TRACK & TRAIL TT400 TIRES
— Testing some impressive rubber for your sport quad —
By the staff of Dirt Wheels
Sport quad tire shapes and tread designs are generally pretty similar to one another. This stays true for the Track & Trail TT400 tires. However, we get to torture test many different tires and discover differences in traction and control. This company is fairly new in the ATV industry, but is already making a name for itself with impressive tires!
Track & Trail decided to stick with the tried-and-true X-style lug design for the front and rear tires. The carcasses are 6-ply, which provides resistance to getting flats either on trails or the track. The front and rear tires each come in two sizes. The fronts are a true 21-inch, or a 22-inch that comes in at a measured 21.9 inches inflated. Rear sizing is 20-inch or 22-inch, but on our wheels they measured a tenth of an inch larger. Weight ranges from 11.7 to 12 pounds for the fronts and 17.8 to 19.3 pounds for the rears.
T&T utilized a rubber compound for the lugs that is supple and flexible, so the tires gain traction on many different types of terrain. The X-shaped lugs are siped to allow flexibility and grab.
We recently installed a set of 22-inch front and rear TT400s on last issue’s Honda TRX450R project build for Daniel Gonzales. Upon first look, the rear tires looked massive. They were larger than a competitor’s similar-sized tires. In the desert, this translates to extra ground clearance while going fast! The downside is that your machine could feel a little unstable while cornering or on off-cambers. We also recommend lowering the gearing if you put taller tires on machines that have less than 400cc.
We are big fans of these tires. They offer a lot of grip when you need it most, while still breaking loose when you want the rears to slide. The ground clearance is a big plus in the high-speed pace of the open desert. The tread showed wear after three days of riding an average of six hours a day, but not as bad as we thought it would.
The larger diameter of the 22-inch-tall tires helped with ground clearance, and they didn’t drag the Honda’s motor down. The front tires have reasonable corning bite to them, while the rears do most of the acceleration work.
The fronts run a reasonable $52.30 each and rears are $90.78 each for the 22s. Go to www.trackandtrailtires.com to check out their options for sport and utility ATV tires. They are distributed through MTA, so find your local MTA dealer to pick a set up for yourself!
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