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Sand Tires, HELP????

I get questions all the time about what tire to run in the desert sand on a UTV and since I have zero experience in the sand I don't have a good idea.

Someone please share with me some good sand tires and I don't mean paddle tires.



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the genereal opinion of most of the people who dune all the time and from people i trust. skat trak paddles for the rear(lumberjacks) and smothies for the front. The smoothies have texture to them and do grab. They also allow you to float and slide versus mohawks or something like that. Do not buy itp paddles for your utv. You will get smoked period. The number of paddles is up to you depending on power etc...however rpm's are more important than anything else. so actually better to have fewer than too many paddles in my opinion. Many threads on many forums on this issue.
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Other than paddles, what tires do ok in the sand that you might use elsewhere. I hear the Bighorns dig in.



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I know others that run the Goodyear MTRs in the sand and love them.




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That is a start, any others?



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I seem to remember reading that people were thinking the big horns were too heavy in the sand. Honestly my friend, you are going to find that most people are running paddles in the dunes.




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over at my forum a couple said they run bighorns but air them down.



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Used to run these really knobby tires on Odessy and Honda three wheelers that did pretty well in sand, kept them over inflated.
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you can run any tire you want but you must air down not up. you need a wide platform in order to snowshoe over the top not dig in!! if your front tire makes a rut then the rear tire will dig in further. Just depends on what ya wanna do. If ya wanna run in the dunes and run fast see my previous post. If ya just wanna drive thru the dunes use stock tires and air down. It is that simple their is no other magic tire........
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The key is to make your rotating mass as light as possible.

Here is some info about testing I did on my RZR last year:
UTV Guide - Polaris RZR Sand Dune Tires Review

I did not have a completely buffed tire for the front to test, but I have heard they work great.
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