These tires will get you through the slop
Anybody who’s ever ridden an ATV or UTV has likely pointed it in the direction of the nearest muddy section of trail early and often. While just about every modern four wheeler can handle itself well in a moderate amount of mud, some riders like to push the boundaries far past moderate.
The easiest way to improve the mud prowess of your ATV or UTV is with a set of mud-specific tires. With the right set of mud tires, you can get through just about anything Mother Nature throws your way, but don’t go buying the biggest, nastiest tires you can find.
Some mud tires are no fun to take on a normal trail due to their tall lugs. Also, the bigger the mud tire, the more power you’ll need to move them. It’s a delicate balance, but fortunately the aftermarket has built a mud tire for everybody from casual riders to riders with mud coursing through their veins. This buyer’s guide aims to show you a wide variety of what the aftermarket has to offer so you can make the best choice for you and your machine.
AMS designed the DOT-approved Slingshot to be an aggressive mud tire that won’t “jar the fillings out of your teeth when riding your quad out of the bog.” It features tread depths of 0.75 or 1.0 in.
Tire Ply Rating: 6 Slingshot Sizes: 25X8-12, 25X10-12, 26X9-12, 26X9-14, 26X11-12, 26X11-14 Click here for more information
AMS Swamp Fox
AMS offers two Swamp Fox models. The original Swamp Fox is fairly tame by mud tire standards and would work better for normal trail riding with its 0.625-inch tread depth, compared to the more aggressive 1.2-inch tread depth on the Swamp Fox Plus.
Tire Ply Rating: 6 Swamp Fox Sizes: 22X7-10, 22X7-11, 22X8-10, 23X7-10, 23X8-11, 23X8-12, 24X8-11, 24X8-12, 25X8-11, 25X8-12, 25X12-9, 22X11-9 24X9-11, 22X10-9, 22X10-10, 23X10-10, 22X11-10, 23X10-12, 24X10-11, 24X11-10, 25X10-11, 25X10-12, 25X11-10, 25X12-10, 25X11-12 Swamp Fox Plus Sizes: 27X12-12, 28X12-12, 25X8-12 25X10-12, 26X9-12, 26X12-12, 27X9-12, 27X12-12, 29X9-12, 28X12-12, 26X9-14, 26X11-14 Click here for more information
Carlisle Mud Wolf
Carlisle makes two Mud Wolf tires. The original Mud Wolf is the beefier tire, while the Mud Wolf XL is both larger and lighter (23.4 – 39.5 lbs vs. 21.1 – 27.9 lbs). Each has a 1.125-inch tread depth.
Tire Ply Rating: 6 Mud Wolf Sizes: 25X8-12, 25X11-12, 26X9-12, 26X12-12, 27X9-12, 27X12-12 Mud Wolf XL Sizes: 26X9-14, 26X11-14 Click here for more information
CST Wild Thang
CST’s Wild Thang is an intermediate mud tire featuring “a fanged tread pattern that extends over the shoulder for extra cornering grip.” CST says the tires lightweight bias-play construction allows for exceptional acceleration.
Tire Ply Rating: 6 Front Sizes: 29X9-12, 28X9-14, 26X9-12, 25X8-12, 28X10-12, 30X9-14, 27X10-14 Rear Sizes: 27X11-12, 28X11-14, 26X11-12 28X12-12, 25X10-12, 30X11-14, 27X12-14 Click here for more information
With its one-inch lugs, Colorado Components says the EFX MotoMax was designed to perform in the mud or on hard pack terrain.
Tire Ply Rating: 6 MotoMax Sizes: 27X10-14, 27X12-14 Click here for more information
According to Colorado Components, the EFX MotoBoss combines “the finest deep mud traction with a smooth, plush ride quality.” The tire boasts two-inch lugs, weighs between 45 and 60 pounds, and has a massive 34X16-16 tire size.
Tire Ply Rating: 6 MotoBoss Sizes: 28X10-12, 30X10-14, 32X10-15, 34X10-16 Click here for more information
Colorado Components calls the EFFX MotoMonster a true swamp ATV tire. It features two-inch lugs with side panel extensions on the shoulder.
Tire Ply Rating: 6 MotoMonster Sizes: 30X10-14 Click here for more information
GBC’s Spartacus boasts eight-ply radial construction and is designed specifically for mud and other tough terrains. Its tread depth is slightly less than one inch and it’s relatively light in weight (22.1 – 33.7 pounds).
