Have you looked at Maxxis Zillas?
Yeah, it's a hard decision especially when you do not have unlimited funds to experiment with $400+ on tires alone. To be more help, knowing what you're realistic maximum budget is will really narrow the field. For me, I knew for sure that I wanted radials, I decided a few months ago that I wanted wides all the way around and that meant over fenders, and I knew that I was not happy with the stock wheels. I had a total budget of under $1000.00 for the whole shebang. I was able to do it, and all of the reviews and people I know gave the thumbs up to the HTR Bear Claws.I want to start by saying I am so frustrated. The Bighorns are out, so I need some other tire options. I ride sand, two track trails, and snow. Lite mud every now and then. I mess in the rock, but really I like the sand around it more. So ignore rock riding. I need help, aside from bighorns, what are the top three tires for me? What are the problems/disadvantages with all of them. I want details because I only want to do this once.
I like you had to make my tire purchase decision on a pretty tight budget. Did a lot of the same research like you are doing and after reading tons of reviews, looking at knockoffs and name brand, I settled on these: https://www.motosport.com/artrax-ctx-radial-tireNothing wears like bighorns. They are like a super wear tire. They should have they're own class.
@Grizzcrazy, that all makes perfect sense. @grizzlyuk just commented on on another thread that he loves his bearclaws. All comments I have seen on them have been positive. I have not heard a lot about tire wear, so I would take that to mean that no one is unhappy with that. The 26x11 radials are $96.00 each plus $5.00 each shipping on Dennis Kirk. The 9" and 10" widths are less. They measure 26.4" inflated. The Kenda Bear Claw Evo's are another great choice, non-radial but an updated version of the original Bear Claw. BTW, the original K299 Bear Claw has been in continuous production for going on 30 years I think, so they have to be doing something right. If you are not dead set on radials, you can get some damn good tires for under $70.00 each. If you are set on radials like I was, the K587 Kenda Bear Claw HTR is going to be awfully hard to beat with a price tag under $400 for the set in your size. I would have personally preferred to purchase and American made tire like the Big Horns, but this time around I just could not do it. We did not expect to be paying off over $7000.00 insurance deductible for my wife's cancer treatments this year(all clear by the way)!Ok. Budget is $400 tops. Looking at 26inch. I might have to bend a little but not much or I will break. The closest dealer is 90miles away and in very different type of country. Sooo, not really. Never really looked into the Zillas. I would want to get 27's though. That way they are about 26inch. @mainehunter neighbor runs claws and Bighorns
Loves both tires. The claws are on the plow machine. Gets around great in on foot deep snow and not a ruff ride in the summer. Seems they handle it all. I will have to ask some other guys. I don't know if anybody runs zillas. My wheels look better than stock Yamaha wheels. If I had stock I would be getting wheels and tires. @Vincent the reason Bighorns are out is because I need new tires on my truck and that hit my budget on atv tires. So while I would love a set of BigHorns or Pitbulls. I just can't afford them. Well, I might but I would not be able to get food, clothes, you know, the little stuff. Lol. I really like the claws, and honestly, they are about the only tire I haven't heard problems with. Looking to get lots of guys going on here.
So sorry to hear about your wife and her cancer. If you've mentioned it in previous posts, I apologize for missing it. I'm very glad to hear that she's in the clear. Tires and atvs are a great outlet for stress but nothing in comparison to what you have had to deal with. God bless you in 2018.We did not expect to be paying off over $7000.00 insurance deductible for my wife's cancer treatments this year(all clear by the way)!