Whether you’re a serious collector or a casual hobbyist, it’s important to outfit your UTV with the right wheels. But what if you’ve never purchased them before? How can you be sure that you’re making the right decision in terms of power, precision and performance? Here are just a few things to keep in mind as you shop for UTV tires.
- Know Your Needs
First things first: How will you be using your vehicle? If you’re plowing, towing or hauling things around a farm, you’ll need tougher tires than ones meant for commercial tracks. On the other hand, if you live in a state where UTVs are legal to drive on the street, those fearsome off-roading tires might get you slapped with a fine.
- Consider the Terrain
Rain, snow, mud, sleet, sand and gravel can have a dramatic effect on both the wheels and the undercarriage of your UTV. If you live in a cold climate where blizzards are likely, it’s worth the extra expense to buy something that can withstand deep snowdrifts. You’ll also want something that doesn’t discolor or disintegrate with the use of road salt.
- Choose Your Type
Most tires are classified as either “bias” or “radial.” Bias tires are meant for rocks, hills, cliffs and other tricky environments; radial tires will give you a smoother and faster ride on paved grounds. You’ll need to decide for yourself which type of wheel is best for your area and your intended UTV activities.
- Measure Your Tires
Tire size is probably the first thing that you think about when upgrading your UTV, but did you know that there’s more to the proper measurements than just width and depth? There’s also a third number that refers to the tire’s rim diameter when being mounted. While shopping for UTV/ATV tires, don’t be surprised by a trio of measurements on all of the tags.
- Pick Your Ply
The “ply” of your tire refers to its durability, load capacity and resistance to punctures. In short, it measures how tough your tire is. While you might be tempted to go with six- or eight-ply tires just because they’re bigger and meaner-looking, you should know that the average UTVowner doesn’t need more than four-ply tires. You should only upgrade if you spend a lot of time in deserts or forests.
These are just a few helpful suggestions for your next tire purchase. Remember, it doesn’t matter if you’re a dedicated off-roader or just a guy who takes his UTV for a spin every once in awhile. Your wheels are some of the most important parts of your vehicle, so don’t choosethem without due consideration.