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Ok so I have been throwing around the idea of getting new tires for my ATV I don't do a lot of mud riding but could see the benefit around our farm with muddy plowed fields and using this machine to work up food plots for deer hunting (unaccessible by our tractors). The machine will likely never be rode on a trail maybe 50 miles a year but more of a true utility vehicle hauling grain, deer ect.

I am looking at a taller tire around 27" or bigger but close to stock width. I'm looking at 9" up front and 12" in the rear for width. I like the look of the ITP Mudlites XL and the Big horns they are both close to stock tire weight. I guess which would wear better and handle various terrian (logs, mud, hard pack, all dirt no pavement other than crossing the road).

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Chas
 

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If you mainly do trail riding and not a lot of mud I would look into an 8 ply radial tire like the grim Reapers, Kenda bearclaw HTR's, or GBC Spartacus... There are a couple of other 8 ply radials, but I think these will be a tad better and more durable than the Big horns. I will say I like my radial Mudlight XTR's, but they are heavier and only 6 ply and have a little rougher ride due to the taller tire lugs, which are nice to have in more muddy areas....

EDIT, guess I just re-read your post and you will not do a lot of trail riding, :doh: then I would suggest the Mudlight XTR as it is a good mud/woods/trail tire. you can also look at the zilla's, but they are not radials...
 

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I don't really ride any hard pack maybe 10% of my riding will be hard pack. It's mostly fields it is more of a work horse than a trail machine. I have a 2" lift and will order wheel spacers if needed (most likely for the front). I plan on running my stock 12" rims.

EDIT: I might go with a set of silverback x-lites. They seem to have good reviews over on another forum.
 

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Ok so it is between the mudlite xtr and silverback x-lite. What size 27" or 28"?
 

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With either of those tires in above stock size (25") You should also add in a clutch kit.

It may seem like you didn't lose any power, bu once you get into the mud, you will notice it!

IMO the x lites are a way nicer tire.
 

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Just note, the Zilla's and Silverback X-lites are lighter tires and as they are bias ply vs radial but they may not ride as smooth at speed and I think they will wear a little faster. But they may be a better choice for your 500, if you had a big bore then I would definitely recommend the XTR's or outlaw radials. being you have a 2" lift I would say get the 28's or maybe even 29's as the more ground clearance you have the better, but bigger also means more weight so I would look into a QSC clutch kit as they are pretty reasonably priced and will give you more low end snort. Good luck in your decision as there are a lot of opinions out there on tires, LOL!
 

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I understand I will need the clutch kit. I am just trying to get the tires first before hunting season starts in my area. It would be really nice to pull deer out of creek bottoms instead of hoofing them up the hill. I bought the ATV for the hard part! haha
 
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