If you're going for a big lift you're probably going to get larger tires too. Bigger tires give you even more clearance, more leverage to clear logs and rocks, and they look great. But did you know that larger tires also add a lot of weight and effectively lower your UTV's torque? If you don't make sure to cover all your bases, you could be adding unneeded stress to your drivetrain. You can help reduce wear and damage by choosing to install stronger axles or a gear reduction kit in order to handle the extra weight and make up for the lost torque.
Rhino 2.0 Axles
Rhino 2.0 axles are a great bang for your buck and provide a lot of strength. They handle heat better and are engineered with greater flexibility making them ideal for big lifts and big tires that can push your suspension to its limit. They are also stronger than stock, have high CV articulation angles−40°+, and have low heat build-up.
Gear Reduction Kit
A transmission gear reduction gives you back the torque that you can lose to bigger tires. With a gear reduction kit, your machine will feel responsive and powerful like it did before you added larger tires. Kits are installed in the transmission and boost your torque. They're also great for big tires on big lift kits.
Portal Gear Lifts
Portal Gear Lifts have a gear reduction built right into the lift itself. That means you don't need to buy a separate gear reduction when you add larger tires. Portals don't put much extra stress on your axles because the gear reduction is located in the hub and not the transmission, and they maintain stock axle angles. You can find out more about SuperATV's GDP Portal Gear Lifts and how they work in our how-to article, Gear Reduction - A Quick Guide - How Portals Work.