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Old September 27th, 2011, 06:42 AM
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just got a new 900 xp what are the best sand tires to go with
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Old September 27th, 2011, 06:45 AM
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Re: sand tires

Talk to Dave at fullerton sand sports about his blasters .
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Old September 28th, 2011, 03:21 PM
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Re: sand tires

I got 3/4 play cut blasters & smoothies on DW red labels from fullerton!
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Old September 28th, 2011, 03:52 PM
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I got 3/4 play cut blasters & smoothies on DW red labels from fullerton!
i got the same set up from berts mega mall
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Old September 28th, 2011, 05:14 PM
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Sand tire unlimited Blasters on DWT rims.
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Old October 2nd, 2011, 03:08 PM
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Re: sand tires

I put the 27X14X12 STU 16 Paddles on a 12X10 Douglas rim on the rear, and the Scat-Trac Mowhawks on 12X7 Douglas rims on the front of my STOCK XP900.

The rims bent EVERYTIME I went out, so I carried a plastic dead-blow hammer with me at all times to pound the beads back out, and some starting fluid to re-seat them, (it brought back memories from being a mechanic for a logging company years ago, lol)...

I sent the rims to O.M.F. Performance for tapered lug billet centers, (I now use the same stock lugnuts that use the folding 17mm lug-wrench from Wal*Mart); bead-locks, and reinforcing inner rings. It didn't matter if I lightly kissed a stump/tree/root, crawling low speed around the woods, or hit a whoop at high speed, it was like they were made of aluminium foil... $1200 later, I hope that fixes that problem for good!

The $300ea STU paddles hook up great in the Oregon Dunes, but the $285ea Mowhawks SUCK! They might be good in Glamis, but for the short/steep dunes in Oregon, they have VERY little traction, and spin so fast, you can barely keep the steering wheel in your hands! (I ordered power steering this week for that issue...). The Mohawks push very hard in cornering, and with my current shock set-up, they have TERRIBLE understeer. I just sent the 4 stock shocks to FOX for a $700 upgrade they claim wil make the 900 handle much better - we'll see...

I was going to go back to the stock front tires to see if that helped, but decided to try the $153ea Gorilla Silverbacks from Rocky Mountain ATV on the front. I have a tire groover, so I might play with cutting them a bit...

I left my rear paddles stock, with the shorter (I forget if it's #1 or #2 paddle height) paddle, since the paddles wear too fast from driving in and out of camp on the pavement. I figure I need all the rubber left there so they will last longer. That's a draw back to riding in Oregon, with all the asphalt to get to the sand...

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Re: sand tires

Quote: Originally Posted by skullz View Post
just got a new 900 xp what are the best sand tires to go with
Before you spend a dime on sand tires, seriously, talk to Dave he will save you from making a very very expensive mistake.
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Re: sand tires

If you run Oregon dunes dont get the 16 paddle 1/2 cut blasters. My buddy has them on his XP and i pull him with stock tires. Plus he is 100lbs more then me, But not impressed.
He is borrowing the full paddles this trip and im using his 1/2 cuts. we will see what happends.
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Re: sand tires

Seems the stu blaster are the choice for the xp
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Re: sand tires

And once again, what sand do you ride in? STU dont work every where!
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And once again, what sand do you ride in? STU dont work every where!
So! What is the verdict? I am about ready to drop $2K on a set of STUs and Hipers
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Re: sand tires

I have $3,000 tied up in STU 16 paddles (26X14X12), and Skat-Trac Mowhawks (26X10X12), and Douglas rims w/ OMF Beadlocks + billet centers & reinforcing rings, on my STOCK 2011 XP900.

I just spent a week at the Oregon dunes, blew my OEM belt at 50 hours, and the EPI Extreme Service belt at 3 hours! I put the stock tires back on, bought another $200 Pure Polaris belt, and finished out the week on stock tires.

I called Florence, Oregon Polaris where I bought the tires, and asked them about the belt issue. They said 50 hours on a Polaris belt is "normal", in the sand, with the tire combination I have. They said they don't sell the EPI belts, because they were getting too many complaints about them.

Personally, I think a $200 belt, every 50 hours of sand usage is too excessive. Hopefully the stock tires will help the belt last longer, until someone can come up with a better belt set up...
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