New to off-roading and want to ready your Silverado or Sierra for its inaugural excursion? Here are three tips for picking the right off-roading tires for your GMC or Chevy truck.
Determine what you need
One of the first things to consider is where you’ll be driving your GMC or Chevy truck on most of your adventures. You also want to determine whether you plan on using your truck primarily for off-roading or a mix of commuting and some off-roading.
Off-roading tires come in two main categories: All-Terrain (AT) and Mud-Terrain (MT). The former are made to handle a variety of terrain and road conditions while delivering quieter ride quality on asphalt routes. MT tires, by contrast, are a bit louder for commutes, but get optimum traction in muddy, gravelly, rocky, or soggy conditions.
Stay within your budget
As with other types of tires, off-roading tires come in a range of prices. Establish a budget beforehand before you commit to a set of off-roading tires, so you don’t pay for overpriced tires when cheaper ones will serve your purpose.
Go with the right size
Make sure that the off-road tires you choose are the right size for your particular GMC or Chevy truck. The wrong sized tires can negatively impact the truck’s performance in areas such as steering response, efficiency, and handling. The smaller Canyon and Colorado will pair better with a smaller size tire than the larger Sierra and Silverado, for example.
The Chevy Beast was the star of the lineup. This concept vehicle is based on a modified Silverado chassis, optimized for high-performance desert running. Under the hood, it boasts a 650-horsepower Chevrolet Performance LT4 crate engine, paired to a 10-speed automatic transmission. This monster rides on 37-inch-tall off-road tires and offers four Recaro® performance seats.
While the Chevy Beast is a concept model that won’t be produced for public purchase, the automaker showed off a few of its off-road-oriented production models: the 2022 Silverado ZR2 and the 2022 Colorado Z71 Off-Road Performance Edition.
The new 2022 Silverado ZR2 is ready to go from the showroom to the trails, with built-in features like Multimatic 40mm DSSV spool-valve dampers, high-approach bumpers, and 33-inch off-road tires. The Colorado, on the other hand, boasts the Trail Boss Package. This package lives up to its name by providing skid plates, a 1-inch suspension leveling kit, and red tow hooks.
Other stylish and capable models on display as SEMA this year included the 2022 Tahoe Z71 Overlanding concept, which rides on 33-inch off-road wheels, boasts an Off-Road Recovery Kit, and a variety of enhancements available via Chevrolet Accessories.
Want to check out the very latest off-road Chevrolet models? Come to Ken Nelson Chevrolet in Dixon, Illinois.
Looking for a truck that can conquer the toughest trails and handle the most rugged working conditions in Dixon? Check out the first-ever Chevrolet Silverado ZR2: It adds even more off-roading features to this American classic.
There’s no compromising when you choose the Chevrolet Silverado ZR2. This capable truck unites convenient technology, interior comfort, and adventure-ready capability. It’s the first Silverado to ever sport Multimatic DSSV spool-valve dampers, and its enhanced suspension system allows it to be equally fit for cruising down the highway or climbing up steep embankments in Illinois.
Its specially tuned off-road chassis and unique skid plate package make overcoming rough terrain a breeze. And thanks to its custom front bumper made of steel, you can enjoy additional ground clearance, impressive approach angles, and even more durability than other Silverado models offer. Plus, new Terrain Mode allows you to tackle one-pedal rock crawling. On top of all that, its standard 6.2-liter V8 engine enables it to tow up to 8,900 pounds or haul a maximum of 1,440 pounds.
The ZR2 version also boasts good looks to go along with its impressive capabilities. It rides on 33-inch off-road tires, sports an exclusive grille with integrated lighting, and dons custom badging.
The Chevrolet Silverado ZR2 will arrive in the spring of 2022 at Ken Nelson Chevrolet in Dixon, Illinois. Contact us to learn more about this thrilling new truck and to order yours.
One of the best parts about owning a capable truck like the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is the taking advantage of its off-roading capabilities. Nothing beats seeing what your truck can really do. To properly test out the Silverado’s off-roading readiness, here are some great places you can take your Chevrolet Silverado 1500 near Dixon, Illinois
River Road Rally Park
With the exception of a temporary close during 2020 due to the pandemic, River Road Rally Park in nearby McHenry, Illinois, has been a go-to site for truck-lovers in the area. The park is set to open back up this spring season in 2021. Take your Silverado here to start experiencing some off-road excursions as the weather warms up.
Badlands Off-Road Park
Right across the Illinois-Indiana border is Badlands Off-Road Park in Attica, Indiana. While a bit of trek from Dixon, Illinois, the trip is well worth the drive when you see the trails that this park has to offer. Its “Badlands” name might seem a bit ironic in retrospect, as these lands are certainly good for having fun with your Silverado.
If you need a new Silverado 1500 for your off-road adventure, feel free to reach out to our sales team here at Ken Nelson Chevrolet. We’ll help you find the model that’s equipped with the best off-road enhancements that Chevy offers.