How Many Miles Do UTV Tires Last?


When it comes to UTV maintenance, most people only think about changing the oil and filters. However, this is a beginner’s mistake. You also need to think about changing the UTV tires if you want to feel safe on your off-road adventures.

In general, UTV tires will last for about 5000 miles. Depending on how often you ride the off-road vehicle, you can expect a set of tires to last you for up to 3-5 years. While UTV tires last for 5000 miles, there are factors that can shorten their lifespan. Factors such as driving hard on rugged trails, bad tire pressure, road conditions, and overloading. 

Today I will show you the average lifespan of UTV tires and what you can do to increase it. Without any further ado, let’s jump into it.

chart displaying how much ATV tires last

How Many Miles Do UTV Tires Last?

Stock UTV tires last for up to 5000 miles. Depending on how often you ride the off-road vehicle, you can expect the tires to last you for up to 3-5 years. It’s important to highlight that riding on rugged trails will lower the lifespan. For example, if you take out the UTV on the trail every other weekend and ride it hard, then you should expect the tires to last about 2000 to 3000 miles.

I also want to note that the mileage of UTV tires can vary greatly depending on the type and quality of the tires themselves. If you go with high-performance UTV tires that are designed for aggressive off-road use, they might wear quickly due to their soft rubber compounds and specialized tread patterns. Yes, you will go faster on the trail, but it comes with a cost.

On the other hand, all-terrain tires that offer the perfect mix of on-road and off-road performance will last longer. They might even go longer than 5000 miles. You should also take into consideration the type of terrain that you will be riding on. Are you planning on speeding through sand dunes? If yes, then you don’t have too much to worry about when it comes to the average lifespan of your UTV tires. However, I can’t say the same if you plan to go mudding with your UTV or ride on rocky mountain terrain.

A golden rule of thumb that all UTV riders should follow is to always inspect their UTV tires for signs of wear and damage before going on the trail. If you pay attention to the depth of the tread, you will quickly determine when your UTV tires are wearing out and need to be replaced. Keep reading if this interests you because I go into great detail about what you need to do in order to make your UTV tires last longer.

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 What to Avoid in Order to Increase UTV Tire Lifespan

a dirt UTV tire

UTV tires wear out faster than regular stock car tires. There is a good reason for this. You will be driving the UTV on rugged trails. On the bright side of things, there are some factors you can control to increase the overall lifespan of your UTV tires so that you don’t have to invest in a new set of tires every season.

#1 Driving Hard

Driving UTVs on mountain trails or through mud is fun, and there is no doubt about that. In fact, this is the reason why most people decide to buy a UTV. On the downside of things, driving hard on rugged trails is the main factor why UTV tires wear out. I am not saying that you should slow down, but you might want to consider implementing some advanced UTV driving tips and tricks that can help you get better.

#2 Bad Road Conditions

The main culprits for damaging UTV tires are bad roads. My advice to all off-road riders who don’t want to spend too much money on their UTV tires is to scout the trails ahead. You can ask the locals about the conditions of the roads so that you can avoid them if they are too damaged.

#3 Unbalanced Tire Pressure

Everyone who likes to drive UTVs on rugged trails needs to make it a habit to check the tire pressure before taking the four-wheeler out of the garage. If you drive with unbalanced tire pressure, the tires with extra pressure will get damaged fast. I wrote a guide that explains how to get the right pressure on ATVs, and the same rules apply to UTVs. Make sure to check it out.

When Should You Replace UTV Tires?

a couple speeding on an UTV through dirt

Knowing when to replace your UTV tires is essential for your UTV’s performance and for staying safe on the trail. Even though UTV tires last around 5000 miles in general, chances are that you might need to replace them sooner. There are a couple of factors that showcase when to replace UTV tires, and you can check them out below.

#1 Uneven Wear

If you notice uneven wear patterns on your tires, such as one side being more worn or irregular bald spots, this usually indicates that there’s an alignment or suspension issue with your UTV. You should make it a priority to change the tires and take the off-road vehicle to a mechanic’s shop where you can inspect the alignment or suspension.

#2 Sidewall Damage

Another easy way to spot when you need to change your UTV tires is when you can notice sidewall damage. Damage such as cuts, cracks, or bulges. In my opinion, sidewall damage is very dangerous because it compromises the structural integrity of the tire and increases the risk of a blowout. You don’t want to happen, especially at fast speeds! This is why you should replace the tires ASAP.

#3 Low Tread Depth

The depth of the treat plays a critical role in your UTV’s performance on the trail and safety. If the tread depth reaches 1/8 inch (or less), this means that time has come to replace the tires. Using a penny is a popular method among UTV riders to determine if the tread depth is too low. This is called the “penny test” and you insert a coin into the tread with Lincoln’s head facing down. If you can still see the top of his head, then it means that the tread is too shallow.

#4 Excessive Vibration or Noise

Do you feel excessive vibration or noise when riding your side by side? This is a common sign that your tires are damaged or unevenly worn. I highly recommend inspecting the tires for any damages, and if you do spot something, get them replaced.

#5 Punctures or Leaks

If your tires keep losing pressure when you take the UTV for long rides, then it means that you are dealing with a puncture or slow leak. I have a guide that explains how to patch tires if you find yourself in this situation. My advice is to get the tires patched if you don’t have the funds necessary to replace the tires, but do replace them as soon as you can.

By making it a habit to inspect the condition of your UTV tires before taking the side by side out of the garage, you will avoid any serious safety issues, such as blowouts, for example. You should also take into consideration the manufacturer’s recommendations for tire maintenance, proper inflation, rotation, and alignment.

Final Words

My research shows that stock UTV tires will last for up to 5000 miles. Of course, there are other factors that can cause the tires to wear quicker. Factors such as bad driving habits, bad roads, uneven pressure, and more. My guide to telling when it’s time to replace UTV tires will also help you stay safe on the trail. Once you inspect your tires for a couple of items, you will be able to tell if there’s something wrong with a simple glance.

Bob Kelly

Hey there, my name is Bob and I've been riding ATVs, dirt bikes, and UTVs for most of my life. Going on outdoor adventures has always been my passion. I love sharing tips and tricks with beginners who are getting ready to join the world of outdoor enthusiasts. You can reach me at bobtheatvguy@gmail.com if you want to get in touch.

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