Buyer's Guide: Factory Specs For The Honda Talon And Honda Pioneer Tire Size, Wheel Size, Wheel Offset, And Bolt Pattern
Nov 14th 2020
Regardless of whether you’re looking to revert back to the factory tire and wheel specs on your Honda Pioneer for better fuel efficiency, or if you need a Honda Talon wheel and tire with stock specifications to use as a spare during multi-day riding excursions, knowing a bit about your Honda UTV’s stock tires and rims proves useful in a number of ways. If you’ve ever tried to install a rim with the wrong bolt pattern or a tire that’s either too big or too small, you know how frustrating it can be when dealing with incorrect, mismatching, or incompatible parts/accessories. So if you’re unclear about the stock offset of your Honda Talon or Honda Pioneer wheels, if you’re unsure as to your bike’s factory tire size, or if the stock rim measurements, lug length, or bolt pattern has got you scratching your head in confusion, don’t worry, because below are the factory tire sizes, wheel sizes, wheel offsets, and bolt patterns of every Honda side-by-side edition!
Stock Honda Pioneer Wheel And Tire Specifications
Starting with the bolt pattern, both the Honda Pioneer 500 and the Honda Pioneer 700 have a bolt pattern of 4x110, whereas the Honda Pioneer 1000 has a bolt pattern of 4x137. This difference in pitch circle diameter (PCD) makes sense, as the Honda Pioneer 1000 comes stock with bigger tires, and with more rotating mass comes the need for added strength to handle the additional forces at play. Despite the different bolt pattern between the Honda Pioneer 1000 and its less-powerful siblings, each Pioneer model uses the same lug nut size, which measures 12mm with a thread pitch of 1.5.
Like the lug nut size, the stock rim size of the Honda Pioneer lineup is also uniform from one model to the next, with 12” wheels being the standard. Both the front and rear rims on stock Honda Pioneer vehicles measure 7 inches in width, which is different from other side-by-side makers who choose to stagger the wheel width. And while the front and rear wheel offsets on the Honda Pioneer 700 and Honda Pioneer 500 are the same (at 5+2 in both the front and rear), the wheel offset on the stock Honda Pioneer 1000 is staggered, with an offset of 5+2 in the front and 5+3 in the rear.
Similar to other UTV companies, the stock Honda Pioneer tires are slimmer in the front than they are in the rear. The factory Honda Pioneer 1000 tires measure 27 inches by 9 inches in the front, and 27 inches by 11 inches in the rear. Moving down to the lower-horsepower Honda Pioneer 700, you’ll see that the stock tires decrease in size to 25 inches by 8 inches in the front, and 25 inches by 10 inches in the rear. This pattern continues with the stock Honda Pioneer 500 tires, which are an inch smaller in height than the Honda Pioneer 700 (at 24 inches) and the same front and rear width as the Honda Pioneer 700 (at 8 inches and 10 inches respectively).
Stock Honda Talon Wheel And Tire Specifications
The stock bolt pattern on every Honda Talon wheel is 4x136, but according to Honda, you can also run rims with a 4x137 bolt pattern without issues. And like the Pioneer, the talon uses 12mm x 1.5 lug nuts. Unlike the Pioneer, however, both the Honda Talon R 1000 and the Honda Talon X 1000 come stock with 15” rims. Wrapped around these rims are 28” x 9” tires in the front and 28” x 11” tires in the rear.
Honda Talons come with a stock wheel offset of 6+1, and the hub-to-hub width in the font is roughly 3 inches narrower than the rear. If you’re looking to run the same offset on the front and rear, you’ll need wheel spacers to maintain factory tracking. Alternatively, if you want your bike to have a similar front and rear width, there are options out there like STI rims with an offset of 6+1 in the front and 4+3 in the rear, or System 3 rims with an offset of 5.5+1.5 in the front and a 4+3 offset in the rear that will put the front and rear widths within an inch of each other.
As the exclusive contact point between the ground and your UTV, the tires play a huge role in the performance of your Honda side-by-side. And as the components that connect the tires to the hub, rims and lug nuts are extremely important as well. So if you decide to alter your tires or wheels, make sure to conduct an appropriate amount of due diligence so that you end up upgrading your bike to suit your needs instead of downgrading it!