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Has anyone ran the factory REAR wheels on all for corners? Thoughts? Thank you.
Yes you can. Assuming that you will install 4 tires of the same size (namely 9.5 or 10" wide), consider the following...
  • You will be 3" wider up front unless you also install 1.5" spacers on each side of the rear.
  • The less offset you go, the more likely tires will rub. With stock front wheels, most tires larger than 31" will rub on an X but with rear wheels up front, most tires larger than 30" will rub. If you have an R, you will not start rubbing until you get into the 34-35" range.
  • 8" wide wheels will hit every medium/large rock you pass. If you do a lot of trail riding or rock crawling, you will destroy the wheels in no time. Most rock crawlers are now using 6" (not even 7") wide wheels for this very reason. Consider using stock front (6.5" wide) wheels all the way around to avoid this problem if you ride where there are a lot of rocks you need to get around.
  • Less than stock offset will change the scrub radius and also create more obstacle steer. Obstacle steer is the tenancy for the steering wheel to get pulled out of your hands when you hit larger obstacles with only one tire. Stock front wheels are +50mm and the rear are +33mm. Not a big difference but you will notice it. When selecting wheels for trail/crawling, try to maintain as close to the +50mm offset up front.
Personally, I would only run rear rims on all 4 corners with wide sand/paddle tires. Other than that, the stock rear rims are not desirable for the front of a Talon. Just my opinion.
 

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I run stock rear wheels and 32" BFG's at each corner on my 1000X-4. Have not had any issues. I do this so that I can carry only one spare tire to minimize weight and rear wheels are easier to find than front wheels.

Most (75%) of my riding is on super rough southwest trails and rock crawling at less than 15mph. Therefore I do not really deal with tracking issues associated with running different front/rear track widths at higher speeds. If I start riding a lot of high-speed trails, I will put a set of 1.25" spacers on the rear but do not foresee this happening soon.

My tire pressure is 10psi while crawling and 15-18psi on trails and I have not popped a bead or broken a wheel. Eventually I will go to a 34x12 tire and some sort of wider long travel suspension (and gear reduction) with stock rear wheels.
 

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I haven't tried it on my Honda Talon but I did rotate wheels and tires on my Polaris RZR Trail & Rock Edition that had same size tires but different width rims and found out that the offset and width on the back wheels didn't work on the front. During a tight turn the steering linkage would dig into the inside of the wheel and keep the tire/wheel from turning on soft ground and on hard ground would dig into and remove paint and aluminum from the wheel.
 

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I run rear wheels on all four corners on my R Model with the Stock 28" planning on going with 30's when tread depth dictates it to me...I spend majority of my driving on rocky trails and crawling no problems..Running 8-10 Lbs. of air and never rolled a bead.
 
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