Buying ATV Tires - Four Features to Consider
Noticing signs of wear or tread loss on your ATV tires? It's probably time to purchase a new set. By spending a little time learning what to look for, you will be able to choose the perfect ATV tires to enhance the safety and performance of your vehicle.
The following are the four tire features you should consider when shopping for ATV tires - tread type, tire construction, tire size, and tire shape.
1. Tread Type
The type of tread that an ATV tire is designed with is based on its intended use. The type of terrain you travel on your ATV will help you determine which type of tread will be best for your intended use.
Mud ATV Tires - feature an angled tread pattern moving inside to outside
All Terrain ATV Tires - have tread designed for wide range of riding on a variety of surfaces
Sand ATV Tires - feature scoop or paddle style treads
Racing ATV Tires - have tread designed for medium and hard trails or courses
2. Tire Construction
When shopping for ATV tires, you will find radial tires and bias ply tires. Bias ply tires are the most common choice for ATV tires because of their rugged construction and durability. Radial ATV tires, however, are gaining in popularity due to excellent ride quality, longevity, low fuel consumption, and flexibility. You will again need to consider the type of riding you do to make the best selection for your ATV.
3. Tire Size
When replacing ATV tires, it is usually best to stay with the tire size that was originally specified by the manufacturer of your ATV. While you may want to upsize to some degree for greater ground clearance, remember that extensive testing and research went into the engineering decision to equip your ATV with the original tires it had. It is likely that those size tires will deliver the best all-around performance.
4. Tire Shape
Most UTVs are designed with round shaped tires. Round tires corner well, handle mud and other soft environments, and provides a softer ride. Flat shaped tires, typically found on sport ATVs are engineered for hard to medium courses and offer greater sidewall stability. Select your tire shape for the type of vehicle you have and the kind of riding you do.