traction needs. A typical 4x4 tire will
need 12 pieces installed. As an added
benefit of the flat prevention, the foam
is energy-absorbing, which helps suspension action and prevents pinched
tires and wheel damage.
Sport quad retail prices range from
$105–$115 per kit (one kit equals one
wheel). ATV/UTV (4WD) retail prices
range from $120–$130 per kit.
(253) 973-5111, www.ridetireblocks
If you ask top West Coast racers
Beau Baron or Davi Haagsma why
you never hear of them getting a flat
tire during a race, they will reveal
that all of the Maxxis tires they run
have Tire Blocks installed inside them.
These lightweight sections of high-density foam take up nearly all of the
space between each tire and wheel.
In fact, Baron runs with zero air pressure in his tires at all times. The blocks
are stiff enough to hold up the weight
of an ATV or UTV without the driver
even knowing there’s a puncture. Yet,
the foam is flexible, providing damping during hard hits or when going
over rough terrain. Tire Blocks are
available for all popular sport quad
tire sizes, both MX ($113) and XC
($130). For UTVs, they can outfit everything from a 25x8-12 ($145) tire all the
way up to a 30x10-15 ($255).
Liquid tire sealants have been
around as long as the compressed
product called Fix a Flat. They work
similarly, as the tacky liquid rotates
around inside your tire looking for a
puncture to escape out of. Some products have more glue and are thicker,
and some have more liquid but with
fibrous particles to help plug up the
holes. The two sealants we are showcasing have to be squeezed into an
airless tire before it fills up or prior to
mounting. The escaping air pressure
then forces the liquid toward the hole
to seal it up.
HIGH LIFTER PRO LOCK
(318) 524-2270, www.highlifter.com
Pro Lock is formulated to lock in
air and lock out air leaks. High Lifter
claims it will fill up to a 1/2-inch puncture in the tread or up to a 1/4-inch size
hole in the sidewall. It also stops bead
leaks and pinhole leaks in wheels.
Furthermore, they claim it will not
freeze, rust or clog up valve stems.
For an average-sized 4x4 quad, you
would want to use 32 ounces per
tire. You can buy 32-ounce bottles for
$16.95 each or $284.95 for a 5-gallon
The most common way to fix a flat
tire out on the trail is to plug the hole
with a rope-style plug. We always
carry a plug kit with us on every ride,
along with an air compressor or CO2
cartridge to fill the flat tire back up.
The rope-style plugs come in several
thicknesses and colors depending on
the manufacturer. We like the tackier ones, and the bigger, the better.
When we have to use them, if possible, we set the rope plug in the sun
to warm it up before use. They seem
to seal better that way.
(530) 345 8000, www.dynaplug.com
The Xtreme Dynaplug kit is a cool,
billet-aluminum applicator and case
all in one. The applicator can hold
three plugs, a reamer, and the kit
itself comes with five more plugs for
spares at $69.99.
There are many ways to fill up a
flat tire, but some are much more
convenient than others. Now, with
virtually every utility ATV and UTV
coming with a standard 12-volt outlet, finding a power source is easier
than ever. For sport quads without a
12-volt outlet, most compressors come
with pigtail connections that can be
installed on the vehicle’s battery with
a quick-disconnect plug. For kick-start
quads, there are CO2 options as well.
(530) 345 8000, www.dynaplug.com
The Mini Pro GT inflator is a compact 12-volt-powered air compressor,
tire gauge and flashlight all in one.
We have been using this product
for months now and can say it is the
best compact compressor we have
tried in a long time and is holding
up very well. The pump alone costs
$69.99, or $79.99 with a two-compart-ment neoprene pouch. Furthermore,
Dynaplug sells a Deluxe roadside kit
that comes with the compressor, an
Xtreme Dynaplug kit and a power
bank LED flashlight for $159.99.
(209) 366-2163, www.powertank.com
During our UTV race season last
year, we devised a little system to
plug tires and air them up quickly; it
was almost like cheating. We used a
quick-release fire extinguisher mount
and Power Tank’s 20-ounce CO2 canister filled up at the scuba diving
shop. To use them, we would have
one guy get the tank ready as the
other one would plug the tire up with
repair ropes that were pre-installed
in an insertion tool. The tools were
kept in a PRP storage bag that sits
between the seats. The Power Tank
could fill a 30-inch UTV tire in under
10 seconds, so our tire repairs were
done well under a minute, and we
had a lot of practice pre-running with
For any ATV/UTV, we suggest
the Powertank’s Power Shot Trigger
System, which contains a 20-ounce
CO2 tank and a trigger tire inflator
with a push-on chuck. Also included
for the $159.95 is a storage bag, a big
tire plug kit and gauge. ❏
High Lifter sealant.
Powertank Powershot Trigger.