An UTV is probably one of the most universal means of transportation. You can go hunting or fishing, participate in a high-speed race or just go to the country with your family. The purpose you will be using your UTV for will define the model you will need.

Another important factor is the choice of tires, as it is the tires that affect performance and driving safety of the UTV.

Design Features of UTV Tires

When choosing tires for the UTV, it is necessary not only to consider your personal needs, but also to take into account your driving style, as well as the environment the “iron horse” will be used in. All tires for UTVs can be divided into two types:

  1. Diagonal
  2. Radial

Each type is designed for driving in a certain terrain. The most popular are the diagonal tires because they show excellent performance in shallow waters, mud and swamps.

Radial ones are designed to drive at high speeds on a hard surface, and therefore, as a rule, they are used for racing models.

Types of Tread

One of the most important details to keep in mind when choosing the UTV tires is their tread pattern. This is not a designer “trick” as some think. The pattern determines in what conditions the UTV may be used.

According to the information on, on the basis of the tread pattern all tires can be divided into the following types:

  • Sand tires – they have a paddled tread, which provides excellent grip on the sandy surface
  • Mud tires – equipped with a deep tread in the form of a conifer tree, so that if it gets into mud, you can avoid drifting
  • Sports tires – have a flat surface with small lugs guaranteeing maximum stability on a hard, paved surface
  • Universal tires – their tread is equipped with small blocks that provide an excellent grip with any terrain
  • Winter tires – have a special tread pattern, and they can be additionally equipped with studs and chains

How Do I Understand Size of Tires – by Markings on It?

For UTV tires they usually use two systems of measurement – the English system and the metric system. The English one looks like this: “25x8-12”, where “25” is the height of the tire in inches, “8” is its width, and “12” is the diameter of the wheel.

Some manufacturers use the metric system to mark their tires. It has the following marking: “205/80R12”, where the first two numbers point out the sizes in millimeters, while the diameter of the wheel (“R12”) is indicated in inches.

The first number is the tire width, the second one is the ratio of the height of the tire profile to its width, and the letter “R” (in this example) indicates that the tire is radial, while the last number is the diameter of the wheel on which the tire will be mounted.

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