Product Review By: Chris Hodkinson
ATV Dirt Drags on the east coast are every bit
as competitive and the racers take it as seriously
as the NHRA Top Fuel guys. Even though
the Top Fuel Cars are running 300+ mph, over
a 1/4 mile stretch, and just under 5 seconds,
ATV Dirt Drags can be just as exciting and quick.
ATV's cannot come close to hitting 300+, but
in 300 ft, their speeds can reach over 85+ and
times are also under 5 seconds. With a combination
of speed and time, they, the ATV dirt dragsters,
have to be on their toes just as much as the
Top Fuel cars so they can cross the finish line
Many races are won or lost right in the 1st
60 ft. If you can't put the power to the
ground and your competition does, forget about
it, it's all over for you.
The tire of choice at these races is the Pro
Wedge II's. They offer excellent traction on
the starting line and grow in size as the tire
speed increases. No other tire puts this
combination together quite as well. The biggest
down fall for the Pro Wedge II's is the availability
of them. They can be hard to come by and if
you do find them, might be costly too.
Maxxis may have stumbled onto the ultimate
dirt drag tire combination and they didn't even
know it while designing the "4-Snow" for the
winter enthusiast. The new
Maxxis 4-Snow (M910) wasn't meant to
be a competition used ATV dirt drag tire.
But with a tread pattern similar to the Pro
Wedge II, except for a little deeper lug, and
also weighing in at 1 lb less per tire, these
tires looked like a formidable foe for the Pro
Wedge II's. We contacted Maxxis for more
info on these tires and also found out
that they grow 40% taller when up to speed.
They were as curious as we were about how these
tires would compare to the Pro Wedge II's so
they sent us out a set for testing purposes.
set up the timers out at our local dirt drag
track. We made several runs with each
set of tires, and immediately noticed that the
'4-Snows' consistently offered more traction
and were quicker at the start. We recorded
each run and at the end of the day the '4-Snows'
were .15-.20 of a second quicker then the Pro
Wedge II's in 300 ft. This translates to about
2-3 bike lengths in 300ft.
Although we cannot comment on the wear characteristics
of the '4-Snows'
vs. the Pro Wedge II's in this short
time we have had them. However, we can say that
in the last month of racing and testing they
have held up well.
In conclusion, we can say this, for the rest
of this race season we will be showing up with
quads running Maxxis 4 Snows, as this
is a new arsenal in our daily quest for more
speed and faster runtimes in our 1/4 mile drags.
For more info on the 4-Snow contact Maxxis at:
545 Old Peachtree Road
Suwanee, GA 30024
Tel: (800) 4.MAXXIS
Tel: (770) 962-8229
Fax: (770) 962-7705