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I have looked at a few threads and most are several years old.  I am looking at 2012 Honda rancher that only has a few hundred miles on it but the tires/battery are still original.  I am guessing I will need a new set?  The quad will be used on streets and rocky trails in PA.  Any recommendation for brand, type and place to buy them.  I know Amazon has them but am sometimes leery of what they sell.  How easy to dismount and mount a new set?  Any special tools or just let a shop do it?

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I have a 2005 Yamaha Kodiak 450 I bought from a John Deere dealership in 2011.  Previous owner worked  for them as a parts man.  As he was going to put a blade on it for snow removal he switched tires right away..  He went with ITP mud lite radial tires and went from 25" tires and put 8x12x26 on all the way around.  Tread pattern is like farm tractor style with just over 5000 miles on them.  They are some real grippers and in fact I put a 10 or 20 gal. sprayer on the back but beings the Yamaha's have locked rear ends it barffed up the yard on the turn arounds on the end when turning around.  My wife had a 2004 Yamaha Bruin with wider angled more worn out tires so I had to put the sprayer on it.The ITP's have held up very well I assume because they are radials.  They are not cheap though and are getting some weather checking but plan on a couple more years of service from them.  They have my vote


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