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Not too impressed with the stock tires and wheels. I am considering replacing them with 14 inch wheels and probably 26 x 9 x 14 inch Big Horn radials. Would there be any disadvantages or clearance problems running the same size tire and wheel combination on all four sides? My last ATV, I wore out the front tires, think it would be nice to be able to rotate the tires, once in awhile. Thanks!
 

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Not too impressed with the stock tires and wheels. I am considering replacing them with 14 inch wheels and probably 26 x 9 x 14 inch Big Horn radials. Would there be any disadvantages or clearance problems running the same size tire and wheel combination on all four sides? My last ATV, I wore out the front tires, think it would be nice to be able to rotate the tires, once in awhile. Thanks!
I think original Bighorns that are 26", run a little big, but nothing that you'd have to worry about. They should work with no rubs at all. I run BH 2.0's 28x9x14 front and 28x11x14 rears. With a 5 3 offset. Nothing rubs with full motion range even dynamic motion.
 

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OK, thanks, Moose. I'll remember that 5+3 offset. Some of the wheels I was looking at were a 5+2 inch offset.
 

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OK, thanks, Moose. I'll remember that 5+3 offset. Some of the wheels I was looking at were a 5+2 inch offset.
5 2 should be okay too if your doing 9" tires. The stock rims in the front are a 5 2 if I recall correctly.
 

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I'm running the same combo as Moose, after seeing his they were just too cool and I'm a fan of Big Horn's anyway. The only difference was I went with a 4+2 offset in the front with the 28-9-14 2.0's and a 5+3 with the 28-11-14 2.0's in the back. Mostly because I wanted them delivered mounted and Rocky Mountain said I had to order them through the Tire/Wheel builder and use a Honda Rincon for the vehicle because the Pioneer won't let you choose that combo. It all worked out fine, they all bolted up great. DON'T forget to order the right size lug nuts though they are different than the Rincon.
 
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Not too impressed with the stock tires and wheels. I am considering replacing them with 14 inch wheels and probably 26 x 9 x 14 inch Big Horn radials. Would there be any disadvantages or clearance problems running the same size tire and wheel combination on all four sides? My last ATV, I wore out the front tires, think it would be nice to be able to rotate the tires, once in awhile. Thanks!
I would go with 12 inch bighorns instead of 14's. I have 14's right now, and they look cool, but the wheels get beat up more with less side wall and the 12's ride more plush. I had 12's on my last ranger and if I had to do it over again I would of stayed with 12's. the 12's might even be slightly cheaper. the bighorns do run oversized. the 2.0's I don't think run as oversized as the originals. whatever you decide, the bighorns are a great all around tire. I had 4000 miles on my first set and gave them to my dad to use on his ranger and they have well over 1/2 tread. the 14's I have now have over 2500 miles on them with no leaks or plugs. good luck with your purchase.
 

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Thanks for all the good suggestions. I wondered about staying with 12 inch wheels. Do the 14's hurt low-end speed and torque? I don't need any more top-end speed, my cows aren't that fast... lol
 

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anytime you go with a bigger heavier tire you will sacrifice power. a 12inch tire will have more sidewall flex and ride better. where a 14 will have less side wall flex and stay more rigid under cornering. I've had great luck with 26 inch bighorns.
 

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Thanks for all the good suggestions. I wondered about staying with 12 inch wheels. Do the 14's hurt low-end speed and torque? I don't need any more top-end speed, my cows aren't that fast... lol
14's won't hurt low end compared to 12" rims. Aluminum rims weigh a lot less than the rubber of a tire. My 28" Bighorn 2's + 14" rims weigh 4.8 more pounds than the stock tire wheel set up. The stock steel 12" rim weighed a full 6 pounds more than my aluminium 14" rim.

Less sidewall means a lighter rubber, which is the heavy part of modern wheels. Less side wall also means more stable under load. I haul in my Pioneer a lot at the max end of payload. If you have cows, I'm gonna go ahead and assume your using it for work too. You'll see people saying bigger tires rob power, well thats not true. They just use and store the energy differently. The more weight you add as you move out from the hub, the more you can expect to see a difference in the feel of take off. Hope that all made sense.
 
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Thanks for all the good suggestions. I wondered about staying with 12 inch wheels. Do the 14's hurt low-end speed and torque? I don't need any more top-end speed, my cows aren't that fast... lol
No they won't if anything like Moose said they will be lighter than their 12 inch brothers and you will retain more low end speed and torque. I have both 12" Original Big Horns and 14" Big horn 2.0's. The Original Big Horns run about a size bigger than branded, the 2.0's run pretty true to size and are lighter which is why I went with them for the Pioneer. As far as beating up the wheels more with the 14's I don't really see that although I don't ride super aggressive on rocks either. I think the 14's handle better and don't wallow around as much on trails ect.........
 

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yep, the 14's will handle better but ride a little harsher. I like the 14's but really like the plush ride a 12 inch tire gives. their is a substantial weight difference between the original bighorns and the 2.0's. in 12's the 2.0 is about 4lbs a tire lighter than the original. I've heard nothing but great things about the originals and a little mixed reviews with the 2.0's. it seems guys really love them and never have any issues or they hate them because they tear them up. I think its more in how you use and abuse them. good luck!
 

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No they won't if anything like Moose said they will be lighter than their 12 inch brothers and you will retain more low end speed and torque. I have both 12" Original Big Horns and 14" Big horn 2.0's. The Original Big Horns run about a size bigger than branded, the 2.0's run pretty true to size and are lighter which is why I went with them for the Pioneer. As far as beating up the wheels more with the 14's I don't really see that although I don't ride super aggressive on rocks either. I think the 14's handle better and don't wallow around as much on trails ect.........
for basic riding on the farm and on gravel roads the 14's do fine without getting beat up. I had a sportsman xp 850 and after 3000 miles the wheels were beat up. we ride a lot of wooded trails with rocky creeks and ledge rock climbs, then riding in the mtns always beats them up. one thing I didn't care for about the sportsman xp was that you were forced to run 14's. then if you bought an aggressive tire like pitbull rockers you had to run 3 psi for them to ride very well at all.
 
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