WHAT IT IS:
ITP’s original eight-ply Bajacross
tire set a new standard for toughness
in ATV/UTV tires. The new Bajacross
Sport joins the proven Bajacross tread
pattern and compound with lighter six-ply construction. The two tire models
aren’t available in the same sizes,
but the fact that a 27x11R- 14 rear
Bajacross Sport is 3. 5 pounds lighter
than a 26x11R- 14 Bajacross shows the
difference is significant. Many machines
come from the factory with four-ply
tires, so six-ply-rated tires are a good
upgrade for rough UTV and ATV use.
These tires start at $192 each, which is
similar to other premium-quality six-ply
tires, though we’ve found six-ply tires
for $10 to $20 less per tire.
We mounted the Bajacross Sports
on ITP’s new SS316 Black Ops
wheels. Black Ops is the new matte
black version of the popular SS216,
SS316, and SD dual-beadlock wheels.
These wheels have an impressive
1000-pound-per-wheel load rating,
“Rock Armor” internal reinforcement,
and a lifetime warranty. These wheels
start at $102 per wheel, similar to
wheels without such a high load rating,
and very reasonable for such a stylish
design backed by a solid warranty.
ITP BAJACROSS SPORT TIRES AND
SS316 BLACK OPS WHEELS
We tested the ITP tires and wheels
on a rough, off-road loop full of rocks,
traction-less hard-packed dirt and sand
washes. These tires and wheels are
designed for UTV and ATV use, so we
mounted them on the fast, 850-pound
Polaris Sportsman XP 1000 to test their
strength and performance.
The Sportsman 1000 has the power
to challenge any tire’s grip on most
kinds of dirt, so we were impressed
by how well the machine hooked up
on slippery hardpack. Acceleration,
cornering and braking were all at the
high level we’d want from a tire for a
high-performance vehicle like the XP
1000. In sand, the Bajacross Sports
performed well for mixed-terrain tires.
Rocky terrain showed the Bajacross
Sport resists cuts and knob damage
much like the original Bajacross. We
didn’t get any flats or slow leaks while
testing, but there’s no question that the
original eight-ply Bajacross offers an
extra measure of flat resistance that is
useful on fast, heavy ATVs and UTVs.
We put ITP’s Bajacross Sport tires
and SS316 Black Ops wheels through
a seriously challenging test on one
of the faster, heavier ATVs, and their
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RATING: ITP Bajacross Sport tires:
★★★★. ITP SS316 Black Ops
PRICE: ITP Bajacross Sport tires:
$196–$223 each. ITP SD dual-beadlock wheels: $102–$126 each.
traction and toughness were completely
up to the task.
The Bajacross Sport’s lighter weight
compared to the original eight-ply
Bajacross offers a slight acceleration
advantage to performance-minded
drivers and riders. That weight
advantage can be very useful on smaller-displacement ATVs and UTVs. ❏
Sport tires and
Ops wheels are
for fast, heavy
machines like the
1000 and UTVs,
and light enough
for smaller, less
ITP’s new Bajacross Sport tires join the tread
pattern and compound of the rugged, well-proven
eight-ply Bajacross with lighter six-ply construction.