How To Fit 32-Inch Tires on a Can-Am Defender

The Dirty Defender gets new shoes, and all the parts that go with them.

Bigger tires are one of the best modifications you can make to your side-by-side. A larger diameter can make short work of obstacles by improving your ground clearance, approach, and departure angles. On some rigs stepping up a tire size or two is as simple as bolting on new rubber, but on a machine like the Can-Am Defender, bigger shoes require a little more work. Mark Hoyer has been busy prepping the Dirty Defender for an adventure out West, and that means new 32-inch Kenda tires. But fitting them requires a modified suspension, beefier axles, and a specially tuned clutch.

Combine those tweaks with new doors, bumpers, and a windshield from SuperATV, and Hoyer should have one weapon of a utility rig. Will it be enough to let the old Defender go toe-to-toe with the trails of southwestern Utah? We’ll find out soon.

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