Re: Rim and tire opinions for desert racing?
It's a great question.....and you'll find everyone has a different opinion.
So here's mine:
Go with the same size tire all the way around. This means that you don't have to carry two different sizes of tires as spares (both on the rig and in the pits).
Absolutely go with beadlocks. And get the strongest wheel you can find. Weight is not as big a deal on desert racing than strength.
I have seen the Maxxis big horns work out really well for folks. On your Revolt, run the 26" tire they have (or is it 25"). And put it on a 12" wheel. This gives a good deal of side wall for wheel protection. And the taller size will let you get a little more top end. I found that my motor had plenty of power to turn them.
As for width, I want to say the "normal" width is the 9", but can't recall off hand. Maybe it was 10"????
And when you start desert racing, remember one thing that will make you REALLY fast...........NEVER LIFT OFF OF THE THROTTLE! Obviously, for turns, you have to lift. But the more you can keep it pegged, the faster you will be. In a UTV (even a Redline) it takes time to get to the top speed. So if you can keep it pinned and not constantly have to run it up to speed, you'll be a lot faster..........worked for me.
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