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HOW TO TOW SAFELY AND LEGALLY

By the staff of Dirt Wheels with Vic Meymarian of Bear Trailersports HOW TO TOW SAFELY AND LEGALLY 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 […]

HOW-TO: CHANGE A YFZ450R HANDLEBAR

By the staff of Dirt Wheels HOW-TO: CHANGE A YFZ450R HANDLEBAR 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 a 1 1/8-inch fat bar to their YFZ450R would improve its overall handling and ride […]

QUAD TECH ATV SEATS

By the staff of Dirt Wheels QUAD TECH ATV SEATS 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 […]

TROUBLESHOOTING AN OLDER UTV

TROUBLESHOOTING AN OLDER UTV Hey Boss, My mom has a 2004 Polaris Ranger 700 twin. It won’t start unless you hold the gas pedal about halfway 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 […]

PROJECT YAMAHA YFZ450R

 By the staff of Dirt Wheels, Photos by Pat Carrigan —   PROJECT YAMAHA YFZ450R 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 […]

41 EXPERT TECH TIPS you need to know!

41 EXPERT TECH TIPS you need to know! 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, […]

FOUR-STROKE TEAR- DOWN TIPS

By Allen Knowles  and staff of Dirt Wheels FOUR-STROKE TEAR- DOWN TIPS 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 […]

CVT CLUTCH SYSTEMS

By Cameron Dickie CVT CLUTCH SYSTEMS CVT clutching may seem like magic: they work, but not many people understand how. They do not operate on spells and wizardry but on simple ratios. This is an article on learning the basics of how a clutch operates and answering some of your questions (based on Polaris-style clutches). […]

HOW TO: CHOOSE SKID PLATES

Picking the right protection for your machine can be a difficult task. We install aftermarket skid plates on most machines that we receive to ensure the frame and suspension components don’t get heavily damaged by rocks, roots, and other trail debris.

HOW TO REPLACE SUSPENSION BUSHINGS

By the staff of Dirt Wheels :   By the staff of Dirt Wheels HOW TO REPLACE SUSPENSION BUSHINGS 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 […]

HOW TO HAUL YOUR MACHINE

HOW TO HAUL YOUR MACHINE 1. Ron Murphy hauls his quads with a trailer that can load from either side. The gates fold down and become ramps. He pulls it with a mid-size SUV. 2. A stylish way to haul your quad is in a classic Chevy El Camino with a V-8, custom paint, and […]