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TUESDAY TREAD: STI WHEELS & TIRES

HD5 beadlock wheels mounted with Roctane XS tires By the staff of Dirt Wheels In the expanding UTV industry, more tire companies and models keep popping up; however, some tire companies have stuck around. One such company is STI Tire & Wheel. STI offers multiple tire varieties to handle many types of terrain. The company also offers beadlock rims and non-beadlock rims. We decided to go with STI’s HD5 beadlock wheels ($151.13 each) with red-colored rings ($37.99 each) and their Roctane XS tires…

TUESDAY TREAD: FUEL GRIPPER TIRE & VECTOR BEADLOCK WHEEL

-- DIRT WHEELS TIRE TEST: Tire and wheel that “fuel” your off-road fun -- We were impressed with the performance of the Gripper tire. It helped our Can-Am climb some gnarly rock terrain, worked great in the sand and improved the handling of the car on high-speed sections. When you hear the name Fuel wheels or Fuel tires, you probably think of their killer-performing and killer-looking truck tires and wheels. Well, recently they’ve started a full assault into the ever-growing UTV tire and wheel game. With…

TUESDAY TREAD: STI Outback Max Mud Tire

When you think of a description of a mud tire, the word “smooth” probably doesn’t come to mind. However, that was the first word that popped into our driver’s head when he first tested a machine equipped with STI’s new Outback Max mud tire. This huge tire has an aggressive V-shaped pattern with stepped lugs measuring 1.5 inches tall in the center. From there, the lugs stretch and grow to the outside and end up being a full 2 inches tall. The outer lugs are an angled, cupped design. There is a little side bite, but most of…

TUESDAY TREAD: RP Advanced Delta FX Sand Tire

In the January 2015 issue, right before the start of the winter dune season, we featured a buyer’s guide for UTV sand tires. One brand and style that stood out the most was the military-spec RP Advanced Delta FX Dune tire. This tire package included paddles on all four tires instead of just in the rear. It makes sense to use tires like this now that every UTV is fourwheel drive. Originally, the tire was developed for Special Forces operations in sandy parts of the world where the light tactical vehicles were used.…

TUESDAY TREAD: Moto Race Tire Hammer on OMF HP1 wheels

The tire wars are going full steam ahead right now. We are not talking about 18-inch MX tires or big lugged mud tires; these are 30-inch UTV tires. The most popular aftermarket tire choice for the 1000 high-performance sport machine is 30x10-14. However, some of us don’t like to follow the norm, and so we searched out something different. Instead of just putting the new Moto Race Tire Hammer tire to the test, we tried to create a tire and wheel package that would complement each other and provide a great end result.…

TUESDAY TREAD: BFGOODRICH KR2

UTV desert tires from a car tire company By the staff of Dirt Wheels BFGoodrich (BFG) has a long, impressive history in four-wheel off-road racing. Until recently, BFG only had tires for cars and trucks, but that has changed. UTV drivers can tap into that BFG history and racing success. BFG’s UTV tires only come in one tire size—30x9.5-15—so they won’t fit on the stock wheels. We tested the KR2s on a set of trick OMF beadlock wheels. The BFGs are about 2 pounds per tire heavier than the STI tires we tested in the last…

TUESDAY TREAD: AMS Radial Pro UTV Tires

Eventually, everyone will want new tires on their UTVs, and when they do, there is always the question of, which ones do I buy? A lot of factors come into play when choosing the right tires to better suit your driving style and terrain. Recently, we tested a set of the AMS Radial Pro on an Arctic Cat Wildcat Sport 700. We decided to mount the front 26x9R12 and rear 26x11R12 tires on the stock rims. The Radial Pro is a DOT-approved, eight-ply, directional tire with staggered V-shaped lugs in the center and…

TUESDAY TREAD: SKAT‑TRAK MOHAWK SAND TIRES

-- Steering in the right direction, By the staff of Dirt Wheels -- We love riding in all types of terrain—from rocky mountains to wooded forests all the way to towering sand dunes. There is something special about floating across massive mounds of powdery sand with the sultry sound of an ATV engine roaring away. Tires are a big part of the enjoyment of riding different terrain, and sand tires make the biggest difference in the dunes. Skat-Trak is a reputable sand-tire company that takes the shells of tires and…

TUESDAY TREAD: STI CHICANE RX

A NEW TIRE FOR PERFORMANCE UTVS The UTV tire market is hot. Most high-performance UTV owners are choosing to increase their machine’s tire size when switching to aftermarket meats. The most popular size is 30 inches tall on either a 14- or 15-inch wheel. So, this month we spent some time with a new STI tire. STI has been in the ATV game for years and recently developed stronger UTV-specific tires as well. STI’s latest product is the Chicane RX. The eight-ply tire is available in a handful of sizes that include 28/10-14,…

TUESDAY TREAD: Arisun XC Tires

Arisun is an up-and-coming tire manufacturer specializing in the offroad industry for ATVs and UTVs. We got our hands on a set of their XC Plus sport quad tires to put through their paces. Running the right kind of off-road rubber on your machine can be the difference between winning a race or schooling your buddies out on the trails. We chose Yamaha’s Raptor 700 to mount the $345.80 set of XC Plus tires on, and took it out to test on different types of terrain. RUBBER SIDE DOWN The Raptor 700 is a powerhouse that…

TUESDAY TREAD: ITP Ultracross R Spec Tire

It’s taking the tire companies some time to get the UTV market figured out. Ten years ago, they were just selling ATV tires to customers buying and using the much heavier UTVs. It didn’t take long for both customers and tire companies to figure out they needed a stronger product. Now we are in a refinement era in which the tire companies are taking what works and experimenting with different tread profiles and compounds, trying to balance weight and tire life. ITP’s most successful tire in the high-performance UTV arena has…

TUESDAY TREAD: SEDONA TIRE & WHEEL KIT

Yamaha has some really light wheel and tire combos as standard equipment on the Grizzly line. So light, in fact, that the wheels became a liability on our test 700. Rocky trails left almost every wheel with a suspect smile in it at some point, and one was even rubbing on the brake. In an effort to cure the problems, we opted for cast-aluminum Sedona Storm wheels and ultra-aggressive Sedona Mud Rebel tires. We are talking about some seriously burly sneakers here. The stock tires are 25x8-12 in front and 25x10-12 in the rear.…