Choosing a set of Kawasaki Mule tires – or rubber for any side-by-side, really – can lead customers down a rabbit hole full of tread patterns and sizing options. For this buyers guide, we’re opting to stick with factory Mule tire sizes but note that the size can vary with different Kawasaki Mule trim options.
One of the biggest names in ATV and UTV tires is ITP Tires. Since 1982, the Franklin, Tenn. company has been at or near the top in production and sales of high-performance tires for many different terrain and competition types. Whether for running across the desert at high speed, navigating the tight woods, slogging through a bottomless mud pit, or clawing your way to the top of a rutted, rock-filled hill, there is an ITP tire that is tested tough and proven to perform. But which one is best for your machine? Here is a look at some of the popular models of ITP tires for your ATV and UTV.
At the rain-soaked, muddy and challenging FMF Steele Creek Grand National Cross Country race in Morganton, NC, Team ITP racers came away with four class victories and six total podium finishes. ITP-backed racers won the WXC (Women’s Premier), Junior B 22+, Super Senior 45+ and Masters 50+ classes.
“Despite the very trying conditions at Steele Creek, ITP racers earned four total class wins which says a lot about the heart of our racers and both the construction and versatility of our tires,” says Pat McGuire, Public Relations / Race Support. “To get both Dave Simmons and Angel Knox in the overall morning top 10 on sport quads was fabulous. They battled hard against the elements and deserved to win their classes.”
ITP Tire & Wheel Company has announced the launch of the all-new Mammoth Mayhem mud tire.
The latest addition to the ITP Mayhem line of mud tires, the 32-inch Mammoth Mayhem sports an extra-deep, two-inch lug. The mammoth-sized claws are designed to propel ATVs and Side-by-Sides continuously forward, while channeling the mud out of the tire tread.
Team ITP ATV and Side-by-Side racers competed in both the 2013 AMA Mtn. Dew ATV Motocross National Championship Series and the World Off-Road Championship Series this past weekend. At the final round of the ATV MX series in Tennessee, ITP-supported racers won four classes, earned more than a dozen podiums and wrapped up eight individual amateur national championships. ITP Side-by-Side pilots earned two podiums at Glen Helen Raceway in Southern California.
“We’re very pleased about winning eight amateur AMA ATV motocross national championships. We could have had more titles, as we had 15 runner-up finishes and seven third-place finishes as well, but that’s racing. Our riders battled to the very end with their ITP tires and we’re proud of all their efforts and the titles,” says Pat McGuire, public relations / race support. “Our racers had a bit of bad luck at the WORCS event in California, but we still came away with a couple podium finishes, including John Pacheco’s third-place run in the challenging SxS Pro Production class.”
Adam McGill finished fifth in the XC1 Pro ATV class.
Team ITP racers won four classes and earned 10 total class podiums at round nine of the 2013 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country series held in West Virginia. Dave Simmons, Brian Schmid, Mark Batson and Jordan Digby each won their class at a muddy Snowshoe Mountain Resort in Snowshoe, WV, while ITP Pro Adam McGill earned fifth in the XC1 Pro class.
“To come away with four class victories and 10 total podiums at a very rugged, muddy and difficult Snowshoe GNCC course is a nice accomplishment. Unfortunately, a few of our top riders had some issues at this round, but we’re pleased with our season so far going into the GNCC summer break,” says Pat McGuire, public relations / race support. “To have this many racers leading their class in points or owning the most class overall victories is rather impressive. We anxiously await the second portion of the GNCC in September as we make our final push for multiple championships.”
Modeled after the historic Blackwater 100, the Snowshoe GNCC features some of the roughest terrain on the 2013 schedule, offering racers rocks, tight woods, hills and, of course, mud. Heavy rain prior to the event and a downpour during the afternoon session only enhanced Snowshoe’s infamous reputation and made for slick, challenging conditions.
ITP-supported racers found success at the recent Limestone 100 GNCC, earning two class victories at Round 6 of the AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series in Springhill, Ind. Brian Schmid and Kenny Rich Sr., who each won their class, and Sam Williams tallied a total of three podium finishes for Team ITP.
“We had a tougher round at the Limestone GNCC, earning two class overall wins. However two of most successful racers – Dave Simmons and Chad Jones – didn’t compete. With that said, we are still in control or in contention for the class championship in at least a half dozen classes with seven rounds remaining,” says Pat McGuire, public relations / race support. “XC1 Pro class racer Adam McGill rode with the leaders all day, but just couldn’t crack the top three this time. Our riders never give up, though, and we expect better finishes at round seven, the John Penton GNCC, in Ohio.”
ITP-backed XC1 Pro racer Adam McGill (Lonestar / Precision) came out at the start within the top six, but quickly joined the top four racers in a four-lap battle for podium. After lap one, McGill was just four seconds behind third place and waiting for one of the other racers to make an error. However, the top two racers found more speed and McGill dropped off the pace by the third lap. He ended up fourth overall in the XC1 class and is currently fourth in the point standings, just four points behind third.
