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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-21-2012, 02:45 AM Thread Starter
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Aftermarket wheels and tires ??

Recently purchased a used Polaris Sportsman 800 x2 4x4 and I'm thinking about changing wheels and tires to dress it up a bit. Questions: Should I stick with the OEM sizes front and rear or go to an all around type size? I hear the aftermarket wheel offsets are slightly different than OEM, is there a safe range to play with and avoid interference? If I decide to go to a larger tire is there a max size recommended, OEM is 25 how large can I go and avoid rubs or binding? Have been reviewing Rocky Mountain ATV site..any MFGs to avoid? Looking for an all around tire/wheel combo I think.

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If you go with a 4+3 off set rim, you won't have any problems using a larger than OEM size tire. I had 26-9-12 fronts and 26-12-12 rears, Maxxis Bighorns on my '07 800 X2. I ride with a guy who is running 27" Bighorns on his '08 700 X2, and he has no clearance problems.
The wheels are ITP Delta steel. Cheap but extremely tough wheels. It is a great combination for a tough, go anywhere setup.


2015 Sportsman 570 Touring EPS, 26" Kenda Bearclaw HTR's on ITP Delta Steel wheels, Warn XT25, Iron Baltic HDPE Skid Plates (Mine)
2015 Sportsman 570 Touring EPS, 26" Kenda Bearclaw HTR's on ITP Delta Steel wheels, Warn Vantage 3000, Warn Mid-Mount Plow (Wife's)

2011 XP 850 EPS (SOLD 3,600 miles), 28" Kenda Bearclaw HTR's on STI HD2 Wheels, Warn XT25, Ricochet Ultimate protection, Elka Stage 1 shocks, QSC clutch kit
2009 Sportsman 500 EFI HO (SOLD 2,600 miles), 26" Maxxis Bighorns, ITP Delta Steel wheels, Polaris 2,500 lb. winch, Cycle Country plow (Wife's)
2007 Sportsman 800 X2 (SOLD 2,500 miles), 26" Maxxis Bighorns, ITP Delta Steel wheels, Polaris 2,500 lb. winch

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Bob has you on the right track here. I will add to be sure that there are no width restrictions in the areas the you ride. 4+3 offset allow for clearing larger tires but often times pushes the ATV total width just over 50" which is illegal in some areas.

As for the MFG's, bighorns are a crowd favorite as they are a good all around tire. There are so many opinions about tires, it's hard to give a recommendation without knowing exactly what you're looking for (price, size, use...ect).

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Bob has you on the right track here. I will add to be sure that there are no width restrictions in the areas the you ride. 4+3 offset allow for clearing larger tires but often times pushes the ATV total width just over 50" which is illegal in some areas.

As for the MFG's, bighorns are a crowd favorite as they are a good all around tire. There are so many opinions about tires, it's hard to give a recommendation without knowing exactly what you're looking for (price, size, use...ect).
You are right. I did forget to mention the width. Not something I think much about because there are really no trails around here with that restriction. I think my X2 was right at 50" with that setup, but I won't swear to it. Those tires and wheels are now on my wifes 500, but I don't know how accurate that comparison would be. I do know that it would fit between the wheel wells on my 3/4 ton Chevy.

2015 Sportsman 570 Touring EPS, 26" Kenda Bearclaw HTR's on ITP Delta Steel wheels, Warn XT25, Iron Baltic HDPE Skid Plates (Mine)
2015 Sportsman 570 Touring EPS, 26" Kenda Bearclaw HTR's on ITP Delta Steel wheels, Warn Vantage 3000, Warn Mid-Mount Plow (Wife's)

2011 XP 850 EPS (SOLD 3,600 miles), 28" Kenda Bearclaw HTR's on STI HD2 Wheels, Warn XT25, Ricochet Ultimate protection, Elka Stage 1 shocks, QSC clutch kit
2009 Sportsman 500 EFI HO (SOLD 2,600 miles), 26" Maxxis Bighorns, ITP Delta Steel wheels, Polaris 2,500 lb. winch, Cycle Country plow (Wife's)
2007 Sportsman 800 X2 (SOLD 2,500 miles), 26" Maxxis Bighorns, ITP Delta Steel wheels, Polaris 2,500 lb. winch
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Thumbs up Thanks!!

Thank you folks, great info in short order!!
And also big thanks for the 50 inch heads up, we have those restrictions here and I didn't even think about that when I was doing my initial research.
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New Shoes!

Thanks for the help and advice guys!! Added a set of STI HD7's wrapped in 26 inch Bighorns, not as radical as most on here but I have to start somewhere right!! Ordered a pair of Guru brushguards today to keep the upgrades coming.
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