Types of ATV/UTV Tires
There are many different types of tires for ATV/UTV’s, and sometimes it can become tricky deciding which tire is appropriate for your intended use regarding tread patterns and terrain. While there are crossover performance qualities between some, it’s important to use tires for their intended purpose. That way, you will get the best performance out of your ATV/UTV tires. Using tires that aren’t for the environment you are driving them on, can potentially be damaging to the tires. This can cause problems in performance and can be dangerous. To get the best use out of your tires and make sure you’re riding safely, here is a basic guideline to choosing the right type of ATV/UTV tire.
If you ride on all types of terrains, you should choose a high-quality all-terrain tire. They are designed to perform in most terrains. All-terrain tires are typically aggressive, but not as aggressive as mud tires. They vary in tread patterns, but the tread depth is usually always moderately deep. These tires are great for riders that like to explore without having to switch out tires.
While these tires may be good anywhere, they are not great everywhere. Some all-terrain tires are made leaning toward a specific purpose, so be sure to get one that favors what you like to do the most. This will give you the ability to ride in different types of environments while still allowing the specialized advantages in the terrain you ride in the most. All terrain tires are one of the most popular ATV/UTV tires because they are suitable for riding and exploring casually on a variety of terrains.
Here are some examples of our tires suitable for various terrains;
Pro Terrain: Designed with deep lugs that excel on loose to intermediate terrain. Lug to void ratio provides for the perfect balance of traction, steering response and mud cleaning. Shoulder Lugs Protect the tire sidewall and rim applications. Pro Terrain tires are great for casual exploration and outside work or hunting/farm use.
350 Super Mag: The OTR 350 Super Mag is designed with a non-directional tread pattern to reduce rolling resistance as well as road noise in order to maximize comfort while riding. The 350 Super Mag provides superb traction and wear characteristics on various terrain. It is extremely durable, thanks to rubber compounds that enable it to be very resistant to abrasion which in turn makes it last longer while in use on hard surfaces. The 350 Super Mag is built to RTV vehicle standards and supports greater load ratings than most marketplace ATV tires today. The 350 super mag is also great for casual exploration and outdoor activities.
TM-440: The TM-440 is designed with directional off road all-terrain tread for performance. Its aggressive tread design is much like its predecessor, the 440 Mag, but with added mud breakers and a dimple to one lug. The TM-440 is a Smooth Trail Rider with a superb shock absorption and stability, but with less weigh than its predecessor. It is built to UTV standard, so it supports higher inflation pressures and greater loads than standard ATV tires. The TM-440 is an exceptional tire for exploring rougher trails.
A mud tire’s purpose is pretty self-explanatory. Mud tires are designed for muddy, wet and sloppy terrain. Their tread patterns are aggressive, designed with large lugs and wide spaces between them for grip and to plow through mud. Typically mud tires are designed to be directional to provide efficient self-cleaning. This means that its design helps the tire clear mud, dirt or gravel as it spins, ensuring that there will be a fresh surface to grip.
Mud tires typically don’t do so well on hard terrains. Driving mud tires on hard terrain can be uncomfortable, hard to handle and damaging to the tires.
Here are some of our mud tires;
Tomahawk: The OTR Tomahawk is designed for exceptional mud traction. It proves to be a smooth trail rider as well as delivering where most mud tires fail. This tire features a durable 6-ply construction, an aggressive tread pattern and offers high performance on a variety of terrain, but especially in the mud.
Big Foot: The Big Foot is designed for exceptional traction and long wear. Its low void-to-tread ratio provides for phenomenal tread life while its superior strength allows this tire to bear extreme loads. The bit foot’s designed with directional off road mud-terrain performance. Its aggressive, extra deep tread design provides excellent traction on wet and muddy surfaces.
Racing tires are different because they are specifically designed for grip and steering response. Their tread patterns are typically designed with sharp edges, which aids in grip and delivers more constant contact on harder terrains and trails. They are designed to ride on these compacted types of surfaces often associated with racing. This provides for more of a competitive use rather than recreational.
Racing tires vary in tread pattern and are sometimes designed for specific types of terrain. An experienced racer will know how the differences will affect their ride and which tires to pick and pair for the terrain or track they’ll be riding on.
Check out some of our racing tires;
Wizzard®: The OTR Wizzard® bias cut is a heavy duty tire for your most demanding side by side application. The non-directional tread design delivers great traction in all types of terrain, which makes it great for racing. The six ply construction delivers serious puncture resistance and its deep lugs continue over the shoulder for sidewall protection. The shoulder lugs protect the sidewall. Its radial construction will provide both recreational riders and racers shock absorbing ride quality and comfort.
Hp-009: The OTR HP-009 is designed to give ultimate performance with side by side lug to void tweaked to give the perfect balance of traction, steering response, and mud cleaning. Shoulder lugs protect the tires sidewall and rim. Directional tread pattern with deep lugs excels in loose to intermediate terrains.
Trail Warrior: The Trail Warrior is designed with radial construction which gives it a flexible sidewall with less rolling resistance for longer tread life. Its High Void Ratio contributes to improved traction. The trail warriors characteristics make it suitable for muddy and loose terrains, but also designed for a smooth ride which makes it great for blazing through rough racing trails.
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