The Best ATV Mud Tires for Mud Season

ATV mud tires are a must this spring!

Get The Best ATV Tires So You Don’t Get Stuck in the Mud

Spring is just about here, so you know what that means! Mud season is upon us. If you’re anything like us, you’ve been itching all winter to get back on the trails. Flinging dirt, riding with your buddies, does it get any better? Well if you get stuck in the mud, it can definitely get a lot worse.

But is there any avoiding it in mud season? Well, the answer is yes! If you’re a serious rider, and if you’re reading our blog you probably are, you need yourself a new set of wheels. Keep reading to see all of the best mud tires you can get for your ATV this mud season.

The Best ATV Tires For Mudding

the best ATV mud tires for mudding

So what are the best tires for mudding? Well, we can tell you one thing, it’s probably not your stock set of wheels. While your stock tires will get you through most situations, they’re designed kind of like your all-weather tires for your car. They’re pretty good at handling all sorts of different situations, but it can have trouble in extreme conditions. 

Getting stuck up to your waist in mud is definitely one of those extreme conditions. So what do you do to make it through the mud? Well, you have to come prepared for it, of course! So let’s take a look at what makes a mud tire so much better. 

What Makes an ATV Mud Tire Different?

Your regular tires are going to get you through a lot of tough situations. But for the most extreme terrains, you will really need some extra power. 

Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of mud tires

Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of mud tires:

  • Better Performance – One of the most important things your mud tires will do is power you through those really rough patches of mud. If you get yourself stuck with normal tires, you can get yourself in some deep trouble. Dirt, water, and other particles can get into your engine, cake up your shocks, and cause huge amounts of expensive damage if not taken care of quickly. With the added power of mud tires, your ATV won’t get a chance to get stuck! 
  • Traction – Loose terrain like rock, or even some dirt can cause you to lose traction on your ATV. While this might happen occasionally and it’s fine, it can spell some serious trouble in the wrong situation. The deep grooves of mud tires are made to stick to the ground and give you a firm grip on the earth beneath you. 
  • Durability – Your ATV tires should be durable, period. But with mud tires, you’re getting an entirely new level of durability. The tires are made to be thicker and tougher to handle more intense terrains and harsher obstacles. Any ATV tire is made to be tough, but a mud tire has that added durability to depend on for a long time. 
Your ATV tires should be durable, period

Heavy Duty Vs. All-Terrain ATV Mud Tires

One consideration you’re going to have to make when looking for mud tires is what type of mud tires you want. They fall into two basic categories: heavy-duty and all-terrain tires.

Heavy-duty tires are going to be the toughest tires that money can buy. They’re great for all different types of off-road terrain including rocks, gravel, dirt, mud, and just about anything you can think of. They’re designed with incredibly thick treads to give the best traction possible.

However, they are not good for use on the street. Heavy-duty mud tires are best for an ATV that you can trailer to and from your favorite trail.

All-terrain tires do the best they can to give that same durability and traction. There’s definitely nothing wrong with all-terrain mud tires, they’re just not quite as aggressive as their heavy-duty cousins.

However, all-terrain tires are usually better at street riding meaning you can ride your ATV straight to your favorite trail without trailering. 

What You Need to Know Before Looking at mud tires for your ATV this spring

What You Need to Know Before Looking at ATV Mud Tires

So just like with anything, there’s plenty to know about ATV mud tires (if you couldn’t tell from this blog already). Nobody wants to walk into a store and look like they don’t know what they’re talking about.

Even worse, nobody wants to walk into a store looking like they don’t know what they’re talking about and then get taken advantage of. So here are some things you want to know and think about before you start shopping:

ATV Mud Tire Features

ATV Mud Tire Features

  • Tread – On tires, you’ll see treads rated as a “ply-rating”. In the most basic sense, this just means how big the space between the treads is. The larger space is, the easier your tires grip onto the surface. ATV mud tires are usually rated from 6-ply up to 10-ply. Some thicker tread patterns are even designed to eject mud and stones from your tires as they spin.
  • Sidewalls – Your sidewalls are another feature of the tire that has their own rating you want to consider. Just like with your treads, sidewalls are rated by a ply-rating, usually from 3-ply and up. The thicker your sidewalls are the more durable your tires will be against punctures.
  • Shoulder Tread – In addition to the tread on the direct outside of your tires, mud tires also feature shoulder treads. This helps to give you more stability and traction when shouldering turns. The wider your treads go onto the shoulder, the more traction you’re going to have. 

