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post #1 of 27 Old 12-19-2009, 07:08 PM Thread Starter
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Kenda Bear Claws 25x12.50x11

Finally got these mounted the other day on the stock rims. Not sure if any1 read my posts about the 23x10x10's I had on the 10" ITP Rims, but they had barely 12mm of tread depth and ran extremely small (smaller than our stock tires). Needless to say I was dissapointed and switched them out for 24x11x10 ITP Mudlites. Those tires were awesome in the mud, but could'nt hold air to save their life and have a very soft carcass. My first ride out with squeak he got two sidewall punctures. I won't run something I can't trust so I ordered up some 25x12.50x11 Bear Claws.

Hands down the best products I've bought for this quad! Because of the offset on the rims, the 700 is actually narrower now with these wider tires. The carcass is a lot stiffer on them, so I can powerslide again and the Tread depth is almost a full inch. (my buddy ran the 22" version of these during the winter on a z400 with 4"s of ground clearance and my 700 was getting stuck in his trax) They do come extremely close to rubbing the PRM nerf bars, but just barely. I've got nothing bad to say about these tires, anyone who goes near mud should get them.

I've got the 13tooth sprocket, but now it feels like it's back to stock again. Next summer when I do a full chain and sprocket kit I'll probably drop down to a 12tooth front and go up a tooth or two on the rear, then put some maxxis razr's on the 10" rims and swap front sprockets and rear rims whenever I'm going on faster trails during the middle of the summer.
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Nice.

I'll keep these in mind when mine come due. I do a lot of sand riding, but not enough to justify sand tires. those look like they may be a good ballance for me..............
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I ran Bear Claw tires years ago on a 3 wheeler and loved them. I went places that my buddies on 4x4s would get stuck in. I wanted these for my current quads, but my dealer talked me out of them... I am still pissed I let him do that!

There was a guy at Sand Hill last week who ran the Bear Claws on his heavily modded Raptor 700. I was quite impressed with his traction. The first time he launched on the drag stip he nearly flipped it, but held it for about a 500' wheelie in loose sand. He re-staged with his buddy and this time kept the front down. He smoked his buddy, who was on paddles. I have Sand Stars on my xx right now and would trade them in a heart beat for the Bear Claws... in fact I was pricing these today at my dealer....

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how about i buy your rims and you go get bearclaws?

for a lesser price since they are used now

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ok so these tires are good for mudd, hill climbs...what are the cons? I know tires are like buying shoes the owner needs to like them but geez guys we have gone fro razr's to spacers and razr 2's to ITP to douglas...from 11" to 10"...my head is spinning
now we have bear claws...



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ok so these tires are good for mudd, hill climbs...what are the cons? I know tires are like buying shoes the owner needs to like them but geez guys we have gone fro razr's to spacers and razr 2's to ITP to douglas...from 11" to 10"...my head is spinning
now we have bear claws...
They're ginormous! haha. I have bear claws and they hook up awesome but in the end this isn't a mud machine. My next set of rears will be razrs designed for our 11" rim. I rode with some raptors that did just fine in muddy conditions with razr's. If you do go with bear claws get the smaller size, not 25's. Just my opinion...


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Yeah where I ride, it's much tighter slower trails (lucky to get into 4th) and a lot more mud than trails like the ones we rode in PA. These tires work well bc you can still powerslide them which is a must for a lot of the trails up here. and when our trails do open up, it's usually to a sand pit where they handle great as well. like I said, when there's no mud and plenty of traction, like in the middle of the summer. I'm going to switch back over to the 10" rims with probably 22" rzrs, but other than that maybe 2 months out of the year I'll be running bear claws. And I went with 25" over the 22" (the next size that has 20mm depth) b/c when I start to play in the mud I tend to get into the deepest stuff I can find.

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25x12.50x11 Kenda Bear Claws (buy these now!)
ITP Wheels all around
PRM Rear grab bar
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PRM Front bumper that's still off the machine waiting to get re welded

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this looks like the route i may go... i dont ride enough in the sand to want to purchase new rims and all that. i mostly ride in the woods over mud, packed dirt, and logging roads. would the 22" size be about the same diameter as the stock rears? i knock different manufacturers measures diameters from different points. and im guessing these would run way better in sand than the stockers as well?
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These are the specs on the closest tire to stock they make for an 11"

23x8.00-11 OD(22.8) tread depth (15mm) Honestly It might run smaller than that in height and 8 inches is extremely narrow. If I wanted to stay close to stock, I'd come up with the extra 50 bucks a rim and just go to the 10 inch in this size.
24x11.00-10 They have a 23.2 OD

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22x7x10 Rzr 2 fronts
25x12.50x11 Kenda Bear Claws (buy these now!)
ITP Wheels all around
PRM Rear grab bar
PRM Full Board nerfs
PRM Front bumper that's still off the machine waiting to get re welded

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what do you run in the front? never mind checked your post 22's.
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