Arisun’s Aftershock XD tires are a radial eight-ply construction. Their unique
K3D Armor-Aramid sidewall gives the
Aftershock added puncture resistance.
Raceline’s Mamba 14-inch beadlock
wheel not only enhances the look of the
YXZ, but you can safely run lower air
pressure without knocking the tire off
seem to have a negative effect on
the low-end power with a taller tire.
Compared to the softer compound of
the six-ply Bighorns, the Aftershocks
felt stiffer on the rockier terrain, which
would help us not get pinch flats. The
Aftershocks help the already turn-on-a-dime YXZ find new traction it hadn’t
seen before and performed incredibly
in the larger rock-crawling sections.
Having that extra 2 inches of tire
height gave us more ground clearance
for larger obstacles.
The Mamba beadlock wheels gave
the YXZ a more aggressive look and
a heck of a lot more protection. Using
the Mambas allowed us to air down to
10 pounds in the Aftershocks to give us
more traction on large rock sections.
The added assurance that we couldn’t
pop the wheel off the bead gave us all
the confidence in the world to drive it
hard into rocky corners.
This combo turned out to be a
one-two punch to conquer desert terrain, and we looked good doing it! It
gave new life to the YXZ that usually
likes to spin the tires and gave it the
much-needed traction it was yearning
for. If you’re looking for a great all-terrain tire and wheel combo, we suggest
you check out www.raceline
wheels.com and www.arisuntireusa
.com to find a dealer near you! ❏
a smooth ride on hardpack surfaces
with siped knobs that are compliant
while climbing over rocks. The specially formulated rubber compound is
flexible yet durable for harsh conditions
found in the desert and even in the
grueling King of the Hammers event in
Southern California. The 28-inch tires
weigh in at 33. 25 pounds with a tread
depth of 19/32 inches. Larger sizes
are also available from 30 inches to 32
inches and will fit 14-inch and 15-inch
rims in all tire sizes.
We’ve tested the Arisun Aftershock
XDs on Lonestar Racing’s Can-Am
X3 in our August 2017 issue, and we
were blown away with how good they
were. For this test we installed them
on a stock 2016 Yamaha YXZ1000R.
The 2016 YXZ1000R comes stock with
27-inch Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 tires and
non-beadlock rims, but in measuring
the Bighorns, they only came around
to 26 inches or so. The Aftershock XDs,
on the other hand, came in just a touch
over 28 inches at 15 psi.
The YXZ did well with the heavier
tire-and-wheel combo, and it didn’t
The Aftershock XD gave the
YXZ1000R newfound traction. We did
find that it rode a little stiffer than with
the Bighorns, but it wasn’t noticeable
after a few miles of drive time.