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I have original tires and rims on my 450 formen es. I ride in the mountains and lots of rocks, bolders, water and then mud. Lots of friend that I ride with have upgraded their rides to 27 inch tires (ITP's)
1. they are mud tire and do not do well on rock vs my original.
2. climbing hills, I've have had less problem due to lower center of gravity, I do not have the problems on some obsticals that they do.

I guess my question is should I go up a size or two sizes? What would the bennefit besides ground clearance?
I know the ITP mud tires are not right for the type of riding we do, what type do you recommend esp for the rock or rocky riding we do?

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If you are just climbing and trail riding then that is the type of tire to look at.
<a href="http://www.4atvtires.com/atvTires/showC" target="_blank">http://www.4atvtires.com/atvTires/showC ... &_KITS_707</a>

You could also look at radial tires, <a href="http://www.atvoutfitters.net/itp_mud_lite_xtr_tires.htm" target="_blank">http://www.atvoutfitters.net/itp_mud_lite_xtr_tires.htm</a>
I would suggest you are looking for something that looks like a aggressive car or truck tire.

As for tire size if you don't need the ground clearance then stay with a smaller tire 25 or 26. You will keep more of your power with a smaller tire and the lower your gravity the better. Maxxis Bighorn Tires seems to be a good all around tire. Or even GBC's dirt tamer <a href="http://www.atvoutfitters.net/gbc_dirt_tamer_tires.htm" target="_blank">http://www.atvoutfitters.net/gbc_dirt_tamer_tires.htm</a>

Do allot of looking though there is allot of types of tires and don't forget about how quickly they wear too.
 

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Welcome Trypoint

Here is a picture of My Bighorns last weekend
with over 3000 miles on them



90% of my riding is just like Yours
The sidewalls of the Horn's have helped save my
cast wheels,and I drive over what most people
drive around !

I also have a buddy who put 26X9X12 in the front
and 26X12X12 in the rear without any issues on
his '03 Foreman 450

IMO,Bighorns are the way to GO !
 

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QUOTE ("Trypoint":3i27mjqm)
Thanks for the response. The Horns are what I've been looking at. Northwoodsdon, If I understand you right you used your OEM rims with no issues or the use of other upgrades to your ride?
Thats Right

No lift kit or spacers all on OEM wheels

I also went with the same set up, I really like
how it handles the switchbacks in Mountian riding
with the wider tire in the rear.

Here is a better picture of My Buddy's
Foreman with the Horn's
 

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I just received an email from Maxxis and this is their response for the Horn.

I don't believe you would need a bigger rim when going to a 26" tire, but I would still recommend the 25" on your 450. The 25" Bighorn should actually be taller than your stock 25" so you'd be gaining a bit of clearance without the added weight of the 26" tire.

Thank you for contacting Maxxis.
Thank you!
Maxxis International
Visit us online @ <a href="http://www.maxxis.com" target="_blank">http://www.maxxis.com</a>
 
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