary from 30 Euros to even more – depending on all sorts of personal preferences and brands.
You will be using your buggy tyres for long time to come, so having a strong fit frame made of steel is more reliable than, for example, aluminium ones, but the latter is a lot lighter in comparison. Your buggy tyres will have a great impact on the way you’ll manoeuvre your buggy (try large diameter ones).
Before purchasing, pay close attention to the item’s specifications and understand how these should be read. Here is a very simple, straightforward one: “Perfect for 1:8 RC Buggy; 4x Buggy rims and tyres set; 17mm hex rim hub; Ideal for nitro and electric cars; Custom Pimp Style; Product Dimensions: 23 x 22.8 x 5 cm”.
Tyres should be all about safety and keeping you comfortable when on road, so compromising with price must be out of the question. Speaking of which, you also have to learn everything there is about ways and methods of reducing tyre wear. For example, keeping an eye on your tyre inflation situation at least once per month is a mandatory step. All the more so, rotating your tyres every 6,000 to 8,000 km increases your chances of owning those tyres for longer.