It is almost that time of year in the southwestern United States when the hot summer sun goes away, and trips to the desert kick into high gear. The Sand Sports Super Show is the biggest sign that the desert season is upon us.
This year’s event featured over 300 exhibits as was packed with everything the sand and off-road industry had to offer. Many of these great companies use the opportunity to launch brand new products or new sizes right there at the Sand Show.
We had our eyes on the ever expanding tire market in preparation for another run at the King of the Hammers UTV race. In February, we put our Polaris RZR XP 1000 on the podium running 32-inch Arisun Aftershock tires mounted up on Walker Evans Racing beadlock wheels (see 2017 KING OF THE HAMMERS UTV RACE RECAP).
We will be racing a 2018 Polaris RZR XP Turbo at the 2018 King of the Hammers, and plan to test the 32x10R14 Arisun tire as well.
Fuel Gripper R/T
Tested at the longest desert race in U.S. BITD Vegas to Reno, the all new 32” Gripper R/T UTV tire performed flawlessly. Built with an all new DOT Approved 10-ply rating and our lightest casing yet at under 41lbs the tire features aggressive side lugs for added puncture resistance without sacrifing weight, and is steel belted for increased durability and handling. Discover what more professionals and privateers are learning, that Fuel Off-Road has you covered.
The Fuel Gripper is a DOT approved off road tire that is available in several popular sizes for 14” and 15” wheels.
More details: NEW 32” GRIPPER R/T UTV TIRE FROM FUEL OFF-ROAD
STI Enduro XT/S
The Enduro XT/S – is a dual steel-belted 8-ply radial that gives owners superior puncture resistance and longer tread life. Adding to its durability, the Enduro XT/S has reinforced sidewalls and rim guards to protect against pinch flats.
The new tire’s tread pattern is a true multi-terrain design that delivers high-performance traction over a wide variety of surfaces. The Enduro’s carcass uses a wide contact patch for a smooth and quiet ride. And it’s DOT marked for use on hard surfaces.
More details: STI ENDURO XT/S STEEL BELTED RADIAL
Kanati Terra Master
GBC Motorsports is proud to bring you the industry’s first UTV tire with an asymmetrical, non-directional tread pattern. The all-new Kanati Terra Master’s innovative design allows users two mounting options to best suit their needs.
The tread pattern on the Kanati Terra Master was specially designed to offer the benefits of two tires in one. With two distinctive sides to choose from, UTV owners can customize their tire setup to best suit their vehicle application, driving style, and terrain conditions. One mounting option is recommended for use in soft to intermediate terrain, while the other is best for intermediate to hard terrain.
More details: Kanati Trail Master
BF Goodrich KR2
Engineered with race-proven CoreGard™ technology, the BFGoodrich Baja T/A® KR2 UTV (30×9.5×15) is the first UTV- specific tire produced by BFGoodrich. It is designed specifically for the performance demands of today’s UTVs, offering superior performance and increased mobility in soft soils, enhanced traction in mud and improved braking in loose and rocky soil.
While the KR2 is not new, the 32x10R15 and 35×10.50R15 are new sizes for the BFG KR2.
More details: BFGOODRICH BAJA T/A KR2 UTV TIRE
While not a brand new tire, the 32X10.00R15 Maxxis Liberty is new to us.
The Maxxis Liberty is a true light truck-inspired tire, engineered for performance in a variety of terrains. With an 8-ply radial carcass and a tread design that allows for ultimate control on and off-road, the Liberty exceeds DOT test standards and has the superb tread wear you expect from a Maxxis tire. This tire also features a specialized rubber compound for excellent traction on rocks and desert terrains. Eight-ply radial construction lets the Liberty withstand the heavier loads and high speeds of your largest SxS machines.
More details: MAXXIS LIBERTY UTV TIRE