If your Gator needs some new shoes, we’ve got you covered
The John Deere Gator series of Utility Terrain Vehicles has become a staple in the industry over the past two-and-a-half decades, and that’s great news if you find yourself shopping for replacement John Deere Gator tires. The product line has so much clout that it’s all but impossible for tire manufacturers to ignore, which means there is an abundance of competitive, high-quality tires for John Deere Gator on the market, spanning a range of price points and terrain specialties.
As you’re shopping, it’s important to keep in mind that the goals of a Utility UTV tire are generally quite different from those of the average ATV tire. Utility UTVs tend to be heavier and more work-focused, with relatively high payload and tow ratings, so whatever you get, you’ll want to be sure that it can support adequate weight. Further, because of their less recreational focus, Utility UTVs seldom need the sort of hardcore, high-speed-performance mud-terrain tires that ATVs and Sport UTVs often do best on.
Whether this is your first time shopping for new John Deer Gator tires, or you’re just looking to switch things up this next time around, we’ve put together this handy guide with our top picks for the best Gator tires on the market.
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Carlisle HD Field Trax
A favorite standby from a proven, trusted manufacturer, the Carlisle HD Field Trax makes for a long-lasting, versatile John Deere Gator tire, with a non-directional, open 12/32” tread pattern that manages to find traction over a wide variety of terrains. They utilize bias-ply construction for superior puncture resistance and load carrying, and Carlisle’s rubber compounds are among the most resilient out there.
Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 Radial
If your Gator regularly sees more mud, sand, or other soft terrain, give Maxxis’s Bighorn 2.0 tires a shot. These radial tires deliver a smoother ride with better shock absorption than bias-ply tires can provide, but their 6-ply construction still delivers plenty of durability and puncture-resistance. The tread design has plenty of void area, making them adept at keeping clean when things get hairy, and the aggressive, non-directional tread blocks are deep – up to 25/32” deep depending on tire size.
Weize 4-Ply ATV/UTV
Our most budget-friendly John Deere Gator tires on the list, these 4-ply ATV/UTV tires from Weize shouldn’t be discounted just because of their price. They feature the same split-lug design as plenty of other popular, higher-cost tire designs, which helps deliver traction over a range of terrain types and aids in cornering by twisting and stretching to maintain grip. Reviews for this particular tire model are hard to come by, but some of Weize’s other, more recreational ATV tires enjoy wide favorability.
Hoosier 4-Ply Super Turf
You probably know Hoosier tires from their icon status in the world of drag racing, but did you know they also make multi-terrain tires for mowers, golf carts, UTVs, and the like? These certainly aren’t the most hardcore tires for John Deere Gator on this list, but they provide plenty of usable off-road traction for tackling the hills on your property, and the tread design has been carefully crafted to minimize damage to your lawn. Contrary to the sort of tires Hoosier is best known for, call this the “practical” option.
SunF G003 All-Terrain Turf
Featuring a busy, complex tread design with a high number of tread blocks per square inch, these heavy 4-ply G003 all-terrain turf tires from SunF are compatible with most terrain types your liable to come across, with extra shoulder knobs designed to minimize the risk of sidewall damage. They won’t coddle your lawn quite like the Hoosier Super Turf tires listed above, but what you lose in lawn protection, you gain in outright traction.
Wanda High Load ATV/UTV
With four heavy-duty nylon plies and a split-block, non-directional tread pattern, these Wanda High Load ATV/UTV tires perform the sort of work your hardworking John Deere Gator does best: heavy-load, low-speed labor. They’re good for an incredible 1,830 pounds of load per tire at up to 10 mph, making them perfect for UTV applications involving a lot of towing and hauling, and there’s plenty of void area between tread blocks for exceptional clean-out on soft terrain.
Carlisle Turf Trac RS
The last of the John Deere Gator tires on our list are another model from Carlisle – and deservedly so. Similar to the Hoosier Super Turf, the Carlisle Turf Trac R/S was designed with the goal of providing maximum traction with minimal destruction to your lawn, and they’re so popular among round-shoulder UTV tires, we might even say no list would be complete without them. They’re available in a few different sizes and ply ratings, but for their durability and puncture-resistance, we recommend the 4-ply for your John Deere Gator.
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