Tips for Buying the Best ATV Wheels
It’s officially summertime, which means it’s time to get your ATV ready for a fantastic few months of warm-weather riding if you’re up North, but for you Southerners, what are you waiting for? It’s time. To do this, you’re gonna have to make sure you have all your ATV parts up to date. Now’s the time to start looking for the best ATV wheels.
You already know there are a ton of options when it comes to choosing the right tires and wheels for your four-wheeler. Changing your ATV wheels isn’t that difficult — but choosing the right wheels can take some time.
Luckily for you, we’ve got some advice for upgrading to the best ATV wheels for your four-wheeler this summer. The following article will help make your parts shopping a little easier since we’ll explain a little bit about how to tell when you need new ATV wheels and the signs to look out for when replacing the wheels. We’ll also cover the different types of wheels for the terrain you’re riding on, some tips for keeping up with ATV wheel maintenance, and we’ll share a handful of recommendations for the best ATV wheels TMS Parts offers!
How to Tell You Need New ATV Wheels
Right off the bat, the easiest way to tell if you need new wheels for your ATV is by making sure you’re regularly keeping up with the maintenance and work your vehicle requires. It’s the safest thing to do, but it’s also going to save you a lot of work down the line (and also money) by stickin’ with those routine checks.
However, you might just feel it – something’s off. Or maybe you can see it. Often times, well-used wheels will have unsecured axle nuts. Or maybe the handle of your ATV feels off. As a rider, you know that broken wheels are only going to cause trouble and could possibly damage the tire. Keep in mind, the ATV tire/wheel life lasts about four, maybe five years, following the manufacture date.
Of course, you want the look of your wheels to catch people’s eye, but you want to make sure that the appearance of your rims isn’t the only factor to consider when looking to upgrade your wheels. UTV Action Magazine states that the sizing, offset and even the beadlocks, “…allow for lower operating pressures and a smoother, more reliable ride.”
Keep Up with Proper Maintenance for Your ATV Wheels
Here’s the thing – it doesn’t matter what type of wheel, or tires, you end up choosing for your ATV if you aren’t keeping up with the proper amount of maintenance it needs. Pay attention to how your ATV handles and check to make sure there are no cracks, rust, or damages to the rims.
The last thing you want is to end up stranded somewhere just because you didn’t take a quick look at the condition of your tires and wheels before heading out for the day. That being said, consider investing in a two-way radio just in case this does happen. Whether you ride alone or with friends, as a rider, you can’t always count on your cell phone to have service when you’re off-roading on the ol’ ATV!
Inspecting Your ATV Wheels
Provided below are a few brief “how-to’s” when it comes to inspecting and taking notice of your wheel offset, wheel bolt patterns, understand how to read wheel sizing.
The wheel offset allows you to change the width of the rear or the front, which alters the handling of your ATV if you’re noticing it’s too stiff or too loose. The offset of the wheel means the number of inches off centers the offset to the number of inches on the outside of the wheel. Changing the wheel offset will indeed have a slight effect on the suspension, allowing for you to find the right balance between stiffness or looseness that best works for your riding style. However, TMS experts will tell you the major change a rider will notice in regards to the cornering stability and handling of the vehicle has to do with a wider or narrower riding stance: a narrow vehicle will tend to tip over before a wider vehicle would.
Wheel Bolt Patterns
Usually measured in millimeters, the space between the bolt holes and the number of bolt holes in the wheel determines the bolt pattern. There are three lug patterns for your ATV: 3-Lug, 4-Lug, and 5-Lug. You may not realize this when you’re shopping for new wheels that your choice is going to have to depend on the make and model of your ATV. Knowing what lug pattern fits your ATV, and understanding how to measure the bolt pattern on your wheels, will, at the very least, save you time by knowing exactly what you’re looking for.
Just like tires for almost all vehicles, your ATV wheels have numbers on them to inform you of their size. The diameter of the wheel should match up with the inside diameter of the tire. As mentioned before, you may be limited on what size of wheels your ATV can handle based on the specific make and model, but so long as the tire is the same size of your wheel, you have a little flexibility when it comes to choosing to go smaller or bigger.
The Relationship Between ATV Wheels and ATV Tires
Here’s the thing: your fancy ATV tires won’t be of any help if the wheels don’t match up; you should think of your wheels and tires as one entity. Without a good set of wheels and a good set of tires, swapping a good set for a cheaper set will ruin both the tires and the wheels.
Primarily, the All-Purpose, or All-Terrain wheels, provide an all-around, general riding grip for average, non-extreme riding conditions. ATV itself stands for “All Terrain Vehicle,” so owning an ATV with all-purpose wheels isn’t unheard of — and it’s perfectly safe for riding aside from the more extreme conditions.
These wheels are best for the rider who wants to do a little bit of everything without having to switch up their wheels for every occasion or terrain, and without having to spend too much money to have multiple types of tires for their ATV.
However, while the quality of All-Terrain wheels can still be fantastic, there’s a reason there are wheels explicitly made for the types of terrain you ride on. Because of this, you’ll likely find when buying these wheels that most of them will still be made to favor one type of terrain over the other, so be sure to purchase the wheels best-suited for where you’re going to be riding most.
Riding Style and ATV Wheel Selection
Depending on the terrain you’re riding on and your particular riding style, some ATV wheels work better for some terrains. Whether or not you like to ride your ATV a little rough, or even if you race, your riding style makes a difference in what rims will best suit your ATV and the terrain you take your ATV on.
