By Jon Crowley
New UTV tires are hitting the market all the time, but the new System 3 SS360 Sand Tire definitely caught my eye the first time I saw them in a press release:
I checked them out first hand at the Sand Sports Super Show and it was at that point that I knew I wanted to try them out. They are lightweight with a two-ply carcass. And instead of straight paddles, these are angled and smaller, but there are more of them. And they are 32-inches tall so they are perfect for the bigger turbo cars.
On my scale, the rears come in at 47.8 lbs. and the fronts at 44.2 lbs. These are with beadlock wheels.
I threw them on a Polaris RZR Pro XP and headed to Glamis to try them out.
My first concern was how they could perform against other traditional sand tires head to head up Oldsmobile Hill. While the video below isn’t scientific by any means, the vehicles were all Pro XPs, and I gave them a jump at the start so we would see them in the video.
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Quick drag race up Oldsmobile Hill to test the new @system3offroad SS360 sand tires. All three cars are @polarisrzr #ProXP and they pulled hard all the way up the hill. I purposefully let them go off the line so they would show up in the GoPro view. Pretty impressed that these “play tires” pull that hard. #Glamis #system3offroad
As you can see, I pulled one of the RZRs without a problem. Before you get your panties in a bunch about this test, I am sure that there are other tires that are better at a hill drag, but that wasn’t my test. I just wanted to see where we were ballpark-wise and this test was suitable. They pulled as good as, if not better than the more traditional sand tires in the same vehicle.
On fast rides through the dunes I found them very predictable. They didn’t dart or slide out on me when I wasn’t expecting them to. On transitions, I found them to go straight, where bigger/squared off paddles tend to sometimes lurch you uphill as you cross the ridge.
And on the plus side, they do not throw much roost so they are very nice to follow.
Powerband of the Pro XP worked very well with these tires. They have enough traction so that you aren’t blowing through the paddles. And with how many paddles there are, it reduces shock load on the drivetrain – axles, belts, etc.
I’d like to get some more time of these tires for sure, but so far, I think they are a home run.
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