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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…

HOW TO HAUL YOUR MACHINE

-- Dirt Wheels readers show you how they do it -- 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 chrome mag wheels. This is how Andre Kok does it. 3. You don't need a big truck to pull an ATV trailer. An econo car like Brandon Hardin has here will work just fine as long as it has a strong trailer hitch mounted to the…

HOW-TO CHANGE BRAKE PADS & BRAKE LINES

-- Step by step photos on a UTV -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels In the December 2018 issue, we showed how to install new brake rotors on a Polaris RZR. In this issue we install new brake lines and brake pads. You change brake pads routinely for wear, or less frequently because you are looking for different brake performance. Brake lines are a different story. They do get damaged and need to be replaced, but most often you change brake lines to change to a different brake feel. Or, like us, you have changed to wider…

MY GRIZZLY KEEPS TAKING A LEAK

-- Boss McKannick solves the problem -- Dear Boss, I just bought a 2000 Yamaha Grizzly 600. It has a fuel line or something hanging down at the rear and sometimes gas pours out of it. Is this a problem? What should I do? Stewart McTaggart Austin, TX That hose sounds like it is the carburetor float-bowl overflow hose. It should not dump gasoline out unless there is either something holding the float valve open (dirt/rust) and the float bowl continues to fill until the internal gasoline level reaches the…

KAWASAKI MOJAVE 250

-- Making it easier to start -- By Winston "Boss" McKannick Dear Boss, I have a 1993 Kawasaki Mojave 250 with a one-size-over Wiseco piston. During the rebuild, I had new valve seats, guides and seals installed in the cylinder head. The builder also smoothed out the casting flash in the intake and exhaust ports. It has an aftermarket exhaust and a K&N filter in the factory airbox, so he also installed a #135 main jet in the carb to get more fuel with the added airflow. The quad is now hard to start when…

THE BEST TIRES FOR YOUR AREA

-- Special "How To" Tire Guide -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels What type of trails do you ride? This should be the first question a dealer asks you in regards to choosing a new set of tires for your favorite toy. Whether you drive a sport quad, hunting-equipped quad or UTV, or a mud-bog monster of a 4x4 quad, there are tons of traction options to choose from. We’re hoping to help you narrow down your options and outfit your rig with the tires that will optimize your riding experience. We categorized the most common…

TRAIL SAFETY: KNOWING THE RULES

-- The off-roader's hand book -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels Like any motorized activity, riding ATVs and UTVs has an element of risk. That thrill is part of what gets us addicted to the sport, and we wouldn’t trade that feeling of exhilaration for anything. However, there are safe ways to ride, and some common-sense rules that will lessen the chances of injury and increase your chances of having fun and returning home safe. We hope you’ll find some useful tips in the trail etiquette that we live by. Hopefully, you will…

SEAL SAVERS CV COVERS: product test

-- Extra protection for your CV joint -- When you operate your machine in harsh conditions, such as mud, rocks, and heavy dust, these elements can cause premature wear on moving parts. SealSavers has jumped into the UTV market with their Coil Savers and CV Savers. The Coil Savers wrap around the coil springs of your shocks to prevent rocks and other debris from making contact with the shock shaft and seal. These items are made of neoprene and are easily cleaned with water without the need of any other cleaning products.…

TECH: WHEEL BEARING SERVICE

Taking care of and lubricating bearings is cheap in comparison to paying for all-new bearings to be installed.

HOW TO MAKE YOUR QUAD RUN BETTER

-- Boss McKannick figures out what's wrong and how to fix it yourself -- From Dirt Wheels Dialed In, by Winston "Boss" McKannick. Dear Boss, I have a 2009 Kawasaki Brute Force 750i with almost 5000 miles on it. A while back it started spitting and sputtering when I hit 30 mph, and it wouldn’t go any faster than that. I sent it to the dealer, and the coils and the filter screen for the fuel pump were replaced. When I got it back, I took it riding the same day and it began spitting again at 30 mph. The longer I rode it,…

COOL ATV TOOL

-- Wheel Bearing Greasers from Machined Integrations LLC -- Here is the tool that Machined Integrations LLC has had to add grease to your 4x4 ATV or 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…

UPGRADE TO BETTER BRAKE ROTORS

-- How to install them yourself & save -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels  “All brakes do is slow you down!” is a common hilarity that some of us share with riding buddies who couldn’t keep up with us on the track or trails. In truth, good brakes help you go a lot faster. If you change out those stock rotors and pads with better parts from a company like Galfer USA, you can brake harder with less fade from heat. You can carry your speed longer into a turn, and that cuts precious seconds on the track, and it gives you…