ATV Tires vs UTV Tires

ATV Tires vs UTV Tires

What is the difference between UTV and ATV tires? Are UTV and ATV tires the same? Well, kinda, but we break down the differences anyway. Let's discuss.
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So you're an ATV owner—good on you. You've resisted consistent market change, where everything seems to be catered to and built exclusively for UTV owners. The good news is that there are actually plenty of products still in the market specifically manufactured for you ATV owners. But what exactly is the difference? Is there really such a thing as a UTV-specific product? The quick answer is no, but let's discuss.



No matter your favorite flavor, UTV, SXS, or ATV, there are products proudly made for you by several high-quality brands like Valor OffroadSDR MotorsportsHCR Racing, or SuperATV. Brands tend to latch on to what is most popular or trending in the market to boost website SEO or attract more eyeballs via marketing, so it is no surprise that UTVs get all the hype these days. It's hard not to disagree that a 240-horsepower out-of-the-box machine is pretty fantastic. 

The most significant difference between UTV-specific products, such as ATV tires, is one critical specification: load capacity. The bonus for ATV owners is that most powersports products are over-engineered for UTVs. The downside is that products keep getting heavier to compensate. 


Quick weight comparison:

Polaris Sportsman: 911 lbs (413 kg)
Polaris RZR Pro R Ultimate: 2187 lbs (992 kg)

As you browse tires for your ATV, make sure to look at load rating. All of the tires featured on this site are load rated for UTVs, which means your ATV will NEVER risk overloading the tires, no matter your payload. But...not all tires are created equal. If you pick up a set of tires on Marketplace or through a third party sale, make sure the tires are in good shape before you run them, no matter what kind of good deal you got. 


What to look for if purchasing used ATV tires:

  • Tread: Obvious, but always make sure there is enough tread left on used tires. If the tread wears down completely, you will be traveling on the carcass of the tire, which we promise was never intended to tackle roots, rocks or trail debris. You'll risk immediate tire failure. 
  • Age: Tires unfortunately have a recommended use window. If you pick up a tire from a ATV built in the 1980's, that tire is going to show some serious wear and tear, including: dry rot (cracks and crumbling), inconsistent shape (oblong), or pinhole leaks. As tires age, the natural rubber breaks down, especially if left in the sun's UV rays.


All Valor Offroad UTV products are engineered with the heavier UTV specs in mind, so both UTV and ATV customers are covered. 

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Valor Offroad

Valor Offroad is a leading manufacturer of products developed exclusively for the powersports industry. Our wide collection of utv wheels, utv tires, and accessories are designed to enhance the performance and appearance of your offroad vehicle. Whether you're a seasoned offroader or just starting out, Valor Offroad has everything you need to take your powersports experience to the next level. Our utv wheels are crafted with precision and durability in mind, ensuring that they can handle even the toughest terrains. With a variety of styles and finishes to choose from, you can customize your offroad vehicle to reflect your personal style.

But it's not just about looks - our Valor utv tires are engineered to provide optimal traction and stability, giving you the confidence to conquer any trail. From trails to rock crawling, our tires are designed to withstand the harshest conditions, so you can push the limits of your offroad adventures.

At Valor Offroad, we understand that offroading is more than just a hobby - it's a lifestyle. That's why we are committed to providing top-quality products that not only perform well but also enhance the overall appearance of your offroad vehicle. With our extensive selection and dedication to customer satisfaction, you can trust us to be your go-to source for all your Polaris, Can-AM, Honda, and Kawasaki utv accessories.

So whether you're tackling the trails or hitting the dunes, choose Valor Offroad to equip your offroad vehicle with the best wheels, tires, and accessories on the market. Experience the difference that our products can make and elevate your offroading adventures to new heights.