Few components on your Can-Am Defender impact riding performance as much as its wheels. Not only do your Can-Am Defender’s wheels dictate the potential of your off-road riding, but Can-Am Defender wheel accessories like rims and bolts can make or break the look of your ride. That’s why it’s so important to upgrade your Can-Am Defender with the best UTV wheels and wheel accessories on the market, which is exactly what you’ll find here at Everything Can-Am Offroad. If you’re ready to get the most out of your Can-Am Defender’s looks and off-road performance, check out our wide selection of UTV wheels and wheel accessories from respected brands like Moose and Fuel Off-Road.
When on the hunt for Can-Am Defender wheels and tires, there are many things to consider and many more options to choose from. Wheel size is an obvious factor that affects drivability, and wheel density is also important as it a primary contributor to the side-by-side’s unsprung weight. The stock Can-am Defender comes with 14” rims from the manufacturer, so if you don’t want to make any extreme changes, sticking with rims in that size range is suggested. That being said, however, it’s generally not the rim size as much as it is the tire size. You should be able to run 30” tires on a Defender XT with no issues. But get up to 32” or 33” and you’ll start to rub when turning. 14” Can-am Defender rims are more common on 30” tire, so it would probably be cheaper to find 14s on 30s. With 14” wheels you’ll be fine with, say, 30” Gorilla Silverbacks or the ITP Cryptids that come stock on the XMR, it really boils down to your budget. But if you really want to turn your UTV into a monster, you can run 33” tires on 20” rims or even 35s on 22s or 37s on 24s — although the latter two are less common. Running larger rims is suggested if you consistently braking or denting your UTV wheels. Rocks can get caught up with no where to go in the factory Defender XMR wheels, which are skinnier with the caliper barely in the wheel. STI’s HD series rims are popular, and they mount right onto the 4/137 bolt pattern of the Can-am — so there is no need for wheel spacers or adapters. And because most of STI’s Can-am Defender wheels are bead lock, they are super easy to mount. If you prefer, Raceline’s bead locks are pretty stout as well.
Are you tired of your Can-Am Defender’s plain-looking stock wheels? We don’t blame you. Many Can-Am Defender owners complain about the look and quality of their stock rims. A sexy new set of aftermarket UTV wheels and rims is one of the first upgrades riders make to their Can-Am Defender. The Can-Am Defender wheels we offer can be fully customized for size, color, material, and bolt pattern to get whatever look it is you’re going for. Many riders find that a set of gloss or matte black wheels instantly give their Can-Am Defender a much more polished look, while others like colored UTV wheels to match whatever color scheme they’re going for on their Can-Am Defender.
They’re usually a bit pricier, but beadlock wheels are a huge step up from Can-Am Defender stock wheels and traditional UTV rims. Beadlock wheels are designed to secure your Can-Am Defender’s tire to the wheel, eliminating any chance of the two separating while riding. This feature leads to much less accidents out on the trail. Size is another big factor when it comes to Can-Am Defender wheels and rims. If you want to run bigger tires, you’ll need a bigger set of wheels. Pretty much all of our Can-Am Defender wheels can be customized by size ranging from 12 inches to 15 inches.
There are many factors that decide the size of wheels you want for your Can-Am Defender, and once you’ve looked at all of the various factors you can then decide how you want to proceed. You will find a wide range of sizes here and you can definitely count on them being strong enough to withstand the blows that your Can-Am Defender will inevitably face while out riding in challenging terrain. These are not any ordinary wheels, these wheels are made for serious UTVs like the Can-Am Defender. They will not bend or break easily. These are the UTV aftermarket wheels that your Can-Am Defender needs if you want to push it to its full potential. Not only are they built tough, but they will add to the ruggedness of your Can-Am Defender’s look. Moose, Fuel Offroad, SuperATV, and TMW Offroad are just some of the names that you can trust to make the wheels and rims you are going to be trusting your Can-Am Defender with. Choose a set of wheels for your Can-Am Defender or Can-Am Defender MAX and hit that next race course looking even more badass than ever before.
Like size, wheel offset is another variable that confuses many. Stock Can-Am Defender wheels are 6+1 on the front and 6+2 on the rear. With a 6+1 offset on all corners, the rear track width will be 2″ narrower. To counteract this, many Can-Am Defender owners run 1-1.5″ spacers on the rear which increases the wheel base and adds stability. Running a 4+3 offset will put the front wheels 3-4″ wider overall than stock, and around 2″ wider on the rear. A good middle ground is a 5+2 offset, which looks and performs well. Some riders like to avoid using wheel spacers for their Can-Am Defender because they fear that they contribute unnecessary stress. However, this is up for debate. In fact, running spacers can be useful in a variety of ways, be it for more stability or the option of running different bolt patterns. Whatever the case may be, at Everything Can-Am Offroad, you’re guaranteed to find the perfect Can-Am Defender wheels for your rig. Stop settling for less and upgrade your Can-Am Defender’s wheels today!
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