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I’m looking at the weight of aftermarket tires and they’re much heavier than I expected. Sedona has the only light weight tires that I like. Now I’m looking for somewhere to source them mounted...
Just remember for $10 dollars and 1.5 mm of shim’s installed in your cvt will help you get back anything you loose in heavier tire’s.
 

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I'm thinking about going with 14X7 4+3 on all four corners. Will these wheels fit properly on the Kodiak?
 

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I selected steel wheels 4+3 offsets on my kodiak 700 with no problem..however I stuck with stock 12" rims. This will give 1/2 inch extra on each side also added 1" billet spacers on the front only to reduce understeer/ roll of front end . Went with Kenda BEARCLAW HTRS.. could not de happier with the handling. No clearance problems..
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I’m looking at the weight of aftermarket tires and they’re much heavier than I expected. Sedona has the only light weight tires that I like. Now I’m looking for somewhere to source them mounted...
Maxxis zillas are not a heavy tire.that's one of the reasons I chose them.
 

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By the way the Sedona tires are excellent products. I almost went with their Pro Radials.
 

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So, @Vincent steered me back to 12" wheels from 14s and I really appreciate what he did as 12" wheels will give you far greater tire volume in 25"-27" tire diameter size. Problem becomes for you when you are looking at something like those 28" Coyotes, which I agree look like incredible tires... assuming the Coyotes. I'd really like to also try out the Maxxis Carnivores but those only come in 28" at 14" wheels or bigger. Just make sure you are also looking at tire/wheel weights because that rotational weight can really rob your HP where you may need CVT mods to gain back low end torque. Something that Kodiak/Grizzly riders need to also be paying attention to because we don't have massive, unreliable HP/torque.
 
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Agreed.. I need low center of gravity and stable front end as I descend into a very steep down hill off camber trail to acsess the creek. Thus stability on off camber slopes is crucial. Ground clearance is not an issue for me thus I prefer standard size tires the slight increase off set with wheels and spacers increases track by 3 inches in the front. Rear track is the same so I can rotate the rear end with out increased resistance. Everything depends on the terrain you ride and the activities you use your ride for. Choose wisely.
 
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So, @Vincent steered me back to 12" wheels from 14s and I really appreciate what he did as 12" wheels will give you far greater tire volume in 25"-27" tire diameter size. Problem becomes for you when you are looking at something like those 28" Coyotes, which I agree look like incredible tires... assuming the Coyotes. I'd really like to also try out the Maxxis Carnivores but those only come in 28" at 14" wheels or bigger. Just make sure you are also looking at tire/wheel weights because that rotational weight can really rob your HP where you may need CVT mods to gain back low end torque. Something that Kodiak/Grizzly riders need to also be paying attention to because we don't have massive, unreliable HP/torque.
This is why I did 27” with stock SE 12” rims. It maximized the amount of rubber between me and the rocks, and isn’t too heavy, and is drivable without mods. But the mods made it more fun - lol! Ground clearance is pretty good with a 27” too, I think 12.5. Stiffen up the shock to maintain clearance in rough terrain, and go soft on air pressure for a tolerable ride.
 

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Honestly, I'm looking for more of a street/off-road tire for this set. I need hard surface performance for this set. My plan is to use my stock wheels for real off-road stuff, replacing the tires later this year sometime. I like the Tusk Terrabite, but they are heavy. Therein lies my dilemma.
 

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I got the Kodiak out today. I believe the size, weight, and tread will work for me. They really calmed the quad down. Seems it has the wah-wahs a little, but it's cold and I probably didn't ride long enough for them to warm up. I think I'll air them up to 25lbs for a couple of days and then drop to 5psi for the initial setting. I may need to balance them, but it felt more like a flat spot.

I could definitely tell I have lost some speed with a corresponding shift in the power curve.
The original runup to the power curve is completely gone. It starts out with a good pull and stayed there until I backed off at 40mph I suppose. I also installed the barker slip-on muffler, topless airbox and EHS controller..
 

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I got the Kodiak out today. I believe the size, weight, and tread will work for me. They really calmed the quad down. Seems it has the wah-wahs a little, but it's cold and I probably didn't ride long enough for them to warm up. I think I'll air them up to 25lbs for a couple of days and then drop to 5psi for the initial setting. I may need to balance them, but it felt more like a flat spot.

I could definitely tell I have lost some speed with a corresponding shift in the power curve.
The original runup to the power curve is completely gone. It starts out with a good pull and stayed there until I backed off at 40mph I suppose. I also installed the barker slip-on muffler, topless airbox and EHS controller..
Time for some clutch mods!

I didn't go the aftermarket wheel route because they tend to be so much heavier then the factory 12" wheels
 

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Ah yes.. the never ending quest to get our rides 'Spot On ' I have been very happy with the tire upgrades and stayed with the stock sizes. However increasing the front track by 3 inches has been a great improvement. I must admit that I am afraid of altering the engineering excellence built into the bike and adversely affecting reliability. Guess I am showing my age. LOL
 
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Ah yes.. the never ending quest to get our rides 'Spot On ' I have been very happy with the tire upgrades and stayed with the stock sizes. However increasing the front track by 3 inches has been a great improvement. I must admit that I am afraid of altering the engineering excellence built into the bike and adversely affecting reliability. Guess I am showing my age. LOL
I guess a lot depends on one's background and experiences. I've been involved with custom machines all my life as well as a career in research engineering. I'm kinda a fabricator in several fields
 

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I look at where I ride and the conditions that I ride in to decide on what kind of tires I want. In most instances the stock tires are just fine, but I would like a stiffer and thicker sidewall.

In another year or two I'll be looking for new tires and plan on the same size as far as width and perhaps a little bit taller.

I got over the wide and big tires with my first 4 wheeler

Yes I am getting up there in age and do more putting around and leave the aggressive riding to the younger generation

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I'm definitely not at that level with regard to fabrication and wrenching on 70's era 2 stroke MX bikes was exceedingly simple compared to the complexity of today's amazing motorsport machines and I know I can screw something up easily. My hat is off to you talented individuals. I listened to the forums and the changes made have been without buyer's remorse. Mostly because of good advice and benefit from others experience. MOD ON BOYS! Love the Kodiacs.
 

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The M12s are 13lbs
My factory 12x6" alloy wheels are 5 lbs a piece.

That's 32 lbs in extra rotating mass without even counting the extra weight of heavier 6 ply tires vs stockers
 

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My factory 12x6" alloy wheels are 5 lbs a piece.

That's 32 lbs in extra rotating mass without even counting the extra weight of heavier 6 ply tires vs stockers
Yup, the bikes have done off the lightest wheels I've ever seen, yet still super strong.

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