All of the Best ATV Tires For Riding in the Mud

we love the ITP Mega Mayhem  ATV mud tires

ITP Mega Mayhem 

First on our list comes from one of the originators in the mud tire world, ITP. They were one of the first companies to manufacture a specific mud tire for ATVs called the Blackwater tires. ITP is still making some of the finest tires you can buy, and the Mega Mayhem is our top pick!

It’s a tire that’s great at sinking down and finding whatever traction there is to be had below the surface of that mud. It’s not great for paddling through the really deep lakes of mud you’ll find some places, but there are few tires you can count on for so much control. 

we love the SuperATV Assassinator Mud Tires for the mud season

SuperATV Assassinator Mud Tires 

Next up on our list is a seriously badass set of tires from SuperATV, the Assassinator mud tires. The real treasure of the Assasinators comes from the tread design.

They’re designed to be self-cleaning, flinging off all the unwanted mud, muck, rocks and more. The extremely deep treads actually even wrap all the way around the tire to the rim. It gives you unparalleled traction while shouldering.

It’s also designed to give you great traction anywhere else. Whether you’re spinning through mud, dirt, rocks, or anything else, those treads are going to bite down deep and keep you moving. It’s a great tire for the most extreme off-road conditions.

High Lifter Outlaw III ATV mud tires are super great on the trails

High Lifter Outlaw III

High Lifter are well known for making some fantastic quality tires and their mud tires are no different. The original model, the Outlaw I, and its predecessor, the Outlaw II are both well-revered designs in mud tire technology. The Outlaw III carries on that tradition by being one of the highest quality tires you can take into the bog. 

Just take a look at how it handles in clay and mud. The deep tread designs are able to handle a multitude of different terrains and really dig in to find solid traction. The tread designs have been steadily improved upon from model to model and we have to say, they’ve truly outdone themselves with the Outlaw III!

the ITP MudLite II ATV mud tires will rock the muddy trails this spring

ITP MudLite II

Now we’ve already discussed ITP, but they’re good enough to show up twice on our list! The MudLite is one of their best selling tires due to its fantastic design, and the MudLite II is even better! While the wheel is based on the original model and features a lot of similar design, the improvements are really awesome. 

One of the biggest improvements is the claw tread added between the larger treads. The purpose of these smaller and more shallow treads is to reduce suction on your tires.

If you’re in the mud long enough the wells between your treads can fill with mud and create a suction effect. This hangs onto the mud and doesn’t allow for your treads to grip the dirt. With these added, smaller treads, it reduces the tires’ ability to act like a mud magnet giving you better traction throughout the day.

who doesn't love the Maxxis Maxxzilla ATV mud Tires?

Maxxis Maxxzilla

One last one on our list today, but certainly far from the least is the Maxxis Maxxzilla. These bad boys are big, beefy, and give you the extreme control you’re looking for. One notable feature of the Maxxzillas is that the treads are very soft and pliable. Now, this isn’t to say that you should be worried about punctures.

What that actually means is that it’s extremely well equipped to form itself and grip onto just about any surface. Maxxzilla tires are like a chameleon, ready to adapt to any terrain, any surface, and give you the best handling possible. 

Staying Ahead of the Pack With the Best ATV Mud Tires

Staying Ahead of the Pack With the Best ATV Mud Tires

There’s always that one person in the group. They’ve been stuck in the mud for 15 minutes, and it doesn’t look like they’re getting out anytime soon. Everyone takes a break, gets out the tow rope and gets them out of trouble. It takes time out of the day, and that’s less time you get to spend tearing up the trails.

What’s even worse is when you are that person. No one wants to be the person holding everyone else up, so give yourself an upgrade this year! Slap some new mud tires on your favorite ATV and get down to business this mud season!

