How to Choose ATV Tires & Wheels

Because ATVs are designed to be ridden off-road, the tires and wheels have a tendency to take quite a beating. And while even tire tread on pedestrian vehicles wear down over time, keep in mind that ATVs are driven on the likes of sand, mud, dirt, rocks and other terrains – and this terrain isn’t always as forgiving as a smooth, paved road.

On that note, you’ll likely be getting new tires and wheels fairly regularly throughout your ATV ownership. In fact, they’re often among the first parts that get replaced with an aftermarket product after purchase. This post will take a closer look at when to know you need new tires, the types of ATV tires offered, the role wheels play in ATV performance and more.

How Do I Know When I Need New ATV Tires?

Though the typical shelf life of ATV tires is anywhere from four to five years from the manufacturer date, other factors such as how much you ride, where you ride and how your ATV is stored certainly play a role in tire degradation. So just how do you know when it’s time for new tires? Here’s a look:

  • Performance issues: Good tires play a big role when it comes to gripping the terrain you’re riding on. So if you start to feel slippage when you’re making turns or if you start spinning out a lot, it might be time to consider a new set of tires.
  • Noticeable damage: Ideally, you should be inspecting your tires before and after you ride. Look for things like cracks in the rubber or noticeably worn areas of the tread. You should also be checking the tire pressure prior to and after every ride, as this can help you gauge for air leakages.
  • Old looking: ATV tires should be rich in color, not worn or weathered.

Types of ATV Tires

When it’s time for new tires, you have a lot of options to choose from – and it’s important to select the right set based on your riding habits and preferences. Here’s a look at the tire options to choose from:

  • All-purpose: These types of tires are ideal for non-extreme, moderate riding conditions at all periods of the year.
  • Sand: If you like to ride the dunes, sand tires are likely your best bet. These tires feature paddle-like or V-shaped designs to gain traction in the sand.
  • Mud: Riding in mud is one of the most extreme riding conditions, so you need an extreme tire. Mud tires are thick and big, designed to grip even the deepest, slickest mud terrain. They’re designed with snow shovel-like knobs.
  • Motocross: These tires feature a wide-space tread designed for dirt track racing.
  • Off-road: From the mountains to the trail, off-road tires are similar to all-purpose tires, except that they’re stronger and more durable.

The Importance of ATV Wheels

While tires are important for your ATV, don’t downplay the role wheels play. In fact, wheels and tires should complement each other. We recommend not skimping on wheel quality and replacing wheels immediately if you notice cracks or other damage. Wheels are made from a variety of materials, such as:

  • Steel: Though heavy, they are the most affordable.
  • Aluminum: These types of wheels are lighter than steel and still offer good strength.
  • Magnesium alloy: These wheels are the lightest made and still very durable.

If you’re looking for quality and affordability, we’d recommend a wheel such as the Hollow Point model. A more premium wheel is the Buckshot. Visit to find more affordable ATV wheels at discount prices.