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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…

UTV SEATBELT UPGRADES

-- BUYER'S GUIDE TO THE BEST CHOICES -- Like all of you, we drive UTVs for fun, sport and adventure, but safety is our number-one priority, especially in today’s powerful UTVs. The stock seat belts are easy and convenient, and they encourage drivers to use them at all times and will help keep riders in their seats in the result of a roll-over. OE seat belts do allow the riders to shift around in the cab. That doesn’t seem like a big deal, but it can become a nuisance during a long ride or those times when we feel like…

OWNER’S REPORTS

-- How Dirt Wheels readers rate their machines -- If you're shopping for a used ATV these owner's reports will give you a good idea of what might malfunction on certain models and how satisfied the owners are with their machine. The information on these older models is still useful today. ARCTIC CAT 700 CAN-AM OUTLANDER CAN-AM RENEGADE HONDA TRX90 HONDA 300EX HONDA 400EX HONDA 450R HONDA RANCHER 420 HONDA RUBICON HONDA RINCON KAWASAKI KFX450 KAWASAKI BRUTE FORCE 650 KAWASAKI…

UTV SUMMER SURVIVAL GUIDE: 2019

Summer is here and so is the heat! We've found everything from basic gear to high tech gadgets to help you and your machine to survive the summer. Roof: Some machines come stock with a roof, but if you don't have one it will make a big difference during the sunny months. All machines are different, so there is no one size fits all. However, we have a few places that can help you find the right roof for your next ride. While going fast can help keep you cool, a roof keeps you from getting burned whether it be from the sun…

ELKA LEGACY SUSPENSION TEST

-- 3 great shocks for $999 ---- By the staff of Dirt Wheels -- Most sport quad riders are weekend warriors who love upgrading their machines. One of the smartest purchases you can make is in the suspension department. A lot of riders think that adding power parts will make your quad faster. That can be true; however, if you don’t have the suspension to handle the added power, you won’t go much faster. While racers get the best and most tunable shocks they can find, most of us just want something better than stock…

2019 UTV BUYER’S GUIDE: ARCTIC CAT

-- Arctic Cat is a Textron company -- TEXTRON WILDCAT XX/XX LTD One of the hottest new sport UTVs on the market is the all-new Textron Wildcat XX and XX LTD. This machine was designed with help from professional racer Robby Gordon to produce one of the best suspension systems on the market. Part of the suspension package is Fox 2.5 Podium shocks. The engine produces 130 horsepower. Engine type DOHC triple Displacement 989cc Suspension: Front Dual A-arm/18.0” Rear Trailing arm/18.0” Length/width/height…

2019 UTV BUYER’S GUIDE: YAMAHA

-- YAMAHA'S UTV LINE UP FOR 2019 -- YAMAHA YXZ1000R/YXZ1000R SPECIAL EDITION The YXZ1000R line gained a wealth of upgrades for 2019. Lower transmission gearing helps propel larger 29-inch Maxxis Bighorn tires. The radiator was relocated to the rear of the vehicle to keep clear of mud and debris while reducing in-cab heat. The front rotors on the SE were enlarged for better stopping power. The frame was updated as well. Engine type DOHC triple Displacement 998cc Suspension: Front Dual A-arm/16.2” Rear Dual…

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…

THE BEST TIRES FOR YOUR AREA

-- Special "How To" Tire Guide -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels What type of trails do you ride? This should be the first question a dealer asks you in regards to choosing a new set of tires for your favorite toy. Whether you drive a sport quad, hunting-equipped quad or UTV, or a mud-bog monster of a 4x4 quad, there are tons of traction options to choose from. We’re hoping to help you narrow down your options and outfit your rig with the tires that will optimize your riding experience. We categorized the most common…

2019 UTV BUYER’S GUIDE: ROXOR & SSR

ROXOR ROXOR CLASSIC/LE/SE The Roxor is in a UTV class of its own. This machine is reminiscent of an old-school Jeep in design. It utilizes leaf-spring suspension front and rear with solid straight axles to drive all four wheels. The engine is a four-cylinder turbo diesel with a manually shifted five-speed transmission. It tops out at a restricted 45 mph. There are three versions of this rad rig! Engine type Diesel 4-cylinder Displacement N/A Suspension: Front Straight Axle/N/A Rear Straight Axle/N/A…

2019 UTV BUYER’S GUIDE: ODES

-- Big, strong V-twin machines -- ODES RAVAGER LT ZEUS The Ravager LT Zeus is Odes’ sportiest UTV. Zeus is the name given to Odes machines with a 7-inch LCD touchscreen (upgradeable to a 10.6-inch) that functions as a digital gauge display and a GPS. The 1000cc V-twin-powered Ravager has 15-inch wheels, 29-inch tires, heated seats, a windshield, roof, 32-inch LED light bar, doors and EPS. Engine type SOHC V-twin Displacement 1000cc Suspension: Front Dual A-arm/14.0” Rear Dual A-arm/14.0” Length/width/height…