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    Question MIXING tire sizes between front and rear?

    Talking a reg 4 wheeler, like 26" tall in front and 27" in back? anyone out there done it? (ps:I miss my old 13.50 wide spider tracks)
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    Is this a 4 wheel drive model? If so the front wheels should rotate at the same rpm as the rear wheels. Different size tires would not work then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich_in_AK View Post
    Is this a 4 wheel drive model? If so the front wheels should rotate at the same rpm as the rear wheels. Different size tires would not work then.

    what rich said...


    unless you want to buy new trannies, diffs, gear boxes... .. if so, go ahead and do what ever..
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    Some of the older honda's and yamaha's had a smaller diameter in front vs. the rear. However the factory has it is how it needs to stay.

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    If so the front wheels should rotate at the same rpm as the rear wheels.
    well..actually not. On a 4x4 a smaller wheel/tire would need to have a higher rpm than the larger wheel/tire because it has a smaller diameter. However it would be true that the designed rotation can't be altered. If it was designed to have the same size tires on the front as the rear then it would have to remain that way.

    BTW even mixing new and used tires will cause increased wear on the drive train and tires.

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    Default same tire sizes

    Smaller width on the front, wider width on the back. Same dia front to back. A general rule of thumb for Hondas, go +2" in tire size from the stock sizes and you will be ok. Been doing that for quite some time. Little loss of power and the larger tires make all of the difference. Same goes for most brands from what I have heard from the folks that ride them.
    You might talk to some of the other brand riders, they do tend to brag and carry on....only kidding

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