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Hello all im new to the forum.
i am looking to go up on tire size to maybe a 27 or 28 inch tire.
My question is what will be better for my machine a 12 or 14 inch rim?
I'm concerned about the weight of the larger tire. Would i be better with a larger rim and less rubber or smaller rim and more rubber?
i currently have the stockers on now 25x8x12 front and 10x12 rear.
My machine is a 2008 sporty 500 touring.
BTW my riding consists or more mud than trails.
 

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The ride on 12" rims is better than 14, as well as more protection to the bead area with more tire sidewall. As far as the weight goes, it won't make much difference for performance. 27-28" tires on a 500 will need some clutch chages to keep your performance and maximize belt life.
 

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i agree.
 

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I have never run a 14" rim based on what I have read. It seems that they are more prone to bent rims, pinched sidewalls and do not ride as smooth. On the other hand, I have read they steer better. For me, the problems I have read don't justify it. I also wouldn't want my nice aluminum 14" rims getting all beat up, the stock black steel are easy to touch up with black nail polish.

There is a lot of difference in tire size between tires claiming to be the same size, so keep that in mind. I have run 26" Big Horns on two different 500s, and they are large and heavy compared to most 26" tires, with no clutching issues. I even had a stiffer Primary spring I ordered, but never used it because I didn't feel the need. It is quite possible that a 27" lighter tire would feel no different than a heavy 26". Check the specs and read some reviews on whatever tire you decide to give you an idea.

FYI though, you need a 1/4" front spacer to run 9" wide fronts on the 11+ 500s. Not sure about the 08s. An aftermarket rim would take care of that problem though.
 

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I would stick with 12's. I hate my 14" wheels, but I have no option on the XP. 12" tires are also cheaper than 14's.
 

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thanks for all ur input it looks like the best option is to stay with the 12 inch rims.
 

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We agree 12 inch wheels are a better option for most people.

There are lots of good looking wheels these days. I believe you either like a wheel or you don't. Check out the tire and wheel thread to see what is out there.

Here is a link to the wheels we have to fit your quad as well:

Wheel Products - Discount Tire Direct

Let us know if we can be of assistance.
 

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If you plan to upgrade machines in the future you may want to consider going with a 14" so that you can use them on a newer machine.
 
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