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PRODUCT EVALUATION: DRIVE-OVER CHOCK

-- Peace of mind while trailering your rig By the staff of Dirt Wheels -- Having your machine securely fastened to your trailer is not only good for your machine, it’s good for your sanity and the safety of yourself and others while driving down the road. We’ve all been there a time or two: we get out of our vehicle after driving down a beat-up road and, despite tie-downs, our machines have moved on us during transport. It’s not a good thing, especially if you have no back gate, or are hauling multiple vehicles. The…

TUESDAY TREAD: ARISUN THUNDER MT TIRES & RACELINE A77 MAMBA WHEELS

A great setup for your utility quad By the staff of Dirt Wheels Arisun Tires and Raceline Wheels are one in the same. Arisun Tires is known for making some gnarly six-ply and eight-ply ATV and UTV tires. Some are specific to certain terrains, while others are awesome all-terrain tires. Raceline Wheels makes wheels for trucks, UTVs and ATVs. Their UTV and ATV wheels are built tough and can be purchased in simulated beadlocks, double beadlocks or standard beadlocks. Two of their products that caught…

SHOOTOUT: TWO SEATER VS. FOUR SEATER UTV

Which is better for the money? By the staff of Dirt Wheels. There are as many reasons that buyers use to select a new UTV as there are grains of sand in a face full of dune roost. Sure, they differ from person to person and from family to family. Some, happily, are based in fact and logic and, frankly, salesmen hate those people. They would much rather deal with an impulse buyer that responds to a pitch like, “You would look great in this machine!” More so than any other OHV, a UTV may require…

THE MIGHTY DS650

THE BIGGEST, BADDEST, FASTEST, MOST POWERFUL QUAD EVER! -- That's what it said on the front cover of Dirt Wheels, which was certainly a true statement at the time, back 1999. Everyone in the ATV world became very excited about the DS650 when the first photos and news about it were released a few months earlier. At that point all of the ATV enthusiasts across the country were eagerly waiting to read the test on it in Dirt Wheels. What did the Dirt Wheels test crew think about this all-new, super-sized, mega-powerful…

SIDI X-3 LEI WOMEN’S BOOTS

-- What the fairy godmother should have put on Cinderella’s feet -- By Rachel Bosemer and the staff of Dirt Wheels In prior years there was a limited selection of women’s boots available. For as long as I have been riding and racing ATVs, Alpinestars has dominated this market. After years and years of waiting, Sidi finally released a women’s boot that has as much technology and style as the men’s counterpart. Sidi has always been known as a leader in boot technology, so it was finally time for them to be put…

MAMBA BEADLOCK WHEELS & AFTERSHOCK TIRES

-- A race-winning combo from Raceline & Arison -- Raceline Wheels is a product of the famous Allied Wheel Company. Allied started out building quality automotive wheels in Southern California, where they still operate. Wanting to build on its already stellar resume, Allied added another brand, and that’s when Raceline was born. Raceline wheels are produced for cars, trucks, and now ATVs and UTVs. We’ve tested many of their wheels on our machines through the years, and their quality is…

TEST: 2018 HONDA TRX250X

Although the Honda TRX250X has DNA that hails from racing heritage, it is a humble machine. Small but mighty, this quad has been a superstar in the ATV world when it comes to purchasing popularity, ease of use and fun factor. Priced at $4,749 the TRX250X is Honda’s last remaining pure sport quad that still receives updates- mainly in the cosmetics department. We let test riders of all sizes put the 2018 TRX250X through its paces in the desert, sand dunes and mountain trails, and it kept true to its reputation. As…

TESTING AMS SIDEWINDER SAND TIRES

There is a genre of tire for every type of terrain, and that is extremely apparent when it comes to shredding sand dunes. Sport ATVs are also a very worthy tool to tackle the steep and flowing mounds of sand, so pairing the two creates a combination of pure fun and enjoyment. AMS designs tires with tread patterns to suit all types of riding, and that includes their Sidewinder rear paddle tires. We tested their rear set of AMS V-blade-style sand tires on our Honda TRX450R. AMS SIDEWINDER We have…

UTV TEST: 2018 CAN-AM MAVERICK X3 X RS TURBO R

Back with more power! By the staff of Dirt Wheels, Photos by Casey Kramer and Pat Carrigan When it comes to new models, we always hope for the unexpected. For Can-Am in 2018, the unexpected would be major changes for the Maverick X3 platform that was radically new in 2017. Considering the X3 was not even an early 2017 release, we expected—and were correct— only minor updates to the successful Maverick X3 line. The ink was barely dry on 2017 Can-Am X3 advertising when Polaris dropped the 2017 RZR XP…

TESTING ARGO’S XPLORER QUAD

By the staff of Dirt Wheels -- Earlier we provided you with a first look on the all-new 2018 Argo Xplorer quad range. It’s nice to see another company known for making great machines add quads to their lineup. As we stated in the first look on the Xplorer 4x4 quad lineup, this was an unprecedented move from Argo and the biggest news since their creation 50 years ago. They introduced their Xplorer 4x4s as a price-point option for consumers. The best move they made was making them price-comparable…

POLARIS RZR DUNE BUGGY

-- Project UTV by Rugged Radios -- Imagine cruising down the coast in an old 1969 Manx dune buggy with the wind flowing through your hair and the sweet sound of waves crashing on the beach. Now, imagine that you are stepping hard on the skinny pedal and the roar of a Polaris RZR XP 1000 parallel twin-cylinder engine fills the air, made menacing by the whirring sound of a turbo skyrocketing the rpm as you boost towards a massive dune face. This isn’t your daddy’s Volkswagen-powered dune buggy.…

YAMAHA GENUINE YXZ1000R PRODUCTS

-- Yamaha knows best, By the staff of Dirt Wheels -- Shopping at the source for quality parts can sometimes be better than searching online for countless hours. Take Yamaha Genuine Parts, for example. Yamaha builds their UTVs and ATVs to be of the best and meet every quality standard possible. To do this, they spend countless hours and dollars to make it happen. Besides, they built the car and put in the R&D, so they know a thing or two about what they build. If they can’t do it better than an aftermarket company,…