GBC Dune Tracker front GMZ Sand Stripper HP rear GMZ Sand Stripper front/rear
The second tire is a straight-cut paddle measuring 25.5x12 for UTVs in
four or six plies at $119.95 to
$127.95.The third tire is a tall (rear
only) 22x11-10 that was designed for
beach racing in Europe at $80. UTV
($98) and sport quad ($60) front tires
are also available as smoothies, with
a small rib of knobbies running
around the tire providing precise
EFX has one of the most complete
lineups of ATV and UTV tires in the
industry. However, until recently, they
didn’t have a sand tire. Their first
offering is a UTV tire set that consists
of full smoothies up front and a 14-
scoop paddle tire for the rear. The
$124 fronts are four-ply and measure
27x10-14, and the $148 rear also carries a four-ply rating and comes in
one size: 27X13-14.
Another great thing about the EFX
Sand Slinger tire is that their sister
company, MSA, has an endless
choice of wheels to put them on.
Check out www.cocomponents.com
GBC’s sport quad offerings are all
about the Shark. For front-tire choic-
es, they have the appropriately
named Shark Fin. This is a two-ply
tire with a knobby-type fin running
the circumference of the tire. For a
reasonable $48, the front Shark Fin is
only available in one size: 21x7-10.
Out back, the choices of “Sand
Shark” paddles are a bit deeper.
They are all 20 inches tall but can fit
on 8-, 9- or 10-inch wheels with
prices ranging from $65–$60. The
paddles themselves are an offset V-shaped design, so you do have to
order a left and a right. There are
eight paddles filling up the carcass
and can fill up the laps (with buckets
of sand) of anyone riding too close
While GBC is leading in some segments of the UTV world, for sand
tires, they only have one choice this
year for sand tires. It’s a small, $99
25x8-12 called the Paddle Master. It’s
only a two-ply and will basically fit
any older or smaller UTV like a
Rhino, Teryx or RZR. The tire has a
row of centered scoops, along with
smaller scoops between the center
sections. This tire would be good
choice for a 4WD utility ATV as well.
GBC has one more sport quad front-tire offering in the Dune Tracker. It
comes with a strong four-ply rating
and in two sizes; 21x8-10 ($47) and
22x8-10 ($56). It has a solid, non-direc-tional rib running the circumference
of the tire.
GMZ is concentrating full force in
the UTV market these days and put
all their efforts into the Sand Stripper.
For the front end of the UTV, GMZ has
a three-ribbed design and smooth
tires that come in a wide 28x12-14 size
at $166. The ribs should help turn
short- and long-wheelbase cars
around in the dunes or point them
straight up comp hill without throwing sand into the cockpit.
GMZ offers two versions of their
rear UTV tire: standard and HP. Both
feature a nice rounded profile that
will provide plenty of floatation. The
standard version has sets of small,
staggered scoops measuring only
3⁄ 4 inches tall with lower horsepower
machines in mind. For the big 1000cc
cars that dominate the dunes these
days, the HP version is offered. It has
a total of fourteen 1 1⁄8-inch-tall paddles running around the entire carcass to put power to the ground.
(909) 390-1905, www.itptires.com
ITP has been a big name in ATV
tires since ATVs only had three tires.
For the sand-dune crowd, they have
two choices of front and rear paddles.
The Sand Star is ITP’s original pad-dle-tire offering. The rear paddles
have an offset V-shaped pattern, so
EFX Sand Slinger front/rear GBC Paddle Master rear GBC Sand Shark rear GBC Shark Fin front