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CAN THIS 1999 HONDA TRX300 BE SAVED?

-- BOSS McKANNICK TO THE RESCUE -- Dear Boss, We own an old 1999 Honda TRX300. The battery had been weak for years, and we just kick-started it to get it running. Well, my son purchased a new battery and installed it, but the cables were frayed, and when he first started it, the positive cable touched the battery-hold-down plate on the frame, and it got red hot, sparks flew and the cable melted. Luckily, the machine didn’t catch fire. But, now everything is dead. What are my options now to get it back in…

PRO CIRCUIT FULL DUAL EXHAUST

-- Pushing ponies through a Raptor, By the staff of Dirt Wheels -- More power is a concept that we appreciate at Dirt Wheels, even when we know we don’t realistically need more. One of our most cherished ATVs is Yamaha’s Raptor 700. It is fast, fun and powerful. Obviously, we couldn’t simply leave the engine stock when we picked up our 2018; we had to pull more ponies out of the torque-monster motor. Pro Circuit delivered a full T-6 dual exhaust system to our power-greedy hands and we tested the $895 system out!…

YAMAHA’S GYTR TURBO YXZ1000R

-- TURBO KIT ADDS 60% HORSEPOWER INCREASE -- Here's what Yamaha says about it:  GYTR is pleased to bring you the pinnacle of forced-air-induction systems available on the market today! This kit is designed for the “no-limits” driver that wants to pull more power from their YXZ. We scoured the globe, sourcing the highest quality components available – determined to build a turbo kit unlike any other. During development, no detail was overlooked. You’ll immediately feel the power as soon as you hit the gas. Here’s…

YAMAHA YXZ1000R RACE NEWS

-- Yamaha YXZ1000R Claims Three of Top Ten Positions at King of the Hammers -- CJ Greaves Earns $5,000 bLU cRU Bonus as Top Finishing YXZ1000R: YAMAHA PRESS RELEASE -- Yamaha factory-supported and bLU cRU racer CJ Greaves, along with his father, veteran off-road racer Johnny Greaves, and Kyle Anderson were among the few competitors who completed the grueling King of the Hammers (KOH) UTV Race on Wednesday, piloting Yamaha’s pure sport YXZ1000R side-by-side (SxS) before time expired. As the top finishing YXZ1000R…

2018 HONDA TRX250X TEST REVIEW

--Trail test by the staff of Dirt Wheels -- If you take a long look at a Honda TRX250X, you won’t necessarily be wowed by what you see. Sure, the bodywork is attractive and it looks sporty, but it is no purebred race machine. That doesn’t stray us from the truth of the matter, though—the TRX250X is small but mighty and has been a superstar in the ATV world when it comes to purchasing popularity, ease of use and pure fun. The humble $4,749 Honda is the company’s last remaining pure sport quad that still receives…

NEW XPS 10W-50 HI-PERFORMANCE OIL

-- BRP is introducing a new XPS oil to meet the demands of high-performance off-road engines, including turbo and supercharged engines. XPS 4T 10W-50 is formulated specifically for the higher stress these engines experience, especially when used in warm temperature climates. XPS 4T 10W-50 is blended using the highest quality synthetic base stocks and unique additives designed for off road use where extremes of moisture, heat, dust, dirt and abuse are much more common. XPS 4T 10W-50 goes far beyond what conventional…

KTM 505 SX

-- What is the best high-performance quad? Well, if you're talking about what you can buy new in 2018 then that would have to be Yamaha's YFZ450R. However, if you were going to include all quads made in the last 10 years, then you'd have to consider the KTM 505 SX. Stephane LeBlanc is a Dirt Wheels reader who owns a 2010 KTM 505 SX and he seems quite pleased with it's performance. The photo of it here shows that he keeps clean, well maintained and in good shape. It's a shame that KTM no longer makes this machine. If they…

UTV PARTS: YAMAHA RHINO UPGRADES

-- Giving a modern touch to a bulletproof UTV, By the staff of Dirt Wheels -- Yamaha has always known to look outside of the box when it comes to producing new and exciting machines. Starting with the original DT1 in the 1960s, Yamaha has consistently created performance machines that shape the future of off-road vehicles, like the Banshee, Raptor, YZ400 and the YFZ450 to name a few. They are never scared to throw knowledge, design and futuristic flair into every machine it produced. In 2003 a new class of what would…

THE NEW ROXOR IS COMING!

-- IT WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON MARCH 2, 2018 -- Until then you can watch this teaser video and try to determine what it is. Here's the link > http://www.roxoroffroad.com This is what we know so far -- Roxor Off-Road is a new division of Mahindra, which is an automotive manufacturer in India. They've been making Jeeps, SUVs, cars, commercial and agricultural vehicles for many years over there. They've also been making a UTV that we have a photo of here. Mahindra made big news this past fall by announcing their…

FIRST IMPRESSION: 2018 POLARIS RZR RS1

It's Here! The world has finally seen the RS1…sort of. Press release photos and information of the new Polaris single seat vehicle have spread like wildfire but very few people have actually seen this vehicle in person. At the 2018 King of the Hammers event, many UTV manufacturers had booths set up to give demo rides to spectators, and as we pulled in to Hammertown we couldn’t believe that we were seeing real life RS1 models pulling onto the road in front of us. We took the first chance we could to sign up for some seat…

PROJECT UTV: FAST FUEL OFF-ROAD RZR

-- Built to beat the desert, By the staff of Dirt Wheels -- There are few joys in life more satisfying than taking your favorite off-road toy and building it to the moon with awesome aftermarket parts that enhance its ability to haul on trails. Ryan O’Hara works for Fuel Off-Road that specializes in wheels and tires for trucks, SUVs and UTVs. Ryan tore a 2017 Polaris RZR XP 4 1000 down to the frame, strengthened it and put it back together with some impressive parts. There is a lot to learn on this build!…

KTM 300 2-STROKE QUAD

-- All of the sport quads that you can buy these days are 4-strokes. However, older 2-stroke quads like Honda's TRX250R are still a strong force for getting quickly around a track or down the trails. The lighter weight and snappy power make them easier to flick around and move quickly across gnarly terrain. The GNCC series is where the top cross-country racers show up to do battle and they spend a lot of time setting up their quads to be the best at getting to the finish line ahead of the rest. Walt Schumacher is a…