MADE IN THE U.S.A
The MUD LITE XL tire has been around for some time now. Don’t let it’s age fool you, this is a still a great ATV-UTV tire. In fact, it’s one of the few tires still made in the U.S.A. that’s designed for the toughest mud holes.
BETTER RIDE QUALITY THAN EXPECTED
During our time with the MUD LITE XL we learned a few things about them mounted on our Kodiak 450. The ATV-UTV tire looks good with it’s aggressive 1 1/8″ tread depth and surprisingly, the XL rides much better than we expected for 6 ply bias construction. In fact, I’d consider it one of the smoothest riding aggressive tires we’ve tested. The Kodiak 450 is far from a big bore ATV, yet still turned them without bogging.
Unfortunately at the time of our test we were experiencing drought-like conditions here in Kentucky. Finding a decent mud hole to bury up in was a challenge, but a small pond did the trick. The MUD LITE XL made quick work of the mud and some others have mentioned they prefer them over the Maxxis Zilla’s.
As you can watch in the video below, we threw a bit of everything at these tires. Hills, jumps, rocks and creek riding are all capable with these ATV-UTV tires. Had the conditions been wetter, we have no doubt, they would have performed even better.
MUD LITE XL SURPRISE
Another area in which the MUD LITE XL was a surprise was steering. Typically a mud tire requires a lot of steering effort from a non-power steering ATV. These tires required little effort to get our test ATV pointed in the right direction. This is not only great for the rider, it’s also less wear on your quad. We did experience some understeer but attribute that to the nature of our test ATV.
If you primarily ride in wet conditions this tire is a solid performer. These tires are priced toward the lower end of the category and are a great value. If rocks are your thing, it will probably be in your best interest to go with a more all-terrain style tire.