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CST SANDBLAST TIRES

By the staff of Dirt Wheels CST SANDBLAST TIRES We have something of a love-hate relationship with paddle tires. We love the traction in the sand, but unlike many UTV pilots, our whole world doesn’t revolve around the sandbox. None of our machines are reserved specifically for sand use. That means we need to keep wheels with sand paddles mounted or change tires every time we hit the dunes. Another issue is the rattling ride you typically get from a paddle tire. CST’s new Sandblast tires have eliminated that…

NUMBER ONE EXPO FOR SAND PRODUCTS

By the staff of Dirt Wheels NUMBER ONE EXPO FOR SAND PRODUCTS Every year companies, vendors, gearheads, adventurers, drivers, riders, and racers come together in Costa Mesa, California, for the Sand Sports Super Show. The show includes everything geared towards the off-road world, but with a heavy emphasis on rides, equipment, apparel, and haulers to get you to the sand. For the past few years, UTVs have dominated space and interest. High-dollar sand cars are still prevalent, but as UTVs grow more capable, more…

OL’ RED ATV WASH

By the staff of Dirt Wheels OL’ RED ATV WASH Maintaining our favorite machines can be tough work. Before you can get to check all the nuts and bolts, you have to rinse off the mud and dirt. There are many different cleaning products in our industry, yet some of us still stick with corrosive household cleaners. We were looking for a cleaner that could tackle the job without harming our machine’s exterior finishes. A shipment of Ol’ Red Racing Products cleaners showed up at the office, and we snagged the ATV Wash…

TOP 10 4×4 ATV UPGRADES

By the staff of Dirt Wheels TOP 10 4x4 ATV UPGRADES Perhaps there are people who buy an off-road machine on a whim, but most of us need a reason, or even reasons, that we need or want it to justify the cost. From the moment that 4x4 quads hit the market, they have been popular with buyers. For many years the majority of reasons people had for purchasing a 4x4 quad had to do with utility. Buyers selected 4x4 quads to work on the farm, to travel to fishing holes, to carry game out of the woods, or to transport…

GLOVE BUYER’S GUIDE

By the staff of Dirt Wheels GLOVE BUYER'S GUIDE “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 extended…

FMF POWERCORE SYSTEM

By the staff of Dirt Wheels, Photos by Kyle Duffy FMF POWERCORE SYSTEM 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. FMF POWERCORE SYSTEM THE…

YAMAHA ELECTRIC MOUNTAIN BIKE

By the staff of Dirt Wheels YAMAHA ELECTRIC MOUNTAIN BIKE 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 on these pages. We felt it was worth…

PELICAN 50QT ELITE COOLER

By the staff of Dirt Wheels By the staff of Dirt Wheels PELICAN 50QT ELITE COOLER 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…

O’NEAL SLAT HELMET

By the staff of Dirt Wheels O’NEAL SLAT HELMET 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. O’NEAL SLAT HELMET DESIGN…

OGIO DAKAR 3L HYDRATION PACK

OGIO DAKAR 3L HYDRATION PACK By the staff of Dirt Wheels OGIO DAKAR 3L HYDRATION PACK 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…

POLARIS RS1 UPGRADES

By the staff of Dirt Wheels POLARIS RS1 UPGRADES 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 drive…