Best Mudding Tires – Our Picks
By: Discount Tire
You’ve got your route picked. Your differential(s) is locked and your departure angle should be solid. The only thing left to consider before you go mudding? Your tires.
Whether you’re participating in a mud racing event sponsored by the National Mud Racing Organization (NMRO) or you’re a weekend warrior who likes going mud bogging with your friends, you need to make sure your tires are up for the task.
There are a lot of tires options that can handle rough conditions off-road, but when it comes to mud slinging, you can’t settle for just any old tire. If you’re going to toe the line between mud bogging and getting bogged down, consider a few of our picks.
Choosing the Best Tires for Mudding
We know there are as many mud tires to choose from as there are mud holes to play in. That can make it pretty challenging to find the right mud terrain for your off-road needs.
Short of outfitting your 4x4 with actual tractor tires (which some mudders do), these tires are a surefire way to give yourself the traction you need to master the muck.
These are some of our favorite off-road tires because they pack the aggressive, high-void tread patterns you need to churn through the slop. Whether you’re taking on slick, clay-like mud or watery brown ponds, if you want to keep rolling through the mud, one of these tire options may be just right for you.
As always, remember that the tire you choose may depend on the type of vehicle you drive. That said, these options fit a wide range of pickups, 4x4s and SUVs. Before you buy, make sure the tires you select are the right fit for your ride.
(If you’re looking for a tire that isn’t totally mud-oriented, check out a few of our top all-terrain choices.)
BFGoodrich Mud Terrain TA KM3
It wouldn’t be a list of mudding tires (or any off-road tire, for that matter) if it didn’t start with the BFGoodrich Mud Terrain TA KM3. If you’re looking for tires specifically for mudding, then you probably already know of the legend of the BFG KM3.
The latest in BFG’s long line of great max traction tires, the KM3 takes the podium-winning KM2 and turns it up to 11.
Built with a high-void knobby tread pattern and rugged shoulder features, the KM3 deals out serious punishment for digging into and out of the deepest mud holes. The BFG KM3 also features a Krawl-Tek Compound, which grips on slick surfaces and clay-like mud.
But the KM3 doesn’t stop there. This BFG mud-slinger also features a CoreGuard sidewall which is 27% tougher than the previous iteration of the KM series. That means more puncture resistance for you, so when you encounter objects buried in the mud (sharp rocks, tree roots, etc.) you can count on the KM3 to roll right over those obstacles without leaving your stranded in a bog.
It doesn’t matter where your road leads, these tires have the grit to take it all on.
In short, KM3 tires are as tough as you could ask for, and they look cool too. Honestly, do we need to say more?
Nitto Trail Grappler M/T
When you’re ramping up to go mudding, you need to be confident that you’re ready for it. Call the Nitto Trail Grappler M/T your confidence booster, because it can ensure that your off-road rig is ready for any mud hole you come across.
Long beloved for its tough appearance and rugged off-road performance in mud and other difficult driving surfaces, the Trail Grappler is a beast among beasts: you can tell just by looking at it. With the aggressive, self-clearing tread design, this MT tire is geared for constant forward traction no matter how deep or sticky the mud is.
If you’re concerned that the Trail Grappler only looks tough, don’t worry. It’s built with a 3-ply sidewall and a high turn-up construction. That means rugged durability and resistance to tears and punctures, so you don’t get shut down when you encounter any sharp objects protruding from or buried in the mud.
They may not be bulletproof, but you can rest assured that when you mud race on a set of Trail Grappler MT’s, your risk of getting sidelined because of a puncture is slim to none.
And because the folks at Nitto know that you can’t spend your entire driving career in a mud bog, they designed the Trail Grappler with a computer-optimized tread pattern. That means you get grip for mud slinging and a surprisingly quiet and comfortable ride on the streets (for a mud terrain tire, that is).
Plus, if choosing your own style is important to you, its dual sidewall designs feature either traditional lettering and aggressive shoulder lugs or V-shaped lugs. For a unique look, you get aggressive mud traction and an off-road look you can customize.
Cooper Discoverer STT Pro
Known for pushing the boundaries of tire performance on and off the pavement, Cooper didn’t pull any punches with this mud tire. Consider the Cooper Discoverer STT Pro their magnum opus for serious mudding adventures, whether you’re competing on the American Mud Racing Association or exploring the backroads to find your own mud bogging thrills.
When something is referred to as “game-changing”, we all know it’s typically an exaggeration, right? But when we say that the STT Pro mud tire with Cooper’s Armor-Tek3 technology is game-changing, it’s the truth.
Cooper designed this 3-ply tire with two plies running in one direction while the third ply runs at a different angle. This means STT Pro tires have one of the toughest sidewalls on the market today. That means your mud-bogging adventures don’t have to come to a halt because of damage caused by unseen objects in or on the way to the mud.
But it doesn’t stop there. With mud release dimples, alternating shoulder scallops and large sidewall lugs, the STT Pro plows through thick mud and other challenging off-road surfaces without missing a beat. That means nonstop forward traction for a serious edge when you’re mudding.
And if on-road handling is a concern (although we know it isn’t top of mind when you’re thinking about mudding), you need not worry. Designed with a 2-3 block center tread area, this Discoverer tire is stable and responsive when you’re stuck in traffic (even though we know you’d rather be stuck in the mud).
If your goal is to test the limits of your off-road rig while still having the traction to keep your 4x4 moving through the mud, then these tires are a great starting point.
It’s worth keeping in mind that there are hundreds of mudding tire options to choose from, so feel free to browse our full selection of mud terrain tires.
Looking for a set of great truck wheels to mount your mudding tires on? No mod to an off-road rig improves its capabilities and makes it a more personal statement than a mudding tire and wheel package.
If you already know what tires you’re looking for, feel free to schedule an appointment at your nearest location. We have decades of experience working on modded and lifted trucks and SUVs, so you can trust us to get your rig kitted-out and ready for your next muddin’ adventure.