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UTV GO-BAG: Everything you should take with you on the trail

-- For decades American Express has used the slogan “Don’t leave home without it.” While a credit card and some cash are among the things we should always carry on UTV adventures, they will not be enough in the boonies. A satisfying UTV adventure has a beginning, some great fun and a triumphant return to your starting point. Having to walk back to camp puts a hurt on the fun factor. The answer is in that bag in the back of your machine, or it should be. If you’re going farther than you want to walk home, be prepared in…

KAWASAKI TERYX SNOW MONSTER

-- Jeff Wysocki is a Dirt Wheels reader who lives up in Michigan. He says he rides his Kawasaki Teryx all year round, at the dunes, on the trails, in the mud and even the snow is no problem. As you can see he has made his machine more snow worthy with the addition of Tatou's 4S track system. No amount of snow slows him down. Jeff calls his machine "Casper the Beast" because of the way it totally destroys snow. That is made possible by the  Berco 72" snowblower he has mounted on the front of his Teryx. It can clear…

CVT BELT BUYER’S GUIDE

-- For a wide number of the most popular and best-selling ATVs and UTVs, the heart of the power delivery system is the CVT belt. There are a few extreme ATV riders who are hard on the CVT belts, but time and mileage are the most common reasons to change an ATV’s CVT belt. UTVs are heavier, so they are harder on CVT belts, whether they are high-horsepower sport models or not. No matter what your CVT-motivated machine is, it will need a new belt sooner or later. We based our belt guide on the Polaris RZR XP 1000 model. It is a…

ATV vs. DIRT BIKE: which is better?

Back in the early days of quads the dirt bike riders just assumed that their 2-wheelers were superior to 4-wheelers for off-road riding. That attitude began to be challenged when the new high-performance 450 quads arrived. The Dirt Wheels crew felt like the speed difference wasn't as great as the dirt bike guys thought and we set out to prove it. Here is a comparison we did a while back and the results still apply today. We thought you might like to refresh your memory by reading it again.

1500cc KAWASAKI 3-WHEELER

-- A BLAST FROM THE PAST -- Here's an unusual moment in ATV history as found in the archives of Dirt Wheels magazine. We go back to re-visit this wild 3-wheeler built by one of our readers. Check it out... . .

KFX440 PROJECT QUAD

-- BUILDING A KRAZY KAWASAKI -- Today we're going to check out the ride of a Dirt Wheels reader in Massachusetts. Marshawn Garden put a lot work into his 2004 Kawasaki KFX400. He made sure his older quad had all of the latest hardware to run with the newer machines of today. Here's the list: MOTOR: Cylinder Works 440cc big bore kit, Ferrara stainless steel valves, DRZE springs, Dyna Tek CDI, Dyno Jet kit, CFM air box & oil tank, K&N filter, Powerbomb header, DMC muffler, custom clutch cover, Fluidine…

DIRT WHEELS KIDS HAVE MORE FUN

-- Here are the twin daughters of Dirt Wheels reader Chris Brazeau in California. This was the girls' first trip to Dumont Sand Dunes on their Kawasaki KFX50s and they had a great time. Right afterwards they began asking, "When is our next riding trip, daddy?" . . Do you have some photos that should be featured here and in the printed magazine? Well, all you have to do is send them in. You're required to include your name, city & state. Also, you need to include some info about who, what & where of the…

2018 KAWASAKIS

-- BRUTE FORCE, TERYX & PRO FXR -- If there is one thing that Kawasaki knows how to do very well, it’s build impressive recreational and work-oriented UTVs. The Japanese manufacturer’s Mule lineup has every flavor of workhorse machine that you could want, the Teryx lineup provides sportier UTVs, while their Brute Force ATVs offer comfort, control and capability for fun and work. Kawasaki snuck in a new addition to the Mule Pro lineup called the Mule Pro-FXR that has new bodywork and a shorter wheelbase…

KAWASAKI TECATE 450R

-- Michael Noska is a top trike builder in the Pennsylvania area. Here is his latest work of art that he built for Jarod Mullen. He started with a 2008 Kawasaki KLX450R dirt bike and spared no expense while transforming it into a head-turning, modern day, aluminum frame 3-wheeler. Kawasaki 450s are known for being fast and if Jarod takes his new Tecate 450 to the race track, he'll have no reason to fear the Honda ATC450Rs. Send photos and information on your project machines to the Dirt Wheels crew, while…

MINI-ME ATVs

-- Honey, I shrunk the quads! Remember that movie? Yeah, it was awhile back, and maybe it was shrunken kids instead of quads. Anyway, having a miniature version of your ATV is not a bad idea. It's nice to have a visual reminder of what you'd rather be doing, and you can't really have your actual quad sitting on your desk at work. Well, if you'd like to have a 1:12 scale replica of your YFZ, TRX, KFX or LTR, New Ray Toys has you covered. They also have some mini 4x4 quads as well as a few UTVs. You may…

How-To Adjust Your Valves

-- Keeping your ATV running strongly requires routine maintenance, and adjusting your valves is a part of that. On most machines, valves will only need to be checked and adjusted every few months, but on high-performance ATVs, you should check them every three to four oil changes. We have compiled a little how-to on adjusting the two most common types of valve trains, so keep this guide handy! DOHC: SHIM UNDER-BUCKET DESIGN STEP 1 Start off by removing the plastics necessary to get the tank off. On the KFX, we removed…