We take a deep dive into this mud-slinging ATV tire

Of all the replaceable wear items on your ATV or UTV, your tires are perhaps the most important, constituting your machine’s only point of contact with the ground. Little surprise, then, that there’s a big industry around four-wheeler tires, with a multitude of brands, models, compounds, and tread types, each with its own pros, cons, and quirks. Our “Everything You Need To Know” tire series is meant to help you navigate the vast sea of options out there, so you can make the best choice possible on your next set of tires. Here, we’ll look at the ITP Mud Lite series, exploring its features, sizing options, comparable alternatives, and reviews from real users.

ITP Mud Lite Features

ITP’s Mud Lite tire range was designed to provide ATVs and UTVs with optimal performance through just one type of terrain: mud. That makes ITP Mud Lite tires more specialized, and a bit less versatile, than some other options out there. While they can handle themselves on hardpack trails, their aggressive, V-shaped treads are most at home in loose dirt and mud, and they’ll wear more quickly than a trail-focused all-terrain tire. As an added plus, however, that tread design is also quite adept at shoveling its way through the snow – especially the firm stuff.

A notable exception is the ITP Mud Lite AT, which marries the Mud Lite tread design with the attributes of a trail tire, resulting in an inexpensive and versatile all-rounder.

ITP Mud Lite tires are also designed to be light in weight, with a 6-ply carcass offering a good balance between durability and low rotating mass. If you’re coming from a set of same-sized 8-ply tires, you’ll feel the difference every time you accelerate, brake, or turn the handlebars. Most of the ITP Mud Lite tire range utilizes bias-ply construction, lending them excellent puncture-resistance and the ability to be aired-down aggressively if needed, but the Mud Lite XTR is available wherever radial construction is preferred for its extra comfort and cornering performance. ITP touts the XTR as the industry’s first “extreme terrain radial tire.”

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Available Tire Sizes

The ITP Mud Lite series is offered in a huge array of sizes from 22 to 30 inches in diameter to suit a variety of machines.

Mud Lite XL

Size Ply Rating Diameter Section Width Load Tread Depth Weight
25×8-12NHS 6 25.3 7.8 695 34/32 21 lbs
25×10-12NHS 6 25.8 9.75 855 34/32 29 lbs
25×12-11 6 25.7 11.3 455 33/32 28 lbs
25×12-12 6 25.9 11 1020 34/32 27 lbs
27×10-14NHS 6 27.3 9.9 935 34/32 30 lbs
27×12-14NHS 6 27.65 11.1 1100 34/32 33 lbs
28×10-14NHS 6 27.8 9.8 990 34/32 29 lbs
28×12-14NHS 6 27.8 11 1200 34/32 32 lbs
26×10-12NHS 6 26.8 9.6 910 34/32 28 lbs
27×10-12NHS 6 27.6 9.8 965 34/32 30 lbs
27×12-12NHS 6 27.8 11.7 1140 34/32 33 lbs
8×10-12 6 27.8 9.8 1020 34/32 29 lbs
28×12-12NHS 6 28.7 11.4 1200 34/32 32 lbs
26×12-12NHS 6 27.2 12 1070 34/32 33 lbs
27×9-12NHS 6 27.2 9.3 880 34/32 27 lbs
26×9-12NHS 6 26 8.9 825 34 32 25 lbs

Mud Lite AT

Size Ply Rating Diameter Section Width Load Tread Depth Weight
24×8-12 6 23.9 7.5 310 21/32 17 lbs
23×8-11 6 23 8 290 21/32 16 lbs
24×11-10 6 24.6 10.7 440 21/32 20 lbs
25×8-12 6 25.1 7.6 340 21/32 17 lbs
25×11-10 6 25.9 10.5 455 21/32 20 lbs
25×8-11 6 24.8 8.3 355 21/32 17 lbs
25×10-12 6 25.3 9.4 420 21/32 23 lbs
25×10-11 6 24.8 9.9 420 21/32 19 lbs
23×8-10 6 23 8 300 21/32 14 lbs
23×10-10 6 23 10 375 21/32 18 lbs
24×10-11 6 24 10 395 21/32 20 lbs
24×8-11 6 24.1 7.8 320 21/32 15 lbs
25×12-9 6 25 11.9 495 21/32 24 lbs
22×11-8 6 22 11 395 21/32 17 lbs
22×11-9 6 22 10.8 395 21/32 17 lbs
22×11-10 6 22 11.1 385 21/32 18 lbs
22×8-10 6 22.3 8 275 21/32 15 lbs
24×9-11 6 24.3 8.9 365 21/32 18 lbs

Mud Lite XXL

Size Ply Rating Diameter Section Width Load Tread Depth Weight
30×10-12 6 30 10 1170 40/32 35 lbs
30×12-12 6 30.5 12 1320 40/32 38 lbs
30×10-14 6 29.6 10.1 550 40/32 35 lbs
30×12-14 6 30.25 11.85 660 39/32 39 lbs