Get Ready for Spring with this ATV Maintenance Checklist

What You Should Be Doing for Routine Maintenance

What You Should Be Doing for Routine Maintenance

The weather is starting to get warmer, the birds are coming home from migration, and the flowers are almost in bloom. Spring is right around the corner so you know what that means: mudding season is almost here! 

The most wonderful time of year for ATV enthusiasts is coming up fast, so are you ready for it? Not just ready to ride, but have you done your routine maintenance this year? Of course, we all just want to get out on the trails, but before we take our first ride of the year let’s get ready for spring wit this ATV maintenance checklist. 

Annual Routine Maintenance Checklist

Get Ready for Spring with this ATV Maintenance Checklist

So before we get started, you might be asking, how often should I be doing maintenance on my ATV? Of course, you want to address any mechanical issues you have as they come up. Waiting on any small issue can turn it into a more serious issue. 

However, outside of emergency repairs or replacements, you want to run through your maintenance checklist at least once every year. We recommend doing it when winter rolls around and the season is over. That way spring finally arrives you’ll be good to go! But if you’re not a model citizen like us, doing it before the spring season starts is perfect, too. 

Check Your Fluid Levels

Get Ready for Spring with this ATV Maintenance Checklist

The first thing you want to do when you’re doing your pre-season tune-up is to check your fluid levels. That means your oil of course, but also things like your brake fluid and even your fuel. If you left your ATV sitting over the winter with any fluid in it, make sure you check them.

You want to check to see what your oil looks like as well. If it’s chunky or grimy at all, it’s time for an oil change. You also want to look out for a milky, brown color to your oil. This could possibly mean that water has leaked into your oil tank. This could cause serious damage to your engine and your ATV if you don’t swap it out.

Check Your Tires

Your tire’s ability to grip the dirt is what keeps you safely stopping, so it’s important to check.

Your next step should be taking a look at your tires. You want to check the air pressure, of course (check out your owner’s manual for factory recommendations). However, you also want to be checking your tread depths. Your tire’s ability to grip the dirt is what keeps you safely stopping, so it’s important to check.

Also, take a look at your valves and make sure they aren’t leaking. Keeping your tire pressure at the correct level and keeping it there consistently keeps you safe. A leaking valve may not seem like a make-or-break thing right now, but it becomes a bigger problem if left unchecked. 

Cleaning or Replacing Your Air Filter 

Cleaning or Replacing Your Air Filter should be a part of your ATV maintenance checklist this spring

You love mud. Your ATV loves mud. Your air filters do not love mud. But they’re along for the ride, so they’re gonna get dirty. It’s not very glamorous, but making your air filters part of your yearly maintenance routine is going to keep your ATV running like new. When your filters get dirty it’s allowing less air intake to your engine. This seriously hinders your performance.

Now, you can clean your air filters. It’s not very difficult and you can do it pretty quickly. However, just cleaning them isn’t going to make your ATV run as well as a full replacement. We would definitely recommend a full swap out at least every other year. However, if you change your air filters every year, you’re going to notice that difference in performance.

The Nuts and Bolts 

Every year you definitely want to run over your ATV with a fine-tooth comb checking all of your screws, nuts, and bolts.

Speaking of not very glamorous, this is another job that doesn’t get the press it deserves. Every year you definitely want to run over your ATV with a fine-tooth comb checking all of your screws, nuts, and bolts. A year of rough riding is sure to knock a few loose. 

The most important place to check is your undercarriage. This is the part of your ATV that’s taking the most wear and tear. If you find any that are seriously rusted, go ahead and swap them out. It may not be the first thing you think about when you’re going over your maintenance checklist, but it’s definitely important.

Keeping Your ATV in Good Health with a Yearly ATV Maintenance Checklist

The more maintenance you perform on your ATV the easier it’s going to be on you and your machine.

You want your ATV to be ready for anything. You want to be able to hit any hill, get through any muddy trail, and do it all easily. The more maintenance you perform on your ATV the easier it’s going to be on you and your machine.

You wouldn’t skip your kids’ yearly physicals and your ATV is like your baby right? So you have to get it in for that annual checkup so it can give you a full day’s ride every time.

