Perfect thread for a few questions I have. I'm new to ATV's, and recently bought a 2015 TRX500FE2 (solid rear axle Foreman ES PS). I live in Colorado where I ride a lot of sharp rocks, snow (including plowing the driveway), and mud is frequently encountered but wallowing in swamps isn't my thing; the quad is a work and hunting machine, not a sport rider.
I'm thinking of replacing the stock tires with Maxxis Zillas (to be determined, brand or tread choice is not the focus of my questions). With that tire in mind, I'm thinking of going up to the 26's. The 26's have significantly more tread depth than 25's (38/32's vs 23/32's) and obviously provide a bit more ground clearance.
1) Would the 26" Zilla be compatible with stock rims? Maxxis website lists 26" fronts as AT26x9-12 and 26" rears as AT26x11-12 vs 25" fronts are AT25x8-12 and 25" rears are AT25x10-12. I see no need to upgrade the factory wheels unless I must.
2) Will the power loss of the larger tire be noticeable?
Thanks in advance for the experienced input!