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ATV Tire Buying Guide

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One of the first items a proud owner of a new ATV replaces is the tires. After-market ATV tires are probably the biggest and best upgrade money can buy over any stock item on your 4-wheeler.

ATV owners love their tires and demand performance from both their machine and the four tires on the ground. Both are nearly synonymous therefore, choosing the right tire to address the type of riding and the ground conditions is paramount to a successful and enjoyable day on your 4-wheeler.

If you try riding the dunes out in the desert without a paddle tire you're not going to get very far. Similarly, an all-purpose tire built more for all-around moderate terrain riding won?t offer the same performance as a mud tire with thick, deep knobbing.

Finding the right ATV or Quad tire need not be hard. Above all, know your terrain. If you've found an ATV or Quad tire that works and you?re happy with it by all means stick with the tire you found that suits your riding style and terrain.

If you're new to riding or looking to replace a failed tire or simply want to test the waters, so to speak, then this guide is your first stop. MotoSport's ATV Tire Buying Guide is designed to help you narrow down the broad scope of available tires to a manageable purchasing opportunity.

The first thing to consider is the type of riding:

All-Purpose ATV Tires

All-Purpose or All-Terrain riding is exactly that. Riding most non-extreme conditions all year round.

All-Purpose Tire Design/Pattern

All-Purpose tires provide all-around, intermediate grip ideal for general riding on multiple terrains without extremes.

Top Selling All-Purpose ATV TiresTop Selling All-Purpose ATV TiresTop Selling All-Purpose ATV Tires
Kenda Klaw XC Tires Artrax MXT-R Tires Maxxis All Trak
Price: $65.99-$74.99 Price: $39.99-$49.99 Price: $92.99-$98.99
Features: Pros:
  • Versatile tire that works in soft, medium and medium hard terrain.
  • Good for cross country, motocross and short course racing.
  • A great 6-ply tire.
Cons:
  • Tend to push with more aggressive riding.
  • Cornering is not optimum.
Features: Pros:
  • Great all-around tire delivers crossover performance for all terrain types.
  • The "V" tread pattern gives versatility in mud, snow and hard pack.
Cons:
  • A heavy tire better on smooth surfaces.
  • Not ideal for extreme conditions like thick mud or heavy sand.
Features: Pros:
  • Multi direction tread design
  • Great for mud and sand
  • Shoulder knobs give side bite and grip
Cons:
  • 2-ply
  • Better for extreme conditions
  • Cost
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Kenda Pathfinder Front Tire Artrax MXT-R Rear Tire ITP Holeshot ATV Rear Tire
Price: $34.99-$63.99 Price: $49.99 Price: $85.99
Features: Pros:
  • Versatile tire that works in all conditions for utility purposes
  • Easy roll and smooth riding
Cons:
  • 2-ply tire
  • Not ideal for extreme conditions
Features: Pros:
  • Flexible cornering
  • Ideal for cross country, GNCC and wet weather
  • Great shock absorption
Cons:
  • Tread wear

     

  • 2-ply

     

Features: Pros:
  • 4-ply
  • Tough puncture resistance
  • Great track tires
  • Solid traction
Cons:
  • Bouncy
  • Not ideal for trails

 

Sand ATV Tires

 

Riding the sand dunes is a completely different experience you must try.

Sand Tire Design/Pattern

Perhaps the most recognizable ATV tire. The rears look like paddles and the fronts are nearly slick except for a rib down the middle or sides for steering.

Top Selling Sand ATV TiresTop Selling Sand ATV TiresTop Selling Sand ATV Tires
ITP Sandstar Rear Paddle Tire Kenda Sand Gecko Maxxis RAZR Blade Sand Paddle Tire
Price: $49.99-$79.99 Price: $45.99-$66.99 Price: $63.99-$946.99
Features: Pros:
  • Lightweight
  • Delivers flexibility, solid cornering and flotation
  • A great sand tire
Cons:
  • Loses grip in deeper sand
Features: Pros:
  • Aggressive
  • Great paddle tire
  • Good control
Cons:
  • Throws lots of sand
  • Digs holes
Features: Pros:
  • Superior flotation
  • Handling and control
  • Great cornering and traction
Cons:
  • Cornering
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ITP Sandstar Rear Paddle Tire Kenda Dune Runner Front Tire Maxxis RAZR Blade Sand Paddle Tire
Price: $89.99 Price: $49.99 Price: $63.99-$94.99
Features: Pros:
  • Lightweight
  • Delivers flexibility, solid cornering and flotation.
  • A great sand tire
Cons:
  • Loses grip in deeper sand
Features: Pros:
  • Great price
  • Works well with single rib
  • Good float
Cons:
  • Below average float and traction

     

Features: Pros:
  • Superior flotation
  • Handling and control
  • Great cornering and traction
Cons:
  • Cornering

Mud ATV Tires

Similar to sand but you?ll be unrecognizable after five minutes. So will your ATV.

Mud Tire Design/Pattern

ATV Mud tires bring serious grip. Large, high knobs act as shovels to keep you moving in the most extreme conditions. Also a good snow tire.

Top Selling Mud ATV TiresTop Selling Mud ATV TiresTop Selling Mud ATV Tires
Interco Swamp Lite Tire ITP Mud Lite AT Tire Kenda Bearclaw Tires
Price: $59.00-$116.00 Price: $64.99-$$88.99 Price: $59.99-$82.99
Features: Pros:
  • A well built 6-ply tire
  • Outstanding grip
  • Versatile performance in mud, snow and hard pack.
Cons:
  • Ideal for extreme conditions only
  • Wears quickly regular terrain.
Features: Pros:
  • Great tire
  • Designed for trail riding and mud performance.
  • Light and smooth ride.
Cons:
  • Not ideal for extreme mud conditions.

