Getting a set of better tires is the most common upgrade people do to their ATVs. But how much are they?
In this post, we’ll have a look at how much you should expect to pay for different types of ATV tires and which factors drive the price up or down.
So How Much Do ATV Tires Cost?
This table will give you a general idea of how much you should expect to pay for various types of ATV tires:
|Tire Type||Typical Price Range (per tire)|
|All-Terrain||$50 – $150|
|Mud||$50 – $150|
|Hard / Rock Crawler||$110 – $250|
|Sand||$50 – $450|
|Snow||$60 – $190|
|Sport / Racing||$70 – $120|
|Youth||$20 – $80|
The Cost of ATV Tires Vary Widely Depending on Several Variables
As you can see from the table above, the price varies quite a lot within each tire category. A range of factors determines where a given type of tire ends up on the price scale.
Tire Size Matters – Bigger Tires Cost More
Stock ATV tires are typically 25 to 26 inches in diameter and 6-10 inches wide. When people are upgrading their tires for better off-road performance, they are usually choosing a bigger tire.
It’s generally considered safe to go up one inch in size from stock tires without the risk of causing suspension and driveline issues.
Some riders even take it to the extreme and get 32-inch tires for better traction and ground clearance when mudding.
But when tire size goes up, so does the price. A bigger tire’s manufacturing process is generally more complicated and requires more raw materials to be used for each tire.
If we look at the popular ITP Mud Lite II, for example, we find that a size 28×11-14 costs about 75% more than a size 25×8-12 of the same tire.
When stepping up to beefy 30 to 32-inch mud tires, we find that the price more than double of that a standard size all-terrain tire cost.
Style and Type of Tire Drive the Price
Different types of ATV tires offer different types of features depending on the tire’s intended purpose. Extra or improved features require extra steps to be added to the manufacturing process. Each additional step adds to the total cost of the tire.
All-Terrain tires are what most ATVs come with stock. They are designed to offer decent overall performance and not extreme use. This is usually reflected in a moderate sales price.
Mud Tires have large tire lugs for optimal traction in wet conditions. A more aggressive tread pattern usually equals a more expensive tire.
Rock Crawling Tires, on the other hand, does not have that aggressive tread pattern. Instead, they need to be more robust and puncture-resistant. They usually have a higher ply-rating (more layers of rubber) than an all-terrain tire and features reinforced tire cords.
Sand Tires feature huge rubber paddles for better grip in the sand. Each paddle has to withstand immense forces, and the awkward shape makes manufacturing a bit more tricky.
Brand Quality and Reputation – You Usually Get What You Pay For
The market is flooded with cheap knockoffs at a seemingly affordable price. While a cheaper tire may look almost identical to one from a more reputable brand, it is usually not as good.
The rubber quality used in cheaper tires is often not as good, resulting in a tire that offers less traction and less milage before wearing. Balancing issues is also more common in the cheapest tires on the market.
The Most Common Tire Types and Sizes Are Usually Cheaper
Tires that sell in vast quantities are usually cheaper than less common styles and sizes of tires that do not sell in such large numbers.
All-terrain style of tires are by far the most common, and therefore usually offers the most bang for the buck.
With larger quantity productions, the manufacturers can produce more tires without making alterations to the production line. This helps to keep the total cost down.
Best-sellers also face a smaller risk of not being sold. The loss of each tire that ends up not being sold must be distributed over the tires that do get sold. With the more common tires, the expected loss is not that high.
How to Get the Best Deal
Buy a complete set of four to bring the cost per tire down
ATV tires can be bought individually, as pairs, or as a complete set of four. You usually get a much better deal when choosing a complete set over a single tire. Not only do you get a quantum discount, you likely save on shipping and handling as well.
Shop Around – Do Your Due Diligence
ATV tires on sale can deviate from the MRSP price with as much as 50 – 100%. Therefore, it’s often well worth your time to shop around to find the best deal.
You can usually find the best deal online, but due to high shipping costs, the total price you can get at your local dealer may not be that bad in comparison.
Look out for discount codes and other promotions. A few percent off can make for a nice saving on such an expensive purchase as tires.
Make Sure You Compare Apples With Apples
When comparing tire prices, you need to make sure the prices are comparable. Because the price of a tire is not only product cost. You also need to keep track of additional costs, such as:
- Installation cost
- Shipping cost
- Taxes and fees such as federal or state disposal fees
- Balancing fees (Do you need to balance an ATV tire?)
Retailers that provide an “all-in price” or “out-the-door cost” usually include all of the above costs in their sales price. Be aware that some retailers only display the product cost plus shipping.
State Tire Disposal Fees May Vary
Most states charge $1 – $2 per tire in disposal fees. Be aware that some states cost less, while others may charge quite a bit more.
Don’t Wait Until You Need New Tires
Tire prices fluctuate quite a bit throughout the year and between seasons. You have a better chance of finding a good deal if you start searching some time before the old ones are entirely shot.
Learn what signs to look for, and you will be able to see when a tire is due for being replaced months in advance.
Save on Installation – Change the Tires Yourself
Most dealers charge a fee for installing the tires to your rims—some more affordable than others.
Installing an ATV tire at home is not as hard as you may think. You will only need a few essential tools. This step-by-step guide shows you how to do it.
Read User Reviews Before You Make Your Final Decision
The sales price only tells half of the story. If you’re not looking for extreme traction, you are likely better off with a tire that is not that soft. Softer tires generally wear faster and therefore offer less value.
You will often find that two tires that may look almost identical on paper may wear quite differently by reading reviews.