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S&H Farm Supply Explains Load and Inflation Ratings of ATV Tires

S&H Farm Supply Explains Load and Inflation Ratings of ATV Tires

Posted by Caleb Werhman on 4 March 2016 | Comments


S&H Farm Supply explains everything you need to know about load and inflation ratings for your ATV tires.

Owning an ATV can be a hazardous endeavor. That’s why it’s of the utmost importance to understand everything you can about your ATV – like how your tires work. The more you know the better, right? Here S&H Farm Supply explains the essential aspects that every ATV owner should know about his or her tires. (If you’re not an ATV owner, S&H Farm Supply is a Polaris dealer and has some pretty great atv sales!)

Establishing the Basics

On the side of every ATV tire is a series of numbers. Any given sequence will have three different numbers (numbers will vary, but it’ll look something like this: 27x12-14). The first number represents the height of the tire in inches when it's inflated to the manufacturer’s suggested air pressure. The second number is the width of the tire when properly inflated. And the third is the diameter that the inside of the tire is intended to be when mounted. (When going over your ATV’s tires, S&H Farm supply suggests having a tape measure nearby.)

Inflation and Load

Air pressure is to your ATV riding pleasure as a stick is to a popsicle: absolutely vital. In fact, the air pressure of your tire is almost entirely responsible for holding your weight, as well as the rest of the ATV’s weight.

In order to properly determine the desired air pressure of the tire, you’ll want to first check your owner's manual from S&H Farm Supply. If you’re a resident of the United States, the air pressure will be measured using PSI (Pounds per Square Inch). When it comes time to testing your tires pressure, however, make sure the ATV hasn’t recently been used. A recently used ATV could skew your PSI results.

Depending on the make of your ATV, or its intended use, there can be many suggested PSI’s. And while it ultimately is up to you what PSI you choose, it’s best practice to never surpass the manufacturer’s intended pressure recommendation. If you want to take off a couple of digits off because you heard softer tires are better for rocky surfaces, or you just like the feel of a softer tire better, that’s cool. As long as you’re close to the suggested PSI, but not over it, you’ll be good to go.

S&H Farm Supply Recap

Finding the right tire, and it’s proper air pressure is one of the most important things you can do for your ATV safety. And while the desired air pressure can vary depending on what your intended use for the ATV is, never deviate drastically from the manufacturer’s suggested measurement. Follow the advice above and you’ll be able to get the most from your tire and ATV.

Contact us at S&H Farm Supply to discuss all things ATV tires, or anything else ATV related (help us help you!).

(Information retrieved from myatvblog.com)