We hope this ATV maintenance checklist was helpful! If you need some more helpful tips, take a look at our blog for tips on mudding this spring

What to Wear on Your ATV this Fall

what to wear on your ATV in the fall

What You Should Know About What to Wear on your ATV in Fall

We get it. The fall season is coming, but you’ve got no interest in putting your ATV away just yet; it’s still perfect riding weather! With the change of the season comes a drop in the temperatures, so just as much as you want to stay safe, you also have to stay warm and dry. If you’ve been riding around in shorts and kneepads, it’s time to put those away and invest in some quality gear to protect yourself. If you want to know what to wear on your ATV in the fall, read on.

make sure you've got a good helmet and pair of goggles for what to wear on your ATV in fall

Helmet and Goggles

No matter what the season is, your number one priority when riding an ATV should be to wear a helmet. An accident can happen at 5 mph or 50 mph, and there’s nothing more important you need to protect than your head. Additionally, most states legally require that you wear a helmet when you go riding.

Whether you’re looking for an open-faced or full-faced helmet, there are a few things you should look out for. In the pursuit of the utmost safety, you should look for “DOT” and/or “Snell” logos. These mean the helmet has passed rigorous safety standards.

Your helmet should also fit nice and snug, and should not rotate whatsoever once it’s been strapped on. Can you fit your thumb between your forehead and the helmet? Well, this indicates that the helmet is too big! It’s important to make sure that your helmet doesn’t obstruct your view. Above all, you need to have 100% of your peripheral vision when you’re riding. 

If you’re looking for an open-faced helmet, you should also shop around for goggles. You don’t want the sheer wind to hit your face, or for bugs to collide with your face!

Yamaha has a great collection of affordable helmets, all of which are DOT approved. Are you shopping around for open-face helmets? If so, be sure to check out their eyewear and check to ensure the goggles fit your helmet.

make sure you have riding jerseys and jackets, too!

Riding Jerseys and Jackets

Whether it’s hot or cold, your first layer should be some kind of long-sleeved shirt when you ride an ATV. The long sleeve shirt works in tandem with your riding jacket when you take a spill. If anything manages to pierce the lining of your jacket, you have an added layer of protection. It’s made to prevent (just about) anything from penetrating your skin.

You can wear any kind of shirt while you’re ATV riding. But we highly recommend investing in some riding jerseys for the most comfort. They’re made from moisture-wicking materials that protect you from elements like snow or rain, keeping you warm and dry. If your fall season is warm enough to ride around in just a jersey, make sure to invest in one with good elbow pads. A little insurance goes a long way when considering what to wear on your ATV in Fall.

If your fall season is a little cooler, you should invest in a riding jacket. These jackets are well-padded. They feature lining that is designed to retain your body heat, keeping you toasty no matter where you’re riding. Just like the jerseys, they’re also made from moisture-wicking materials.

Can-AM makes some great jerseys with quick-dry, antibacterial, moisture-wicking fabric and a mesh fabric for extra ventilation. If you’re shopping for jackets, check out Suzuki’s Adventure Jacket, with plenty of cargo pockets and a zip-out thermolite liner.

wondering what to wear on your ATV in Fall ? definitely riding pants!

Riding Pants

A good pair of long pants serve the same purpose as long sleeve shirts and jackets. Which is to say they protect your skin and your joints should you suffer any kind of fall. ATV safety is serious and is important from head to toe.

An ATV is hot and you need to protect your legs, but you also don’t want to overheat yourself. Here’s the issue with traditional jeans or pants. They offer no form of ventilation and very little in the way of actual protection. We recommend specially designed pants for riding.

The benefits of these start with the rugged materials that they’re made from, preventing any rips and tears. They’re also well-padded! Which is great for protecting all parts of your legs. But especially the part that typically takes the most impact: your knees. They’re designed with ventilation and flexibility in mind. Further ensuring that you’re safe and comfortable no matter what you’re riding or in what season.

Check out these polyester riding pants from Yamaha! They feature reinforced panel in the inner knee for heat. As well as abrasion protection and stretch inserts for added flexibility and comfort.

what to wear on your ATV in Fall, or any season!

What to Wear on Your ATV in Fall, or Any Season!

