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Hi Everyone,

I started researching new tires and rims for my 2012 Polaris Sportsman 800 and I am already overwhelmed. I want to make the right decision the first time, which is exactly why I am typing this post. I LOVE THIS FORUM!!!!!!

How I ride: I ride trials fast and I will hit every mud hole on the way that I feel 70% confident I won't sink it...
I live in GA if that means anything for the best option for a tire.
I would like to go a little larger than stock, so I won't bottom out in as many deep ruts as I do now with my stock tires, but I really don't want to add spacers or a lift kit and I don't want to loose too much low end - I really enjoy poppin wheelies with the 800 :saevilw:
I am not against adding a clutch kit, but I would like to know of my best option to go without a clutch kit and one with to see the pros and cons of each...
I did like the Terminators- I am sure they are great for mud, but how are they on the trails?
I really appreciate any advice.


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To add to my original post:
Up to what size tires can I get without having to use a lift kit or a clutch kit?
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I personally am not big on increasing the height of my tires and increasing my chances of axle breaking...etc. If anything I would maybe jump up a inch to compensate for a tire that runs a little smaller than true size. In my opinion upgrading the quality of the tire to a good radial and only having to deal with the weight increase of the tire is a better idea. No spacers,clutchs or lift kits to buy.
I picked out a good radial with a nice looking strong rim and I go just about anywhere and over the stuff my buddies do with the taller tires and without the increased possibility of breaking something. For all you may have to do to add 28" tires and in all actuality only gain 1-1/2 inches to me is not worth it. Just my 2 cents.
 

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Without a lift or spacers you are pretty much gonna have to stay stock. There is not one tire that does it all. Any radial tire will be a HUGE improvement over stock. A tire that does really well in mud will not be a great high speed trail tire. So your going to have to compromise somewhere. Remember, going up 1" only gets you 1/2 more lift. And the stock tires are actually much smaller then it says they are. A 25 x11 on you 800 is more like 24 1/4 x 10 1/2. I just bought new tires and stayed with stock size ant they are noticeably bigger. See my red 800 next to the green 500 for comparison both are the same size

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Some good advice given. If you go bigger you will loose some power. Also you will need to change your wheels or add spacers to go wider on the front.

There are a lot of good tire choices these days. You just need to decide which type of tire you want more. Do you want a mud tire, an all around tire or a fast trail tire?

The heavier the tire the more you will need a clutch kit.

Here is a link to some of the tires we carry that we posted on this site a while ago.

http://www.polarisatvforums.com/forums/discount-tire/42981-discount-tire-kicks-off-interco-sti-utv-atv-tire-sales-rally-rocks.html

One of the best all around tires is the PitBull Growler Uber XOR tires:

Pit Bull Growler Uber XOR tires listed by size

I have been testing them in mud and high speed riding and they are awesome.



I even used them to pull my camper and toyhayler out of the mud on our last camp trip.



Let us know if we can be of assistance.
 

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Joyrider,

Thanks for the input. I agree it does not sound worth the risk and cost to only gain an inch or two. How do you like the Ripsaw tires you have on yours?
 

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A buddy of mine has 28" terms on his stock 13' 500 the ride is surprisingly smooth for the tire to be so agressive. I scrubs at full lock and on bumps with two people, he will be at the Boondocks this weekend for that ride. If your going pm me you can check it out.
 

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I personally am not big on increasing the height of my tires and increasing my chances of axle breaking...etc. If anything I would maybe jump up a inch to compensate for a tire that runs a little smaller than true size. In my opinion upgrading the quality of the tire to a good radial and only having to deal with the weight increase of the tire is a better idea. No spacers,clutchs or lift kits to buy.
I picked out a good radial with a nice looking strong rim and I go just about anywhere and over the stuff my buddies do with the taller tires and without the increased possibility of breaking something. For all you may have to do to add 28" tires and in all actuality only gain 1-1/2 inches to me is not worth it. Just my 2 cents.
I have a 03 700 twin, what tires wheel set up would you recommend to me staying as true to stock? Or where can I look for this.
thanks
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9]Joyrider,

Thanks for the input. I agree it does not sound worth the risk and cost to only gain an inch or two. How do you like the Ripsaw tires you have on yours?[/quote]

I can't complain about anything with the Ripsaws. They are practically indestructible.
They are a little heavier tire but that comes along with being a radial and a better constructed tire, nothing that has affected my performance.
They ride really nice on the hard surfaces and will take you anywhere on the trail.
If you plan on living in 3' mud holes all the time buy something specificly for that ,but they will definitely get you past the every day mud holes and then some. They have 1-1/8" deep lugs on them and are made from truck tire rubber according to their product description. Check them out on YOUTUBE , - search - Sedona Ripsaw .
 

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Start with some rims with more offset to fit aftermarket tires.
I love my terms and would prob. buy em again, breaking axels is about throttle control.
However you might want to look at interco swamp lites, tall lugs, not super heavy and lots of sizes.
Also consider most tires measure under their advertised size, if your stockers say 25, they may only be 24. So a true 30 would net you 2.5in more of gc, and gc is pretty much the key to not getting stuck.
 

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I personally am not big on increasing the height of my tires and increasing my chances of axle breaking...etc. If anything I would maybe jump up a inch to compensate for a tire that runs a little smaller than true size. In my opinion upgrading the quality of the tire to a good radial and only having to deal with the weight increase of the tire is a better idea. No spacers,clutchs or lift kits to buy.
I picked out a good radial with a nice looking strong rim and I go just about anywhere and over the stuff my buddies do with the taller tires and without the increased possibility of breaking something. For all you may have to do to add 28" tires and in all actuality only gain 1-1/2 inches to me is not worth it. Just my 2 cents.
I have a 03 700 twin, what tires wheel set up would you recommend to me staying as true to stock? Or where can I look for this.
thanks
Joe
Discount Tire in this thread could help you with your specific stock sizes . Not sure if they sale the rims though. Are you uncertain of the sizes or buy the machine with something different than stock ?
Rocky Mountain ATV/MC is another good place to look and can advise you on size and offer tires and rims. If you are interested in the Sedona Ripsaw R//T's 4wheelonline.com sales them and offer a good wheel package deal.- 813-769-2451. Give one of them a call.
 

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I have narrowed down the tires I like to:
Swamplite
Reptile
Sparticus
Grim Reaper
Does anyone have experience with any of these?
I am trying to pick the best tire for how I ride: my average ride consists of about 30 miles of trails and I hit 3-5 mudholes. With my stock tires i usually get stuck in atleast one of them. So out of the tires listed above, I would like your opinion on which ones will be better in the GA mud.
 

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Well after 12+ hours of researching tires online I decided to go with none of the four brand tires I was originally looking at in the beginning of this thread! I Decided to go with the Pibull Growlers UBER XOR tires - my reasoning is: it's a badas* looking tire for an all terrain tire with decent abilities in the mud, has 1" deep tread, grips from every angle, its a radial and from reviews I read these tires last for several thousand miles.
I just ordered: (2) 26.5 x 9 x 12 for the front and (2) 26.5 x 11 x 12 for the rear.
And the Elixir M17 wheels in black.
I will post some Picts when they are installed.
Thanks for all the advice!
 

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i looked at the pitbulls they look bad, i just got my gorilla silverbacks from discount tires and they are very aggressive, went through a mud hole like nothing, with stock tires i would of been stuck
 

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Picts of new Pitbull Growler tires on Elixir M17 wheels

Here are the picts of the new Pitbull Growler tires on Elixir M17 wheels!
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