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ATV Tires are Full of Information

We all know that if you cut the trunk of a tree, the rings inside can tell a lifetime worth of stories. You can determine past droughts, wildfires, and the age of the tree itself.

It may seem like a silly comparison, but the same can be said about your ATV tires. It may not seem like it, but a tire contains within it an enormous amount of information. Most obvious are the brand and the tire name, but upon closer inspection, there is even more than meets the eye.

A typical ATV tire includes information such as the treadwear, traction, and temperature grades, the ratio of height to width, service description, and its US Department of Safety Standard Code.

The US DOT Safety Standard Code, for instance, is a 10-digit number molded into the tire's sidewall that designates the plant and manufacturer. It looks like nothing more than a number, but it is a code that stipulates the tire line and size, and the week and year in which the tire was produced.

For information on how to read the sidewall on your tires, check out this post for tips on reading tire size, speed rating, and load index.

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