Tire Ply Rating: 8 Spartacus Sizes: 25X8-R12, 25X10-R12, 26X10-R12, 26X12-R12, 26X9-R14, 26X11-R14, 27X9-R14, 27X11-R14 Click here for more information
Gorilla Axle Silverback
Gorilla Axle isn’t shy when talking about its Silverback mud tire. “It’s simply the most aggressive ATV tire in the world.” Sizes are available up to 32 inches and lug height is between 1.5 and a ridiculous 2.5 inches.
Tire Ply Rating: 6 Silverback Sizes: 27, 28, 30 and 32 inch sizes available Click here for more information
Highlifter offers three versions of its Outlaw mud tire. The Outlaw MST is for those who don’t spend all their time in the mud. The Radial Outlaw offers radial construction and a more aggressive tread pattern. Finally, the Outlaw 2 boasts up to 2.5 inches of lug height and a tread that wraps all the way to the rim.
Tire Ply Rating: 6 Outlaw MST Sizes: 25X11-12, 25X9-12, 26X12-12, 26X9.5-12, 27X12-12, 27X9.5-12, 28X12-12, 28X9.5-12 Radial Outlaw Sizes: 27X9.5-14, 27X12-14, 28X9.5-14, 28X12-12, 30X10-14 Outlaw R Sizes: 27X9.2-12, 27X12-12, 28X9.5-14, 28X11-14, 28X12.5-12, 29.5X9.5-14, 29.5X11-14, 32X10.5-14, 34.5X10.5-16 Click here for more information
Interco TSL Vampire
Interco boasts that the TSL Vampires are can run under most load conditions even when punctured. Tread depth is about 1.375 inches (2.0 inches on the Vampire EDL).
Tire Ply Rating: 6 TSL Vampire Sizes: 22X12.5-10, 24X9-10, 25X9.5-10, 25X13-10, 26X12-10, 26X9.5-10, 27X10-10, 24X9-11, 25X9.5-11, 25X12-11, 26X12-11, 26X9.5-11, 27X10-11, 27X12-11, 25X9.5-12, 25X12-12, 26X9.5-12, 26X12-12, 27X12-12, 28X10-12, 28X10-14, 22X12.5-9, 25X13-9 Click here for more information
ITP has four tires in the Mayhem line – Mayhem, Mega Mayhem, Monster Mayhem, and Mammoth Mayhem. The Mayhem is the tamest of the bunch with a one-inch lug depth, followed by the Mega Mayhem (1.5-inch lug depth), Monster Mayhem (1.75-inch lug depth), and the Mammoth Mayhem (2.0-inch lug depth. The smallest Mayhem tires weighs 20.8 pounds, while the enormous Mammoth Mayhem tips the scales at 54 pounds.
Tire Ply Rating: 6 Mayhem Sizes: 24X8-12, 24X10-12, 25X8-12, 25X10-12, 26X9-12, 26X11-12 Mega Mayhem Sizes: 27X9-12, 27X11-12, 27X9-14 27X11-14, 28X9-12, 28X11-12, 28X9-14, 28X11-14 Monster Mayhem Sizes: 30X9-14, 30X10-14 Mammoth Mayhem Sizes: 32X10-14 Click here for more information
ITP Mud Lite
Like the Mayhem line, ITP has four different Mud Lite models, each in a wide variety of sizes. The Mud Lite AT is the most comfortable on the trail with 0.75-inch lugs, followed by the Mud Lite XL with 1.125-inch lugs, and the more aggressive Mud Lite XXL with 1.3-inch lugs. ITP says the Mud Lite XTR is the industry’s first extreme terrain radial tire, boasting 1.125-inch lugs.
Tire Ply Rating: 6 Mud Lite AT Sizes: 22X11-8, 22X11-9, 25X12-9, 22X10-8, 22X11-10, 23X8-10, 23X10-10, 24X11-10, 25X11-10, 27X12-10, 23X8-11, 24X8-11, 24X9-11, 24X10-11, 25X8-11, 25X10-11, 24X8-12, 25X8-12, 25X10-12 Mud Lite XL Sizes: 25X12-11, 25X8-12, 25X10-12 25X12-12, 26X9-12, 26X10-12, 26X12-12, 27X9-12, 27X10-12, 27X12-12, 27X10-14 27X12-14, 28X10-12, 28X12-12, 28X10-14, 28X12-14 Mud Lite XXL Sizes: 30X10-12, 30X12-12, 30X10-14, 30X12-14 Mud Lite XTR Sizes: 25X8R-12, 25X10R-12, 26X9R-12, 26X11R-12, 27X9R-12, 27X11R-12, 27X9R-14, 27X11R-14 Click here for more information
Kenda’s Executioner mud tire has tread depth ranging from 0.8 to 1.2 inches, depending on size. It is an aggressive tire with reinforced knobs designed to reduce knob rollover at low pressure.
