DUNLOP QUADMAX REVIEW
THE PRODUCT: Quadmax Sport utility tires from
Dunlop are general purpose, all terrain tires for sport
utility ATVs and side-by-sides.
CONSTRUCTION: Two nylon ply construction. The
Quadmax's tire case design gives It a low, flat profile
to keep the sidewall from flexing during cornering. The
broad cross section also enlarges the contact area
compared to conventional designs.
Dunlop tells us Quadmax tires offer a step up in
handling, traction and durability In difficult terrain
compared to stock ATV rubber.
HONORABLE MENTION: Dunlop makes most of the
original equipment tires on today's ATVs, so it knows
precisely what it takes to outperform these tires.
PERFORMANCE: We used a Suzuki KingQuad for our
tire test, a machine that comes with Dunlop tires as
original equipment The stock Dunlops work reasonably
well, but we wanted to see if the Quadmax tires would
release some more of the KingQuad's performance. and
smooth out one of its few much edges, a tendency to turn
In too much in some cornering situations:
Our test area has an extensive variety of terrain:
rocks, tight woods, hard packed fire roads, and, of
course, mud. Suzuki's KingQuad Is one of the best4x4
ATVs out there, but we don't care for the way It turns
too quickly toward full lock in downhill turns when the
throttle is off. In mud, on Its original equipment
rubber, the Suzuki wastes quite a bit of power as Its
bles for traction.
With the Quadmax tires the Suzuki's handling felt more
stable and calm at high speeds and more predictable at
low speeds. The tread pattern has a serious look, but
the tires didn't vibrate or make annoying noise. There
was a bonus we didn't expect: better acceleration on
hardpack. The King Quad's odd turn-in habits on downhill
corners weren't cured, but we noticed some Improvement.
When we hit the mud, the Quadmax tires noticeably
outpulled the stockers. On the stock tires, we felt we
were getting through the mud on the Suzuki's horsepower.
On the Dunlop Quadmax tires, we could run longer
sections of our mud-bottomed river before having to head
for the bank. Despite a great deal of rock riding
and riding in dirt with hidden hazards, we had no flats
with the stock or Quadmax tires.
THE VERTICT: Dunlop's Quadmax tires improved our
Suzuki KingQuad in several types of riding. That's
impressive considering that its stock tires are above
above average performers. These tires are a very
good choice for riders who want better performance from
their machines in general.
||25x8-12 front. $71.14.
||25x10-12 rear, $75.20.
||All around traction and handling improvement,
rather than better performance focused in a single
||Six-ply rating would assure additional flat
Manufacturer's Description of this ATV Tire
Dunlop enters a whole new realm of replacement tires
with the introduction of the high-performance Quadmax.
With the creation of this tire, Dunlop now offers ATV
enthusiasts an elevated level of traction and handling
to tackle ultra-tough conditions.
- Aggressive tread pattern engineered for superior
performance in harsh conditions.
- Flatter profile provides a 5 percent larger
footprint for added traction.
- Wraparound shoulder and sidewall elements look
aggressive and deliver improved side traction.
- Elevated handling and traction on all surfaces
for maximum performance.
- Tapered shoulder-block design provides smooth
and predictable side grip.
- Big center block generates outstanding forward
grip and mud traction.
- 45-degree center-block design furnishes optimum
forward and side grip.
- Carcass incorporates two nylon plies positioned
at a rigid case angle to promote large-block
stability through the contact patch.
The Dunlop Quadmax ATV tire is designed to take
recreational trail-riding enthusiasts anywhere, any
time. Compared to standard original equipment tires, the
Quadmax elevates the level of performance across the
board, allowing riders to tackle ultratough riding
conditions with confidence. When developing the Quadmax,
Dunlop set out with two goals in mind. First, design a
tire that delivers superior handling in the harshest
conditions imaginable. Second, create a design that
provides excellent mud traction. For other
manufacturers, these two goals would be considered
For Dunlop, this was an exciting
challenge. First, competitive designs were thoroughly
evaluated to determine their strengths and
weaknesses. Which tires performed best in dry
conditions? Wet conditions? Mud? Which tires had the
best cornering capability? The best tread life? Then
Dunlop’s engineers tapped into the company’s extensive
knowledge base of tire handling dynamics, carcass and
tread design, tread compounds and manufacturing to
develop an ATV tire that would outperform all of them.
Quadmax construction begins with two tough nylon plies
laid at a rigid case angle. The rigid case angle allows
the tire to maintain a low, flat profile while
cornering. It also contributes to a five percent larger
footprint for both cornering and straight-line
operation, resulting in increased available traction in
An additional goal of the engineering
team was to reduce tire weight. This was achieved
through the design and manufacturing processes. The mold
of the low-profile Quadmax contributes significantly to
the weight reduction. Also, manufacturing process
control ensures that the tire’s design weight is
realized in production. The reductions are notable; the
front Quadmax is nearly two pounds lighter than a
comparably sized tire and the rear sheds nearly five
pounds in similar comparisons. The substantial weight
savings reduce unsprung weight and this advantage, in
turn, reduces the energy needed to accelerate, brake and
turn. More responsive steering and suspension action are
added benefits, producing exceptional overall handling.
Next, optimum tread-block shape and pattern ensure
maximum straight-line and cornering capability. Big,
asymmetrical, chevron-shaped center blocks are three
quarters of an inch tall and provide plenty of
mud-gripping forward traction. A 45-degree transition
from the tip of each chevron to the tapered shoulder
blocks provides smooth and predictable side grip when
cornering. Finally, Dunlop applied its considerable
expertise in tread compounds to produce an advanced
rubber that provides substantial grip in both wet and
dry conditions while also delivering excellent tread
The result? Side-by-side testing with Quadmax
competitors validated the project objectives: The
Quadmax was not only the best mud tire in the group, it
outperformed every other brand on the trail as well. It
must be mentioned that the Quadmax looks the part; from
its aggressive tread-block design to the wraparound
shoulder and sidewall elements, this is one ATV tire
that looks every bit as good as it performs. The Quadmax
is an ideal replacement tire for all brands of
recreational ATVs and side-byside utility vehicles.
Available in the summer of 2006 at Dunlop retailers, the
Quadmax comes in these popular sizes:
For more information, visit www.dunlopatv.com or call