Originally Posted by Sadlerracing529
Thanks for the input, i have been doing lots of searching and thats how i came up with my list above. Nothing is a gaurantee yet as i just got the bike. But as im sure you know with just searching theres "1000 ways to skin a cat" lol. Just so many different answers and opinions ive been finding. Thats why i asked a little more specifically.
Yes, the opinions/advice about tires can be confusing. However, you've come to the right place. @SamUK
probably saw my name and assumed we were discussing a Rancher. That's not like him. He's one of the experts here on mud mods and you can take what he tells you as solid advice. I'm sure he'll chime in again.
Wow, that's a nice Rubicon! Hate to see it get muddy at his age.
I have a 2014 Rancher 420FM that I purchased last summer. The previous owner put on 27" Swamp Lite tires all around. The damage was insane for a 4 year old bike. It's like a demon must take over when big tires, a snorkel and other mud mods are made. The owner believes the bike will go anyway and do anything and all the mods make the bike unbreakable.
If you can work on the bike yourself then go for all the mods you like. Just know that the day will come when you'll have to start replacing seals, bearings, boots, CV joints, brakes... to mention only a few repairs. If you have to pay for these repairs you'll be in for a major shock. I have over $1,000.00 in parts only, no labor. Oh, be sure to check with your local Honda dealer. Mine will not work on a bike that has a snorkel.
Just because a snorkel will keep water out of the engine doesn't mean the rest of the bike isn't damaged by water and mud. All the other parts aren't waterproof. LOL
Lastly, larger tires are going to make that bike handle differently than it does now. I suggest you ride someone else's bike that has the tires you want and see if you like the ride and handling. I hate my tires and plan to replace them soon. I ride in lots of tight places and hate the feeling of wresting with the steering and long turning radius. But, part of that is that I'm a girl, so.......
Just some things to think about.