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Old January 9th, 2011, 06:01 PM   #1
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What's everyone put on their 2wd quads? I'm looking at ITP and Maxxis stuff and all the different pattern combinations. What seems to be the good winner over at Silver Lake?

I'm sitting on stock rims and tires now for the regular riding. How far off do people go size-wise?

Currently: 21x7R10 front / 20x10R9 back
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Old January 10th, 2011, 04:22 PM   #2
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call david allen racing at the base of the dunes. dave or kyle can give you all the info you need and cut you a great deal on paddles.
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Old January 10th, 2011, 08:07 PM   #3
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Sounds good.

Did some reading up on Raptor Forum last night. Seems like ITP Sand Stars and Skat Trak Hauler's are the top 2 people recommend.
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Being that you were on Raptor forum, I'm going to assume you ride a Raptor. 660 or 700? Stock or modified?

Sandstars are decent paddles, but they won't win you any races or hill climb contests. I ran them on my 700 for a few years, that was until I started getting more into the drag racing thing. Now I'm on Skat Trak haulers and they are MUCH better all around than the sandstars ever were.

I used to run 20x11x9 sandstars on the rear, and 21x7x10's on the front. They were decent paddles, and held up well...but they are heavy, and don't get near the traction that the skats will.

Now I'm running 22x11x8 8 paddle haulers on the rear, and 21x5x10 skat track smooth buffs on the front. Each rear tire is a few inches wider than the Sandstar, taller, and weigh a few pounds less...plus like I said, you get much better grip with the skats. Next spring I will be on 22x11x8 10 paddle extremes because I will be putting down a lot more power, but those still may not be enough tire.


For a 3 mod, or mildly built Raptor...you can't beat a set of 22" 8 paddle haulers, stick with the 8" rim to save weight. If you are still stock, the 8 paddle haulers will work...but you really won't "need" that much paddle...a set of 6 or 7 paddle haulers will work great (but the 8's aren't a bad idea, just in case you want to build the quad up more later).

For wheels, go with a light spun aluminum wheel like the douglas red or blue labels.

As for fronts, they aren't needed by any means...but you will shave more weight and get better flotation on the sand with a set of smooth buffs or "mohawks" (both made by skat trak

Stick with a 21" front, and 22" rear...I know it is weird having larger tires on the rear of a sport quad...but the 22" is great on a Raptor. They will give you better flotation on the sand over a 20" tire, and the paddles are spaced out a little further, which will help with grip.

Again...the sandstars are decent because they are cheap and durable. But being a molded paddle tire, they are heavy and don't float as well. Skat traks are buffed tires, so they weigh much less, flex more, and the straight paddle design is a lot better out there IMO.

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Whatever Langford says when it comes to sand........ x about a billion....
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Old January 12th, 2011, 08:14 PM   #6
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You just about answered everything I had ever wondered. I'm new to the quad world and my 700's stock.

I went out to Silver Lake for the first time 2 years ago with my XJ running BFG All Terrains and got everywhere. Planning on heading out with more people this time but more running bikes and quads.

Any good tire website's / stores that are good for quad tires? I tried e-mailing David Allen Racing and got a e-mail back the account is full . Guess I'll make a call.

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I'd stick with Skat-Trak Haulers or Hauler Extremes. I always liked the 21-12-8-8's, but I never rocked a Raptor.
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I'd stick with Skat-Trak Haulers or Hauler Extremes. I always liked the 21-12-8-8's, but I never rocked a Raptor.
21" is also good, but they were damn near impossible to find for a while there, and still may be...I haven't looked in a while. I'm not sure if companies quit producing 21" tires, or if there was just a huge demand for them and skat couldn't keep up with production. (skat trac buys tires from other companies, buffs them down, adds their paddles and sells them).

But for a 700, the 22" tall tire is great. These things make a ton of torque and can spin the larger tire with no problem. I'm running a 15 tooth front sprocket (stock is a 14t), and I could get a perfect WOT launch in second gear, no bogging at all with my 3 mod 700. With a stock raptor, stick with the stock 14t with 22's...you can pick up a 15t for around $20 and it only takes a few minutes to swap, but you may bogg it off the line if you try racing, if you go with 20's or 21's, the 15t should work well.


As for where to get tires, check out rockymountainatv and search google for a coupon code. You can normally get free shipping on orders over $100, and find a coupon for 10-20% off. They normally have good prices on sand tire/wheel packages.

But rocky mountain only sells 1 type of skat trac, their standard buff tire which just has the tread buffed off. You can get bead to bead buffs and super lites, which also have the sidewalls buffed and weigh a lot less from places like fullerton sand sports. They can also make you any combination of size and paddles that you want, but they will cost a bit more. If you plan on keeping your raptor stock, a set of 22" 7 paddle bead to bead buffs from fullerton will probably be the best all around tire for dragging and duning...but they will cost you. The 22" 8 paddle haulers on douglas red labels from rocky mountain will also be a very good wheel/tire package, and will cost a bit less.

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me personally i dont ever run taller back than front. Throws the weight of you and the quad off, if your gonna be jumping. Especially on a stupid top heavy raptor. If your just gonna hang out at the beach and drag race all day and maybe do a couple laps you'll be fine but riding hard, jumping, roostin, turning you'll want larger fronts so it rides the same as it does on dirt. Seeing as how your new to the quad thing i wouldnt change it up too much. Stay away from the blue label douglas if your doing anything besides running around. I bend them all the time. 8" rears save them from being bent too easy. 21 rear and 21 or 22 front would be good for you. i run 20" 9 paddle haulers on 8" beadlocks and 21/7-10 smooth buffs on the front. But mine is set up for motocross not draggin. Dune land is expensive, try motosport.com or buy some used locally, my .02
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Nankang quit making the 21-8-8 for a while, but they are available again.

I always rode 250's or 450's, so 04PSD's reccomendation of 22's may be more accurate for a raptor. I'd stick with either a 21-12-8-8 or a 22-11-8-7's standard buff hauler on whatever thickness wheels you prefer. Staying with an 8x8" wheel on a 21 or 22 inch tire, you will have a hard time bending even the .125 blue labels. The cheapest is probably to just order them from rockymountainatv.com with the above mentioned online coupons.
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Got my new paddle tires last week...74 roll out (23.5") 12 paddle superlight skat track extremes on 8" drag cut Douglas .125's....can't wait to get out onto the sand to try them out.
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