It's Muddin' Season!
By Midwest Traction on August 12, 2017
Muddy season is upon us, which is one of my favorite times to take the utility 4×4 quad out. If you're anything like me, you have to find the deepest, gnarliest mud hole to splash through. Some of us make it, and some of us don't.
The first thing I always think about when I go muddin' is whether my ATV tires are up to the task. Let's face it: stock OEM tires are great for general purpose riding, but they are ill-equpped for extremely muddy conditions. When I get a new quad, I immediately upgrade to a new set of wheels, saving the OEM's for when I need them (usually never, but they come in handy if you want to pull the kids around in the yard with a trailer).
When selecting replacement tires, consider how you'll most often use your quad. It is a bite out of the back pocket, so make a good choice. For muddin', there are extreme mud ATV tires and mild mud tires, but if you're not into the mud scene and will be using your quad mostly on hard surfaces, other tires are a better fit. Give us a call if you need consultation! 1-855-681-8326
Alrighty then, let's get back to the mud hole! If you didn't get that new set of tires, or your machine gets stuck, then buddy, you need a winch! Believe me, it's saved me more than once.
Now, for you sport quad guys that ride in the mud, I've been there, too, and it can be fun, but stay away from the deep holes, cuz they will suck you in! These pictures are from my ride at Haspen Acres in Indiana a few years back.
I broke both rear fenders from the weight of the mud and spent $20 at the car wash. I also blew my clutch out; the Raptor usually comes home with something broken on it. But it was a blast.
Have a great riding season, and be safe; don't ride without your ATV helmet and gear.
TJ (Tire Jockey)