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MAXXIS CARNIVORE TIRES

-- Extreme-terrain traction tire test -- By the staff of  Dirt Wheels When we first set eyes on the Maxxis Carnivore, our overly expert opinions (insert sarcasm here) were far too harsh for this tire. We assumed the tread design would handicap the tire on any form of hardpack UTV driving, while our desert-going crew wanted to turn their noses up at it. We are from the West Coast, where most directions the eye can see are hardpacked and desert-like. The Carnivore had a humbling trick up its sleeve! We left our…

FULLERTON SAND SPORTS SXS TIRES & DWT ULTIMATE SPORT WHEELS

-- Testing serious sand tires and wheels -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels Not all paddle tires are created equal. That fact was driven home when we took our 2019 Polaris RZR 4 Turbo S to the famed Glamis dunes. We ran the first day with the stock ITP Coyote desert tires with the pressure dropped to 9 psi. We were able to get everywhere, but we were constantly vigilant to prevent burying the machine. For the next day we mounted the U.S.-made 30x1300-15 SandSports SxS paddle tires on the rear and 30x1100-15 tires on the…

MAXXIS CORONADO UTV TIRES

-- Tough multi-terrain performance tire test -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels We become used to seeing hard-terrain tires with closely spaced, relatively short tread blocks. Most have a pretty square profile as well. In light of that, we assumed that the Maxxis Coronado was a mud tire with widely spaced, deep tread blocks. Obviously, we were a little surprised to find that the Coronado is what Maxxis calls “the ultimate desert tire for your ATV or side-by-side,” and claiming that the compound is long-wearing and…

TRACK & TRAIL TT410 TIRES

-- Testing a six-ply ATV & UTV  tire with traction and long life -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels Track & Trail is another tire company that is new to the ATV and UTV scene. Currently, the company has a sport quad tire set and the TT410 utility tire. The tire’s specs and pricing are very good, so we saw it for sale at many of the big tire retailers, despite being a new company, so we were quite curious about these tires. The set we received was sized 25x8-12 and 25x10-12 for a 4x4 quad or a very small UTV. We…

GBC GROUND BUSTER III TIRE

The Ground Buster III is suited for intermediate to hard terrain, and that is exactly the abuse we put it through for miles of riding and racing.

MAXXIS RAZR MX PLUS TIRE TEST

-- Hi-performance rubber for fast quads --  By the staff of Dirt Wheels “Proven by champions”—that’s a bold statement, but in the case of Maxxis’ all-new Razr MX Plus tire, it’s a true one. ATV MX champions Joel Hetrick and Chad Wienen currently turn the fastest laps in the country while riding on this rubber, and they remain the front runners of the ATV motocross sport. Together they assisted in the development of the Razr MX Plus tires. THE DESIGN While the Razr MX Plus tire shares similar names with Maxxis’…

DWT WHEELS & TIRES

-- Testing the new XC V1 tires & G3 beadlocks -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels Wheels and tires are ever-changing in our industry, and currently the biggest changes are in the UTV market. The machines are new and the technology is improving. Fortunately, the sport ATV market doesn’t need much more innovation and improvement, because companies like Douglas Wheel and Tire (DWT) already know what works. Its beadlock wheels are championship-proven many times over the years, and their tires have sat on top of many…

AMS EVIL SBR TIRE TEST

-- Evaluating a new tread design -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels There are times where we receive products that we scrutinize intensely. Other times it is a “judge a book by its cover” standpoint, and that is what we did with the all-new AMS Evil SBR tire. The tread design is interesting, with flat and wide lugs that wouldn’t seem like they would track well in desert terrain. AMS claims they are designed with truck tire technology in mind. Of course, we sent a set of 32s through some intense desert testing to see how…

AMS ROLL’N 108 WHEELS & SAND KING TIRES

-- Testing a great set up for the dunes -- When we last headed for the sand dunes, we knew we wanted some traction royalty, so we called AMS about the Sand King tires. Some sand tires are buffed before paddles are vulcanized on, but the 14-paddle Sand King rear is molded like a normal four-ply tire with a large-volume, high-flotation 30x14 carcass. The Sand King front is a traditional-appearing, high-flotation, high-volume, smooth tire with a solid center rib flanked by two segmented ribs. Both sets of tires were…

MAXXIS LIBERTY UTV TIRE

-- Testing DOT-rated desert treads -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels We are stationed in Southern California, which means we have a ton of desert trails to ride. Mud and tight, wooded terrain is a lot more difficult to come by, so we do a lot of testing in rocks and wide-open desert. We test what matches that terrain, like the Maxxis Liberty UTV tire. This well-designed piece of rubber has been out for a while, but we wanted to get some hard miles on a 30-inch set before we wrote down our thoughts. THE TREAD…

STI HD9 COMP LOCK WIDE WHEELS & SAND DRIFTER TIRES

-- By the staff of Dirt Wheels -- We have accused UTV owners of choosing larger tires because they look cool rather than selecting the tire size that will work best with the machine. So here we are, installing STI’s Sand Drifter tires and HD9 Comp Lock Wide wheels that are both taller and wider than stock tires and stock wheels on the RZR XP 1000. In this case, when we were heading to the seemingly endless sandbox, fondly referred to as Glamis, where there is no such thing as too much flotation or too much traction.…

TUESDAY TREAD: PRO ARMOR HAMMER TIRES & WYDE ACCENT WHEELS

 By the staff of Dirt Wheels There is a perfectly good reason that most sport or sport utility UTVs come with a fairly aggressive tire with large, blocky knobs. UTVs are sold all over North America, and it hardly makes financial sense to equip machines headed for different parts of the country with different tires. Economy-of-scale pricing mandates that companies choose a tire that can do everything pretty well. Pro Armor knows that not everyone lives where the stock tires are most effective. For instance, the Dirt…