Tire Ply Rating: 6 Executioner Sizes: 25X8-12, 25X10-12, 26X10-12, 26X12-12, 27X10-12, 27X12-12, 28X9-14, 28X11-14 Click here for more information
Maxxis Mud Bug
Maxxis says the Mud Bog offers aggressive lugs for an abundance of traction through mud bogs or down sloppy backcountry trails. Its moderate lug height means you can still ride in relative comfort on regular trails.
Tire Ply Rating: 6 Front Sizes: 25X8-12, 26X10-12, 27X10-12, 27X8-12 Rear Sizes: 25X11-10, 25X10-11, 25X10-12, 26X12-12, 27X12-12 Click here for more information
These pure mud tires feature huge pyramid-shaped tread bars that are constructed to flex more in mud-accumulating areas. These tires come stock on the Can-Am Outlander 650 X mr.
Tire Ply Rating: 6 Front Sizes: 25X8-12, 26X9-12, 27X9-12, 28X10-12, 28X8-12, 30X9-14 Rear Sizes: 25X10-12, 26X12-12, 27X12-12, 28X10-12, 28X12-12, 30X11-14 Click here for more information
The Maxxis Zilla is tamer than the Mudzilla and features a lighter tread pattern for quicker acceleration. Its tread pattern is also closer together, making for a smoother trail ride. These tires are found stock on Arctic Cat Mud Pro ATVs.
Tire Ply Rating: 6 Front Sizes: 24X8-11, 23X8-12, 24X8-12, 25X8-12, 26X9-12, 27X9-12, 28X10-12, 26X9-14, 27X10-14, 28X9-14, 30X9-14 Rear Sizes: 22X10-9, 25X11-9, 22X11-10 25X11-10, 24X10-11, 23X10-12, 25X10-12, 26X11-12, 27X11-12, 28X12-12, 26X11-14, 27X12-14, 28X11-14, 30X11-14 Click here for more information
Sedona Mud Rebel
Sedona offers two versions of the Mud Rebel : Mud Rebel and Mud Rebel RT. The Mud Rebel is designed to be a bit better in deeper mud, while the radian Mud Rebel RT performs slightly better on hard pack terrain.
Tire Ply Rating: 6 Mud Rebel Sizes: 25X8-12, 24X8-12, 26X9-12, 27X10-14, 25X10-12, 25X10-11, 26X10-12, 26X12-12, 27X12-14, 24X9-11, 22X11-9, 22X12-9, 22X8-10, 22X11-10, 23X8-10, 23X10-10, 24X11-10, 23X9-11, 24X10-11 Mud Rebel RT Sizes: 25X8R-12, 25X10R-12, 26X9R-12, 26X10R-12, 26X11R-12, 26X9R-14, 26X11R-14, 30X10R-15 Click here for more information
Sedona Mudder InLaw
This monster of a mud tire has two inches of center lug depth and 2.25 inches on the outside edge. Sedona calls it the only deep lug, 8-ply, puncture resistant, radial mud tire available.
Tire Ply Rating: 8 Mudder InLaw Sizes: 30X10R-14, 32X10R-14 Click here for more information
STI Silverback XLite
STI’s Silverback XLite is designed to deliver mud traction while keeping weight down (18.4 – 32.8 pounds). The lugs (1.125 – 1.25 in.) wrap over the shoulder and are designed to sling mud away from the machine.
Tire Ply Rating: 6 Silverback XLite Sizes: 25X8-12, 25X10-12, 26X9-12, 26X11-12, 27X9-12, 27X11-12, 26X9-14, 26X11-14, 27X10-14, 28X10-14, 30X10-14 Click here for more information
STI Outback MAX
STI’s most aggressive mud tire is the Outback MAX, boasting 1.5-inch tread depth in the center and 2.0-inch tread depth at the shoulder. These massive, rugged tires weigh between 48.2 and 58.5 pounds.
Tire Ply Rating: 8 Outback MAX Sizes: 30X10-14, 31X10-15, 32X10-17, 34X10-17 Click here for more information
SuperATV says the terminator tires are “hands down the most aggressive mud tires on the market.” Boasting two-inch lugs, Terminators are available all the way up to an enormous 36X12-18 size.
Tire Ply Rating: 6 Terminator Sizes: 28X10-12, 28X10-14, 28X12-14, 29.5X10-12, 29.5X10-14, 29.5X12-14, 32X10-14, 33X10-15, 34X10-15, 35X10.5-16, 36X10-18, 36X12-18 Click here for more information