How you ride most-definitely affects the tires and wheels. Monitor how heavily you’re braking and accelerating, as heavy-footing will cause more wear and tear. I know. I know. Sometimes it’s fun to go a little crazy. But if you’re looking to keep those ATV wheels for an extended amount of time, try and go easy on your riding style for the most part. It’s safer, too.
Types of Terrain and ATV Rims
Below are a small handful of types of terrains and a few types of the rims ATVs will use and also a helpful terrain-safety article found in the Off-Road Education website:
It’s in the name. Off-roading is literally driving off the road. Sometimes there are trails, but most often, you’re riding through the woods or whatever area outside of an official track or park that is open to your riding.
You’re going to want to have the rims that provide the right amount of power to pull your ATV (tires) through thick, soupy mud — often times, if you ride in the mud, the tires, wheels or rims you choose will help in the snow, too.
Sand is very difficult to ride in/through/on, so you’re going to want wheels that are both light-weight and will have the right strength to pull you through the dunes without constantly spinning your tires.
This type of terrain features big jumps and other man-made obstacles. The grip is key (for any terrain, really) and the motocross wheel designs are great for loose track conditions commonly found in MX racing. The wheel you choose must be able to endure those hard landings and big jumps on the motocross track.
For information about the construction of the best rims for your ATV, take a look at this website, which features information about Aluminum alloy, magnesium alloy, and steel wheels.
You will find that Aluminum is the most commonly purchased rim, mostly because they are strong and reliable. Steel is heavy but normally less expensive as steel material costs less to manufacture than aluminum would. The magnesium is the lightest of all.
TMS Parts Top Picks for Your ATV Wheels
Generally, the price for ATV wheels ranges from an average $40 all the way up to a fancy $400… most rims, however, will stay between $80 and $150. Considering how long you can make these last by keeping up with the best maintenance practices and riding habits, those prices are fantastic.
If you’re looking to personalize your ride, a new set of rims is a great way to do it. TMS Parts wants you to have awesome wheels for your awesome tires on your awesome ATV. Below, you’ll find some of the best ATV wheels fit best for your pocket, your material goals, and of course, for your ATV.
The ITP SS212 ATV Wheel – Platinum
Features: The ITP SS212 ATV Wheel is both incredibly affordable and described as the strongest, lightest and best-looking wheels out there today. With the custom wheel cap included, these diamond-cut wheels are offered to you with your choice of a machined with black accents, sleek satin black or a brilliant show-chrome lustrous platinum finish. The split-spoke design adds both style and strong load ratings up to 1000 pounds.
Sizes: Available in 12×7, 14×6, 14×8 and 15×7 (the SS212 is 14×8,4/137,5+3)
The ITP SD-Series Dual Beadlock ATV Wheel
Features: The ITP SD-Series Dual Beadlock ATV Wheel is the first beadlock wheel made from a single piece of aluminum and TMS ensures riders that no matter what happens to your tire, ITP guarantees the rims will stay attached at both the inner and outer beads. The innovative manufacturing process provides an incredibly lightweight, strong wheel. Included with this product are matching wheel caps and are topped with a tough, protective clear coat finish.
Sizes: Available in 12×7, 14×6, 14×8 and 15×7
The Sedona Storm ATVWheel
Features: The Sedona Storm ATV Wheel is constructed of high-grade polished-black aluminum, making this wheel ultra-strong and lightweight. For further protection, while riding, this wheel located the valve stem in between the wheel spokes. Ultimately built and made for larger ATVs, this wheel is no joke! And it’s incredibly affordable… so that’s cool.
Sizes: Available in 12×7 and 14×7
The Sedona Riot ATV Wheel
Features: The Sedona Riot ATV Wheel is exactly what the name infers… it’s a riot, that’s for sure. With the badass, sleek design these wheels not only look hot, but the high-grade aluminum construction makes for that lightweight, super-strong power you need out there.
Sizes: Available in 12, 14 and 15 inch sizes.
The DWT Ultimate Sport ATV Wheel
Features: The Douglas Wheel Tire (DWT) Ultimate Sport ATV Wheel is a solid, heavy-duty choice. Constructed of .190 heat-treated aluminum with rolled lips and a reinforced center for that extra durable toughness for a super-strong, lightweight utility wheel. Available in both polished and black finishes, this wheel is worth the extra cash… cause it can handle the extra weight and the extra tough-riding!
Sizes: Available 14×8, 14×10, and 14×11
The Hiper Wheel Fusion ATV Wheel
Features: This Hiper Fusion ATV Wheel is the lightest and strongest wheel available for elite side by sides and ATVs. Constructed of a carbon fiber technology used in the wheel area with 6061 billet centers, this 3-piece wheel is available in single or double beadlock configurations. While most places sell this wheel for well over five-hundred bucks… you won’t beat our prices.
Sizes: Available in 14×6, 14×7, 14×8 and 14×10
Time to Hit the Dirt!
Keep in mind, even if you aren’t a motocross rider, choosing the right ATV wheels for the terrain you most often ride on is the best bet for saving money, saving maintenance, staying safe… and, of course, having fun!
Check out TMS Parts for more information about the different brands, parts, accessories, riding gear, and prices for all your awesome ATV needs!