Why muddies matter for off-roading
Have you watched the latest episode of MOOG's mad big-block Jimny build? You can check it out HERE where the lads fit all manner of electronics and accessories to help it off-road like a boss.
However, the biggest benefit will surely come from the new BF Goodrich tyres MOOG has fitted up. While he'd previously relied on a hybrid tyre known as an "all-terrain" the new mods done to the Jimny means he'll be tackling more difficult terrain and now needs a more specialised off-road-focused source of grip.
All-terrain tyres are great for cruising the suburbs and doing a bit of light-duty fire trail action, but if you're going to start smashing your MUD80X through snotty bog holes, up wash-outs and through slippery river crossings, then you need a dedicated 4x4 tyre. Made with stronger, thicker tread blocks that can withstand rocks and provide excellent grip in sloppy mud, these types of tyres also have a tread pattern which runs into the sidewall to provide more grip once you air them down, increasing the size of your 4x4's contact patch.
While there are tyres available today specifically for sand-driving and rock-crawling, BF Goodrich's range of mud tyres dates back to 1980, when "four-wheeling" (as it is known in the USA) was at the peak of its first wave of popularity.
There are some drawbacks to running a "muddy" on your 4x4, like the increased weight of each tyre and the increase in highway tyre roar from the very aggressive tread pattern. However, if you want to go off-road in slippery conditions, there is simply no other option.