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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…

TUESDAY TREAD: GBC KANATI MONGREL

Rock and roll, and rolling rocks By the staff of Dirt Wheels When we first saw the GBC Kanati Mongrel tires in action, we wondered if they were an automotive tire adapted to UTV use. Nope, they are designed for ATVs and UTVs. When a tire company is building a tire for original equipment, they have a lot of demands to meet. It must offer traction in an extremely wide range of terrain. The tread should clean well in mud yet not be destroyed easily in rocks. The suspension department will want the tire to be as light…

TUESDAY TREAD: ITP DUNE STAR TIRES & BLACK OPS SS316 WHEELS

-- Close-to-perfect UTV/4x4 quad sand tires --  Tire test by the staff of Dirt Wheels. The ITP Dune Star tire breaks new ground for us. Here is a tire that has a sharply narrow focus limited primarily to sand, but could also be effective in snow or mud. Keep it away from hard dirt, but when used in the sand it was designed for, the performance is flawless. The single fault we can find is that it currently fits only 12-inch wheels. End of complaints. FEATURES Most sand tires are designed…

TUESDAY TREAD: BRAVEN OFF-ROAD IRONSIDE TIRE & WHEEL

--Testing a brave new lineup of wheels and tires -- It’s a dog-eat-dog world when it comes to producing and selling tires and wheels for any platform these days. Getting tires produced is somewhat easy for companies to do, especially with the rise in rubber manufacturing in China, but the hard part is to build them to last and perform. For a new company, this would be a daunting task to try to get it up off the ground and market their products correctly to the UTV and ATV world. Some might say it’s too tough, but…