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HOW TO: Get ready for winter fun!

Products & tips for man & machineAs the temperature drops during the winter months, our riding duties at the magazine do not stop. In California, the riding actually gets a lot better during the winter. The dirt is moist, the traction is plentiful, and the air temperature is comfortable for long rides. However, for some of you living in or going to the colder climates of the world, riding in the winter is a whole different experience. To get you ready for winter time fun, we put together some helpful tips and a look…

HOW TO: CHANGE A CVT BELT

THE RIGHT WAY No matter how many hopup parts you have on your Rhino or quad, if your belt isn’t in good shape and working properly, you will not get the most out of your machine. Check your belt regularly and keep the system clean for longer life. Changing a CVT belt can baffle someone who services a belt drive unit for the first time. However, it is usually very simple, and can be accomplished in a few minutes by a person with the right knowledge of the job. Follow along as we change the belt in our 2006 Yamaha Rhino. We…

DIRT WHEEL’S TOP 15 MAINTENANCE TIPS

It’s about that time a year again when the flowers are blossoming, the trees are in full bloom, the birds are chirping and the trails are in their prime. It has been since fall, and before the harsh winter season, that your ATV was gone through and maintained using these 15 maintenance tips. Don’t worry; even the editors at Dirt Wheels have committed their share of minor neglect during the winter months. Of course in California the lows range somewhere in the mid 60s with nearly no chance of rain or snow. Whether it…

Z-400 FRAME FIX

(From our June 2003 issue)It happens with many first-year model ATV's. The manufacturers, engineers and testers overlook a few potential problems that a new vehicle may have. It's not until the machine gets into the hands of the general public that these problems surface. For example, the Raptor's transmission was weak and needed to be upgraded for its second year of production in 2002. Also, Bombardier and Cannondale had front steering geometry problems that were corrected after a couple of years. Before that, some Polaris…

APRIL 28–MANTENANCE TIPS FOR UTILITY QUADS

ÿIf you read the owners manual that came with your ATV from cover to cover (like you do with Dirt Wheels every month) you will find some helpful maintenance tips. However, the manufactures are addressing maintenance issues for an average non-abusive trail rider. We wanted to let you in on some secrets for saving your machine from demanding environments like mud riding, racing and flat out thrashing. To do this we talked to several folks who know the dangers that can destroy an average quad and leave its rider stranded.…

Hot Horsepower Tips–April 2002

By Greg HallYou think you did everything right. Bought the most expensive pipe. Paid extra for that jet kit. Followed all the instructions to the letter. If you were lucky, the machine just might actually perform better?except, of course, for that pesky off-idle stumble or the giant flat spot in the midrange, or how about the severe top end miss (must be the darn rev limiter!). Experience tells me that almost every hop-up anybody has ever done to an ATV has produced at least one point in the rev range that carburetion is…

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CLUTCHES

Your clutch is a very important component of your ATV. It transfers the engine's power from the crankshaft to the transmission. There are two main types of clutches on today?s ATVs, automatic and manual. The clutch system you need to pay close attention to is a manual clutch. This system works well and can handle lots of horsepower; however, they require maintenance and sometimes replacement.HOW DOES A MANUAL CLUTCH WORK?Manual clutches have a stack of plates locked together under spring pressure. Two types of plates are…