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    I just got a Foreman 500 with PS. I need to put a winch on it and new tires to get ready for hunting season. I will ride this quite a bit as I live on Hatchers Pass in Willow. I want to get the right set up and the best possible accessories so that it is dependable out in the middle of nowhere. Any advice for a willy billy? thanks

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    Warn 2500# winch and a set of ITP mudlite rubber are the standard. I like to go a bit taller and wider than stock on tire selection. Usually +1" on both will fit without rubbing on most ATV's but you will need to do some research on your rig to verify.

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    • #3
      ditto

      Originally posted by LuJon View Post
      Warn 2500# winch and a set of ITP mudlite rubber are the standard. I like to go a bit taller and wider than stock on tire selection. Usually +1" on both will fit without rubbing on most ATV's but you will need to do some research on your rig to verify.

      LuJon is spot on here. Don't go with one of the cheap winches, you will be sorry you did when you get really stuck. I have Mudlite XTR's on my Rhino, and I have been very happy with them.

      Jake
      All the romance of trout fishing exists in the mind of the angler and is in no way shared by the fish.

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      • #4
        I had the Mudlite XTR's on my Prowler, great tires and could go through anything (within reason) but I did have side wall issues (cutting). I'm trying Mud Sharks this year. For sure a warn winch w/ the poly line rather than the cable.

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        • #5
          Do you think those sidewalls on the XTR's aren't as strong as they should be or other tires? I emailed ITP on Fri. asking about same but haven't gotten a reply yet.

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          • #6
            ITP Mud Lites XTR

            RUU, I never had a problem with the ITP XTR Mud lites on my Quad, but on the Prowler I experienced 2 cut side walls and a bad bead. The bead problem came from running to low tire pressure (talked to ITP) they rekomend 12 psi for UTV's ( I think the tire is labled 7 psi, but don't remember). The two cut side walls...??, maybe just bad luck. Not bashing the tires though, for deep mud and deep water crossing they are the best I have used to date.

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            • #7
              Stick with warn winch

              I've personally and know of others that had bad experiences with Ramsey winches. I've gone back to a Warn. The Ramsey does not seem to have any seals to keep water and mud/sediment out from the inside of the case. Bad idea for Alaska with amount of water and bogs you're likely to cross.
              Dave

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              • #8
                Originally posted by BillyBBad View Post
                I just got a Foreman 500 with PS. I need to put a winch on it and new tires to get ready for hunting season. I will ride this quite a bit as I live on Hatchers Pass in Willow. I want to get the right set up and the best possible accessories so that it is dependable out in the middle of nowhere. Any advice for a willy billy? thanks
                warn 2500.... any larger and your eating your battery.


                ITP 589. DO NOT get taller unless YOU really need it... when in the heavy mud you will loose horse power...

                i like the 589's they work all around mud, water, snow, rocks and mountains, tundra, my buddies get a Lil peeved i just crawl over stuff they are spinning in.. and if used wisely they do not tear stuff up...

                i have Honda Foreman with 27 inches ( should of stayed smaller) i use a lot of gas in this one... the Suzi/ 500 with 589 size same ( as stock) tire... has a better power range and fuel... the Honda does better on fuel when i put the stock rims and tires back on it.


                i run ALL conditions in the mountains i play in. they are good all around tires.


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                • #9
                  Originally posted by eagle937 View Post
                  I've personally and know of others that had bad experiences with Ramsey winches. I've gone back to a Warn. The Ramsey does not seem to have any seals to keep water and mud/sediment out from the inside of the case. Bad idea for Alaska with amount of water and bogs you're likely to cross.
                  Dave
                  The last time i look the Warn are are not seal.

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                  • #10
                    I've got A 2500# Warn Winch and 26" Mudlite XL's on my Suzuki Kingquad 700. 9" Front and 10" back. They work very well and will get you through the mud.

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                    • #11
                      So what pressures are people running on their tires? I've got some 26 Inch ITP XTRS on a KQ 750 I weight about 250 and have another 30 pounds of gear on board. The tires say 7 PSI. I had them around 5.5 PSI today while playing out at Kings River and they seemed to ride alright. But I've also read about people using different pressures for snow, mud, hard pack.

                      Ideas Thoughts?
                      Caramel Joe
                      2008 KingQuad 750 AXI, 26" ITP Mud Lite XTR, Bad Lands Trunk Bag

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                      • #12
                        J. Wagoner, 5.5 psi should be fine for your quad if your just cruisin and mello. I like to kick up my heals a bit so I run my tire pressure up to spec. I worry about the odd rock or root bending a wheel bead at speed if I hit it wrong. which was the prob I had with my prowler (1100 lbs rig dressed out).

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Rutting Moose View Post
                          The last time i look the Warn are are not seal.
                          The new warn winches are sealed. I bought a new 3000# late last fall...what an awesome winch. No comparison to my old 2000 converted to a 2500.

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                          • #14
                            I've got an '06 Honda Rubicon with a 2500# warn winch and 26" ITP Mudlites. With these 2 upgrades I have not had a problem getting through anything. In Low gear my machine does not have a problem turning the tires in any mud hole. I would stay away from radial tires unless you are planning on riding on mostly good hard trails. The radial tires ride better, but will not perform as well in mud holes or rougher trails (from my understanding). I would not go any larger than 1" over the stock tires or you start robbing yourself of power. Just my 2 cents...

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                            • #15
                              Winch

                              I would recommend going with a 3000# Warn. I had a 2500# Warn on my 660 Grizz and I stripped all the internal gears (not using it for what it was intended I guess) I went to the 3000# and it operates smoother, and have not had any problems with it draining the battery. The wifes 660 still has the 2500# and it is giving me some problems, and making noise, dont think it will last much longer. As far as tires, from experience, I would go with 1" over stock, in all directions. I personally like the Titan 589's over the ITP. Diversified Tire in Wasilla carry the Titan's.
                              Last edited by Noble Killer; 05-29-2009, 15:11. Reason: add more
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