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I'm going with the 14" MSA Diesel rims and then thinking either 26"/27" Mudzillas or ITP Mudlites

I DO NOT ride in mud, I mostly use my ATV to drive around my 2.5 lakefront acres and pull the docks and lifts out each spring/fall, I then use it to haul my flipover fish house all winter on the lakes. I would prefer to not have a bumpy ride, but I need some lug to help with hauling in the snow... I also want to keep my Grizzly completely stock with no shims or weights added, so wheel weight is a factor as I want them to be as light as possible so I don't lose any power.

What tire would you recommend?
 

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If you don't want to do any clutching you will need to go with 26inch. As far as the which tire, I will let the other guys help you decide.
 

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For general all terrain use, a 26" or 27" max dia. tire on a 12" rim will give the best ride and keep the un-sprung weight gain to a minimum, and will require no clutch mods. ITP makes great, lightweight rims with a lifetime warranty for a decent price. For non-radials, lots of great choices. The original Kenda Bear Claw K299, the updated Bear Claw Evo, and many others. Quite a few guys on this forum have experienced puncture problems with the Mud-Lites in rocky terrain, but in more gravel, soft dirt, snow, etc. they have good reports. In a radial tire, the Maxxis Bighorns are real popular, the Pitbull Growlers as well, and the Kenda BearClaw HTR like I have is a great choice at a real decent price point. I asked LOTS of questions, did a lot of reading and the guys on this forum steered me to the right combo for me. My usage is similar to yours. Chores around home and varied trail riding, nothing too extreme. I wanted good traction in the mucky(not deep mud) woods, good snow performance, a comfortable ride and responsive handling. As far as I can tell at this point, I scored on all points with my combo.
 

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The Maxxis Mudzilla's are full dedicated mud tires, and one of the heaviest per size on the market. You do not want a set of these for your uses.

The Maxxis Zilla on the other hand is a completely different story. This tire will be excellent for you. Very light. Good tread design. Overall a great performer.
 
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In my opinion Bear claw HTRs or Zillas. Also Blackwater EVOs or Pitbull Growlers but the EVOs and the Growlers are a tad pricy, although good!
 

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The Maxxis Mudzilla's are full dedicated mud tires, and one of the heaviest per size on the market. You do not want a set of these for your uses.

The Maxxis Zilla on the other hand is a completely different story. This tire will be excellent for you. Very light. Good tread design. Overall a great performer.
I just realized I typed Mudzillas in my original post, I meant Zillas. I had 28" Mudzillas on my previous Grizzly, they were complete OVERKILL for what I do (although they looked cool) I appreciate all the feedback, I think i'm leaning towards the Zillas
 

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Righto, Zillas was the other one I was trying to think of that seems very popular.
 

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Just remember that zillas are going to run about an inch small of stated size, but I think those will work great for your uses.
 

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The Mudlite XTR is also a good tire with decent lugs. My wife had them on her old Rincon and we rode some snow and ice on a trip in AR. She had no complaints but I can’t comment personally. Anyone else with experience with the XTR’s in snow and ice? That may be one to consider.
 
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