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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 10-07-2019, 03:29 PM Thread Starter
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500 Replacement tire size

My tires soon will need to be replaced my question is can I put 26” tires For another inch of ground clearance is there any benefit?
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Maybe I missed it in the sticky section cause I have the same question.

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Yes you can go to 26".

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post #4 of 29 (permalink) Old 10-07-2019, 04:38 PM
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Probably not unless you have or get aftermarket rims with more offset or put spacers on.
The problem is not the height of the tire. The problem is the width.
Your machine has a strut front suspension and 8" wide 25" tall OEM front tires.
All the 26" tall front tires I'm aware of are 9" wide. Depending on tire style and/or tire brand, 9" wide front tires will rub the tie rod ends and/or the strut unless you have rims with more offset or you add spacers.
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Thank you both for your reply's.

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OP, I guess I should have said they MIGHT fit but it'll be close for the reasons given above. If the width will allow it without rubbing you're good. A lot depends on the particular tire you get.
I've seen some guys move the tie rod ends UNDER the attachment arm for clearance. It works but I never really liked that solution. 4+3 offset rims is how I put the big Pitbulls on my 800. Of course, when you do that you'll then need fender flares to keep the mud off you too.
Funny how atv mods keep adding up.
One mod leads to another which leads to another and another.... lol.
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So for 26x9 fronts i will need two 4+3 offset rims? What size front rim i have seen steel 4+3 offset
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Yup those are the ones!! You're going to do all four corners with the Ito Delta steels??

2011 Sportsman® 800 EFI
GURU front brush guard
GURU rear brush guard
Polaris front lock n ride cargo box
Polaris rear rack extender
Warn RT 3.0 winch w/amsteel synthetic line
Viper aluminum haus fairlead
Polaris front spring adjusters
Ricochet a-arm guards
Ricochet full frame skid plate
ITP T-7 beadlock 14" w/OMF inner rim guards
Maxxis big horn 2.0 26x9 front
Maxxis big horn 2.0 26x11 rear
QSC clutch kit
EPI HD springs front n rear
ODI rogue 130mm grips
Ultraseal commercial grade tire sealant (front)
Highlifter tire sealant (rear)
CTEK 3300 battery maintainer
added 7 zerks
beefed up wiring harness
OGIO rear bag
ROTOPAX 1gal. + 2gal. gasoline can
Jccapri bushing kit
Kolpin Over Fenders
Rigid Industries E-Series 10" flood
Walker Evans struts
NGK Iridium's (2,500 miles on Champion's and they looked great!)
Odyssey Extreme battery PC545

2018 Sportsman® 570-T
2019 Aluma® A8818
2020 Outlander® 1000R XXC (on order, ETA mid-Sept)
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Yeah, you have to do all 4 or the front tires will stick out more than the rear.

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Probably just easier to replace stock size tires ☹️
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