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…

HOW TO: Choose Skid Plates

Picking the right protection for your machine can be a difficult task. We install aftermarket skid plates on most machines that we receive to ensure the frame and suspension components don't get heavily damaged by rocks, roots and other trail debris.

Raptor 700 4×4

-- Would you like to see this quad at your local Yamaha dealer? -- 15 years ago was an epic boom period in ATV history. 2003 was when the rise of high-performance four stroke quads began. One after another, the manufacturers were releasing their incredible 450s that were so much better than the sport quads we rode before. They were fast, handled well and had great suspension. ATV riders felt fortunate that these kind of quads were finally available and eagerly grabbed them off dealer showroom floors. The quads were…

A Work of Art: Custom Banshee build

-- Appreciating the beautiful beast -- How many twin-cylinder, two-stroke quads has there ever been? The Banshee is the only one. Yamaha caught the world totally off-guard when they came out with this unique machine back in 1987. No other ATV manufacturer was willing to compete with Yamaha’s Banshee, so it remained in a class by itself for 20 years. You can no longer go to a dealer and buy a new one, and that’s why it’s important to keep the remaining Banshees in good running order. If you’re going to put forth the effort…

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…

BANSHEE SPOTTERS GUIDE

-- What each year model looked like -- So, what year Banshee do you own? Perhaps you can get an idea by its colors and this chart shows them all. Which year model Banshee looked the best? Was it the classic red and white of the very first year in 1987? Or perhaps the bold Team Yamaha blue colors of 2006? That was the last year you could buy a new Banshee in the USA, but as you can see, it was offered in other countries for a few years after that. But, no matter what year, you can't beat the beauty of Yamaha's classic…

SEAL SAVERS CV COVERS: product test

-- Extra protection for your CV joint -- When you operate your machine in harsh conditions, such as mud, rocks, and heavy dust, these elements can cause premature wear on moving parts. SealSavers has jumped into the UTV market with their Coil Savers and CV Savers. The Coil Savers wrap around the coil springs of your shocks to prevent rocks and other debris from making contact with the shock shaft and seal. These items are made of neoprene and are easily cleaned with water without the need of any other cleaning products.…