Conquering terrain with rocks, dirt, mud, swamp land, and hills is thrilling. However, a long weekend of putting miles on your Arctic Cat can put some serious wear on your tires. To avoid flats and help stay in control while driving and taking tight turns, maintain your tires with these basic tips:
- Check tire pressure. Having the right amount of air can help you achieve optimal fuel efficiency. At the same time, make sure not to exceed the maximum PSI, which is typically listed on the sidewall of the tire. If you consistently overinflate your tires, you will put extra stress on the center tread.
- Inspect tires for slices in the side. You may discover debris such as nails, thorns or sharp rocks that have gotten stuck in the tire. Some riders add a protectant or sealant to slow down the aging process of the tires.
- Check out your smaller Arctic Cat parts to see if there are bearing problems, which may be indicated by wear patterns on the tires. Jack up the front, then back of your UTV and rotate each wheel. If your tires wobble as you turn them, it could be evidence of a bearing problem.
- Evaluate your beadlocks and ensure that the bolts are tightened. With extensive wear, the bolts may become loose or get cracked and damaged.
- If you haven’t used your tires in some time, the tires may not be in the condition you left them. When unused tires lose air pressure, the under inflation allows for cracks and damage.
- Check out the sidewalls and tread for any cracks, cuts, gashes or indication of heavy wear. Once the tires are fully inflated, listen for hissing sounds or other signs that your tires are deflating.
These are just some of the ways you can ensure tire safety. Keep in mind that you should rinse off your tires before inspecting them, so there’s no damage hiding under dried mud.