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NEW HAVOC X — special report:

-- Awhile back we reported that Textron was working on a sportier version of their Stampede UTV. It seems that they took notice on how well the Polaris General was doing and wanted to have something to compete with it. The Stampede Sport project has moved to the point that they have a new name for the machine. It's suppose to be called the Havoc X. At least, that is what's on the graphics of a pre-production model the Dirt Wheels spies were able to get photos of. The inside info we're getting is the Havoc X…

2018 TEXTRON OFF ROAD MODELS

-- 2018 TEXTRON PRESS RELEASE -- “With Textron Off Road, we are marrying Arctic Cat’s legacy of high performance, reliability and innovation to Textron’s powerful combination of engineering expertise, manufacturing know-how, and Fortune 200 resources,” said Kevin Holleran, president and CEO of Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc. “Together as Textron Off Road, we are creating a new leader in off-road vehicle performance.” The Arctic Cat brand name will remain on all snowmobile product lines. Side-by-side and…

How to install a new seat cover

Subscribe Here AND WHERE TO GET NEW SEAT COVERS -- ATV seats come in all shapes and sizes, but they all have one thing in common—they are always used every time you ride your machine. While some riders don’t spend much time thinking about how important a seat is, others know when they should consider upgrading their seat cover to one that is more durable and even grips better. Replacing a seat cover may be tricky, but it’s not as difficult as many believe it to be. We are here to walk you through the steps of changing…

$6,999 KODIAK 700 vs. $5,999 VLX 700

-- Not everyone wants to spend 10 grand or more for a big 4x4 quad. For the more economy minded they automatically look at the lower-priced 500 - 550 4x4 quads in a manufacturer's line up. But then Yamaha said, "Hey, it costs us just about the same to make 550 engine as a 700 engine, so why not just offer a basic 700 with no bells and whistles for the price of a 550." And so, the Kodiak 700 was born. It sells for $6,999. The guys at Arctic Cat saw the logic in that approach, so they offered up a lower-priced version…

TUESDAY TREAD: AMS Radial Pro UTV Tires

Eventually, everyone will want new tires on their UTVs, and when they do, there is always the question of, which ones do I buy? A lot of factors come into play when choosing the right tires to better suit your driving style and terrain. Recently, we tested a set of the AMS Radial Pro on an Arctic Cat Wildcat Sport 700. We decided to mount the front 26x9R12 and rear 26x11R12 tires on the stock rims. The Radial Pro is a DOT-approved, eight-ply, directional tire with staggered V-shaped lugs in the center and…

TEXTRON GOES AFTER THE POLARIS GENERAL

More power and more suspension travel for the Textron Stampede! The Dirt Wheels crew was mightily impressed with the original Stampede 900 we tested in our December 2016 issue. It covered all of the bases for what a good utility machine is suppose to do. However, we couldn't help but wonder how much better it would suit our tastes if its sporty side was bumped up a few more notches. It seems like the guys at Textron were thinking the same thing and here is the preliminary version of what they came up with. At this point…

ALL NEW WILDCAT XX WITH 125 HP

Here is the first report of the new Wildcat XX that Arctic Cat just released. We have a Dirt Wheels crew member heading back to the office with the full scoop, but this is a brief rundown on what we know so far: The engine is a 998cc three-cylinder very similar to what Yamaha uses in their YXZ1000R. The YXZ version makes 114 horsepower, but Arctic Cat claims their version makes 125 horsepower. It uses King shocks with 17.5 inches of travel front and rear. The wheels are KMC 15 inchers with 30 inch tires. The XX comes with…

SHOOTOUT: ARCTIC CAT WILDCAT X LTD vs. POLARIS RZR XP 1000 GOLD MATTE METALLIC LE (ROCK CRAWLER) vs. YAMAHA YXZ1000R SS SE

Happiness is finding the right tool for the job By the staff of Dirt Wheels On paper this comparison looked like a great plan—three limited- or special-edition 1000cc-class sport UTVs equipped with special equipment or features going head to head. The Limited Edition or Special Edition packages often offer some great value, combining a proven platform with popular or specialized equipment to make it excel at specific activities. Each of these machines are new-for-2017 models, though all are…

GET A NEW WILDCAT 1000X FOR $11,999

Arctic Cat recently announced its No Brainer sales event for UTVs and ATVs with discounts up to $7700 dollars on some models! The sales event's reduced prices will be available until June 30, 2017.  Here are some of the sale prices: 2015 WILDCAT 1000X Original price: $16,999,  discount: $5,000,  Sale price: $11,999 2015 WILDCAT 1000X LIMITED Original price: $20,699,  discount: $6,700,  Sale price: $13,999 2015 WILDCAT 1000-4X LIMITED Original price: $23,699,  discount: $7,700,  Sale…

2017 1000 UTV PERFORMANCE SHOOTOUT

RZR XP 1000 GOLD vs. YXZ1000R SS SE vs. WILDCAT 1000 X LTD The Dirt Wheels crew compared the top, non-turbo, UTVs from Polaris, Yamaha and Arctic Cat. These are also the special or limited edition versions with extra options included. After the first day of roosting these machines wheel-to-wheel out on desert trails we can go ahead and tell you all three are fast and have great suspension. We also discovered that each one excels in certain off-roading situations based on your particular driving style. You'll get the full…

MAKES 211 HORSEPOWER FROM THE SHOWROOM!

NEW WILDCAT TURBO PREVIEW: We received word from Arctic Cat a couple months ago that they were going to introduce an exciting new UTV model. However, that intro got delayed by the reorganization of business, which involved Textron becoming the parent company. Things seem to be getting in order now, so we're expecting Arctic Cat's secret new model to get back on schedule and be revealed soon. And, we have a pretty good idea of what it'll be. A while back we told you about Yamaha's Sidewinder snowmobiles that use the…