Can you run different size (height) tires and wheels front to rear on a 550XUV Gator without damaging the drive train?
That is what I was thinking. I bought a 550 that has 26-10-12 front and 27-12-12 rear. I am getting a loud "pop" from under the seat when moving. My hope is that significant damage has not already happened and correcting the tire size will cure this. Will 26-10-12 tires fit the rims currently mounted with 27-12-12? The front tires seem to have adequate clearance.Expanding on what Brad said, the tires must be the same diameter as the 4WD differential rotations must match. That said, there are narrower tires up front typically. Also you can use different rims with suitable profile tires which have turning clearances. If you are interested in street rims and DOT tires, they are out there as well.
Ok, So update. Yes it does seem to "pop" in 2wd . Not consistent. Sometimes it is fine, then it starts and continues. Again, had different size (height) tires front to rear when I bought it. Seller said he bought it that way and had only put @60 hours on it since purchase.Dose it pop when in 2-wheel drive?
All drive shafts and axels seem to be tight. So it would seem to be a problem in the rear transaxle case? I only see one set of gears in there (parts diagram) so seems unlikely. What other geared interface is there? I am not seeing a good parts breakdown to start my search from.I believe it could happen in 2-wheel if the parts broke apart and hitting any rotating component in the drivetrain.