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Sand Drag Racing in SoCal!

The fastest ATV Sand Drag racers went head to head in high speed battles to win. Custom quads from companies like Yamaha, Honda, Suzuki, Kawasaki and Polaris are put to the test to see who is the fastest in Bakersfield California. Story by Gee Armstrong and Photos by Juli Moore

FAST QUADS FROM LONE STAR RACING!

-- WILD 2-STROKES & MULTI-CYLINDER 4-STROKES -- One place where you're sure to see modified quads is at the sand dunes. Some are set up for getting to the top of a dune as quickly as possible and others are set up to improve the overall fun of carving sand dunes. Lone Star Racing is one company that ATV riders have been going to for their specialized expertise. For over 20 years LSR has been providing custom quad chassis, A-arms, swing arms, suspension, hubs, axles and other performance products. Here is a sampling of…

The Famous Blackwater 100

-- “The Blackwater 100 is the race that time forgot. It starts in the streets of Davis, West Virginia, and goes out of town to wander through rivers, mountains, swamps and fields. The terrain is as varied as any in the world. To complete one loop of the Blackwater, a rider has to muscle his way through swamps the size of a college campus, mud holes as deep as the Amazon, squared-edged shale uphills, steep rocky downhills and very, very tight woods. If a rider can survive all this, near the end of his first loop he’ll…

UTV GO-BAG: Everything you should take with you on the trail

-- For decades American Express has used the slogan “Don’t leave home without it.” While a credit card and some cash are among the things we should always carry on UTV adventures, they will not be enough in the boonies. A satisfying UTV adventure has a beginning, some great fun and a triumphant return to your starting point. Having to walk back to camp puts a hurt on the fun factor. The answer is in that bag in the back of your machine, or it should be. If you’re going farther than you want to walk home, be prepared in…

UTV & ATV TIRE BUYER’S GUIDE

-- TOP CHOICES FOR ALL TERRAINS -- If you own a 4x4 quad or UTV you want a tire that will work for multiple terrains, an all-terrain tire with the capability to tackle the wet season would be ideal. We’re not talking large-lugged mud tires; rather, smaller lugs with enough channels to push water aside and keep the traction moving in the right direction—tires that can deal with soft conditions but cross over to hard dirt as well. There are many ATV and UTV tire brands to choose from. Tires that range from basic tread…

PRO CIRCUIT FULL DUAL EXHAUST

-- Pushing ponies through a Raptor, By the staff of Dirt Wheels -- More power is a concept that we appreciate at Dirt Wheels, even when we know we don’t realistically need more. One of our most cherished ATVs is Yamaha’s Raptor 700. It is fast, fun and powerful. Obviously, we couldn’t simply leave the engine stock when we picked up our 2018; we had to pull more ponies out of the torque-monster motor. Pro Circuit delivered a full T-6 dual exhaust system to our power-greedy hands and we tested the $895 system out!…

HOOSIER XC200 TIRE EVALUATION

-- A sport quad tire from the traction company, By the staff of Dirt Wheels -- When you think of drag racing, TT racing or flat track, there is one company that has stood out for many years—Hoosier Racing Tire. Hoosier’s roots go back to the early 1950s when Bob Newton started to re-tread street tires with softer rubber compounds so his car would hook up better on the asphalt tracks he raced on. The business started in an abandoned horse barn in South Bend, Indiana, selling tires to local racers. The name…

2018 Nitto King of the Hammers!

King of the Hammers, sponsored by Nitto, is one of the most grueling and difficult races in the US. Over 100 UTVs from manufactures like Polaris, Can-Am, and Yamaha were entered in the 2018 race. The course was brutal, with multiple mountains that contain giant bounders that teams had to winch, drive, roll over and scrape through to battle to be the King. The Greaves managed to run the fastest qualifying times, so they had the honor of starting the race on the front line. By the time that they battled through…

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…

GEAR GRINDER: DYNOJET POWER COMMANDER V & AUTOTUNE

-- Fueling our race-ready YXZ’s thirst, By the staff of Dirt Wheels -- Our YXZ1000R SS creates decent power at around 112 horsepower from the crank, but it’s not enough to holeshot the competition at a WORCS race. You may recall that we installed a full Akrapovic titanium exhaust on this machine, and when you install an exhaust for closed-course racing, you need to add the correct fuel mapping or you could damage the engine. Since all the new performance UTVs and ATVs are fuel-injected, simply changing out a jet…

S&B PARTICLE SEPARATOR FOR YXZ1000R MODELS

-- A safe engine is a happy engine, By the staff of Dirt Wheels -- Our race-project YXZ1000R SS is subjected to some pretty intense, dusty environments. We recently entered a Dirt Series motocross race in SoCal, and it became a dusty mess. After checking out our air filter, it was apparent that we needed a product to keep the filter clean longer. The brainiacs at S&B Filters put their minds together to produce a product that would cut down on harmful dust particles that enter UTV intakes. They’re experts in…