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Finding the Right ATV Tire

Posted by on 9/11/2013 to ATV

Choosing an ATV Tire

One of the fastest and simplest methods to improve your vehicles performance is with a good set of tires. This is true of most any vehicle from your lawn tractor to your ATV. The bad news is that many OEM’s are interested more in putting the least expensive tire on their equipment then they are finding the ATV tire that lasts the longest or gives the best traction. This is can lead to ATV tires wearing too quickly or not providing enough traction. This means that you can quickly and easily improve the performance of your ATV by finding and installing the right ATV tire for your type of equipment and riding style.


ATV tire buyers usually can be broken down into three distinct categories. Trail Riders, Racers and utility users. Trail Riders are looking for ATV tires with traction, durability and off-road performance. Racers are looking for ATV tires that are light and built for speed. Utility users are looking for rugged, long lasting ATV tires that can handle a variety of terrains.


Trail Riders

Trail riders need ATV tires that can perform in mud, on rocks, over had packed surfaces and in loose sand. These ATV tires need to be rugged with heavy ply ratings and aggressive lug treads that can power through all that Mother Nature can throw at them. Some good ATV tire choices for trail riders are:

BKT W207 ATV Tire
BKT AT108 ATV Tire
Carlisle AT489 ATV Tire
Carlisle Mud Wolf ATV Tire



Race ATV riders are less interested in traction and are more interested in speed and weight. Race ATV tires feature lightweight casings with race inspired tread patterns. These patterns provide for maximum speed without adding weight. Some good choices for racers are:

BKT AT111 ATV Tire
Carlisle Trail Wolf Sport


Utility Users

Utility users are looking for ATV tires that can handle a variety of terrains. Many people use ATV’s on the farm or golf course. Some ATV tires are designed to protect grass without sacrificing traction; others are designed to be used on gravel or other packed surfaces. No matter which terrain you will be using your ATV on, be sure to look for an ATV tire with a heavy ply rating and long wearing tread compound. Some good ATV tire choices for utility users are:

Carlisle HD Field Trax ATV Tire
Carlisle Stryker ATV Tire
Carlisle Turf Tamer ATV Tire
Carlisle Knobby ATV Tire

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