Review Submitted by “bluesmanjesse”…
Before I delve into the ride review and performance aspect of these wheels and tires, I will tell you that everywhere we go with the Project RZR everyone at the trailhead or out on the trail says the same thing, ”Look at those wheels and tires on that RZR!”. It’s almost guaranteed that we will get comments about the looks of this wheel and tire package. The MSA Kore M20 wheels look great even when they are covered in mud and the EFX Moto MTC tires have such an aggressive look that they just jump right out at everyone who sees them. The addition of the MSA Kore M20 Wheels and EFX Moto MTC tires really took the looks of the Project RZR up to the next level!
Now let’s get into the performance of this package. The MSA Kore M20 wheels don’t hold mud nearly as bad as the other popular brand wheels that they replaced on our RZR. If you do happen to get into some really sticky mud like we did on a recent ride the Kore M20 wheels feature a special automotive grade flat black paint which cleans up very easily, just a quick spray with a hose is usually all that’s needed to clean them up! Personally I think that is a great feature because I like riding much more than I like cleaning! Another great benefit MSA wheels is they are covered by a full lifetime structural warranty and one-year finish warranty!
The EFX Moto MTC tires are a 6-ply tire with huge 1 ¼” tread lugs that really bite and claw their way through just about anything. We have tested them in mud, snow, hard pack, rocks, just about any terrain you can think of, and the traction has been incredible in every situation we have had them in. Anyone who has ridden with me personally knows there’s not an obstacle out on the trail that I won’t try at least once, and I’m happy to report the tires haven’t let me down yet and I have run them through some pretty gnarly terrain. Our first ride with the tires mounted up was in about 12-14” of fresh fallen snow and the tires performed excellent in the snow and ice. The only drawback, if you can call it one, is that it was very hard to do a doughnut in the snow because of the incredible traction these tires provide. The traction is equally impressive when crawling up rocky sections of trail as well. No matter the terrain or trail conditions, I always feel very comfortable and in control of the RZR with the Moto MTC’s mounted up. These tires instill confidence and provide me piece of mind knowing I have all that traction there for when I need it.
We have found that the tires perform best on our RZR when running at about 8psi all the way around. If you were running these tires on beadlocks I’m sure they could be run at very low pressures because they are a very beefy tire, but I can’t honestly imagine needing more traction than what we have on the Project RZR now with the EFX Moto MTC’s. The steering is very comfortable as well and the tires bite when cornering and on off camber hill sides. The tread pattern is non directional so the traction is just as good in reverse as it is going forward, and we all know reverse traction is equally important for when you find yourself in a tight spot and need to back your way out of it.
Now for my favorite part of trail riding, mud! The EFX Moto MTC’s are considered an all terrain tire not a mud tire, but they do surprisingly well in the mud! Mud slicked trails were no problem at all and the typical wet mud holes we find on the trails here in the eastern half of the country were no match for the EFX Moto MTC’s as we blasted right through them with no problem. The tires clean out very well in the thicker stuff which surprised me with such deep lugs but the voids in between the lugs are large enough to accommodate good self cleaning. On our last ride before writing this ride review we did encounter some exceptionally thick sticky mud and the tires would load up a little but a quick tap of the throttle and they would clean themselves right out. Most of the other quads and UTV’s on that ride had tires that looked like big chocolate doughnuts they were so packed up with mud!
This is a picture of the RZR climbing a hill that nobody else made it up that day because they couldn’t get traction. There was another RZR with aftermarket tires that tried as well as a Can Am Commander with the most popular tires on the market mounted on it that failed to climb the hill. The Project RZR with the Moto MTC’s made it look easy. The area we were riding took it’s toll on tires too as three people in our group received flats that day but not us! And I am also pleased to report that after cleaning the wheels and tires up to remove all the days mud, they still look brand new!
These tires are perfectly suited to UTV’s and I think they would perform really well on ATV’s also. My only caution would be if you ride a smaller displacement ATV like a 350-450 class utility quad you may want to consider a clutch kit to regain a little torque. The 26×9-14’s we are running on the front weigh in at 30lbs and the 26×11-14’s on the rear weigh in at 35lbs. That weight when coupled with the extreme traction they provide may put a bit of a strain on smaller CVT belt driven quads. However manual shift utility quads like the Yamaha Big Bear 400 should have no problem turning these tires.
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