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I have a 2008 Polaris Sportsman 700 EFI X2 that I bought last April. This is the first quad I have ever owned. I have the stock Carlisle tires on it. They probably had about 30% wear on them when I started my late summer / fall adventures. In early August I went to northern Arizona (mountains) to start scouting for my elk hunt. I stayed up there until the middle of October when I moved down to Roosevelt Lake (desert, both hills and flat) for a deer hunt that I was drawn for. I finally came home a week ago Sunday, so I was gone from the first week of August through November 10th. During that time I rode my quad daily. I put just under 1000 miles on my quad during this time.

When I bought the quad, I noticed a very slight pull to the right. I added some air to the right tires to see if it would help, and it did initially. After a few weeks up in the mountains, I started to notice the pull was getting worse. I had to really steer left to keep the quad running straight, especially when I would ride on the highway to the forest roads I used to hunt from. I started to notice the tires wearing on one side of the center tread and they started to wear really fast. In October when I moved to Roosevelt Lake, I took my quad to the dealer and had them do a full service on it and check the alignment. The told me after the alignment the quad was still pulling to the right. They said it was because of the tire wear, so even though I had "mud" tires, which are directional, they turned the tires around and the quad started steering straight. They also said the tread would wear down to a more even level. They were right, the read wore down to "even" really quick, and the quad was much easier to ride! Now I have about 10%, or less, of my tread left.

My rear tires still have about 50% tread life left. They are in good shape, wearing evenly.

Now that I am home, and since my tires are almost gone in the front, I am looking at new tires for the front of my quad. I have been reading a lot, and I think I have decided on getting some 8 ply radials because most of my riding is on Arizona mountain and desert trails/roads, and I also have to ride on the highway for anywhere from 1-5 miles to get to my hunting access roads. On some of the quad roads I've been on I have to climb rock, but most of the time my travels have been on the highway, gravel/dirt roads, riverbeds with sand and rock, and two tracks made by atv/utv.

I would like to hear some recommendations from experienced users of what type of tires I should get as I replace my original equipment tires.

Thanks in advance.
 

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First I would recommend that you change out all 4 tires at the same time. You want to make sure you keep the same diameter front and rear on your quad.

I live in Phoenix and ride the mountains in the summer and the deserts in the winter. I would recommend a good 8 ply rated radial tire for our rocky environment.

A couple of excellent tires for your machine would be:

Pit Bull Rocker Uber XOR:

Pit Bull Rocker Uber XOR tires listed by size

STI Rocktane XD:

STI Tires Roctane XD tires listed by size

These are both extremely tough 8 ply rated radial tires that hold up very well.

Let us know if you have any questions.
 

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I would also recommend the Maxxis Bighorns. Don't get hung up on them being a 6 ply tire. They are tough as nails and will out wear any other tire on the market. There are several good 8 ply tires out there, but they will have a harsher ride by far than the Bighorns. The X2 already has a harsh ride and can use any help it can get. I ran them on my '07 X2 and was very happy with the improvement in ride and handling. They also perform very well in all conditions. Never had a flat after a few thousand miles of abusing them in the Rockies.
Welcome to the site, and good luck in deciding. :)

 

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As far as replacing all 4 at the same time, I can't do that with at least 50% wear still left on the original tires. For what I do it isn't going to hurt to drive on them until a more appropriate time to replace them.

I was actually looking at the STI Rocktane XD tires and had looked up some reviews on them. People are saying the sidewalls hold up better than the Bighorns, and they are actually a stronger "clone" of the Bighorns, so I am actually leaning toward them at this point.
 

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Check out the STI Black Diamonds too
 

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On my sportsman 400 HO i changed the tires to Bear Claw HTR. Stock size. I love the tires. I do not ride in the dessert but lots of rocks and mud and they are awesome.
Out of 7 ATV moose hunting, my polaris and brother in law touring 550 were pushing the other guys out of mud holes (beaver dams). He's got 27 inch Mud Lite, I find then weak against buried branches. The Bear Claw HTR, no issues.

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I have to add that I pulled out an ARGO moose hunting. They submarined it and I pulled it out. Not the Grizzly, not the Rubicon put the small Sportsman.
 

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On my sportsman 400 HO i changed the tires to Bear Claw HTR. Stock size. I love the tires. I do not ride in the dessert but lots of rocks and mud and they are awesome.
Out of 7 ATV moose hunting, my polaris and brother in law touring 550 were pushing the other guys out of mud holes (beaver dams). He's got 27 inch Mud Lite, I find then weak against buried branches. The Bear Claw HTR, no issues.

My 2 cents
Do you have a pic of your 400? I plan on buying the bearclaws, and would like to see what they would look like.
 

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I highly recommend Maxxis Big Horns or Sedona Ripsaw R//T's , either one you can't go wrong. The Ripsaws have a stronger side wall of the two.
 

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As far as replacing all 4 at the same time, I can't do that with at least 50% wear still left on the original tires. For what I do it isn't going to hurt to drive on them until a more appropriate time to replace them.

Hmmm...well if you are not willing to replace all 4 tires at the same time...then I recommend going with the same OEM front tires.

It is NOT recommended to mix bias and radial tires. Just like with a car or truck. Going from a 4 ply tire and mixing in a 6 or 8 ply will cause handling issues.

IMHO...just bear it up...and replace all 4 tires so you can get what you want. Or...purchase 2 Carlisle tires for the front.

Good luck...


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Replace all 4 at the same time, with the same type of tire. You don't want to play with different rotation speeds between the front & rear with the AWD setup on these machines.
 

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4 new bighorns or 2.0 bighorns. mix and match tires and u will have an inconsistency in tire diameter. not so good for the AWD components. also 8 ply tires are heavy the bigs give u the optimal balance between durability and weight. for example the ripsaws witch are an awesome tire weigh approximately 10 lbs more a tire then my 2.0's
 

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I replaced my front on my Sportsman 500 HO with Kenda Executioners. They are 6 ply and I run 5 psi with lil or no sag in sidewalls. They are directional with a tractor like tread. I feel a lil vibration a slow speeds on hard surfaces which goes away at around 20 mph. I have very lil miles on them so I can't speak on treadwear. I have ITP Mudlight XL on the rear. Hope this helps..
 

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Bighorns are the shitz....love them for every type of riding and the wear like nails
 

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First I would recommend that you change out all 4 tires at the same time. You want to make sure you keep the same diameter front and rear on your quad.

I live in Phoenix and ride the mountains in the summer and the deserts in the winter. I would recommend a good 8 ply rated radial tire for our rocky environment.

A couple of excellent tires for your machine would be:

Pit Bull Rocker Uber XOR:

Pit Bull Rocker Uber XOR tires listed by size

STI Rocktane XD:

STI Tires Roctane XD tires listed by size

These are both extremely tough 8 ply rated radial tires that hold up very well.

Let us know if you have any questions.
Those look like some tough tires as they should be with 8 ply.....those pit bulls look pretty pricey.....they should be bullet proof. Cactus, sharp rocks, 50 cal etc etc
 
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