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GLOVE BUYER’S GUIDE

-- Dexterity work gloves comfortable to drive or ride with -- “Dexterity” derives from the Latin word “dexter,” which means “skill in performing tasks, especially with the hands.” We know this because Google told us so. But gloves are an important item to wear while wrenching, riding or driving. Only certain people can ride gloveless for a long duration without getting blisters. Mere mortals need extra protection. Riding gloves are starting to go up in price and are usually built thin, which means they won’t last for an…

FMF POWERCORE SYSTEM

-- Testing a fast exhaust system at a good price -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels, photos by Kyle Duffy The throaty rumble of a four-stroke 450 engine sporting an aftermarket exhaust is addicting. It doesn’t need to be loud to sound good, and the sound alone doesn’t complete the equation. More power and more torque are what we are after, and FMF is a worthy provider of ponies. We picked up the proven PowerCore4 muffler and MegaBomb header for our 2019 Yamaha YFZ450R SE for a test day at the motocross track. THE…

YAMAHA ELECTRIC MOUNTAIN BIKE

-- Testing an electro-assist vehicle -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels Dirt Wheels doesn’t shy away from a challenge. Over the years we have placed some interesting machines in our magazine that may or may not be classified as ATVs or UTVs, but the title of the magazine is Dirt Wheels. Interpreted loosely, that means anything to have fun in the dirt. We like to push the envelope with new ways to enjoy off-road riding, and Yamaha came to us with a machine unlike any other that’s been in these pages. We felt it was worth…

PELICAN 50QT ELITE COOLER

-- Testing its insane ice retention -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels The days of heat are finally winding down here in Southern California, which means instead of 105-degree averages, we are settling into the 80–90s. Coolers are always on hand when we go testing ATVs and UTVs. Some we take with us, while others get stowed at camp. We are tough on our gear and expect a lot out of the products we test. Fortunately, Pelican builds some of the toughest coolers on the market. We wanted a cooler that could fit enough to camp…

O’NEAL SLAT HELMET

-- Testing a light, easy and cool  UTV helmet -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels O’Neal has been in the off-road apparel market for 50 years! In that time the company has come up with a lot of helmets. At one time what was then called “full-coverage” helmets and now 3/4 or open-face were the standard in head protection. Now, of course, full-face helmets with rigid chin bars are the standard. There are still good reasons to wear a 3/4 helmet when driving a UTV or when working with a utility quad at low speeds.…

OGIO DAKAR 3L HYDRATION PACK

-- Testing a worthy trail accessory -- Water isn’t our favorite liquid to consume, but it is the most important and absolutely required to stay alive and keep having fun. Our favorite rides are long, all-day adventures over trails that are rarely explored and far away from camp. We require storage for tools, food and gear, with water required to stay hydrated. Ogio has a great hydration pack called Dakar with a 3-liter water bladder incorporated into it for $129.99. We picked one up and spent multiple ride days testing…

NEW 2020 POLARIS ATVs & UTVs

-- Widest quads with the most travel ever -- Polaris knocked the ball so far out of the park for 2020 that it must have burned up passing through the Earth’s atmosphere into the deep void of space. For starters, we have been impatiently awaiting a company to add something exciting to a handlebar machine lineup, and Polaris delivered. They introduced the 2020 Scrambler 1000 S and Sportsman XP 1000 S with an industry-first 55-inch-wide stance and the most suspension travel seen on a 4×4 quad (perhaps any production quad).…

POLARIS RS1 UPGRADES

-- Houser Racing improves the fast single-seater UTV -- Houser Racing has been around for many years as a builder of go-fast parts for quads. They're a favorite company that 450 riders go to for A-arms, steering stems, nerf bars and such. Houser Racing has also become a top aftermarket supplier of UTV parts and accessories too. They have come up with some good items for the Polaris RS1 we'll take a look at here. RS1 ROLL CAGE -- $1,299 Race cars don't have extra seats for passengers and perhaps that does cause one to…

SEALSAVERS PRO-SERIES COIL SAVERS

-- Like a leather jacket for your shocks -- PRODUCT EVALUATION by the staff of Dirt Wheels -- One of the beauties of modern sport UTVs are those big, beefy and macho-looking shocks. Part of the cool factor is how those shocks are right at the corners of the machine, out in the elements and right in the face of buddies with lesser machines and wimpy shocks. The drawback is that those expensive shocks are right where they get ripped by roost, pelted with pebbles and mauled by mud. Alas, what to do? Seek out SealSavers’…

ITP TERRA HOOK TIRES

-- Testing traditional trail traction -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels UTVs keep changing quickly. When 26-inch-tall tires were the norm, we knew exactly what fit each machine for your favorite terrain, but now there are UTVs with 32-inch-tall desert tires running 15-inch rims with more power and suspension than most need. People are purchasing these desert machines and taking them into the woods and rocks. Fortunately, the rubber industry keeps sending new offerings our way, and ITP gave us a set of its all-new Terra…

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…