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Old 03-01-2010, 11:04 AM
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road legal tires

im looking for new tires and want so the i can use on the road and in the dirt. i might make it street legal. any help and were to get them
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Old 03-01-2010, 11:06 AM
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General Tire has a 27" DOT tire that will fit on a 14" Rim. You might be able to find some used BFG all terrains still, but that tire is discontinued. I think Super Swamper has some that are legal too. No matter what, your looking at a 14" rim though.
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Old 03-01-2010, 11:38 AM
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will this type of tire still look good on my rhino?
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Old 03-01-2010, 01:26 PM
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Do they have to be DOT approved? My next tire after seeing them in action in sand, snow, mud and rock is the ITP Ultracross. They sit like a truck tire and protect the rims. One of the Razors in the group runs them and we all have digs in our rims but him, he is the first to try anything too.
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Old 03-01-2010, 01:32 PM
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they do technically have to be Dot legal.

They dont look as cool as real ATV/UTV tires, but if you search for BFGs, Im sure youll find a few pics on here of them. Quite a few people use them. The Super swampers will be the most like a UTV tire. The other too are all terrain type truck tires.
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Old 03-01-2010, 01:39 PM
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the ones i have now tear up my yard and ride rough for just driving it around
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Old 03-01-2010, 01:54 PM
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what do you have now?

No matter what tire, the rear will tear up grass when you turn due to the solid rear end.

A radial, like the Maxxis Bighorns, will ride way smoother than a Non radial. but wont be technically street legal. If you dont HAVE to have DOT tires in your area, I would just do a Radial UTV tire.
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Old 03-01-2010, 02:48 PM
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tsl ssr super swampers come in 14 inch rims and are pretty mean looking.. there is a ranger in michigan that has them. LT225/85R14
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right know i have mud lights i think is what they are
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Old 03-02-2010, 10:20 AM
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yeah, any of the Radial UTV tires will work better on the street than the mudlites. But if you need DOT, I would probably look into the super swampers.
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The tires I am running now are Motosport Alloys MotoGrips they are a 6 ply DOT approved Radial design and look a lot like a offroad truck tire. I must say these tires have really surprised me as to how well they ride on road and how well they dig offroad, I have had them in everything from mud to slick hills and hollars and they have worked great in everything but the gummy mud. The only problem in the gummy mud is they will not rev-up and clean out like a designed mud tire.

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There are 15" rims on the market that might make your tire options greater.
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Hi, (and sorry for so many posts today, but I'm planning on buying SEVERAL options Friday, and I need to make several decisions before!) I just bought an 09 700, and I definately plan on going street-legal here in S. MS. Yamaha11... thanks for this thread!!! You're touching on what I've been wondering all week!
I have numerous things eating at my head! I want a cool Rhino to take on the main trails and run around the small town where I live (I'm thinking Mardi Gras parades!)

1st - I wanna go with as tall of a tire as possible (would love 28's.) But from what I'm reading if I wanna reach 50+ after engine mods I should not go any larger than 27". What do you guys think?
2nd - I wanna go with the street tires for various reasons. One, I can balance them. My 29.5's on my Brute dance on pavement over 45 MPH... though Outlaws are NOT a street tire! Balanced tires (I think) would make street travel easier. Next, everyone knows quad tires get ate up fast on the street... I'm thinking then why not use truck/suv tires designed for 40K plus!
3rd - I want to go with the same size tires all the way around (with as much of a deep-dish/offset as possible to lower center of gravity.) How would you guys recommend doing this where I could use the same 4 rims/tires, and have them stuck out as far as possible and still be even?

Yamaha, as for tires... Interco makes a 28" Super Swamper (TSL) for a 14" rim. They also make a SSR in 27" (both 9.5W) for 14" & 15" rim. Several vendors make 15" rims now.

And thanks to everyone for their help. your advice from trial and error saves us new to the UTV segment lots of aspirin & overtime for wasted mods! Thanks again!

James
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Quote: Originally Posted by mud-and-guts View Post
The tires I am running now are Motosport Alloys MotoGrips they are a 6 ply DOT approved Radial design and look a lot like a offroad truck tire. I must say these tires have really surprised me as to how well they ride on road and how well they dig offroad, I have had them in everything from mud to slick hills and hollars and they have worked great in everything but the gummy mud. The only problem in the gummy mud is they will not rev-up and clean out like a designed mud tire.

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were did you order them through. also did you go with the same size on the front as rear? thanks
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were did you order them through. also did you go with the same size on the front as rear? thanks

The best deals I have found have been on ebay.... I don't know if any of the site supporters are vendors but if they are they might chime in with prices.....


And no I went wider on the rear with 26-9-14 front and 26-11-14 rear. These tires measure 25.5 inches tall ( my stockers measured 24.5 inches).

I ordered them mounted on 14 inch Blue Platoon wheels in a 2+5 offset for a wider stance....
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