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HOW TO MASTER SAND RIDING!

Almost anyone who loves riding quads enjoys taking them out to the dunes. Sand is one of the safest, most fun and enjoyable surfaces for an ATV. That being said, we want you and your buddies to be able to go out and enjoy the wide world of sand-slinging to your heart’s content. If you have friends who are new to duning, then take the time to show them the ropes, and what it takes to enjoy this unique form of off-road adventuring. Being prepared, and knowing a few rules of the dunes, will go a long way in making your…

HOW TO REPLACE SUSPENSION BUSHINGS

-- Keep your machine’s suspension working like new, By the staff of Dirt Wheels -- Keeping the suspension working well on a quad or UTV requires a variety of parts to function as they should. Adjusting the spring preload and fine-tuning the adjusters are the fun part. There are less glamorous duties, like making sure that the suspension arms are operating as they should. Most quad and UTV suspension arms pivot on simple plastic bushings with a sleeve for the bolt to go through. For the most part, these work…

HOW TO SAVE YOUR UTV’S LIFE

-- 10 critical, but cheap, between-drive prep tips --  By the staff of Dirt Wheels with Ryan Rose -- Utah’s Ryan Rose is a tech at Kombustion Motorsports’ UTV performance shop, but he is also a major UTV fan. He builds his machines keeping a careful eye on the money spent, but he drives them hard. We had the opportunity to drive his Polaris XP 1000 when it had 5000 miles on it, and it still felt brand new. When we commented on that, he said he had a checklist for the machine that he followed after every…

HOW-TO ADJUST CAMBER & CASTER

-- Make your quad's front end perform the best -- You may have a quad or UTV that allows you to adjust the camber and caster of the front end. You usually find these types of adjustable pieces on aftermarket A-arms, but rarely on OEM equipment. There are several aftermarket A-arm companies that offer camber- and caster-adjustable A-arms. Houser has Slicast A-arms, Teixeira Tech offers adjustability in their arms, while Walsh Race Craft and Roll Design, too, have adjustability. Camber and caster adjustments drastically…

COOL ATV TOOL —

Here is the tool that Machined Integrations LLC has had to add grease to your UTV's wheel bearings. A very efficient and handy item, but it did require you to pull the axle out first. So now, here is a new tool they came out with for adding grease that slips over your axle. This makes it even easier and simpler. Machine Integrations LLC calls it their Multi-ported, Over-the-Axle Wheel Bearing Grease Tool. The president of the company says -- "Wheel bearings for ATV’S and UTV’S often do not come with enough…

DON’T BLOW A FUSE

-- But if you do, take the Boss's advice -- Stan Dresden in South Dakota bought a leftover 2016 Polaris Ranger High Lifter 900 and here's what he says -- "I love it except for its ability to “eat” headlight fuses. About 3 times a month, the 10 amp headlight fuse blows. I do not ride in water and there appears to be no corrosion in the electrical system anywhere. It’s new after all! The Dealer is stumped. So, I am turning to you Boss for the “correct fix”! Boss says -- I don’t believe you have a problem with your…

HOW TO: USE A BEADLOCK WHEEL

-- THE RIGHT WAY -- Beadlock wheels not only look trick, they serve a purpose. To get maximum traction out of your tires, beadlocks allow you to run lower air pressures without the risk of a tire rolling off its wheel. High-horsepower drag quads may also need the beadlocking protection to keep tires from spinning on the wheels after the clutch is dumped. We have seen it happen. In the event you do get a flat tire from a puncture, a beadlock will hold your tire onto the wheel, ultimately letting you finish a trail ride…

UNI FILTER’S ADVICE IF YOU RIDE LIKE THIS

— Uni Foam Filters perform their best in the worst of conditions. That’s why Uni has been the chosen air filter of professional racers and serious enthusiasts for decades. In this dirty, dusty environment, air filtration is extremely critical to the performance and protection of your engine. The Uni Air Filter’s ability to hold extreme amounts of dirt and still provide excellent air flow and performance has made Uni Filter the choice of some of the greatest off road racers of all time. But the Uni Air Filter must be…

CVT BELTS: Secrets to keep your belt alive

It has been said that to a camera or the common observer, tires are a bunch of round black things. That is doubly true of CVT drive belts. Talk about unsung heroes; the belt driving a machine with a CVT is hidden in a vented cover, and they don’t even have different tread patterns. But even if they look the same, all belts are not equal. Belt technology has had to increase as power output of CVT-equipped machines has gone up. It is no coincidence that the advent of “extreme-duty” belts appeared at about the same time…

HOW DO YOU HAUL YOUR MACHINE?

-- Not all of us live at a place where we can just ride to the trails right from our back door. Even if you can, there's always other great riding areas you like go to. So, that means hauling your ATV or UTV somewhere is a standard part of the sport. There are many different ways to do that, from fancy haulers to not-so-fancy. We typically see the full range of dos and don'ts when observing how off-road machinery is transported. Here is an example of some of that creativity and improvising. . When you gotta go… and you…

How-To Adjust Your Valves

-- Keeping your ATV running strongly requires routine maintenance, and adjusting your valves is a part of that. On most machines, valves will only need to be checked and adjusted every few months, but on high-performance ATVs, you should check them every three to four oil changes. We have compiled a little how-to on adjusting the two most common types of valve trains, so keep this guide handy! DOHC: SHIM UNDER-BUCKET DESIGN STEP 1 Start off by removing the plastics necessary to get the tank off. On the KFX, we removed…

GBOOST CVT CLUTCH KIT INSTALL

-- STEP-BY-STEP HOW TO, By the staff of Dirt Wheels -- Recently, we have come across a number of UTVs that were fitted with oversized tires, and in most of those cases we found that performance suffered. We are all for the cool look and added ground clearance that big tires supply, but not if we lose performance and driveability. The solution is to have the CVT clutching modified to work with the larger tires. The photos and text here will show how we installed GBoost clutch kits in 2017 Polaris UTVs; one was a Turbo…