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Old 12-09-2016, 10:17 AM
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Tire Pressure question

Since I'm new to ATVs, I'll ask the question here ... I was given some advice couple days ago (from a guy I do trust), he said he inflates his front tires to 10 psi. He says it steers like a breeze and it's easier on the plow. I understand all the "manufacture's recommendations" stuff, but my question is, is this common? Do guys do this, and if so, does it run the risk of messing with the front suspension?

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Old 12-09-2016, 11:01 AM
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Well then you know 5-7 is the 'usual' folks use for 'most' situations. Yeah a little higher might help slow speed steering like when plowing so in That situation is makes sense to increase to 10 or so. If traveling fast down a bumpy road 10 would probably not be the best choice, make sense?

I'd say as your friend intends to use the quad at 10psi would not cause excess suspension wear, higher road speeds perhaps. Luck and enjoy.
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Old 12-09-2016, 12:13 PM
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It's not something I do when I plow. I can see how it would steer a little easier, but, that usually isn't a problem when you are in the snow. It will also cost you some traction on the front end. It won't hurt anything running 10 psi, but I wouldn't bother. I run 5 psi max in the front and around 4 psi in the rear.
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Old 12-19-2016, 05:20 PM
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Well, here's an update ... I tried the 10 psi idea in both front tires. The only thing I noticed I didn't like was the loss of traction when I tried to steer while pushing a blade full of snow. I guess lesson learned. That's what I love about ATVing so far, trying to figure all this new stuff out. Thanks for the advice guys!
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Old 12-20-2016, 04:40 PM
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Agree with bobx2.
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