Guide to ATV Tire Pressure
By Midwest Traction on August 19, 2017
Tips & Advice
ATV tire pressure is one of the most important and most neglected areas in overall performance. Most manufacturers' ATV tires are designed to run at low-pressure gauge, between 3 and 10 PSI.
Mount and Seal
When mounting, never exceed the pressure listed on the sidewall. With a stubborn tire, it may be necessary to release air and re-lube the beads a couple of times before achieving correct seal. When in doubt, take the tire to a professional.
High Vs Low PSI
For best performance, you'll need to experiment. Many riders run higher pressures for hard surfaces. This lowers rolling resistance for a higher speed, but decreases ride quality while increasing center tire wear, making it more susceptible to impact damage.
Running at lower-than-recommended pressure increases footprint, which, under most conditions, increases traction. Under inflation can cause premature tire failure from excessive sidewall flex, sidewall and tread cracking, and possibly bent rims. Additionally, this risks popping the tire bead off the wheel.
Start at the manufacturer's recommended tire pressure and adjust up or down by a single PSI until it suits your style and riding conditions. Rear tires need a setting that provides the best traction and ride. Front tires are crucial; pressure too low makes turning and tracking difficult. While common to run two different pressures between front and rear, pressure must be the same on the horizontal parallel. Even one PSI difference can cause side pull. Test different PSI to find the best one for you. As always, be safe and enjoy your ride.