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post #1 of 12 Old 08-10-2019, 07:53 PM Thread Starter
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Well I just picked up my 2020 Kodiak 700 base model. My question is I found a great deal on a set of maxxis bighorn 2.0 tires. But they are 26's instead of 25's, so will they hurt my performance?
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Well I just picked up my 2020 Kodiak 700 base model. My question is I found a great deal on a set of maxxis bighorn 2.0 tires. But they are 26's instead of 25's, so will they hurt my performance?
Maybe slightly but realistically not enough to worry about. Those are light tires and certainly worth it depending on the deal. if you do buy them, run them as is and worse case mods for your CVT can be fairly simple and cheap

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It's 375 for the set on Yamaha steel wheels. I know they are lighter than the original bighorns, I'm coming from a Suzuki Vinson 500. That I bought in 2006, so I'm not familiar with automatic quads, or really even Yamaha
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go for it, you won't notice much difference other than more traction, and being a radial tire, you get the benefits of better handling, longer tread life, and better puncture resistance.

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go for it, you won't notice much difference other than more traction, and being a radial tire, you get the benefits of better handling, longer tread life, and better puncture resistance.
Anything is better than factory tires
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post #6 of 12 Old 08-10-2019, 11:12 PM
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We should do a survey on the factory tires, I give them good marks, but I have not idea what others are like.
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My biggest issue with my factory tires was the fact they wouldn't hold air worth a **** by the time they had 450 miles on them. I replaced them with 27" zillas and used my stock rims. I have not had air loss issues since.

Edit: lol they bleeped out a mild word I used lol. It is something beavers build but with an "n" at the end....Have we gone that soft lol?

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I have never had a problem with factory tires as long as I don't put a stick through them which I did on my 2000 Kodak on my first ride. Other than that they work alright and I don't see any need for replacing them until they are worn out.

But some feel that they need to change them out right off of the showroom floor. But then again that is there prerogative.

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We should do a survey on the factory tires, I give them good marks, but I have not idea what others are like.
They are decent, but it's seems to me I end up running the quad harder to get through easy mud. Versus swapping tires and not pushing as hard
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I didn't really have any complaints about my stock tires but I knew I could get a traction upgrade with aftermarket tires. What really surprised me was how much better the sidewall stability is on the new tires. That alone is worth the upgrade in my opinion.

I have some lightly used stock tires for sale if anybody's interested.

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