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I just bought a set of Mud Lites on rims from the Yamaha dealer for my 700. I wanted 27" tires on 14" wheels, but the parts guy talked me out of them. He said I would have to change parts on the clutch to compensate for the 27" tires or I would lose a lot of power. He also mentioned broken axles, etc. become much more likely with the 27" tires.
So I went with 26" on 12" wheels. The 26", at 12 and 10 inches wide, are an inch wider than the 27" they had (11 and 9 inches wide), so I suppose the traction will be about the same.
We rolled the 26" and 27" over beside a Grizzly 700 in the showroom, and it did look as if the 27" would have clearance problems. The 27" also looked a lot more than one inch bigger than the 26". One reason might be that the 27" they have is a radial, while the 26" is a non-radial. Maybe the Mud Lite 27" tires really are bigger than 27"? I know this doesn't make sense but that's the way it seemed at the time.