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    Tire Wear

    I have a 2006 Ranger XP. In the past year I have started to notice a very inconsitent wear pattern on the front tires. Some of the tire "knobs" are close to full tread at one end, and at the other almost wore right down to the tire. The wear pattern is the same with both tires. Is this typical? Could this be from plowing the driveway in the winter in AWD?

    In the market for new tires. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks for the help!

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    Is the excessive wear on the inside or the outside of the tire. If it is on the inside part of the tire, there could be some excessive sag in the front end, This could be encountered with the additional weight of the plow.

    You could install some rubber spring spacers or buy an optional front preloader kit for that model of machine which could help with the sag. You could also get a heavy duty set of front springs.

    Finally, as far as Tires go, Maxxis Bighorns will get the most votes here on PRC. They are a great all around tire, that peform very well in a variety of terrain.

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    Ditto on the Bighorns. They are an awesome tire for all around use.

    You may want to check the toe adjustment on your machine. Worn ball joints, wheel bearings, and tie rod ends can also cause tire wear issues. Mine wore the stock tires the same way and is doing the same to my Bighorns now that they are almost in need of replacement, so it may just be the nature of the beast.
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    I've noticed something similar with our 09. The front side of the lugs are worn less than the back side of the lugs.
    This is mostly on the front tires as well. Almost like the lugs are being shaven off as they leave the road surface versus first contact to the surface.

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    This is caused from riding on pavement or hardpacked dirt. these tires only run 8-12PSI and when on a hard surface the roll-out of the tire is different than a regular car/truck tire radial. it is a pretty common thing. Airing up the tires will help a bit next time

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    big horns

    I have read a lot of posts here where you all brag about bighorns. My only experience with them was bad. I watched a rzr-s with bighorns pulling out a stuck ranger and they filled full of mud and wouldnt clean out. They looked as smooth as inner tubes. my 09 xp has the pxt's on it and they seem to do quite a bit better in the same mud hole.
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    Re: big horns

    Quote Originally Posted by 65welder
    I have read a lot of posts here where you all brag about bighorns. My only experience with them was bad. I watched a rzr-s with bighorns pulling out a stuck ranger and they filled full of mud and wouldnt clean out. They looked as smooth as inner tubes. my 09 xp has the pxt's on it and they seem to do quite a bit better in the same mud hole.
    I never claimed that they are the best for mud. There are definitely better tires for the gooey stuff......but the Bighorns are awesome for all around use......rocks, gravel, hardpack dirt, and light to medium mud. If I were a hardcore mudbogger, I would definitely choose a more aggressive tire.
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    My stock front tires have a odd wear pattern as well, so does my buddies. 90% of our driving is field roads/tar. I have 2200 miles on my 07 he has around 1200 on his 08 miles. I think with the full cab and other crap on it its plenty front heavy for the size of stock tire, I have mine aired up and added the TM2 spring spacers to help out.
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    I'm with Jerry,
    No tire is perfect for every application. Big Horns work great in a variety of different settings. I had them on my quads for almost 8000 miles and they wore in the same manner as described above. In my case I am sure that it was from pavement and hardpacked, rocky trails.

    I used them in deep mud in Eagar / White Mountains with no problems, but the deep mud here is more like clay and sticks to everything until it packs your fender wells like giant brake shoes. I don't think any tire would do well in that stuff.

    So far though, the Big Horns are the best all-around tire I have ever run across and wear really well compared to the OEM's I've had.
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    I filled my wheel wells and everything else up with mud elk hunting up near Flagstaff in December 2008. It was fun carrying an extra 500 pounds of Arizona around. I went to the lake twice a day to wash most of it off and start over. My Maxxis Big Horns pulled me thru it all.
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