     

Features: Pros:
  • 6 ply
  • Angled knobs give great traction
  • Versatile in array of conditions
Cons:
  • Tread life
  • Cornering
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Interco Swamp Lite Tire ITP Mud Lite AT Tire Kenda Bearclaw Tires
Price: $59.00-$$116.00 Price: $64.99-$88.99 Price: $59.99-$82.99
Features: Pros:
  • A well built 6-ply tire
  • Outstanding grip
  • Versatile performance in mud, snow and hard pack.
Cons:
  • Ideal for extreme conditions only
  • Wears quickly regular terrain.
Features: Pros:
  • Great tire
  • Designed for trail riding and mud performance.
  • Light and smooth ride.
Cons:
  • Not ideal for extreme mud conditions.

     

Features: Pros:
  • 6 ply
  • Angled knobs give great traction
  • Versatile in array of conditions
Cons:
  • Tread life
  • Cornering

 

Motocross ATV Tires

 

ATV Motocross events take place on closed course dirt race tracks featuring jumps and other man-made dexterity testing obstacles.

Motocross Tire Design/Pattern:

Motocross ATV tires use tread design ideal for loose track conditions common in MX racing. Stiffened knobs provide consistent cornering and a wide-spaced tread pattern give bite and better clean-out.


Top Selling Motocross ATV TiresTop Selling Motocross ATV TiresTop Selling Motocross ATV Tires
STI Tech-4 Tires Artrax MXT Tires Maxxis RAZR 4 Tires
Price: $35.99-$75.99 Price: $39.99-$49.99 Price: $75.99-$104.99
Features: Pros:
  • 6 ply
  • Designed for aggressive trail riding
  • Great hook up
  • Solid foundation
Cons:
  • Better for trail vs. track racing
  • Cornering
Features: Pros:
  • Great dirt tire
  • Offers traction, control and performance.
  • Heavy duty frame provides durability and shock absorption.
Cons:
  • A 2-ply tire not good for high horse power ATVs
  • Wears quicker than others
Features: Pros:
  • Great contact surface for acceleration and braking
  • Traction
  • Tread life
  • Reduced squirm
Cons:
  • Not ideal for wet conditions
Highest Rated Motocross ATV TiresHighest Rated Motocross ATV TiresHighest Rated Motocross ATV Tires
Maxxis RAZR MX Front Tire ITP Holeshot MXR6 Rear Tire Maxxis RAZR 4 Tires
Price: $69.99-$73.99 Price: $70.99-$79.99 Price: $75.99-$104.99
Features: Pros:
  • 4-ply tire
  • Performs well in aggressive conditions
  • Solid traction surface and easy on tread squirm.
Cons:
  • Hard to control when wet or on super fine dirt.
Features: Pros:
  • Designed specifically for MX tracks
  • Ideal for loose track surfaces
  • Wide-spaced knobs provide bite and easy clean-out
Cons:
  • Primarily limited to track riding.

     

  • Off-road and trail riding wear hard on the tire.

     

Features: Pros:
  • Great contact surface for acceleration and braking
  • Traction
  • Tread life
  • Reduced squirm
Cons:
  • Not ideal for wet conditions

Off-Road ATV Tires

Off-road trail riding varies from tight single track trails in the mountains, down to high speed wide open desert riding and everything in between.

Off-Road Tire Design/Pattern:

The ATV Off-Road tire is close to the All-Purpose tire but with stronger tread and extra durability to tackle varying hard pack surfaces and soft, loamy dirt commonly found on trails and other off-roading surfaces.

Top Selling Off-Road ATV TiresTop Selling Off-Road ATV TiresTop Selling Off-Road ATV Tires
Maxxis RAZR 6 Tires STI Black Diamond Tires ITP Holeshot XCT Tires
Price: $79.99-$120.99 Price: $56.99-$85.99 Price: $91.99-$119.99
Features: Pros:
  • Traction
  • 6 ply
  • Ideal for all terrain types
  • Tread squirm
Cons:
  • Extreme conditions
  • Price
Features: Pros:
  • Great versatility
  • Price
  • V tread pattern
Cons:
  • Not ideal for fast, aggressive riding or racing.

     

  • Kicks up dirt and rocks

     

Features: Pros:
  • Great handling
  • Aggressive cornering
  • Durability
  • Puncture resistance
Cons:
  • Price
  • Not ideal for extreme conditions
Highest Rated Off-Road ATV TiresHighest Rated Off-Road ATV TiresHighest Rated Off-Road ATV Tires
Artrax MXT Rear Tire Kenda Kutter XC Front Tire ITP Holeshot XCT Tires
Price: $39.99-$49.99 Price: $63.99-85.99 Price: $91.99-$119.99
Features: Pros:
  • Great dirt tire
  • Offers traction, control and performance.
  • Heavy duty frame provides durability and shock absorption.
Cons:
  • A 2-ply tire not good for high horse power ATVs
  • Wears quicker than others
Features: Pros:
  • Large, thick knobs give a sound bite
  • Spot on, predictable steering
  • Easily handles rough terrain.
Cons:
  • Not ideal for fast, aggressive riding or racing.

     

Features: Pros:
  • Great handling
  • Aggressive cornering
  • Durability
  • Puncture resistance
Cons:
  • Price
  • Not ideal for extreme conditions
 
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