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RICOCHET UHMW SKID PLATE

-- Installing a better skid plate & testing it out --  By the staff of Dirt Wheels Polaris has not left the underside of its UTVs unprotected. Each has a factory plastic skid plate installed, but the plastic isn’t heavy or thick. It balances weight with maximum protection, but some people drive terrain that is a bit challenging. Ricochet Off-Road has been providing protection for off-road machinery for over 35 years. The reason? Ricochet is located right at the base of the Rocky Mountains, and there is ample…

UTV WINDSHIELD BUYER’S GUIDE

-- Dirt Wheels’ top 15 UTV windshields -- We believe that having a windshield on a UTV is a great thing. Number one, it keeps the elements off you and your passenger when traversing cold, wet or windy days. A windshield can also benefit you in the summer by keeping the bugs off our beautiful faces or preventing nasty windburn! Whether you’re looking for a full windshield, half windshield, folding windshield or a windshield with a wiper kit, you’ll be sure to find something that works for you in this buyer’s guide!…

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…

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…

UTV DOOR BUYER’S GUIDE!

-- At any riding area it is easy to see that full doors are the most popular UTV accessory available. It seems like very few machines even leave the dealer without aftermarket doors installed. After driving UTVs with and without doors, we can see the attraction. There is a very secure feeling that doors add to a machine, and we like the way they look as well. Plus, doors can be a canvas for sticker placement, wraps or custom paint. In some cases machines need full doors. In other cases there are partial doors that add on to…

CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS

-- Have you been good enough for this list? By the staff of Dirt Wheels -- SCORPION VX-R70 HELMET Scorpion’s stylish VX-R70 helmet meets and exceeds DOT and ECE helmet standards. In addition to safety, the Scorpion delivers all-day comfort. The TCT composite-shell construction and a dual-density EPS system create a lightweight, feature-rich, no-compromise-performance MX and off-road helmet. Details include corrosion-proof titanium D-rings, a tool-less quick-change chin vent system, shatter-resistant visor and a large…

IS THE BELLY OF YOUR MACHINE PROTECTED?

-- WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT SKID PLATES -- Have you ever been riding down a trail and came to a section that had rocks and boulders you had to cross? While making your way through you cringe as you hear rocks scraping against the frame, A-arms and other metal parts down there. Well, that's why skid plates were invented. They come in handy for protecting your quad or UTV and providing peace of mind. Ricochet Off-road Armor is a company that is well known for building quality skid plates. The Dirt Wheels crew has been…

CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS FROM POLARIS

-- Our friends at Polaris wanted to remind you that they have a few items that would make great gifts for family members this Christmas. Here is a quick look at some popular items you can find at your Polaris dealer: Polaris ACE® 150 EFI Price: $3,799 Where to Buy: ace.polaris.com/en-us/ About: As the industry’s first single seat youth model, the Polaris ACE® 150 EFI is designed to give kids ten years and older the joy of driving with adult supervision while providing safety features parents will love.…

UTV SEATS BUYER’S GUIDE

-- The best seats in the house -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels.  -- There are some off-road enthusiasts who spend a lot of time behind the wheel of a UTV, like us at Dirt Wheels; we have logged a lot of hours driving UTVs. One of the biggest things we’ve noticed is that the OEM seats can become uncomfortable, or your body moves around quite a bit depending on the model and terrain that you’re in. Whether you notice it or not, fatigue can strike when you are sitting in a seat for so long. Some of the…

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…

SNOW TRACK KITS FOR QUADS & UTVs

--  For us, there are no winter breaks from riding. Some of our high-mountain trails get even better when they are covered with a few feet of snow. To access them and other mountain areas across the country, we equip many of our 4x4s with a ATV track system. Modern-day 4x4 ATVs and UTVs with their big engines, power steering and electronic fuel injection outfitted with the proper ATV track kit are the perfect winter tools for exploring deep powder or even slick, hardpacked, icy trails. However, smaller 300–400cc quads…