ATV Tires 101

All-terrain tires are manufactured for maximum performance in highway and off-road driving situations. This is done through the use of a tread pattern design which has the lugs closer to each other than the design found in the tread of mud tires. These tires are able to drive through rocky, muddy and sandy environments as smoothly as a car would on the highway.

As contingent upon the tires being used, a person can take their ATV and use it for a variety of tasks. The ATV was developed to be used for off road conditions, the tires used can make the difference as to the terrain it will do best in.

When ATVs first came out in 1981, they were made with balloon tires. Nowadays, ATV tires have deep treads, are quite heavy and possess a pressure that falls under 10 lbs per square inch. Because of this, the tires can better grip the road, thereby facilitating the navigation of terrain found in forests and wetlands.

The tire can be broken down into three major parts, it has an inner lining, a carcass and belts. The belts are really a series of layers of polyester, nylon, steel or Kevlar which have been coated with rubber. The carcass of the tire is its main body and is comprised of wire beads and body plies. The inner lining is a specific layer making the inside of a tubeless tire and comprised of compound rubber.

Radials and bias-ply are the two main types of tires. Bias-ply tires are constructed from textile cords such as nylon and upon occasion, Kevlar. The steel-reinforced and rubber layered cable belts are used to manufacture radial tires.

Both radial and bias-ply tires have a specific set of typical features which determine the performance of the tires.

The slots cut into the tread of a tire are called sipes. The sipes in the tread are the determining factor for the traction in the terrain they are being used on.

Before you purchase a tire it is necessary to understand the specs of the tire. Factors included in the correct purchase of a tire are the tire ratio of height to weight, the width and the type of tire. In addition, the purchaser ought to know the load index, the diameter of the wheels, the construction of the tire and the tire’s speed rating.

Some of the biggest complaints against ATVs has to due with the choice in tires. Those negative feelings are reinforced by the allegations that ATVs, in addition to getting good traction over the terrain, also will create ruts which can drain marshy areas of water in forests, rip out fragile plants which are necessary for the cohesion of sand dunes of the beaches and deserts and demolish well kept snow trails.