Shed-Headz Product Review:

ITP - Mud Lite XTR Radial (ATV Tire)

April 7, 2008

According to the manufacturer the ITP Mud Lite XTR ATV tire was designed to combine all the good points of their 589 & standard Mud Lite tires while improving performance and adding radial tire technology.


Here is a quick overview based on my own experience with many different ATV tires:

The stock 25" Dunlop's that came on my 1998 Foreman S were the pits. They wore well but were soft (2ply build), not very aggressive, punctured way to easy, and provided no rim protection leading to bent beads.



After two seasons of riding the stock tires I purchased a set of ITP Blackwater XT's (in a 27" height) and they were a great step up from the OEM Dunlops. They were nice and aggressive for the rough stuff but still maintained a decent ride on hard pack. These tires were a 6 ply construction so they were much more puncture resistant, protected the rims flawlessly, and wore well lasting over 6 years.



During that time I had a chance to compare them to a set of Maxsys Mudzillas. My buddy installed a set in a 26" height on his 2003 Foreman 450es. These were very aggressive with a 2" lug and they hooked up very well. They did have a rougher ride on hard pack, and were quite heavy (which really sapped power in the mud). In bogs where I could use 2nd gear on my bike with ease, these tires relegated me to 1st gear only. These tires would be (and certainly are) great for the avid mud rider riding a larger cc bike.



In 2006 my buddy and I upgraded the tires on our Foremans to Mud Lite XTR radials. He picked up a set of 26" XTR's, and I am running a set of 27's on mine.



Having owned them well over a year now and tested them in countless situations, I have to say they are fantastic. The tread is 1-1/8" deep and fairly aggressive so they work very well in mud & bog, provide great hook up for climbing gravel pits, and have sipped tread blocks for traction on bare rock. Hard pack trail handling is like nothing I've experienced on ATV before. The tire has a square profile so they corner very flat making the bike faster in the turns (and much more stable).



Recently I got to test them in snow (packed trail and decently frozen stuff) and they were far superior to any other tire I've used previously. Again, with a square profile they seem to have better flotation in loose snow and great grip with great clean out in harder pack snow.Overall I highly recommend the XTR's you will not be disappointed at all.



2017 Update: Eleven years and many thousand kilometers later and I'm still running the same set of Mud Lite XTR's! They are holding up well, the once 1-1/8" deep lugs have worn to about 3/4" so traction although not as good as new, they are still quite capable in all conditions.



These tires have performed fantastic on trails, bog and rough country and are surprisingly really good in snow. They don't dig down like many tires (including my old Blackwaters) but keep you moving forward.



French has since sold his Foreman ES replacing it with a 2014 Yamaha Grizzly outfitted with a set of 27" Mud Lite XTR's.


Cheers, Mike

Copyright 2011 Michael Smith