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I have been reading all information I can find on the forum about tires. After all that reading I only have more questions.



I have a 92 tw200.

I want the biggest meanest tire I can fit on this bike.

The duro? The bighorn? Awesome tires. But they are not street legal.

I feel I will have enough police trouble once I am done all my naked mods to the bike that I don't also want to be nailed for having a non aproved tire. Unless I am missing somthing there is no Department of Tansportation "DOT" aproved versions of the duro or the bighorn?



1. What is the biggest DOT aproved tire you guys have seen?

2. Anyone have any experience with it?

3. Where can I get it? Online store is just fine.



Any help would be great.

Thanks guys!
 

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Awhile back someone found an outfit that made a DOT tire intended for side-by-sides. I don't recall the manufacturer, but there's at least one out there, and a few DOT golf cart tires. Last time I searched none were sized for our bikes.
 

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The bighorn? Awesome tires. But they are not street legal.


Maxxis tires have E-approval mark = 100% street legal in Europe. Speed symbol N = 140 km/h (88 mph). I don´t know about the DOT.
 

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In the U.S. Maxxis Bighorns have "Not for highway use" molded into the sidewalls. Over here a savvy L.E.O. will look for the molded "DOT" letters somewhere on the tire and if they aren't present he could ticket you.



I've been running a Bighorn for a couple of years now, but there is at least one DOT legal ATV tire. I'm drawing a blank on the name of the manufacturer (EFX?), but I've been waiting for someone else to pony up for one and try it out first




Read all the threads on ATV tires. Mounting some of them can be downright dangerous, so be careful. Our rims have beads intended for motorcycle tires. Car, truck and ATV tires are just slightly smaller.



Here's my tale of woe with a truck tire. But many have had similar occurrences with ATV tires:



http://tw200forum.com/index.php?/topic/1396-yet-another-rear-tire-option-maxxis-bighorn-mt-762/page__p__11751__hl__bighorn...__fromsearch__1#entry11751
 

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In the U.S. Maxxis Bighorns have "Not for highway use" molded into the sidewalls. Over here a savvy L.E.O. will look for the molded "DOT" letters somewhere on the tire and if they aren't present he could ticket you.


Late to the party again but someone might like to get an answer when they do a search - like I did. There are some DOT approved ATV tires in 26x8x14 BUT that doesn't mean they will actually fit as well as the Bighorn or even the Duro. Here's the link and a picture.



http://www.sidebysidestuff.com/dot-approved-efx-moto-grip-radial-tires?productid=8399183&channelid=FROOG&utm_source=CSEs&utm_medium=GoogleShopping&utm_campaign=MCSE&gclid=CJLhnYOtgbICFSiCQgodXWoAtA



 

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I'd really like to get a measuring tape on those Black Diamonds. No call for them in Cali, but I bet they're on shelves somewhere in Az. or in other states where ATV's can be made road legal.



Hard to predict actual width installed on our narrower wheels, but if you could find some that were already mounted on an ATV rim you could at least get a feel for that.



My Bighorn was listed as 9 inch and was only 7 3/4" wide when mounted.



My Terracross was listed as 8 inch but was 8 1/8" wide when mounted.



B-dub's Ceros was a 9 but measured 7 15/16" mounted.



All over the map.



If the width don't getcha, the height might. At least in a stock swingarm. All over the map, as well.



Anyone near an outlet for any of these D.O.T. tires?
 

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I'd really like to get a measuring tape on those Black Diamonds. No call for them in Cali, but I bet they're on shelves somewhere in Az. or in other states where ATV's can be made road legal.



Hard to predict actual width installed on our narrower wheels, but if you could find some that were already mounted on an ATV rim you could at least get a feel for that.



My Bighorn was listed as 9 inch and was only 7 3/4" wide when mounted.



My Terracross was listed as 8 inch but was 8 1/8" wide when mounted.



B-dub's Ceros was a 9 but measured 7 15/16" mounted.



All over the map.



If the width don't getcha, the height might. At least in a stock swingarm. All over the map, as well.



