Paddle Tires and PSI
One of the big questions everyones talks about or asks is what tire pressure (PSI) should my sand / paddle tires be at when drive at the dunes.
Of course everyone has their own opinion about this. What I have found is that each dune location (Oregon, California or Nevada) has different type of sand. This will determine what PSI you should put your sand / paddle tires at. I typically run my paddle tires at 5psi to 10psi. If you are planning to ride in a rocky desert type of setting, I would recommend a slightly higher PSI vs. if you are planning to ride in the softer dune sand.
The lower PSI will give you more bite in the sand. The more PSI you add to the tire will allow your tire to have more spin. When you lower your PSI, be careful and pay attention to what is going on with your paddle tires. If you do not have bead locks on your paddle tires, at lower PSI you run the risk of having your tire pop off the bead of the wheel, thus leaving you with a flat paddle tire.
For the more serious SXS / UTV rider, once you have your gearing dialed in, you can fine tune your SXS / UTV by playing with tire air pressure (PSI). This is very helpful if you do a lot of drag racing or hill climbing. Remember to inspect your paddle tires PSI after every ride! For more information, come visit our website at www.R1sxs.com