2018 Can-Am Maverick X3 X rc “Rock Crawler”

One of the few criticisms that Dirt Wheels has had with the Can-Am Maverick X3 models is the four-wheel drive system. The machine just isn't a strong rock crawler, but Can-Am has remedied that issue with the all new X rc model. Can-Am, with the help of Team Industries, came up with the new Smart-Lok differential. The Smart-Lok is an on-the-fly front differential that includes electronically-controlled automatic modes. That smart technology enhances the riding experience and amounts to traction in extreme rock…

TUESDAY TREAD: GMZ SPORTECH BEADLOCK RIMS & XC TIRES

Practically bulletproof By the staff of Dirt Wheels The desert is a relentless land of insanely rough terrain—from deep silt that will swallow a quad whole to mountains covered in boulders and coarse sand. The woods mixes mud, tree roots and big rocks on the trails and requires a good tire. Whenever we ride or race in the desert or woods on a sport quad, oftentimes we choose a tire and wheel combination that will stand the test of the terrain. GMZ Race Products came out with a new set of beadlock…

TUESDAY TREAD: GBC GRIM REAPER TIRES

A match for sand, mud or snow By the staff of Dirt Wheels Stock UTV tires are a necessary compromise. A company can’t very well supply different tires for machines heading to different parts of the country. Most brands sell the same machine in California, Washington, Maine and Florida, even though the terrain and tire needs are wildly different. Most production UTVs have tires that offer very good traction in our area, but they may not be the best at preventing flats in the relatively fast and…

SCALA RIDER PACKTALK HELMET INTERCOM

-- PRODUCT EVALUATION: By the staff of Dirt Wheels -- Hands-free, ultra-lightweight communication! Until you have experienced the advantages of clear and effortless communication while riding your ATV or driving your UTV, it is hard to imagine how much it adds to the recreation experience. Helmet-to-helmet communicators have been around for many years now, but recent advances have produced units that are ultralight and compact yet effective. We’ve been spending time with Scala Rider’s PackTalk…

SLIME SAFETY SPAIR (flat fix)

-- 12-volt compressor that delivers sealant -- Product evaluation by the staff of Dirt Wheels. One of the most common worries we have with both ATVs and UTVs is a flat tire. Naturally, a cage-mounted spare will rest your mind, but that isn’t always an option. Tire Blocks, Tire Balls and beadlock rims that allow the fun to continue even after you have a puncture are not a cheap fix, either. Dirt Wheels has had good luck with tire plugs as a temporary fix. Lately, we have been carrying the $37.74 Slime Safety…

TUESDAY TREAD: STI WHEELS & TIRES

HD5 beadlock wheels mounted with Roctane XS tires By the staff of Dirt Wheels In the expanding UTV industry, more tire companies and models keep popping up; however, some tire companies have stuck around. One such company is STI Tire & Wheel. STI offers multiple tire varieties to handle many types of terrain. The company also offers beadlock rims and non-beadlock rims. We decided to go with STI’s HD5 beadlock wheels ($151.13 each) with red-colored rings ($37.99 each) and their Roctane XS tires…

TUESDAY TREAD: FUEL GRIPPER TIRE & VECTOR BEADLOCK WHEEL

-- DIRT WHEELS TIRE TEST: Tire and wheel that “fuel” your off-road fun -- We were impressed with the performance of the Gripper tire. It helped our Can-Am climb some gnarly rock terrain, worked great in the sand and improved the handling of the car on high-speed sections. When you hear the name Fuel wheels or Fuel tires, you probably think of their killer-performing and killer-looking truck tires and wheels. Well, recently they’ve started a full assault into the ever-growing UTV tire and wheel game. With…

PROJECT MACHINE: AXIOM POLARIS XP 4 TURBO

-- Adding a full-metal jacket, By the staff of Dirt Wheels, photos by Casey Kramer. Axiom Side by Side may be a somewhat new, even unfamiliar name in UTV accessories, but we liked the look of the products. We called the company and selected a basic yet comprehensive list of equipment for our in-house 2017 Polaris RZR XP Turbo 4. While the name is new, the company is one of the Midwest’s largest metal fabrication, painting and powdercoating operations. Axiom also claims to pride itself on the fit…