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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE

-- Making a list and checking it twice --  By the staff of Dirt Wheels Tis the season to be jolly, and it’s easier to stay in a joyful mood if you’re not fighting crowds of aggressive shoppers at the mall. When you’re looking for a gift for off-road riding enthusiasts, there’s not much at the mall anyway catering to our specific sport. That’s okay, because it’s more fun to shop at an ATV/UTV dealership where you also get to mingle with cool machines while looking at the accessory shelves. The thing about shopping…

CanAm’s GIFTS FOR GEARHEADS

GADGETS FOR AN OFF-ROAD FAMILY The holiday shopping season is in full swing. Maybe you skipped Black Friday and didn’t take advantage of those super deals on Cyber Monday, but you can still find some good deals for all those gearheads in your family. Some of these gifts will suffice as ideal stocking stuffers while others will bolt directly to that vehicle in the garage. Can-Am helps you become the giver you’ve always wanted to be, with this list of goodies for motorized family. Cell/Tablet Holder…