UTV?TREAD EVALUATION BAJACROSS XD TIRES
We installed a set of ITP’s BajaCross 26-inch tires on their 12-inch SS212 platinum wheels, and bolted them onto our Project Kawasaki Teryx 750.
The BajaCross is made using an eight-ply construction that makes its carcass very resistant to punctures. They also give great sidewall stiffness for less tire warp and wobble. The BajaCross tires are a claimed 25 percent stronger than ITP’s next toughest tire, and is also the longest lasting. The overlapping center tread pattern and stepped side lugs provide a smooth ride on hardpack surfaces, and the big side knobs provide good bite in desert terrain or hardpacked trails. The BajaCross also features a raised lip near the bead that protects the SS wheels from being damaged by rocks.
Once the new treads were bolted up, we fired up our Teryx and hammered it around our 60-mile Baja-esque test loop. A loop which consists of loose dirt, sand, whoops, tight and technical trails, hill climbs and descents, as well as rocky creek beds.
After two loops around our course to critique the BajaCross, the tough eight-ply treads didn’t come close to a flat, and after a quick wash, the tires looked brand new. We even went against racing protocol and deliberately skipped across every sharp obstacle in our path.
The 26×9-12 tires handled very well in every type of terrain we drove them through. They are extremely durable, and when filled to the suggested 10 pounds of air pressure, tracked over everything. Air pressure is very important, as overfilling will cause the narrow front tires to push through corners, and under pressure soft tires will get sliced.
About the only thing we didn’t love about the BajaCross tires and SS212 platinum wheels are the prices. Pricing for the treads start around $115 each on www.rockymountainatvmc.com for a 25x8R-12, and hit upwards of $170 for the larger sizes. The SS212 wheels ran from $89 to $195 on the same website. We found close to the same prices at our local Riders Choice shop as well.