Side-by-side tires are about as varied as the machines themselves. At Rocky Mountain ATV/MC, we have amassed a huge selection to make sure that you have the choices you want. We’ve categorized them according to terrain types and brands, allowing you to find what you’re looking for. We’ve also made it easy to narrow down the selection according to your specific machine. All you need to do is enter your side-by-side’s make, model and year. It’s quick and easy.
All of the tires we carry are excellent options, so it really just comes down to what you’re looking for. Perhaps the first question to ask yourself is what sort of riding you do. Is your side-by-side used for work, recreation or a mix? What kind of terrain do you typically ride on? One of the great things about side-by-sides is that there are several different types built to meet a variety of needs, but each type is still quite versatile, and your tire choice is often something that helps you get the most out of your machine. Some side-by-sides are built narrow enough to fit along any 50-inch trail. Others are wider and well-adapted for high-speed fun in the desert. Some drivers are more interested in taking it slow and climbing difficult slickrock courses. Others are more concerned about transporting a heavy load from one part of the farm to the other. Whatever your needs, make sure to get a tires that will suit you well.
The tread pattern is one of the most important elements you need to look at. An aggressive tread pattern with deep lugs can bite loose terrain and keep you moving forward. A lot of development goes into creating the height, width and spacing of the lugs as well as the specific design. Extremely loose terrain like mud, snow or sand responds well to deep, paddle-type lugs. Many tires designed for rocky terrain use a crisscross or zig-zag pattern to maximize grip.
It’s also important to get tires with a ply rating sufficient for your side-by-side. The higher the ply rating, the heavier duty the tire. This is important as UTVs are much heavier than ATVs. Many tires come in 4-ply, 6-ply or 8-ply ratings. If you plan on rigorous uses that will really beat up the tires, make sure you stick with a higher ply.
There are often other things to consider as well. Some side-by-side tires use a radial construction; others use a bias construction. Radial tires generally last longer and function better on flat surfaces and at higher speeds. Bias tires flex more, and this provides a more comfortable and overall better experience on rougher terrain and at lower speeds. The ply construction that you choose will largely depend on your personal riding preferences.
Sometimes there are other things you might want to consider as well. For example, if you plan on making your side-by-side street legal, it’s important to choose DOT-approved tires. Additional details such as these are usually available in the product descriptions.
If you’re ready to pick up a set of new side-by-side tires, all you need to do is pick a category to get started. We have an impressive selection with over 100 different tire choices. Purchase a set today and get back out riding!