Anyone near an outlet for any of these D.O.T. tires?


Here's a hopeful comment on the Rocky Mountain ATV site:



"great traction, poor rim protectionalton in AL

Comments On May 07, 2012:

These tires have great bite and provide good traction in all terrains. They are more narrow than other tires of the same stated size and do not offer any protection for the rims. tread wear is good and after 600 miles on my 900XP there was plenty of tread left whereas the stock rear tires wear slicks in that amount of mileage." Emphasis my own.
 

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Good find!(Although a little expensive)



I hope someone is willing to try one of these. It appears to have a much more rounded (less square) profile than the Duro and may alleviate some of the clearance issues being experienced.



Any volunteers?
 

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I'd really like to get a measuring tape on those Black Diamonds. No call for them in Cali, but I bet they're on shelves somewhere in Az. or in other states where ATV's can be made road legal.



Hard to predict actual width installed on our narrower wheels, but if you could find some that were already mounted on an ATV rim you could at least get a feel for that.



My Bighorn was listed as 9 inch and was only 7 3/4" wide when mounted.



My Terracross was listed as 8 inch but was 8 1/8" wide when mounted.



B-dub's Ceros was a 9 but measured 7 15/16" mounted.



All over the map.



If the width don't getcha, the height might. At least in a stock swingarm. All over the map, as well.



Anyone near an outlet for any of these D.O.T. tires?


And this one:



"XTR 26x9x12 has deep tread, nice ridewillie in AR

Comments On Jun 10, 2012:

Ordered on monday, arrived on friday, thats sweet. Now i gave them a 4 because they are shorter than what the STI website says they are. Was disappointed at first, but after riding on them not disappointed anymore. Awesome tire, has grip, but will still slide when you want too. My 450 Grizzly rides totally different now."
 

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Late to the party again but someone might like to get an answer when they do a search - like I did. There are some DOT approved ATV tires in 26x8x14 BUT that doesn't mean they will actually fit as well as the Bighorn or even the Duro. Here's the link and a picture.



http://www.sidebysidestuff.com/dot-approved-efx-moto-grip-radial-tires?productid=8399183&channelid=FROOG&utm_source=CSEs&utm_medium=GoogleShopping&utm_campaign=MCSE&gclid=CJLhnYOtgbICFSiCQgodXWoAtA





watching the vid on the website, looking at the tread design, it might run smoother on road than some of the other ATV tires, seems to have a nice patch down the middle that once mounted on the TW200 rim would be the primary location for ground contact.
 

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watching the vid on the website, looking at the tread design, it might run smoother on road than some of the other ATV tires, seems to have a nice patch down the middle that once mounted on the TW200 rim would be the primary location for ground contact.
I sent an email to the manufacturer asking for mounted height and width on a 4.5" rim. Hope to get a reply.
 

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In the U.S. Maxxis Bighorns have "Not for highway use" molded into the sidewalls. Over here a savvy L.E.O. will look for the molded "DOT" letters somewhere on the tire and if they aren't present he could ticket you.



I've been running a Bighorn for a couple of years now, but there is at least one DOT legal ATV tire. I'm drawing a blank on the name of the manufacturer (EFX?), but I've been waiting for someone else to pony up for one and try it out first




Read all the threads on ATV tires. Mounting some of them can be downright dangerous, so be careful. Our rims have beads intended for motorcycle tires. Car, truck and ATV tires are just slightly smaller.



Here's my tale of woe with a truck tire. But many have had similar occurrences with ATV tires:



http://tw200forum.co...h__1#entry11751




Did you extend your swingarm to make it fit better?



 

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Yes. Mine is 2 over. The Bighorns are over 26 inches at highway pressures. A bit iffy in a stock length swingarm. Pebble sized rocks can lodge between the crotch of the swingarm and the tire and destroy it.



If you read the ATV tire sticky you'll find statements like "extrnded swingarm recomended". That is why. While many will fit in a stocker some are less than ideal due to their actual heights.
 
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