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ICE RACING BASICS

-- How to have tons of fun going sideways -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels with Josh Underwood, Photos by Stephen Tripp/www.stephentripp.com There is nothing Dirt Wheels loves more than a letter or an e-mail with a radical, high-quality photo included. Some relevant info is just a gilded frame on the shot. And then there are exceptional days like when we hear from photographer Stephen Tripp. We heard from Stephen out of the blue after the 2018 Daytona SX quad race. He was wondering if we wanted to use any of his…

HOW-TO RESTORE OLD PLASTIC

-- Easy way to make your quad or UTV look like new -- When you see a shiny ATV in the showroom, it’s like love at first sight. The light gleaming off the carefully sculpted curves of the plastic bodywork is like art. Then you ride it, and two weeks in, it looks like a tired old mule. We may be exaggerating that last part a small amount, but every machine we test ends up with scuffed, scratched and beat-up plastics, no matter how careful we are with it. So instead of dropping hundreds of dollars on brand-new plastics, why…

HOW TO INSTALL A STRONGER ROLL CAGE

-- Better protection with CageWrx -- We say it time and time again—protection is the most important factor when it comes to off-roading any machine. Wearing the right helmet, eye protection, switching out the stock UTV seat belts with harness systems—all of these are great ideas to keep you riding longer. If you ask one of our editors which UTV accessory you would purchase after the helmet and harnesses, they would tell you to get a stronger roll cage. Rolling a UTV is a serious matter, and the harder you drive one, the…

MUD RIDING SECRETS

-- Interview with Louisiana's top swamper -- CAN-AM PRESS RELEASE: The thrill of powering through the deepest, gnarliest mud holes on earth doesn‘t come naturally to most people, but Dustin Jones isn‘t most people. Born, raised, and based in Shreveport, Louisiana, his passion for challenging himself and his machines has led not only to S3 Power Sports—but a growing trophy case as proof of all the hard work. We sat down with Dustin and asked him how it all got started—and how you can dip your toes into mud riding to have…

HOW-TO: TOW SAFELY AND LEGALLY

-- There is something following us -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels with Vic Meymarian of Bear Trailersports Some of us are lucky enough to ride on our own property, or are able to carry our machines to a riding area without utilizing a trailer. But, a large number of Dirt Wheels readers rely on trailers to get our machines to our favorite ride spots. We do enough towing that we don’t always give it the conscious thought that we should. Some of our staff cannot keep trailers at home, so they must store them remotely,…

HOW-TO: CHANGE A YFZ450R HANDLEBAR

-- Installing go-fast parts -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels Virtually any component of your favorite ATV can be exchanged for a part that was designed to improve your riding experience. Yamaha spent countless hours making sure that adding an 1 1/8-inch fat bar to their YFZ450R would improve its overall handling and ride quality, and it certainly did. However, the aftermarket innovates and adds products to our world of off-roading that can considerably improve the handling of our favorite machines. One such product is…

QUAD TECH ATV SEATS

-- Replace your old beat up seat -- Nothing makes a quad look neglected like an ugly rip in its seat. Putting duct tape over it doesn't help much. No, sometimes you just have to replace that old seat cover. There are several companies that specialize in that. Quad Tech is one that the Dirt Wheels crew has used regularly for project quads. They can provide you with a stock looking replacement or one that has a special custom look. Quad Tech's covers not only have fancy color designs and stitching, but they offer a…

TROUBLESHOOTING AN OLDER UTV

-- RANGER REMEDY, by Boss McKannick -- Hey Boss, My mom has an 2004 Polaris Ranger 700 twin. It won't start unless you hold the gas pedal about half way down. Then it will start and idles at about 450 to 500 rpms, but after about 30 seconds, it dies. If you start it and just put it in gear and go, it does fine until you try to idle. I changed spark plugs, but made no difference. I wonder if the injectors aren't working right. It has plenty of fuel because it has pressure in the pressure valve. It will actually…

PROJECT YAMAHA YFZ450R

-- Duncan Racing is at it again --  By the staff of Dirt Wheels, Photos by Pat Carrigan -- Duncan Racing International (DRI) is a company known for building great products and building up ATVs to handle the harshness of racing in all different disciplines. One well-known racing series on the West Coast is WORCS. The Grand Prix-style courses offer rough desert terrain, sand dunes, asphalt, motocross tracks and more to battle through, which means your quad must be tough to take the abuse and win. Mike…

41 EXPERT TECH TIPS you need to know!

-- Secrets that will make your life easier -- Everyone here at Dirt Wheels has a secret collection. We’re not talking about comic books, Pokemon cards or Barbie dolls—at least not here. We’re talking knowledge. When we work on quads or get ready to ride, each of us uses his private collection of secret techniques, tips and shortcuts. We’ve been doing it so long that we automatically revert to the easiest way of doing almost everything. We decided to gather up some of those tips and share them with you. We selected 41 topics…

FOUR- STROKE TEAR- DOWN TIPS

-- There is nothing to fear -- By Allen Knowles  and staff of Dirt Wheels When performance quads were two-strokes without power valves, rebuilding an engine was relatively cheap, even with labor included. Modern two-strokes with power valves are definitely more expensive to work on, but those are not available for quads unless you are willing to build your own. With modern quads, it doesn’t matter whether you are working on a sport quad or a 4x4, you will be working on a four-stroke. Costs soar with the increased…