What is a tire bead gap
There is more than meets the eye when you dissect how a tire and wheel combo inflates, stays inflated and why some wheels and tires shouldn't be matched together. We take a deep dive into what makes certain wheel engineering superior when deciding your next combo.
What is a Dual-Drill UTV Wheel?
A dual drilled wheel is a wheel that is drilled with two sets of bolt holes. With this additional set of holes, dual drill wheels can accept two different bolt patterns. On all dual-drill wheels, the larger hub bore of the two bolt patterns is used to ensure proper fitment.
Wheel Backspacing vs. Offset
4+3? 6+1? 25mm? We put to bed the UTV industry debate on what measurement is better, why we use wheel offset and wheel backspacing in the powersports industry, and we do a deep dive into why each measurement matters.
Does lightweight matter?
Wheel design/style is the primary consideration when considering whether or not you want to quickly drop unnecessary weight. Bulky styling can quickly increase weight, pushing your wheel well past OEM standards. So what to look for when considering a lightweight UTV wheel?
Durometer numbers simply represent a relative comparison of hardness between different but similar materials that have had their hardness measured using the same durometer scale, device and measurement standard. In general, a higher durometer material will be harder than a lower durometer material.
Unsprung vs Sprung Weight
Lightweight? Forged? Flow Formed? You need new wheels but you're confused as to what the hype is surrounding wheel weights and construction right? We take a deep nerdy dive on why lightweight wheels matter on your UTV or ATV.
What Exactly is An Overland Vehicle?
More often than not, the guy talking about his next overlanding vehicle is just building a really capable UTV that can go anywhere. What makes a vehicle a "true" overlanding vehicle can be murky but in general, you can comfortably live out of it for long lengths of time.
How to Install Beadlock Wheels
Want to know how to mount your new Valor Offroad UTV beadlock wheels on your tires? We're here to help with a The Source instructional post on best practices. Let us know if you have any additional questions, we'd be more than happy to help.
Explain Tire Sidewall Marks
It's one things to know your tire's brand and model, but what do all of the other markings on the tire's sidewall actually mean? The dirt is in the details, let's jump into what makes each tire truly unique and why you need to brush up on your tire talk.
Guide to buying a UTV or ATV
You've decided make the plunge and get yourself a new toy, but where do you start? So many choices, so many decisions! We're here to simplify your journey so that you land on the right vehicle for the job.
What is a bolt pattern?
Your vehicle's bolt pattern is one of, if not the, first criteria that needs to be considered when determining if a wheel will fit your car or not. The bolt pattern is the number and spacing of the lug hole openings which will match the vehicle hub’s corresponding stud or bolt pattern measurement.
Tire Pressure on Your UTV
Air will expand when heated and contract when cooled. This makes fall and early winter months the most critical times to check inflation pressures. The rule of thumb is for every 10° Fahrenheit change in air temperature, tire pressures will change about 2% (up with higher temperatures and down with lower).
What is a Centerbore?
The centerbore of a wheel is the size of the machined hole on the back of the wheel that centers the wheel properly on the hub of the vehicle. Centerbores on wheels are typically a standard size in mm. Hub sizes vary by vehicle brand and UTV/ATV model.
What makes Valor Different
We've been doing this for a long time. We don't claim to know everything so we're not scared to jump in head first to learn. Valor Offroad is a small group of incredibly passionate offroad innovators that have vowed to fix the products we hate. Find out what makes us different.
Why you should tighten your lugs
I'd like to tell you that the featured image of this post is a stock image I found online. It isn't, and the events that led to this catastrophic failure in both judgement and mechanics we're both expensive and VERY dangerous.
What is a tire section width?
The section width of a UTV tire is typically the first measurement that is stamped or raised on the sidewall. Sometimes in mm but more often in inches, the section width is crucial to understand so that your new wheels and tires fit.
Valor Offroad Casting Process
The automotive industry has relied upon low-pressure die casting for decades to create strong, high-quality aluminum casts. However, due to its relatively slow casting process. Low-pressure die casting is a method of production that uses pressure – rather than gravity – to fill molds with molten aluminum.
How to handle a flat tire
Your day finally came and you got that infamous flat tire. What now? What do you need to fix? Knowing how to safely get you, your passengers, and your UTV back to trailhead requires some preparation, patience and basic skills so you're ready for anything.
SRA vs IRS
For decades, enthusiasts have debated the better of the two: Solid Rear Axle (SRA) vs. Independent Rear Suspension (IRS). But which ATV is actually better for you? We took a deep dive into what makes one better for certain riders and the right option for you. Learn more.
UTV Gear Checklist
Heading out for a quick day trip? Maybe your packing for a week-long epic traverse through state borders? No matter the distance, time of year or style or riding you prefer, we put together a list so you can have when you need to be prepared.
Winter Offroading Packing List
So you you're lucky enough to live in an area that has snow or weather cold enough to be considered "winter"? With the right planning, the right basic gear, and realistic expectations, you're in for a unique and awesome experience.
The Source is your one stop location for all things offroad. We've taken the knowledge we've learned over the last 20 years and put together a selection of posts to cut through the BS and get you the information you need. Have a question we don't have listed on The Source? Check out the Valor Offroad FAQ page for additional topics.