Team ITP racers earned numerous class victories as they competed in round four of the 2013 Mtn. Dew ATV Motocross National Championship series and round five of the World Off-Road Championship Series.
In Indiana at round four of the ATV MX series, ITP supported racers earned a total of 17 podiums, winning seven classes. The West Coast WORCS UTV racers tallied three podium finishes, including the SxS Production 850 class victory, using ITP tires at the Taft, Calif. event.
“Our Team ITP racers had a wonderful time at the inaugural visit to Wildcat Creek MX in Indiana. Winning seven classes is a great accomplishment, especially at an all-new motocross track. Pro class racer Josh Creamer just missed another podium finish and continues to impress using ITP tires,” says Pat McGuire, public relations / race support. “Our WORCS UTV racers did a great job as well, winning the 850 production class and earning a spot on the highly competitive SxS Pro Production class.”
ITP has added to its lineup of ATV motocross tires with the new Quadcross MX2 froont tire.
ITP calls the MX2 the most advanced ATV motocross tire to date and says it features a revolutionary tread pattern and revamped construction.
Making the tread pattern stand out is a row of dimpled centerline lugs for forward traction, as well as twin rows of angled off-center lugs and strategically placed outer wall lugs for improved side bite. The carcass construction of the new Quadcross MX2 is infused with more natural rubber, which ITP says produces a harder tire compound to improve cornering and straight-line traction. Engineered specifically for motocross tracks, ITP boasts this new front tire delivers more predictable handling and industry-leading side bite.
“The Quadcross MX2 is engineered to outperform the competition by offering superior traction and handling while also offering controllable side bite,” says Pat McGuire, public relations / race support at ITP. “Our team of engineers did a fabulous job designing a well-rounded performance motocross tire that is at the forefront of ATV racing.”
Former AMA ATV Motocross National Champion Josh Creamer has announced that he will be returning to the AMA ATV MX Series for 2013 racing for Team BCS/ Can-Am. Creamer will be using ITP tires throughout the 2013 race season.
Creamer dominated the 2010 ATV MX Nationals for his first major title, and then competed on the West Coast in 2011. He moved closer to his native New England for the 2012 season and won both the Pro and Pro-Am championships in the highly competitive NEATV MX Series.
“Team BCS/Can-Am and I are really excited for the 2013 AMA season,” says Creamer. “With ITP and their great new product on board, this is going to be a great year!”
ATV racers wrapped up the grueling 13-round Grand National Cross Country series this pas weekend in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. and Team ITP racers finished the season in style.
Dave Simmons ( Yamaha) raced to his ninth overall morning race victory and his 13th straight win in the Super Senior 45+ class. He’s the Muhammad Ali of amateur cross country ATV racing.
Glenn McConnell (Yamaha) won the finale by eight and a half minutes. His seventh victory of the season was just enough to secure the Masters (50+) class championship.
Looking to expand its family of off-road tires to keep up with consumer demands, ITP has added new 30-inch tire sizes to its BajaCross and UltraCross lineups.
For the BajaCross, ITP has added a big, bold 30x10R-14 size. “This beast not only provides greater ground clearance to help a machine get over tougher obstacles, but because of a new, lightweight design it also offers better flexibility for an all-around boost in grip, handling and ride comfort,” ITP says in a release.
This new tire features an 8-ply rating and strong radial construction. ITP’s extended-life rubber compound and overlapping tread pattern are designed to provide a smooth, predictable ride as well as slow wear characteristics. As well, ITP says stepped lugs provide consistent tread edges as the tire wears, for predictable performance throughout the long life of the tire. Wraparound lugs provide improved shoulder protection, while a super deep Rim Guard offers what ITP calls “the best wheel lip protection in the business.”
A heatwave plagued much of the country this past weekend, and the Sunday Creek National in southern Ohio, round seven of the 2012 AMA ATV Motocross Championship Series, was certainly no exception. Following a severe thunderstorm on Friday, the race day’s high temperature and humidity – combined with a rough track surface – put big demands on man, machine and support crews.
Team ITP racers, however, were able to put a number of quads equipped with a variety of Holeshot, QuadCross and Turf Tamer tires into winner’s circle.
Among the winners was Samuel Rowe, who continues to be the teen to beat in Schoolboy class competition. This Janssen Motorsports-powered Root River Racing rider was again on top of the Schoolboy Jr. (13-15) division with a clean 1-1 moto sweep, and also placed second overall in the Schoolboy Sr. (14-17) class. He leads the championship point standings in both classes.
Maci Devenport was a winner in Ohio, claiming both motos of the Girls (12-15) class; that moved her up one position in the standings, to second. This performance was combined with second overall in the 90 Production (8-15) division, in which she sits atop the points.