Hello everyone.....let me start by saying although I'm a new member, I have used this forum over the last year to get a wealth of info.....so for that, THANKS! Last March I bought a 2008 Sportsman 500 ho and so far so good with it. It already had 26" Mud lite tires on the stock wheels with spacer, a Warn winch, and what appears to be a 2" lift. I do not ride hard. Generally I'm just trail riding with my boys who are on a Sportsman 90 and an Outlaw 50. We do ride at Busch beach so encountering mud is inevitable at some point. I'm looking to go with larger tires (mainly for looks) and have pretty much decided on zillas due to all around capability and light weight. My biggest question is will it put more stress on my axles to keep the lift and go 28" or remove the lift and go 30". I really like the ground clearance and do want to lose much of it. Also, are the older axles (like my 2008) stronger than the newer ones. I want to avoid buying axles for cost reasons if I can. Are there many of you out there who have run large tires successfully on stock axles. Seems like you only hear the horror stories. Thanks in advance!