Swapping out your stock tires can offer up improved performance
When it comes to tailoring a UTV to fit your specific needs, one of the first things that gets swapped out are the tires. While the manufacturers are putting better tires on the machines all the time, there is always room for improvement. Sometimes you’re riding in conditions that require more traction. Or if you’re riding in serious mud – a whole lot more traction. Sometimes you’re riding in rocky terrain that requires a tougher tire, or you want better handling at higher speeds.
Swapping out the tires also adds another level of personalization and customization that helps you make the machine your own. Quite often, a tire swap is accompanied by a new set of wheels, which adds to the “Ooh and Ahh” factor.
When selecting a new set of tires for your ride, you need to determine what type of riding you’re doing, what type of tire will best fit that need and, of course, how much you want to spend. There are a lot of really good tires out there, so picking the right ones isn’t going to be easy. Here are five UTV tires that fit a wide range of terrain that are really interesting and definitely worth a look.
BFGoodrich Baja T/A KR2 UTV
Yeah, you read that right. The same BFGoodrich tires you run on your truck are now available in a sweet version for your UTV. These tires have a blocky tread pattern that will work in a wide range of terrain types.
EFX MotoClaw Tires
The MotoClaws are a mean-looking tire that can take on a wide range of terrain. They come in six-ply and have very deep lugs, making them an all-terrain tire that can handle some mud.
ITP 900XCT Tires
ITP is one of the biggest UTV tire manufacturers out there and it has a lot of amazing tires to pick from. The 900XCTs aren’t always the sexy choice, but are definitely worth a look, especially for the driver looking for an all-around tire that is really good in mud and snow.
Maxxis VIPR Radial Tire
Maxxis makes more UTV tires than just about anyone and its Bighorn 2.0 may be the most popular tire out there, thanks the amount of manufacturers that have made it their OEM rubber. Maxxis makes some amazing other tires too, and one you should definitely take a look at is the VIPR. These radial tires have a deep lug pattern and radial construction for a smooth, traction-filled ride. And the design of the tread pattern gives you a huge contact patch with the trail, giving you great control.
The Kanati Mongrel is a popular tire on the UTV racing scene and with good reason. Racers want a tire that is going to get great traction on dirt, sand and hardpack conditions. It has deep lugs, and a tread design that provides a great contact patch. The Mongrel is even D.O.T. approved for street use. Another feature that should put these tires on your radar is that they are eight-ply, making them one seriously tough tire.