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Hey All, This is my first post about my first quad, so needless to say, I'm a newby! My wife suprised me with a brand new Suzuki 500 axi for Christmas and I absolutely love it, but I do have a couple of issues I need to work through. First, the tires are ITP Terracross 26x9x12 front and 26x11x12 rear. They are 1" taller and wider than stock. Shouldn't be an issue, right? I went through some snow covered forest roads today and discovered I'm suffering severe wheel hop on the front when clawing for traction. The stock size tires did NOT do this, but then again, they just spun (stuck) in similar conditions. The Terracross tires just chewed down and I kept going forward. Never got stuck but I was afraid I was going to snap an axle or blow the front diff. I powered down and kept the hop to a minimum but I'm VERY uncomfortable with the setup as it is and am considering putting the stock tires back on but hate their lack of traction. HELP. Seriously, any suggestions. I cranked the front spring settings up two notches to try to remove the severe dive this quad has, but it did not help much. The front suspension just seems WAY too soft. Thanks for any advice you can offer! Jim
GBC Motorsports’ Tires Give Winning Traction to Historic Sweep of Baja 1000 LONG BEACH, Calif., December 12, 2008 - GBC Motorsports is thrilled to announce that its tires supported the historic victory of the Bi-Polar Extreme Racing Team/Arctic Cat win at this year’s grueling Baja 1000. This historic win is remarkable in that it was the first time that a UTV completed the race. The number one finisher was an Arctic Cat Prowler XTZ 1000 driven by Jim Creagan. Featuring 10” of ground clearance and fully independent suspension, the victorious Prowler XTZ 1000 was outfitted with GBC’s new Grim Reaper™ performance tires. Grim Reaper™ combines an aggressive tread pattern with deep wrap-around shoulder lugs to give you uncompromising performance and traction. This 8-ply rated all-terrain radial with up to 1,045 lbs. max load is constructed with a zig-zag center ridgeline, for superior puncture resistance and enhanced rider comfort. GBC Motorsports carries a wide line of ATV/UTV tires for all types of terrains and riders. The number two finisher was an Arctic Cat Prowler XTX 700 EFI driven by three sets of drivers. Featuring 12.5” of ground clearance and full independent suspension, the second place finisher was equipped with GBC’s new Dirt Commander™ tires. GBC Motorsports Performance ATV tires are built to get you over tough terrains to your destination. Dirt Commander™, GBC's new all terrain tire, is a super tough 8-ply rated bias tire radial with up to 1,045 lbs. max load that gives you excellent puncture resistance. Its siped tread design also gives additional biting edges for better traction in mixed terrains. “We put everything into designing the Grim Reaper and Dirt Commander as tough challengers capable of taming the most hostile terrain. The Baja 1000 was the perfect venue to showcase the endurance of our all-terrain, high-performance tires,” said Randy Tsai. “We’re extremely proud to be part of such an historic race and to work with the incredible Bi-Polar crew. Our congratulations go out to Jim and all the team members.” The world’s longest race, the 41st Annual SCORE Baja 1000 took place November 19 - 23. Totaling 631.35 miles, the brutal race promises an array of machine-breaking hazards for most brands. Arctic Cat and GBC broke with the majority and not only survived the race, but overcame all odds to win. GBC Motorsports fuses technical expertise with broad motorsports experience to produce performance tires for ATVs, including ATV/UTV, Sand and Motorcycle. To learn more about the GBC Motorsports and its lines of performance tires, visit www.gbcmotorsports.com. About GBC Motorsports GBC Motorsports is a division of Greenball Corporation dedicated to the powersports industry. For over 30 years, Greenball Corporation (www.greenball.com) has been providing high quality for a variety of applications. GBC Motorsports sells ATV/UTV, sand, and motorcycle tires through a dealer network in North America and Europe. GBC Motorsports tires are distributed through six regional centers located in California, Florida, Indiana, South Carolina, and Tennessee. More...
ATV TRACTION has recently started a chapter in Butler, PA. For all information on the club please visit our website! http://www.freewebs.com/tractionbutler/index.htm FINDING TRACTION What: ATV Traction, a nonprofit all-terrain vehicle club founded in Erie County in 2001, with chapters in Erie, Mercer, Clarion, Tioga, McKean, Venango, Potter and Butler counties. Also you can visit WWW.ATVTRACTION.ORG.