It’s always riding season if you’ve got the right gear. We hope we’ve provided you with some valuable information about what to wear on your ATV in the fall. Be prepared for the changing seasons and shop around for the accessories that fit your style and preference.

If your ATV isn’t quite ready to ride, we can help you find just the part that you need. And if you’re tryin’ to find some sweet spots to take the ATV, check out one of the lists we made of the best ATV parks around!

The Best ATV Parks to Visit This Summer

check out the best ATV parks to visit this summer

Our Favorite ATV Trails and Ride Parks in the U.S.

ATV riders have their favorite trail systems all over the United States. But if you’re not from the local area, how would you know? There are so many different offroad riding areas and ATV parks over millions of acres across the country, but where are the best ones? Well luckily for you we’ve done the research; here are the best ATV parks to visit this summer!

Our Favorite ATV Parks and ATV-Friendly National Forests

Miles of trails for thrilling rides ahead! Get your helmet on and get ready!

our favorite ATV parks

Tall Pines ATV Park – Andover, NY

Tall Pines park is one of the best camping trips ATV and dirt bike riders could take in New York state. The park has 70 miles of thoroughly maintained trails, with 49 individual trails and features. There are trails for all riding levels, easy field trails, mud bogs, and obstacle courses for the most daring riders!

The park has its own one-stop-shop, the Tall Pines Store, where you can get everything you need for your ATV, camping, or anything else. Kate’s kitchen serves three meals every Saturday, and Sunday, and there is even an on-site shower.

the kentucky ORV trailhead is awesome

Kentucky ORV Trailhead – Talladega National Forest, Alabama

Alabama has some of the South’s most beautiful national forests that the National Forest Service has to offer. There are plenty of places where the ATV clubs can gain access to, but the Kentucky ORV trailhead is an amusement park for ATV riders. The trail is open from the beginning of April all the way to December for anyone on wheels.

The trail is listed as “easy to moderate”, with four loops over 23 miles through the forest. It might not be worth a trip for riders looking for a real challenge. However, there are few ways you can enjoy the Alabama wilderness this much on an ATV

we love the longdale trail system

Longdale Trail System – Valley of Fire State Park, Overton, NV

The Longdale Trails are some of the best sand dunes in North America, open 365 days a year to riders of all types, as well as horseback. There are 200 miles of trails through the park. It’s a great place to go back again and again and never ride the same trail twice. There is also a host of rare plant and animal life inside the park as well as beautiful petroglyphs left by the site’s ancient inhabitants. 

While this isn’t a national park and preserve, it is advised that riders be very respectful of the space and its features. This will help preserve this as a place for outdoor fun for many years to come.

bundy hill offroad ATV park rocks

Bundy Hill Offroad – Jerome, MI

If you’re looking for an ATV park where you can also get your primitive camping fix, Bundy Hill Offroad is a great destination! The park opened in 2012 when they let riders loose on 350 acres of offroad riding paradise. The park has intricate trails, rock crawling, steep hills, mud, and a host of other riding challenges for experienced riders. It’s like a theme park for motorheads! 

Camping rates are also extremely reasonable at $20 for the first night and only $10 for each night after! The spots fill up fast though, so make sure you make a reservation. If you’ve got friends or family who are more avid campers than riders, don’t worry! Bundy Hill offers rentals as well!

get that Gator run in in texas!

Gator Run Offroad Park – Easton, Texas

Everything’s bigger in Texas, but Gator Run Offroad Park is actually the biggest ATV park in the Lone Star state! The park is open every weekend, year-round to everything on wheels. Not to mention, ample camping with electricity for those who want it, and primitive camping for those who like to rough it. The park sits on a huge plot of land containing both wet and drylands, which makes for great mudding! 

The park is open to ATVs, UTVs, even monster trucks! They even have their own ATV club if you’re local. There’s something for everyone at Gator Run, but if you want something to get you excited, watch this!

The Best of ATV Parks and Trail Systems

be sure to bring a friend along with you when you visit your fav atv park this summer

We hope you enjoyed this little walk through all of our favorite ATV parks in the U.S.! The best part about getting your ATV out in a new place are the adventures you have with the people you love.

That’s why we would always highly suggest the sites where you can camp and make a weekend of it. So get some buds, get your helmets, and get ready to have a great summer adventure!

