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GBOOST CVT CLUTCH KIT INSTALL

-- What you need if your UTV has bigger tires -- 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 and the…

FIXING ELECTRICAL ISSUES

-- Winston "Boss" McKannick is the shop foreman here at Dirt Wheels and one of his main jobs is to help out readers who may have a problem with their quad or UTV. He is the Mister-Know-It-All when it comes to mechanical problems and how to fix them. Today's question comes from a reader in South Dakota: Dear Boss, I purchased a leftover 2016 Polaris Ranger High Lifter 900. I love it, except for its ability to “eat” headlight fuses. About three times a month the 10-amp headlight fuse blows. I do not ride in…

HOW-TO: WINCHING TIPS

-- Get unstuck with ease -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels This article isn’t for the seasoned veteran of winching and getting unstuck. It’s aimed at the rider or driver who is getting into our sport and wanting to know safe and effective ways to use your winch. Getting stuck isn’t a part of anyone’s plan, but it happens, and there are great tools that you should keep on your rig when you go out into mud, on rocks or along gnarly trails. Warn offers a light-duty winch kit that comes with a 1/2-inch steel-4500 shackle,…

TUFF TRAILGEAR JACKDADDY

-- Testing an easy way to lift your UTV up to change a tire -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels We are lucky enough to get to test some of the best new products in this industry as well as some that are not so promising. Fortunately for Tuff Trail Gear, we absolutely love the JackDaddy. The company created a very lightweight UTV jack that is simple to use, fast and can be easily mounted to your Polaris or Can-Am sport machine. We have tried carrying heavy jacks, automotive-style jacks and more on our UTVs, and we never…

UTV GRAB BAG RECOVERY KIT

--Testing this handy towing package -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels If you couldn’t tell by now, we are extremely fond of bringing along tools and items needed to keep us safe and out on the trails longer. Most UTVs have a bed where we can strap down our tools like the UTV Grab Bag Recovery kit. The bag comes with a few useful pieces to assist you in pulling you—or more likely a buddy’s rig—out of a bad situation or to tow a machine back to camp. This handy bag of goods sells for $69 and is a great addition to your…

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: ALIGN AN ATV FRONT END

-- Make sure your ride is ready, By the staff of Dirt Wheels -- Have you noticed that your ATV or UTV isn’t tracking straight like it used to? Or it might be that the handlebar or steering wheel isn’t in the correct position? Either way, these things can become a nuisance if the front end is off even slightly. So, how can these things be fixed without taking it to a repair shop? Fixing each of these problems is much easier than you think, and hopefully you’ll save some time, money and aggravation with these tips.…

INSTALLING A POLARIS PRO HD WINCH

-- HOW TO GUIDE -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels As great as aftermarket parts are to modify and personalize your machine, some can be a real pain to install. Other parts are relatively easy to install, but more are easy the second time around! You learn a lot the first time, and subsequent installs are both quicker and easier. We installed a new Polaris Pro HD 3500-pound-rated winch that was a plug-and-play fit for a Sportsman 4x4 quad and installed it on a 2018 Sportsman 570. This winch boasts rapid…

HOW TO SERVICE CV JOINTS

-- Inspect, clean and service or add longer axle shafts -- We are building a RZR project with LoneStar Racing long-travel suspension. The LSR long-travel kit widens the machine, so we needed longer axle shafts inserted into the stock CVs. The steps we followed will allow you to check the condition of the CVs, determine if they are in good shape and grease the parts for reassembly. This is a dirty job, so you need paper towels, chemical-resistant disposable gloves, CV grease and CV boot bands. If you buy aftermarket…

INSTALLING AFTERMARKET TIE-RODS

-- How-to improve your machine's durability -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels We recently had a Polaris RZR Dynamix four-seater break a tie-rod. We hadn’t had a specific incident we could point to that might have damaged it, but we could see where some rust intruded into the break, so it must have been hurt at some point. Also, we have wheels on the car with greater offset than stock and 30-inch tires. The different wheels widened the car from 64 inches to approximately 69 inches. Both the offset and the larger tires add…

GRAPHIC KIT INSTALL TIPS

-- Boss McKannick gives his advice -- MAKE MY MACHINE LOOK GOOD: Dear Boss, I have a Polaris RZR S 1000 that’s a couple of years old and it doesn’t look as good as it used to. I’m thinking about sprucing up its appearance with a graphics kit of some kind. I’ve been hearing a lot about wraps. Is this something I could install myself, or does a professional business have to do it? What would you suggest for a guy like me with average mechanical skills? Eric Harrington Glendale, CA Well, Eric, some…

REMOVE, CHECK, INSTALL CV AXLES

-- STEP-BY-STEP HOW TO GUIDE --  By the staff of Dirt Wheels We recently noticed that there was a lot of wet lubricant on one of our Polaris RZR front axles. Looking closely, we found that a stick had gone through the lower front part of the machine and wedged between the front axle CV and the front differential. We assumed the CV boot was punctured, so we pulled the axle out. This is what we found, and we thought it might help our readers. To begin, make sure the machine is supported safely, then remove the wheel.…