Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Near the swamps of Big Lake, Alaska
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We only use the XTR on trail riding adventures. Primitive trails, rocks and gravel, mud, swamps roots and logs. You know the stuff we live for.
Never had anything else. So nothing to compare to.
No problems other than what other have mentioned above. Rough ride, etc. have close to 8K on a 700 and 550, both equipped the same.
550 was purchased 1st. & per recommendation we mounted 27x9r14 front, 27x11r14 on the rear. I felt that was too much for the 550. Consequently when we decided to add to the stable we elected to get a 700 and use the 27's on that and get 26's for the 550.
In lieu of shims and springs a motorhead buddy said its far cheaper and easier to just change the weights in the primary . So 4 weights for a 450 and 4 for a 700.
Kept the originals tires and wheels for winter and knocking about on and off road. The off road tends to be very well established trails suitable for a Subaru, etc.
We have found the stocks tires to be just fine for snow travel. Once the snow is deep enough one is going to bottom out and no amount of deep lug is going to matter. We even plow the 700ft dway and clear an acre of parking with a 550, Warn plow and stock tires. the bike only weights 700lbs. I don't think big lugs will help you push more weight. Chains and studs would help on ice, but we don't get much ice. Pretty much stays packed snow all winter till break up.
Mine...'09 700 Griz, 27" MudLite XTR 's on 212, 2500# Warn
Wife's "09 550 Griz, 26" MudLite XTR 's on 212, 2500# Warn...if it's winter the Plow is mounted
Last edited by partychief360; 08-15-2019 at 01:40 PM.