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I have a 2013 Polaris Sportsman 500, and I'm trying to figure out what I'll need to spend to replace stock wheels/tires. Stock wheels are pretty mangled for a variety of reasons. I want to replace them with black wheels, but I don't want to spend much. It seems that ITP Delta steel wheels are the recommended replacement. I also want to go to a more aggressive tire, but again, cost is a factor. I am currently quite happy with the power level; I don't want to rob the machine of power, and I don't want to make it significantly wider or require spacers. I wouldn't mind gaining a little clearance with the new tires, but again, I want everything to fit without modifications. I ride on trails, in mud, and occasionally snow. What size wheels and tires do you recommend for a close to stock fit with maybe a little extra height?

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I have Delta Steel wheels on my wife's 500, with 26" Maxxis Bighorn tires. It is a perfect match for that machine.

 

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I had 26 inch Big Horns on my 08 Sportsman 500 and I`m running them now on my 550 XP now and I never have any trouble with them. I don't think you could go wrong with Big Horns.
 

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Tire size is a personal thing as is the tread style. Lots of good tires out there today!

Couple things I like to suggest. If your a trail rider look hard at a radial.

Aggressive tread looks cool, we all love the look. But unless your in the mud pits you will be better served with something less aggressive.

Look at weight. Rotating mass. It's what makes your cvt work harder. Any more than a couple inches bigger usually requires a clutch kit. Even staying the same size but switching to a super heavy lugged tire could raise that mass into a range suited to a clutch kit.

I also have Maxis Big Horns and LOVE THEM! Great traction in hard pack, loose dirt, rock, loose rock, slick rock and even mud. It's not known for its mud abilities but I'll tell you this it's a damn site better then most all stock tires in mud! They also run large by nearly a inch at least in the std big horn they do. My 26 are closer to 27".

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Thanks for all the great advice guys. For those of you with these wheels/tires on your Polaris Sportsman 500s, were any spacers or additional modifications required?
 

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Just put on some 26" Kenda Bear Claw HTRs on my 09 Sportsman 500 Touring.
Reasons I chose this tire:
-8 ply radial (tough tire but smooth ride)
-price
-weight
-great reviews
-semi-agressive (suited for my riding)
-looks


Only have one ride in with the new tires so can't provide a detailed analysis but so far so good.

My second choice was the GBC Grim Reaper.

Good luck with your search. It's half the fun.
 

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Thanks for all the great advice guys. For those of you with these wheels/tires on your Polaris Sportsman 500s, were any spacers or additional modifications required?
Nope. The 4+3 offset of the wheels gives you the clearance you need up front. As long as you don't go stupid big on the tires, you won't need to do a thing to your atv. Bolt them on and ride. 26" tires are plenty big enough for almost all situations. (unless you are a mudder)
 

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I run 26 inch tires on 4+3 offset rims on my X2. Just an FYI, this put the outside of my tires a little outside the fender wells...which means when I ride in muddy conditions, I get a lot more on me. So if you go with the 4+3 offset, expect to get a little dirtier when you ride.

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I run 26 inch tires on 4+3 offset rims on my X2. Just an FYI, this put the outside of my tires a little outside the fender wells...which means when I ride in muddy conditions, I get a lot more on me. So if you go with the 4+3 offset, expect to get a little dirtier when you ride.

Sean
A nice set of kolpin custom fender flares will fix that problem and they look good too.
 

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We have a good selection of 12x7 4+3 alumimum wheels with some good sale pricing right now.

Wheel Products - Discount Tire Direct

You may want to look at the STI Rocktane in a 26 inch size. They are a super tough 8 ply rated radial tire that give good all around traction. They are also on sale currently.

STI Tires Roctane XD tires listed by size

Shipping is free and if you buy both tires and wheels at the same time we will mount them free.

Let us know if we can be of assistance.
 

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I would go with the 25" Bighorns. They will run almost 26" inches tall which will give you a little more ground clearance and they will be closer to stock. For me I have always preferred an 8" tire up front instead of a 9. If you want the 26" Bighorn you could always go to 9's all the way around.

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I would go with the 25" Bighorns. They will run almost 26" inches tall which will give you a little more ground clearance and they will be closer to stock. For me I have always preferred an 8" tire up front instead of a 9. If you want the 26" Bighorn you could always go to 9's all the way around.

Ronnie
Why 9's all around? Stock rears are 10".
I would stick with the 10's or he could easily go with 11's.
 

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Djaychris the original size rims on your machine is-front=12x6 and the rears are 12x8 if you look it is stamped on the outside of the rims.

When you buy after market rims the manufacturers replace your stock size with 12x7" rims all the way around,you will see them listed as 12x7-156/4+3 offset.

That rim will allow you to just put your stock size repacement tires on of 25x8x12 up front and 25x10x12 in the rear with no spacers or worries. If you would want to go just a touch bigger you could also safely put on 26x9x12's up front and 26x(10 or 11)x12 in the rear. Give Discount tire a call he will explain what you need to stay stock or close to it without any problems. Also a 6 or 8ply radial in a all terrain pattern is the way to go in my book. I also agree with what others have suggested with the Maxxis Big Horns. Good luck and post some pictures.
 

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I would go with the 25" Bighorns. They will run almost 26" inches tall which will give you a little more ground clearance and they will be closer to stock. For me I have always preferred an 8" tire up front instead of a 9. If you want the 26" Bighorn you could always go to 9's all the way around.

Ronnie
Why 9's all around? Stock rears are 10".
I would stick with the 10's or he could easily go with 11's.
This is becoming very popular for trail riders plus for the smaller size machines it is less rolling mass so you don't loose as much power. Some of the guys I ride with have this setup and all they do is brag about how much they like it. If I could have done this on my XP I would but the rear rims are so wide I was scared of putting a 9 wide on the rear. On my X2 my next setup will be 9 wide all the way around. And no you don't loose enough traction to worry about it.

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Thats interesting, sounds like he wants to stay stock or a little bigger though.
 

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I also have a 2013 500 HO and Im running 12" ITP 4+3 offset and 27 " Mega Mayhems 9" on the Front 11" on the back. I havent suffered any power loss. Dont know what your budget is but the package cost me about 750 from rockymountainatv.com
 
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