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Maxxis RAZR XT UTV Tire Review

Maxxis drops an all-new desert tire with the podium in mind. Here’s our Maxxis RAZR XT UTV Tire Review conducted on our Honda Talon 1000R. 

Maxxis RAZR XT UTV Tire Review

Maxxis RAZR XT UTV Tire Review

Words: Staff of UTV Off-Road / Photos: Adam Campbell Photography

Typically, new tire announcements from Maxxis carry some weight. The rubber-industry powerhouse has been the biggest name in OEM UTV tires for years, and their aftermarket lines offer viable upgrades when the stock rubber is all worn out. Their newest drop, the RAZR XT desert tire, comes in one size and is purpose-built to deliver maximum performance in southwestern terrain. 

Part number TM00296300, better known as the 32×10.00R15 RAZR XT, is the only size available for this tire style from Maxxis. As it would happen, 32 inches is the maximum tire size allowed in most desert-racing UTV classes at this time. Maxxis uses a lot of racer feedback to build their tire line, so the RAZR XT was designed from the start to be competitive. Maxxis claims that the RAZR XT is built with a high-density, double steel-belted carcass to enhance stability over impacts at high speeds. Built for less carcass deflection and a more planted feel, the RAZR XT truly does add a level of confidence at high speeds. 

When designing this tire, Maxxis implemented a new rubber compound that provides increased resistance to tearing and better stiffness than the compounds used in some of their previous hardpack/desert tires. The 8-ply-rated radial tires have a unique staggered lug pattern and a defined ridge running around the shoulders of the tire. This extra rubber keeps the edges of the tire from deforming under hard driving, ultimately letting the tread of the tire continue to do its job of maintaining traction. 

Maxxis RAZR XT UTV Tire Review

On our scale, the RAZR XT measured 43.7 pounds brand new, which is within a pound of a similarly sized ITP Coyote tire on our resident Turbo S 4. While a tad heavy if upgrading from a smaller-sized tire, the advantages the RAZR XT offers in performance certainly outweigh the weight penalty. The RAZR XT is still on the lighter side for steel-belted radial off-road tires, and Maxxis mentioned they may release a nylon-belted, lighter-weight version. We tested these tires on both a Honda Talon 1000R and a Can-Am Maverick X3 RR.

On the Talon, we had a bit of an issue with tire rub up front. The RAZR XT tires measure a hair over 32 inches when mounted and inflated, so the Talon was subject to rubbing before we could find full lock. While the tire rubbing is no fault of Maxxis’, we do hope to see at least one smaller size option join the RAZR XT line for this reason alone. On the X3, the RAZR XT felt more at home, exhibiting rock-solid performance even when smacking square edges at high speeds. 

The RAZR XT provides great traction in forward bite and braking, about on par with the best of the industry in those respects. The rear breaks loose predictably on corner exit, which adds a layer of enjoyment to your drive and doesn’t feel so hard on the driveline. The rounded profile affords the RAZR XT a more predictable transition from grip to slide, inspiring confidence at the limit of traction by reducing snap oversteer. It also comes back from loss of grip very well, responding instantly to changes in throttle, brake, or steering. 

Maxxis’ RAZR XT is wearing well so far, with very little measurable wear in the first 350 miles. The traction afforded by the tires in normal desert terrain is great, and the additional ridges and grooving of the sidewall really allow them to grip well when cornering hard. If you are looking for a little more high-speed stability for your UTV, and a 32x10R15 tire is your desired size, the RAZR XT is a solid choice. When it comes to high-speed desert performance, it is definitely a top contender. 

Contact: Maxxis, www.shop.maxxis.com

Price: $335.00 (32×10.00R15, TM00296300)

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