Which Tire Size Should You Run On Your ATV or UTV?

September 20, 2022

Best Tire Sizes For ATVs, UTVs, and Side By Sides

Once you've picked out the perfect ATV or UTV for you, you'll need to figure out which tires will be best for it, in order to keep your machine athletic, controlled, and comfortable on even the harshest terrains. So, today we want to help you out - we'll be going through which tire size you should be running on your ATV or UTV. After all, tire sizes and fitment are always big questions around the ATV and UTV scenes, so today we'll be making things a bit easier to understand. Let's jump right in!


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2022 Polaris General 1000 with Fuel Runner wheels

Why Should You Upgrade The Tire Size On Your ATV or UTV?

Obviously, all ATVs and UTVs come with a certain or common wheel and tire size from the manufacturers, and you can always replace your OEM's setup with some aftermarket wheels or tires in the same size if you want a direct swap.

Of course, upgrading to a larger wheel or tire can offer several benefits, one of which is ground clearance. With bigger tires, you're gaining more ground clearance, which is always a win in many ways for anyone off-roading, or finding that their set is causing them to bottom out, scrape on rocks, or struggle to jump some logs on the trails.

Another benefit is directed towards the wheel specifically, and that's more clearance around the hub and brake components. Most of the time, OEM wheels are very tight around all the components down there when mounted up, and have you ever seen the inside of a wheel all scuffed and scraped up? That's most likely because of rocks being caught in some of the tight gaps there. So, by running a bigger wheel, they obviously allow for more ground clearance around the brake components to avoid rocks getting stuck in them and destroying the inside of the wheel.


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2021 Polaris RZR with MSA Clutch wheels

What Size Should You Upgrade The Wheels And Tires On Your ATV To?

One size doesn't fit all on every ATV or UTV, so the specific sizes for your build will vary depending on what you have and what you're looking to do on the trails. But as a general rule of thumb, one size above stock is always safe to do, and sometimes you can bump it up two sizes without worrying about regearing or getting a clutch kit. You'll need to consider if you want to run a block set up or staggered setup.

With taller tires, though, you may need to keep an eye on the width you choose, mainly up front to avoid any clearance or rubbing issues. And that's where our gallery comes in - as we encourage more and more people to add their machines to our online gallery, more and more builds in different sizes will be there for you to check out and verify that your coveted wheel and tire setup will fit.

We don't want you to take this to mean that you can only go up one or two sizes for your wheels and tires, but just know that going up much more than that will cause some fitment issues, and you may need a lift kit to accommodate the bigger setup.


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If you're looking to upgrade your ATV or UTV, we've got all the most popular aftermarket wheels and tires you need to do just that. Check out our store today and get the best wheels and tires for your machine, or package them together for additional savings - of course, we're always happy to help you find the best fitment for your build!