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Old 04-21-2009, 11:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What could be the best choice of tire for my Rancher 350, with originals wheels?

70% trail + 30% mud...

I think 26" could be a nice size, but they are really rare in the size I need... Then 25" is also an option.


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Old 04-22-2009, 10:01 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I have a couple of questions. In looking at the OEM tires for the Rancher it shows 24" wheels/rims with an 11' rim on the rear. Unless you change your rears you are looking at a smaller selection for tires as less are made in the 11" rim size.

You say you are looking for 25" or 26" tires, as a side note, my bro-in-law, put a normal 12" rim on the back of his 420 Rancher and then moved up to 26" Bearclaw. The power it took was quite noticeable, and he felt he had to adjust fuel(optimizer) and add an HMF just to get back to stock levels. Be prepared for some kind of power loss if you move up to that size.

We also need to know what kind of mud you are doing 30% of the time, deep past the top of the wheels, or heavy mud, or watery mud etc...it would help to narrow down the the type of aggressive mud tread.
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Old 04-22-2009, 10:58 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Ok, I think 26" is a bit too big... In province of Quebec it is illegal to modify our ATV (what affects sound)... so it will be 25".

Maybe I will check for other wheel, depend of the price... I recently saw ITP SS108 Alloy at 75$CAD each... good deal?


What kind of mud? Humm... let's say any kind of mud... The cheaper would be Ok for me...


I have 22" Bearclaw on my other Fourtrax 300 2x4, it has wonderfull and agressive thread... does the 25" have the same aggressivity?



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Old 04-22-2009, 11:24 AM   #4 (permalink)
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According to http://www.kendausa.com/atv/utility.html The 22" actually has bigger tread than the 25" so it is not as aggressive.

If you wanted to keep all your power, stay with your stock size and have an aggressive tread that would do great in mud I would look into getting the Maxxis Mudbug with the (38/32 inches or more than 3cm) tread. It doesn't wear down easily, it is very resistant to punctures, does excellent in the moderate mud, works the the trails well, and is has a very good reputation.

Here is a link:
Front: http://www.maxxis.com/MotorcycleATV/ATV-Ut...-Bug-Front.aspx
Rear: http://www.maxxis.com/MotorcycleATV/ATV-Ut...d-Bug-Rear.aspx

If you wanted to inexpensively move up to a more common rear tire size you could get used 12" stock rims/wheels from a lot of places, and still get the Mudbug in 25" but you may still feel some power loss and snap off the line when accelerating.

In my opinion, I went with stock wheels/rims and painted them black, because I knew they would get beat up and didn't want to spend extra on the new rims. Plus when they are dirty and covered in mud, you can't tell if wheels/rims look like anyways.


Your english is just fine.
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i ran 25x12 & 25x10 itp 589's on my old rancher 350 (thinking that staying close to stock size would retain power) and it lost a significant amount of power, if you go bigger then stock just be prepared to do a few more mods to regain power or deal with the loss.
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Old 04-22-2009, 05:51 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Ok, thank you for all these information.

I hope to receive my 2" lift kit and my wheel spacers this week!
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