Properly maintaining your ATV or UTV tires allows you to get the most life out of them and stay safe while you’re riding. It’s important to keep your tires at the proper air pressure, and to give them a once-over before and after each ride to make sure they’re still in adequate shape. Your tire manufacturer should also provide recommendations for safe tire depth, and when they believe you switch out your tires for a new pair.
What is the Best Tire Pressure?
Tire pressure is all too easily overlooked by off-road riders, but it’s hugely important. Improperly inflated tires can cause performance and handling issues, from leaning to one side or the other, to all-out loss of control and blowouts. They will also wear unevenly, necessitating premature replacement.
You’ll find the recommended tire pressures, including for different passenger and cargo loads, in your owner’s manual and printed on your ATV or UTV. Check your tire pressure using a low-pressure gauge before your ride, when you’ll get the most accurate reading, and otherwise wait several hours post-riding for the tires to cool.
When to Replace Your UTV Tires
Tire manufacturers provide recommended replacement intervals for a tire based on mileage and time. While this provides a benchmark, you still need to visually inspect your tires on a regular basis to look for signs of damage and wear. Things to watch out for include dry or cracked rubber, worn-down or uneven lugs, bulging sidewalls, embedded nails or other foreign objects, and punctures.
Replace all your tires if any show signs of age-related wear and tear. Failing tires put you at risk, and puts excess stress on your vehicle’s drivetrain and suspension.
It’s easy to take ORV tires for granted, even though they’re as vital a component of your machine as the engine. Take the time to consider the styles of tires best suited to the kind of off-roading and work you hope to do with your UTV and ATV. In terms of maintenance, it is important to always stay on top of upkeep, and replacement so you’re getting the most out of your tires and keeping your vehicle as safe and high-performing as it can be.