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Old February 23rd, 2011, 06:01 AM
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best tire and size

alright i know i have posted about tires a couple of times but i am about to make a purchase and have a couple final ?s.......... i do alot of riding in the river bottoms alot of mud and i mean alot....... i have been looking at bighorn2.0 tires but i have heard they run kinda big and i need to stay close to stock width with that said are 26'' bighorns going to be to big without spacers..... i have a standard 50'' rzr. question number 2.... i ride alot of mud i dont go mudding really but the area often floods and alot of mud ison these trails... are the bighorns going to do well or do i need a mud specific tire... thanks for any info and opinions
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Old February 23rd, 2011, 06:11 AM
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Re: best tire and size

Take a look at the Duro Power Grips in the 25in size, they were out before the Bighorns and clean out better than Bighorns, you will like the tread pattern, as I have been told that Maxxis took their tread pattern from the Duro's when they built the Bighorns.

The Duro's will do everything you want in the mud as your limited by your clearance, and the Duro's are sooooooo much better on the trails, rocks and especially the snow than something like a ITP XTR, and they really do good in the mud, now not like a XTR, but they hold their own.

The Duro's are also 6 ply and radial constructed. And a bonus, they are not as expensive!

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Old February 23rd, 2011, 06:29 AM
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Re: best tire and size

I just mounted BH 2's on my stock aluminum rims yesterday. I went with 26x9x12's in the front and 26x11x12's in the rear. You definitely need spacers in the rear. I went with 1.5 inch spacers in the rear only, no spacers on the front. The rear cleared the motor mount but it was close. The fronts fit fine. I haven't try them out yet because my damn battery was dead!





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Old February 23rd, 2011, 06:34 AM
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Re: best tire and size

thanks guys ill check on those tires and thanks for the pics
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thanks guys ill check on those tires and thanks for the pics
No problem, good luck!
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Re: best tire and size

i have creek behind my house and ride the same type terrain as you..i had horns and they would pack up with mud ....i finally settled with mudbugs and love them..they are aggressive enough to handle mud with ease, and surprisingly good on trails.....as a bonus 27x10x12 is 23 lbs!...they also wear like iron..

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Re: best tire and size

From what it sounds like, you need a good A/T tire that self cleans when you need to cross some inevitable muddy sections of a trail. The problem mentioned above with the BigHorn is that is will cake up and basically cease to function until you get back on dry land for it to throw out the mud different than a "self-cleaning" tire that keeps your contact patch while on normal dry terrain but has a lug pattern that is curved to allow fast clean out.

Although not a "true" mud tire, we have the MotoMax tire which you can see the lug pattern and how it can easily grip and clean out mud toward the rear of the machine. Anything with this kind of a lug pattern will help keep you moving forward, clean out easy and keep the mud on the ground instead of being flung out in front of you. Notice the contact patch down the center of the tire which gives a smooth ride on and off tough terrain while giving superior traction. ITP, Maxxis and any of the other manufacturers have variations of this style pattern, check the specs and prices and do some testing
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Re: best tire and size

I went with 26.5 Pitbulls. Three things had to be addressed on my 2011 50 incher. The passenger side rear motor mount. The driver's side front wheel well rubbing. The top of the rear tires hitting the bottom of the wheel well(where the fender flare is). There's a number of ways to address these issues. I went with 1.5 inch wheel spacers and a 2 inch Racer Tech lift.

Some are reporting the additional 30 pounds of tire weight from the Pitbulls will require clutch changes. Doesn't seem to be an issue for me but watch your tire weight.
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Re: best tire and size

I have the 14" ss212 with 26" big horns and they just clear with no rubs anywhere. Have done some serious riding and muddling and love them. They are not the 2.0 I heard they are too thin for trail riding? Mine is now at 54" with the new tires. Nephew has front tires all they way around and stayed at 50" if that's important.
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Re: best tire and size

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I went with 26.5 Pitbulls. Three things had to be addressed on my 2011 50 incher. The passenger side rear motor mount. The driver's side front wheel well rubbing. The top of the rear tires hitting the bottom of the wheel well(where the fender flare is). There's a number of ways to address these issues. I went with 1.5 inch wheel spacers and a 2 inch Racer Tech lift.

Some are reporting the additional 30 pounds of tire weight from the Pitbulls will require clutch changes. Doesn't seem to be an issue for me but watch your tire weight.
Also I'm on the stock LE rims and should be about 52 inches wide but I have to measure.
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Re: best tire and size

thanks to all i have delayed my purchase for a short while to do a little bit more research... you guys are so helpful and i really appreciate it alot thanks
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Re: best tire and size

longbow,
I'm in the same boat man, I have the 2011 LE and I'm just waiting for others to get out there and test. Bottom line, I need to improve my ground clearance, i'd like to go with a 27" tire and a two inch lift but I'm not sure what will work. Looks like I'm going to have to go with spacers as well.
Prior to the RZR I had a 2005 Rhino and I didn't have any problem buying tires. So far this is my one and only complaint about the RZR.
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Re: best tire and size

I am very happy with the traction of the pitbull growlers. durable but heavy. I had to do clutching for 27.5" tires. They clean out very well and have amazing traction on slick surfaces. With my bighorns I would just slide around but the pitbulls grab.
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Re: best tire and size

I still have the stock tires off wifes 2006 sportsman, still new, 26x8 and 26x11, will the back tires fit without rubbing the motor mount with stock le wheels? 2010 le
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Re: best tire and size

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I still have the stock tires off wifes 2006 sportsman, still new, 26x8 and 26x11, will the back tires fit without rubbing the motor mount with stock le wheels? 2010 le
I assume the tires are the Polaris PXT? Yes, they will fit fine, because they really only measure out at 25" tall - I have these on my RZR now.
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