PRODUCT EVALUATION UATION
❏ Yamaha has some really light
wheel and tire combos as standard
equipment on the Grizzly line. So
light, in fact, that the wheels became
a liability on our test 700. Rocky trails
left almost every wheel with a suspect
smile in it at some point, and one was
even rubbing on the brake. In an
effort to cure the problems, we opted
for cast-aluminum Sedona Storm
wheels and ultra-aggressive Sedona
Mud Rebel tires. We are talking about
some seriously burly sneakers here.
The stock tires are 25x8-12 in front and
25x10-12 in the rear. Sedona sent us
26x10-12 for the front and rear, so the
Sedona tires are taller and wider than
the stockers, and the tread blocks are
more than double the height of the
MUD & UTILITY
Each wheel/tire combo comes pre-mounted, with each combo individually boxed. Ours even had the correct tire pressure! Each box has a
wheel, tire and a center cap. Since
the wheels are thicker, the Sedona
wheels require different lug nuts that
you must purchase separately. We
had all four wheels swapped out in
minutes. The somewhat mild look of
the Grizzly is long gone. The luxurious
wheels are black, with machined-alu-minum spokes for a highlight stand
out, and the six-ply-rated tires are so
aggro that the whole quad has a different look.
In addition to the dangerous-
looking tread, the Mud Rebel also
offers increased sidewall strength
for puncture-resistance and impact
absorption. We were fortunate to get
actual mud to test in, and as the name
implies, the traction was superb. We
had ice and snow on top of mud,
and the quad didn’t even want to get
sideways! These aren’t so specialized
that they won’t work anywhere else.
Traction was still great on packed
dirt and rocks, and the tires don’t ride
rough or make excessive noise. At
the same time, our confidence hitting
rocks was at an all-time high. The new
rims are unscathed.
The smallest-size Mud Rebel is 24x8-
12 for $85.95, and the 12x7 wheel is
$94.95, basically $181 when you round
it off, but the kit prices start at $164.95!
That price is less than the price of
many tires alone, and you don’t have
to hassle with the mounting. Our kit
used a much larger 26x10-12 tire that
retails for $159.95, so the kit price is
$259.95 per tire/wheel combo. That
seems reasonable for a machined-cast-aluminum wheel and a tire this
size. Plus, you don’t have to hassle
with the tire mounting. This was a
totally painless episode. Installation
was a snap and the performance was
amazing. The tires are available in
24-, 25-, 26- and even 27-inch sizes,
though the 26-inch is the tallest for a
There are other wheel choices
besides the Storm. Each Storm is manufactured from cast aluminum with
polished black accents, and they are
available in 12- or 14-inch sizes in a
variety of bolt patterns and offsets. The
wheel combos are only sold in pairs.
If you are getting the idea that we
loved these wheels and tires, we have
done our job, and you are very astute.
Great price, fantastic performance
and super easy to deal with, Sedona is
a great choice as a heavy-duty tire and
wheel combo. Sedona ( www.sedona
tires.com) tires and wheels are distributed by Western Powersports, Inc.
( www.wps-inc.com), so you can order
them through any dealer. ❏
By the staff of Dirt Wheels
The combo of a Sedona Storm wheel and a six-ply Mud Rebel tire is a sweet one.
They look great, work great and are priced great.
Even in these slippery conditions, the
Sedona tire/wheel combo refused to
slip. Just gas it and go with no drama.
Look at how burly the tread blocks are
on these tires! The tread is aggressive,
and each tread block is extremely tall.
These babies hook up.