|"Hang on, I'll just change the tyres."|
• The first is that you will always have the wrong set of tyres on the vehicle. If you reckon the track will be a quagmire, it will in fact be surprisingly dry and perfectly suitable for the all-terrains. If you head off on the all-terrains because it's a beautiful sunny day, there will be a massive downpour just before reaching the track and you'll be sliding all over the place. There is no meteorological or climatic reason for this, it is entirely due to the act of changing your five tyres.
• The second reason not to do it is the physical effort involved. It might be okay for your Jimny running 26s on alloys, but have you lifted a 35 on a steel or even alloy rim, then tried to place it on the little studs? Five Times? Weightlifters and well toned athletes may have less of a problem, but after lifting the fifth and final wheel onto the spare carrier, I'm buggered – and you might be, too. Remember, as you take an inventory of your aches and grazed knuckles, you'll probably want/need to replace them with the street rubber once home. Or give up and just leave them on. You also have to find somewhere to store the second set. Until that time arrives, you'll not believe how much space they take up.
• The third thing wrong is the cost although, if you have heaps of money, ignore this objection. The guy in the tyre shop was going to be up for more than $3500 for steel rims and a set of decent mudders. I think this might have dampened his enthusiasm; you could tell by the body language as he left.
No, no, no, don't buy extra rims and tyres unless you're planning to do winch challenges or something. Just buy the road-friendliest set of mud tyres you can find, and leave it at that. About 13 years ago, I gave up on multiple sets and formed a long and happy relationship with the BFG Mud Terrain, which was good off-road and better than it had any right to be on the road. They also seemed almost impossible to wear out. There are other good mud tyres that ride, handle and stop well on the road; don't think I'm trying to steer you to a BFG outlet. I'm happy with my asymmetric Goodyear Wrangler MT/Rs and other road friendly mud tyres I've watched over the years and know something about include offerings from Cooper, Kumho and, more recently, Mickey Thompson.