As any truck or 4×4 owner knows, a new set of wheels and tyres is probably the most dramatic way to upgrade the appearance and performance of a new vehicle.
Even if the vehicle’s suspension system hasn’t been upgraded and some lift put in yet, a new set of tyres and wheels can surprisingly alter the character of any pickup or SUV. No tyre and wheel manufacturer understands this better than Mickey Thompson Performance tyres and Wheels.
The company has a complete line of tyres, that when matched with a set of the company’s aftermarket wheels, can completely change the look of any vehicle. Mickey Thompson tyres has been involved in the tyre making business about as long as people have been driving cars and trucks in the dirt.
And even better, they really know they’re doing when it comes to designing rubber for trucks and SUVs that get dirty. For those of you who have been living in a cave, Marion Lee “Mickey” Thompson was an American off-road racing legend.
He won multiple racing championships, and later formed sanctioning bodies “SCORE International” that to this day produce desert off-road races, and “Mickey Thompson Entertainment Group” (MTEG) that more or less invented the concept of indoor off-road vehicle racing shows and competitions bringing the sport from desert terrain into stadiums in metropolitan areas.
During his long career, Thompson raced everything from stock cars to off-road vehicles. He went into the performance aftermarket business in the early 1960s and created Mickey Thompson Performance tyres, which developed special tyres for racing. The latest offering from Mickey Thompson is
The Baja ATZ P3, a hybrid tyre that offers all-terrain and mud-terrain tread designs combined and is ideal for pickups and SUVs. We used the Mickey Metal JK to evaluate a set. That company has grown exponentially, and today produces tyres for the strip, street, trucks and off road, as well as a full line of performance aftermarket wheels.
The Baja ATZ P3 The Baja ATZ P3 radial is specifically designed for trucks and sport-utility vehicles, and it features quite an aggressive appearance. The new tyre has a unique “hybrid” design that offers a cross between an all-terrain and mud-terrain tread pattern to provide the best of both worlds in one tyre choice.
This hybrid design combined with a broad footprint, large tread blocks and open voids helps deliver the traction you need in dry rock and course sand environments as well as muddy ground situations. The Baja ATZ P3 also features one of Mickey Thompson tyres’ signature construction features that adds to its off-road traction capabilities.
Along the top edges of the sidewalls is something that MT calls “Sidebiters.” Raised lettering identifies this as a Mickey Thompson product and provides tyre size, as well as proper wheel size information. A-shaped Sidebiters are clearly seen integrated into the shoulder tread, providing added traction. The Baja ATZ P3 delivers both, all-terrain and mud-terrain performance in a single tyre.
These Sidebiters are sharp, aggressive A-shaped ridges formed into the tyre carcass that actually “bite” into the inside of a rut created by the tyre in sand, mud or other soft earth, and help the tyre grab traction and move the vehicle forward through that soil. For those truck owners who want an aggressive tyre on their daily driver, but don’t want the problems associated with using a mud-terrain on the street, the Baja ATZ P3 resolves some of those issues.
Its unique tread design helps reduce noise, yet provides the needed traction in rugged terrain and nasty conditions. As well, the multi-draft grooves enhance the tyre’s ability to clean itself; the tread design provides stability and braking performance; and a new rubber compound use in the construction of the tyre promotes improved cut and chip protection.