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RZR CVT COOLING TIPS

-- WINSTON "BOSS" McKANNICK TO THE RESCUE -- Dear Boss, I have a 2014 Polaris RZR XP 1000 which I like a lot. However, when I’m driving it hard on warm days, it seems like the CVT clutch and belt get too hot. I’m wondering if the venting to the clutch housing is as good as it can be. A buddy of mine says Polaris changed the design of the 2015 model to improve airflow to the CVT. Do you know if this is true? If so, would the parts fit on my 2014 model, or is there something else I can do to get more cooling air in…

How-to setup your machine for the woods

-- There is a saying that smart people don’t always learn from their mistakes. Most of the time they learn from the mistakes of others. You can also say the opposite. You might not have to learn all the woods-riding and -driving setups that work well on your own. Racers and folks who build race ATVs and UTVs are smart. They learned through experience and most likely were also able to learn shortcuts from those who are more experienced. We took a look at the race machines at the opening round of the 2016 GNCC series to see…

HAULING TIPS: HOW TO SECURE YOUR MACHINE

-- Do you ever worry about the straps coming loose when hauling your prized machine? Would you prefer to have an added bit of security to make sure it stays in place? Well, now you can have that with the new Drive-Over-Chock. It easily attaches to the bed of your trailer with the supplied screws. You get it mounted in place and simply drive the front tires over. It will then keep them from rolling back. For added security you can mount another one behind the rear tires of your UTV. The Drive-Over-Chocks also work for…

TECH: BASIC SUSPENSION SETUP SECRETS

-- Walker Evans’ pros tell all -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels with Reid Nordin. Recently, we had a unique opportunity to work with UTV suspension. Two friends have identical 2012 RZR 800 S models. These cars are basically clones of each other with almost identical aftermarket parts installed. Both had added between 100 and 200 pounds of popular additions to the stock machines. On the other hand, both had stock and original suspension. Not even the preload setting had moved from the factory. Both…

AXIOM RZR FIREWALL GUARDS

-- When driving your UTV down the trail you're used to dirt, rocks and stuff flying up and bouncing off the inside of your fenders. The plastic does a decent job of keeping foreign items away from you. However, what if you happened to hit a big sharp pointed stick at speed? Yeah, it is possible for it to poke right through the plastic firewall. In fact, that has been known to happen to UTV drivers on occasion. Axiom has come up with a product to help guard against that. Their Firewall Guards are made of aluminum and…

HONDA TRX450R RACER

Duncan Racing builds a Best in the Desert-winning machine -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels -- Building a quad to go the distance in a full Best in the Desert series season is a tough job. Not only are you putting a lot of time into building the machine, there is also a lot of time testing the quad beforehand and preparing your own body for the abuse. Races like the Parker 250 and Vegas to Reno are some of the most grueling for both machine and rider. Vegas to Reno alone is 500 miles or more,…

RACE TO THE TOP OF PIKES PEAK —

Looking for something different to do? Then you might consider doing the annual Pikes Peak Hilclimb near Colorado Springs, Colorado on June 25. Here's how it works -- you're basically racing the clock as you ride to the top of the mountain as fast as you can. The road used to be all dirt, then they paved the bottom half, but now it's paved all the way to the top. Last year's winner. The starting line as at an elevation of 9,300 feet and the road goes for 12.4 miles until the finish at an elevation of 14,115 feet.…

HONDA RANCHER TROUBLE-SHOOTING TIPS:

Boss McKannick provides the info you need to know -- Dear Boss, I have a 2015 Honda Rancher 420 DCT IRS. The check-engine light is flashing code 23. I’ve already replaced the shift angle sensor with no luck. I’ve heard that the O2 sensor is another possibility. I’d like to know for sure before I spend $50 on that. Can you tell me if there are any other possible causes other than the O2 sensor or shift angle sensor? Is there any risk in riding my quad with it flashing code 23? Thanks in advance for any advice you…

PRODUCT TEST: HMF U4 Winch Bumper

Accenting your ATV or UTV usually comes after a search for style or out of necessity. With the Polaris RZRs, the front chassis area is so compact, it’s nearly impossible to install a winch or even a winch mounting plate. So when we looked into adding a winch to our project RZR XP 4 1000, we needed a dual-purpose bumper to help us out. There are a lot of bumper options out there—from ones that incorporate LED lights or light tabs to ones that help hold sway bars— but very few hold winches. Warn, the leading winch-maker, EMP…

PRODUCT TEST: SEAL SAVERS CV COVERS

-- 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.…

HOW-TO: Change Clutch Plates

We’ve all done it. You’re on that tight, technical trail, slipping the clutch on a hill-climb, and then a nasty, thick smell rises up from between your feet. That pungent smell of a burning clutch is one we can distinguish from a mile away—and that means it’s most likely time to give your ATV some love. Symptoms of a worn-out clutch can range from chattering under power to climbing revs without increasing speed. We have seen a stick get wedged between the frame and brake pedal during a race and the clutch get absolutely…

HOW TO ADD POWER STEERING TO YOUR ATV OR UTV!

INSTALLING & TESTING SUPER ATVs EZ-STEER KIT as low as $649 -- In 2006, Yamaha surprised the industry by adding electric power steering to its big-bore Grizzly 4x4 ATV. It wasn’t necessarily a feature people were demanding, but it ended up being a big hit. Now, virtually every 4x4 offered from all the big manufacturers have optional electric power steering (EPS). That fact is great if you are considering purchasing a new machine, but what if you like your old 4x4 but want to try EPS. Super ATV has a product for just…