Mud Lite XTR

Size Ply Rating Diameter Section Width Load Tread Depth Weight
27×11-14NHS 6 28.2 10.8 1020 36/32 35 lbs
27×9-14NHS 6 27.8 8.6 855 36/32 29 lbs
27×9-12 6 28 9 880 36/32 29 lbs
27×11-12 6 28.5 11 1050 36/32 34 lbs
26×9-12 6 26.7 8.8 825 36/32 27 lbs
26×11-12 6 27.2 10.6 990 36/32 32 lbs
25×8-12NHS 6 26.1 7.6 695 33/32 22 lbs
25×10-12 6 26.2 10.1 855 33/32 27 lbs

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ITP Mud Lite Weight

ITP Mud Lite XL

ITP Mud Lite XL

The ITP Mud Lite tire range largely lives up to the “lite” portion of its name, thanks in part to its 6-ply rating, although its tall, solid tread blocks keep it from being the lightest mud-terrain tire we’ve looked at. An ITP Mud Lite XL can weigh anywhere from 21 pounds at the low end, for size 25x8x12, to 33 pounds at the high end, for size 27x12x14. All XLs feature a fairly tall 33/32” or 34/32” tread depth. With its shallower 21/32” tread, an ITP Mud Lite AT tire sized 25x8x12 weighs just 17 pounds – 4 pounds less than the equivalent XL. The Mud Lite AT range tops out at 24 pounds, size 25x12x9.

Here’s a sample of ITP Mud Lite tire sizes and their respective weights in pounds.

Mud Lite XL

  •              25×8-12 – 21 pounds
  •              26×9-12 – 25 pounds
  •              27×9-12 – 27 pounds
  •              27×12-14 – 33 pounds

Mud Lite AT

  •              23×8-11 – 16 pounds
  •              25×8-12 – 17 pounds
  •              25×11-10 – 20 pounds
  •              25×12-9 – 24 pounds

Mud Lite XXL

  •              30×10-12 – 35 pounds
  •              30×12-14 – 39 pounds

Mud Lite XTR

  •              25×8-12 – 22 pounds
  •              26×9-12 – 27 pounds
  •              27×9-12 – 29 pounds
  •              27×11-14 – 35 pounds

Alternatives

ITP Mud Lite II

Numerous alternatives to the ITP Mud Lite tire range are available, whether you’re looking for lighter weight or even more extreme performance. The Maxxis ‘Zilla compares favorably to the Mud Lite range in terms of weight; at the high end, a big 30×11-14 Maxxis ‘Zilla weighs about 32 pounds, which is significantly lighter than any comparable Mud Lite, and that’s with a meaty, 38/32” tread depth, to boot. That light weight comes at the expense of some sidewall stability, but overall performance is comparable.

Another alternative to the ITP Mud Lite tire range is the Kenda Bear Claw, which features a similar, effective V-shaped tread design and 6-ply rating, with a durable, long-lasting compound that ensures years of use even on hardpack. For that reason, it’s more of an all-rounder than the ITP Mud Lite series, and it’s significantly lighter in weight than the Mud Lite XL, with a comparable price tag. The price you pay for that is somewhat lesser mud-terrain performance; tread depth on the Kenda Bear Claw is significantly less, meaning it’s not as adept at shoveling its way through deep mud.

User Reviews

ITP Mud Lite XTR

The best way to get to know a tire without rolling the dice on it yourself is by reading reviews from real life users, so we took a look at what fellow ATV enthusiasts had to say about the ITP Mud Lite series.

The most common refrain among ITP Mud Lite customers is that these tires can power through some serious muck. Reading the reviews, you’ll have a hard time turning up any complaints about owners getting stuck and needing to be pulled out. One reviewer went so far as to say the ITP Mud Lite is so aggressive it should be kept away from lawns, unless you’re fond of that “just roto-tilled” look.

More surprisingly, a number of reviewers commented favorably on the Mud Lite’s ability to deliver traction on hardpack and sand – two terrain types these tires weren’t necessarily designed for. Likewise, a number of customers praised their excellent snow performance.

As for longevity, the common consensus appears to be that so long as you don’t get any premature punctures and aren’t shipped a defective set, the ITP Mud Lite tire range can last for years. Many customers developed dry rot or experienced small leaks long before the tread ever had a chance to wear down, and one customer review we read even claimed he’d been running the tires problem-free for more than a decade.

On the other hand, some small percentage of reviewers were less than satisfied with what appeared to be defective ITP Mud Lite tires, with some experiencing irreparable failure within weeks or months of installing them. Such claims were rare, however.

Overall, the ITP Mud Lite XL, ITP Mud Lite AT, and ITP Mud Lite XTR are all very highly rated, well-regarded tires with scores of enthused customers.

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