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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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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.
I agree with Jay on the Bead locks and I would definitely have wheels with an inner reinforcement rings. I am a OMF dealer and can get you a set custom built to fit your needs. Is the Revolt X you bought still running wheel spacers in the back? You might also look at Pit Bull tires too. I am a Pit Bull tire dealer too.

Mike

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I agree with Jay on the Bead locks and I would definitely have wheels with an inner reinforcement rings. I am a OMF dealer and can get you a set custom built to fit your needs. Is the Revolt X you bought still running wheel spacers in the back? You might also look at Pit Bull tires too. I am a Pit Bull tire dealer too.

Mike
The bolded bit of info I am not happy with, wheel spacers to me are a nogo.

Here is my plan:

Hope I can replace the existing 14" rims with 12" rims, hope the 12" rims will clear everything.

Go with the BigHorns (probably 26x9 front 26x12 rear)

Get the correct backspace to clear everything, mainly worried about getting to close to the rear trailing arms with the 12" BigHorns.

I will probably go with non beadlocks due mainly to more additional costs.
If I went with non beadlocks can you "custom build" an optimum back space if one is not available? Appox cost?
I can get you wheels with back spacing ranging from a 2" back space to a 5" backspace. We need to talk on the phone so I can ask you a few more questions and then I can give you some numbers to work with. Call me

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Re: Rim and tire opinions for desert racing?

If you plan to race GET BEADLOCKS! It's a safety issue more than just strength. I raced 2 races without beadlocks. In the second race while making a hard turn a rear tire came off the bead and I barrel rolled hard! Don't go without them. Your safety is important!! Also, a huge addition that I forgot is to run tubes in the tires. Before tubes, I would get at least one or two flats every race. With tubes, no flats EVER!

I'm speaking from experience on both accounts. But especially on the beadlocks!

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