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When it comes to tires for the Polaris RS1, everyone has their own opinion about which are best. And because the options are so various, it’s difficult to pin down which tires are best for which riding domains. Size, offset, sidewall thickness, and tire pressure are four of the many factors that contribute to a tires performance. No matter how you use your machine, be it for racing, rock crawling, mudding, or hill climbing, at Everything Polaris RZR, we’ve got the right tires to optimize your ride. Gladiator tires, for instance, are great for desert riding, and so are 30” GBC Terra Masters, CST Lobo tires, Cheyenne RX tires, and Maxxis’ Liberty tires. The latter also ride well in rocks and on hard pack. But they’re really soft and wouldn’t be a go-to tire for longevity.
For dirt road riding, Motohammer tires come highly recommended. We know lots of guys who run them for that type of terrain with nothing but good things to say. Others to look at for general riding are Carnivores and Pro-Armor Crawlers. Regarding gravel dirt roads, you will want a tighter-packed tread than you will with loose dirt or mud. TerraMasters or Mongrels (28x10x14) work well for dirt roads, both of which are DOT approved and steel belted. Sandslingers are a good tire brand for running dunes, and for all the folkes riding the little Sahara in Oklahoma, we’d suggest using STI Sand Wedges in the rear and Pro Armor in the front. STU’s Blaster 1 Cut or their 28” #2 paddle tires are good for sand riding as well, and so too are Skats. You don’t necessarily want stiff sidewalls for sand riding, so anything around 4 ply is where you want to be.
If you use your RS1 for racing, going as small as 27” with your tires makes for less rotating mass, helping your RS1 to stop better and accelerate quicker. Further, flat tires work better for short course racing than tires with a more rounded shape, which is why many racers shave their tires down from 27” to 25.5”. Racers know that tracks tend to get hard packed in the race line with what is known as “the cushion”, which is the loose dirt thrown to the outside of the race line. Shaving the center of the tire down makes the center better on the hard pack, but still leaves lugs on the outside edge to grip the cushion.
Regardless of the tire you go with for you RS1, you can easily change its performance by inflating / deflating it. Many riders change their tire pressure based on the trail conditions. If you encounter a lot of square-edge rocks, you’ll want to run more tire pressure so you don’t get a pinch flat -- but you’ll do this at the detriment of plushness. More PSI is also suggested for riding roads, as there’s less rolling resistance and more fun to be had drifting. In the, we’d suggest running your tires at 12.5-18 PSI, which is lower than what most people do but good for stiffer tires Roctanes. So if you’re riding forest roads, gravel pits, rally style TT tracks, or wooded trails, we’ve got the best Polaris RS1 tires to keep your machine planted on mud, snow, sand, or hard pack!