The Top 5 ATV Races in the U.S. You Gotta See

if you love ATV racing, you'll love this list from TMS

Oh Yeah, it’s ATV Racing Time!

Finally, it’s time for the ATV races. Are you ready to breathe in gasoline, get covered in dirt, and battle it out with other competitive racers for the gold this summer? Lord knows we are! We know there’s nothing like the exhilarating feeling you get from the sound of the engine purring and the sight of the mud flying. 

Whether you’re ready to race, or just ready to see some high-octane action, it can be overwhelming deciding which race to go to. That’s why we came up with this list of the top 5 ATV races happening across the United States. So if you want to find the best tracks to test your skills, keep reading!

Top 5 ATV Motocross Racing Series in the U.S.

Make sure you get to the ATV motocross track this summer

1. Grand National Cross Country Series

The GNCC series races are some of the best known in the dirt community. That’s because their races are fun, challenging, and sure to get your heart pumping whether you’re riding or just spectating. 

They boast more than 100 classes of races that riders can register for. From youth classes all the way up to pro classes, there’s something for every level of rider in this series. The GNCC series has run annually since the ’70s, so you know they’ve got something good going. If you want to sign up, you can register here or check the TV & online broadcast schedule to see the races from the comfort of your home!

Hear those engines roar at the best ATV races in the US this summer

2. ATV MX National Championship

Since 1985, the ATV MX National Championship race has been one of the best in the ATV community. Self-proclaimed as “the premier professional and amateur ATV motocross series in the world”, their races typically attract between 500-600 racers from all over the country. They hold their race series over 3 days, giving riders a day to practice and hone their skills followed by two days of intense racing regiments.

The series is already underway this year, but there are plenty more dates coming up! Take a look at their event schedule to see if they’re coming to your city and get ready to take on the challenge!

extreme sports, extreme fun

3. NE Extreme Dirt Track Championship Series

Commonly referred to as TT or Tourist Trophy racing, the North East Extreme Dirt Track Championship series is all about rough riding and tight traction. The NEEDT season is currently underway, but there is still plenty of time to get yourself registered for upcoming events!

Weekend race events are coming up from July through their last date in October. If you want to see something really special, their 50th-anniversary race is going to be Ohio on July 25th. To see a full list of all the upcoming races take a look at their full event schedule

the ultimate off road experience - ATV Racing style!

4. World Offroad Championship Series

The WORCS series is a young gun in the game, only starting their national races in 2001. However, they’ve quickly made a name for themselves as one of the top racing series nation-wide. This year they are expecting more than 11,000 racers and 50,000 spectators, all waiting to feel the roar of the engine.

Their races have a wide array of different challenges for riders. Tracks from across the western U.S. in Nevada, California, Utah, and Arizona feature open deserts, professional motocross tracks, and many other terrains. 

We’ve already gotten to round 6 in their ATV racing schedule for the year, but there are still three more rounds to go. Two tracks in California and one in Nevada are all that stand in the way of a new WORCS champion. If you think you’ve got what it takes to throw your hat in the ring take a look at their schedule and get yourself a registration form. Be warned, though, these races are for the experienced riders!

Make it to the ATV races this summer

5. High Lifter Mud Nationals

If you’re looking for the muddiest event, look no further than the High Lifter Mud Nationals event. This event features camping, vendors with all sorts of great food, and all sorts of fun ATV events outside of racing to keep the fun rolling even when the race is over. 

This event sponsored by Polaris has already passed this year in March, but if you’re in the Arkansas area, keep an eye on their website for details about next year’s event! With all of the fun of cash prizes and challenging races, you won’t want to miss out!

be sure to check us out when you need a list of ATV races to go to!

The Best Tracks Nationally

ATV racing events are one of the best parts of the sport. It’s a chance for riders to come together and test their skills against one another. It’s also a great chance to visit new places, eat some good food, and hang out with like-minded people who love ATV races just as much as you. 

So get packing! And check out these hilarious ATV/UTV memes when you’re on the road. It’s time to have some fun in the great outdoors with the smell of gasoline filling the air. And… come on, be serious for a minute. Is there truly anything better than that?