- May 7, 2018
Hi Mike,I read from several sources warning against adding larger tires and wheels to a UTV stating it will hurt the performance because of the extra weight. Seems logical but, I believe a lot of these concerns originate from folks that haven’t driven, or experienced the torque and super low gearing in the P500/P520. The P520 isn’t a powerful machine but, I can’t fathom how a larger wheel/tire setup would significantly effect the overall driving performance.
I didn’t weigh my new tire and wheel setup but, this new combination is definitely heavier than the stockers!
Really nice looking P520 and a great write up. For sure something like I have done in the past for many of my mods.
So many things to talk about here, but I will hit some of the highlights:
Ride - I could for sure tell a ride difference between stock and after the bigger tires. I run 8-9psi and it for sure helped. As much as I hate to give this advice, the $950 I spent on Elka Stage 1 shocks helped immensely.
Performance - I have yet to encounter a place where I feel the performance has suffered. I believe that 1st gear is way more useful now with the taller tires. I have rode at elevation with a decent load and it felt strong enough to do the things I need it to do. I will say that I only had 4 rides on my p520 prior to the bigger tires, so I likely have no recollection of how if felt in stock form. I will confirm that GPS and indicated speed is way closer than before.
Width - My p520 is somewhere between 54 and 55" wide. My side lugs make it hard to really get a good number. I have gotten used to side hills and don't feel that tippy any more. I am trying to get a new combination that will get me down to the spot where you are at. I just don't ride that aggressive or take a ton of chances that will cause the flop to happen. But, I suspect I will go from a 1" spacer on the rear to a 2" and then add a 1" to the front for normal riding. Then move the spacers around for certain trips/trails. I just want the option to get skinny if I decide to go on 50" trails.