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Posted: 11/2/2015 5:09:54 AM EST
I have a 1999 Foreman 450 ES that has less than 120 hours, original tires, I want to get some new tires. The OEM sizes are 25-8 x 12 on the front and 25-10 x 12 on the rear.

I have a Highlifter kit on it, 1.5" I believe. I am looking at ITP Mud Lites, both standard and XL type. This ATV is used for trail riding and around my property, no heavy mud running.

Can I go bigger in width and still use the factory rims? Such as 11" or 12" wide on the rear instead of 10" wide? And go to 9" wide on the front in lieu of the 8" wide, I like the steel wheels and don't want new wheels.

Thanks,

77
Link Posted: 11/2/2015 5:51:17 AM EST
Yes you can use the old rims. My 450 had mud lites and held up pretty well.
Link Posted: 11/2/2015 8:54:11 AM EST
Yeah you can go up in size a bit just like a car rim.

Look at maxxis bighorns they wear better then any other quad tire I have run. I can get 1.5-2 years out of mudlites, a year out of stock tires, a year out of Carlyle's, nothing really holds up. The bighorns are the exception I have a set that I went 4 years on the fronts and I'm going to get 6-7 out of the rears.
Link Posted: 11/3/2015 3:41:03 AM EST
you can reuse your steel wheels. i have the same bike with highlifter springs and 28" mudzillas. great bike.
Link Posted: 11/3/2015 3:51:33 AM EST
[Last Edit: 11/3/2015 3:53:01 AM EST by 77Bronc]
Thanks for all of the help, I am ordering 26" Mud Lite XLs this week. It is 16 years old, but runs like new. I saw the price of the new bikes, I will keep this one.

Thanks

77
Link Posted: 11/3/2015 11:17:34 PM EST
Mudlites get good reviews for trail riding but bad for actual mud. They sound like a good riding tire. Take a look at swamplites if you haven't ordered yet. I read that they are a little better performer without being harsh.

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