HOW-TO RESTORE OLD PLASTIC

-- Easy way to make your quad or UTV look like new -- When you see a shiny ATV in the showroom, it’s like love at first sight. The light gleaming off the carefully sculpted curves of the plastic bodywork is like art. Then you ride it, and two weeks in, it looks like a tired old mule. We may be exaggerating that last part a small amount, but every machine we test ends up with scuffed, scratched and beat-up plastics, no matter how careful we are with it. So instead of dropping hundreds of dollars on brand-new plastics, why…

Quadzilla vs. LT-R450: Duncan Racing Suzukis

-- 2-stroke vs. 4-stroke blast from the past -- Dune season is right around the corner. We know you’re itching for cooler weather so you can migrate back into the desert. Now is the time to polish that chrome, freshen that engine and get out your flags. To go along with this theme, we thought we would take our next old-versus-new quads out to the sand to see how they work. As with our last two-stroke versus four-stroke feature in the April 2011 issue, Duncan Racing prepared two beautiful samples of Suzuki’s finest ATV…

The Heat of WORCS Racing Round 6!

The heat didn’t stay away for the 6th round of WORCS Racing at the infamous Glen Helen Raceway, September 13-15th. Racers pushed the limits, battled through an ever changing rough course and the 100 plus degree temps for a chance at a podium spot. The course crew did their best to water the track enough for mud and slop to appear, and boulders where ripped out of the ground with each passing set of tires churning the Southern California dirt of Devore. Whoops, jumps, hill climbs, braking bumps, tracked out corners and the…

CVT BELT BUYER’S GUIDE

-- For a wide number of the most popular and best-selling ATVs and UTVs, the heart of the power delivery system is the CVT belt. There are a few extreme ATV riders who are hard on the CVT belts, but time and mileage are the most common reasons to change an ATV’s CVT belt. UTVs are heavier, so they are harder on CVT belts, whether they are high-horsepower sport models or not. No matter what your CVT-motivated machine is, it will need a new belt sooner or later. We based our belt guide on the Polaris RZR XP 1000 model. It is a…

41 EXPERT TECH TIPS you need to know!

-- Secrets that will make your life easier -- Everyone here at Dirt Wheels has a secret collection. We’re not talking about comic books, Pokemon cards or Barbie dolls—at least not here. We’re talking knowledge. When we work on quads or get ready to ride, each of us uses his private collection of secret techniques, tips and shortcuts. We’ve been doing it so long that we automatically revert to the easiest way of doing almost everything. We decided to gather up some of those tips and share them with you. We selected 41 topics…

Radical Yamaha Blaster Build!

Hunter Lovelace hails from Muskoka Canada and likes to build brilliant old school custom ATVs. He took one of his old prized machines, a 1988 Yamaha Blaster, and decided to rebuild it better than before for his younger brother. A lot of the parts that Hunter installed are near impossible to find these days and give it a custom look and feel from the 90's! The mods include: Motor: Duncan / Paul Turner ported, decked and polished motor, 175 PSI compression running on VP C12, Pyramid reed valve, factory 7 air box,…

GEAR GRINDER – Weekly product report

We get a lot of gear and cool products to test every month so we can inform our readers of whats new and useful in the market. This week we got a few great offerings from Warn, Ogio, O’neal and an awesome cooler from Pelican. We are currently working on a Project RZR and slowly upgrading a Yamaha YFZ450R! Some of these parts will go on the builds while others get tested on our ATVs and UTVs. Stay tuned for next week's Gear Grinder for more awesome products to check out! O’NEAL GEAR www.oneal.com 5 SERIES HEXX Helmet -…

PROJECT UPDATE #1: 2019 Polaris RZR XP Turbo S Velocity

We are taking a 2019 Polaris RZR XP Turbo S Velocity and upgrading it to handle the abuse of rock crawling and desert driving. Parts from companies like BFD Off-Road, WARN, Assault Ind. and more are finding their home on this impressive build.

WHERE IS THE ALL-NEW HONDA TRX450R?!

We can't hide the truth. Our beloved sport ATV market has been taken over by roll cage equipped machines. Do we want to stick our noses up at the UTV market? Of course not! Those machines are a blast to drive, and get more people included in our favorite hobby: off-roading. But, if we are honest, we are very bummed out that the sport ATV market has fallen off the radar of most major manufacturers. In fact, Yamaha is the only remaining major manufacturer that offers a race ready 450 and a trail ready 700R straight axle sport…

FIX IT: Motion Pro Tri-Drive Mini T-Handle

We wrench consistently here at Dirt Wheels. Weather it’s changing out a set of wheels and tires for a test, or tearing a whole machine down and installing the industries best aftermarket upgrades. It isn’t too often that we find a tool that we value far more than most others in our tool boxes. This Motion Pro Tri-Drive Mini T-Handle kit in a 1/4-inch drive size, with 8, 10, 12, and 13mm sockets is one such tool setup. We consider this a tool more specified to utilizing on ATVs and ATCs. These days, UTVs don’t tend to…