Atv/Utv Tire Pressure For Snow, Mud, Etc. & How It Effects Your Load Rating...

  • 09-May-2022

Hey, guys, what's up I'm, Brian with fisher's off-road. And in this video I'm going to be talking to you about tire air pressure. Now that may not seem like a big deal, but I'm, getting a lot of questions lately and seeing a lot of stuff online social media, where folks are driving their ATVs and side-by-sides for the first time in the snow, and they're saying that it's handling like crap.

They can't figure it out. They want to know, what's the best tire to run. Well, it may not necessarily be the tire that. You're running, it could be the tire air pressure that you're running I'll. Give you a couple examples of some tires that we're running and some of the air pressure that we're running and maybe help you out with this all right you all? One of the first tires we're going to look at is the pro armor crawler kg. And this is on a 20, 20, Polaris, general, XP, 4, so it's, a four-seater.

This tire here, it's a 30 10 15. And if you look at the sidewall it'll, tell you exactly what air pressure to run. And if you look. Right here and you see these stars, there's, one, two, three, four stars, and that stands for ply rating. And each one of those stars is two-ply. So this is an eight ply tire. Now something else you have to look at is where you see, it says, max load 1280 pounds at 22 psi cold as you start to let air out of the tire you're going to start to decrease your load rating and apply the tire for the snow.

We have them down to 15 psi, and they seem to be tracking, pretty good and handling pretty good. The one thing you. Want to look at. And what you want to keep in mind is if you look at the tire, you can see how your center how it sits up when you let air out that actually flattens the tread out and gives the tire flex and helps it to bite on the terrain that you're on whether it be snow or sand or mud, or if it's hard packed you'll want a nice pretty much flat track, especially if it's snowing you'll want to make sure you, uh, keep it manageable. So your machine doesn't feel like it's pushing and what I mean by that. Is when you go into a corner, you don't want the machine to keep going.

And the best thing to do there is to lift off the gas. I know, there's a famous saying in the power sports world when in doubt gas it out, but when you're on snow and that kind of stuff that that does not apply if you start pushing you'll want to lift off the gas and let the machine settle and get back to where it was back in track. If you stay on the gas you're going to keep pushing over here, we have a 30 inch, muddy in-law and.

This is a Sedna tire. Now this tire is an 8 psi, eight plies. So the way Sedna does their tires is these tires at an eight ply are rated at the eight psi, they're, a lower air pressure tire more of a sturdy carcass on the tire, but they track really well. They do a good job. They flex good. Now.

The mud in law is a pretty tough tire. This tire we had it down to about five pounds. This thing is so robust and beefy. You could actually let all the air pressure out, and it would track pretty good and ride good.

So. You wouldn't, even really notice it flexing like you would a regular tire like this tire here, the pro armor tire, if you let all the air out you're going to notice it. And then we also have a set of KMS, the BFG KMS on another one of our rental units that tire max air pressure is 44 pounds.

And we took that tire down to about 25 pounds, and it still needs to go down further if you're on an ATV or side-by-side, and you're plowing or something. And you want it to handle a lot better, let some air out. And then just remember if you let air out, and you're, not plowing or don't have a lot of people in your machine, as soon as you put the plow back on or start to put more people in you're going to have to air up a little, you know, maybe a few pounds to offset so that way it still handles. Good rides good. It still gives you the ply rating that you need in the tire. This BFG km3 UTV tire has some of the best information on it of any tire I've ever seen.

You have everything on here on the sidewall and. Like I was talking about earlier. This is a perfect example, uh, max load 1694 at 44 psi cold. And then your max load at 1015 pounds at 18 psi cold. You can see how it changes your load rating according to how much air you have in that changes everything. This tire right here.

A lot of people think that just because it's a BFG. It is street legal it's, a d.o.t tire. This is not a d.o.t tire. So if you want something that is strictly d.o.t that you have to have that's mandatory in your area to run your. Vehicle on the street you're going to have to almost go with a truck tire, instead of an UTV tire you'll see.

They also have a warning on here about under inflating or over inflating your tires, according to the load. They also have on the side here, which I've not really seen too many tires have this mixing bias tires with radials on the same vehicle, mixing different tire sizes on the same axle that's. Something you never want to do because the vehicle will not handle properly and also that's going to. Really mess up your gear ratio if you're running two different size tires, something else to keep in mind whenever we're talking about ATV, UTV tires and tire pressure is using the right tire gauge to get your pressure. You can see this one here is pretty big. This is for a truck. And then on the left, you have one that's good for ATD, UTV, low air pressure tires.

You can see the one on the right goes up to 160 psi. The one on the left goes up to 20 psi. Most of your side-by-sides.

These days you're going. To use a tire pressure, gauge that definitely goes up above 20., like if you're running this km3 that's set at 44 psi, cold, so you're going to definitely need a little beefier tire gauge not just a standard ATV. 20-Pound tire gauge. Well, there you go. You all hope that helps you out with your entire situation, how it's going to handle better track better ride better on the snow.

So again, it may not be your tires. It might just be your tire air pressure. So check out your air pressure play with it. A.Little, maybe if you're supposed to run 22 pounds, drop it down to 15 pounds and see how that handles, depending on your load and then go from there, you might need more.

You might need less, but it's really up to you on how you want it to handle and how heavy of a load your Holland or whatever how heavy your machine is. So there you go guys hope that helps you out.

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