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2017 ATV BUYER’S GUIDE!

It is our favorite time of the year again, that time when we see every new ATV model you can imagine. Recent trends are continuing—there are fewer 2WD sport models on offer, but 4x4 tech remains strong. As much as we lament the loss of sport models, the advancement of 4x4 technology is most likely partially responsible. Riders who once would have bought a sport quad (when 4x4s were basically farm implements) now choose a sporty, long-travel 4x4 for trail use. Modern 4x4 quads have as much wheel travel as many ‘80s sport…

CVT Belt Buyer’s Guide – Get the BEST belt for your ride!

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…

BUYER’S GUIDE: 2017 Youth ATVs

It is our favorite time of the year again, that time when we see every new ATV model you can imagine. Recent trends are continuing—there are fewer 2WD sport models on offer, but 4x4 tech remains strong. As much as we lament the loss of sport models, the advancement of 4x4 technology is most likely partially responsible. Riders who once would have bought a sport quad (when 4x4s were basically farm implements) now choose a sporty, long-travel 4x4 for trail use. Modern 4x4 quads have as much wheel travel as many ‘80s sport…

BUYER’S GUIDE: 2017 Two-Up ATVs

It is our favorite time of the year again, that time when we see every new ATV model you can imagine. Recent trends are continuing—there are fewer 2WD sport models on offer, but 4x4 tech remains strong. As much as we lament the loss of sport models, the advancement of 4x4 technology is most likely partially responsible. Riders who once would have bought a sport quad (when 4x4s were basically farm implements) now choose a sporty, long-travel 4x4 for trail use. Modern 4x4 quads have as much wheel travel as many ‘80s sport…

BUYER’S GUIDE: 2017 2X4 ATVs

It is our favorite time of the year again, that time when we see every new ATV model you can imagine. Recent trends are continuing—there are fewer 2WD sport models on offer, but 4x4 tech remains strong. As much as we lament the loss of sport models, the advancement of 4x4 technology is most likely partially responsible. Riders who once would have bought a sport quad (when 4x4s were basically farm implements) now choose a sporty, long-travel 4x4 for trail use. Modern 4x4 quads have as much wheel travel as many ‘80s sport…

BUYER’S GUIDE: 2017 4X4 ATVs

It is our favorite time of the year again, that time when we see every new ATV model you can imagine. Recent trends are continuing—there are fewer 2WD sport models on offer, but 4x4 tech remains strong. As much as we lament the loss of sport models, the advancement of 4x4 technology is most likely partially responsible. Riders who once would have bought a sport quad (when 4x4s were basically farm implements) now choose a sporty, long-travel 4x4 for trail use. Modern 4x4 quads have as much wheel travel as many ‘80s sport…

DIRT WHEELS TIP: IT MAY COST YOU LESS TO BUY A REBUILT ENGINE

    ATV engines are well-engineered and very reliable, but catastrophic damage can sometimes occur. It's certainly no fun to see the connecting rod sticking out of your quad's engine cases, or pulling the head and seeing broken valves stuck in the top of the piston. After that you then deal with the sticker shock for the parts and labor of getting it fixed. Well, the Dirt Wheels crew is here to tell you there is another option. Instead of going through the headache of repairing your busted engine, you can simply purchase…

2016 ATV BUYER’S GUIDE!

Another year has passed, which means new and exciting ATV models have hit the market. Nowadays, these machines are coming with more features at better price points. Power steering is becoming a standard feature on a lot of new machines, which is a nice thing to have. The 4x4 market is gaining new models every year, which is a major plus; unfortunately, the sport-quad side of things is beginning to dwindle. There are less offerings of sport ATVs than we have seen in a long time. Yamaha’s Raptor 250 and 125 have become more…

UTV GO-BAG: Everything you should take with you on the trail

For decades American Express has used the slogan “Don’t leave home without it.” While a credit card and some cash are among the things we should always carry on UTV adventures, they will not be enough in the boonies. A satisfying UTV adventure has a beginning, some great fun and a triumphant return to your starting point. Having to walk back to camp puts a hurt on the fun factor. The answer is in that bag in the back of your machine, or it should be. If you’re going farther than you want to walk home, be prepared in advance.…

2016 UTV BUYER’S GUIDE

The age of the UTV takeover seems to be upon us. Manufacturers are consistently producing new models with more and more available options. Yamaha just released their YXZ1000R to compete with the Polaris RZRs, Arctic Cat Wildcats and Can-Am Mavericks. Soon Honda might even jump on board in the sport UTV segment. The market is traveling in many different directions, which expand from single-seat models to six-passenger machines. There are so many new models, it’s often hard to keep up with the ever-expanding industry, but we…

2016 UTV BUYER’S GUIDE: Utility/Recreation

CONTACTS Arctic Cat: (218) 681-9851, www.arcticcat.com Can-Am: (715) 848-4957, www.can-am.brp.com CFMoto: (888) 823-6686, www.cfmoto.com Hisun: (972) 446-0760, www.hisunmotors.com Honda: (310) 783-2000, www.powersports.honda.com John Deere: www.deere.com Kawasaki: (949) 770-0400, www.kawasaki.com Kymco: (864) 327-4744, www.kymcousa.com Pitster Pro: (801) 796-7416, www.pitsterpro.com Polaris: (888) 704-5290, www.polarisindustries.com SSR: (562) 926-2888, www.ssrmotorsports.com Yamaha: (714) 761-7300,…

BUYER’S GUIDE: 2016 Sport ATVs

Another year has passed, which means new and exciting ATV models have hit the market. Nowadays, these machines are coming with more features at better price points. Power steering is becoming a standard feature on a lot of new machines, which is a nice thing to have. The 4x4 market is gaining new models every year, which is a major plus; unfortunately, the sport-quad side of things is beginning to dwindle. There are less offerings of sport ATVs than we have seen in a long time. Yamaha’s Raptor 250 and 125 have become more…