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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…

I ROLLED MY QUAD & NOW IT WON’T START!

BOSS McKANNICK TO THE RESCUE: Dear Boss, I have a Kawasaki KFX450 and recently I rolled it down a hill. Nothing was broken but it won’t restart. My dealer said to check the tip over sensor. I did and it did not come loose. It seems like the engine is not getting fuel. If I put fuel in the sparkplug hole she runs until the fuel is gone. I can’t see any broken wires anywhere. Boss, can you help, cause it’s a long truck to my dealer. Jamie Willis Claremont, SD. So she runs if you force feed her gas, huh? OK, that…

UTV TEST: 2017 KAWASAKI TERYX LE

-- A nice ride with great features:  By the staff of Dirt Wheels -- The Kawasaki Teryx has been around for a while, but it remains a workhorse, an able hunting or camping companion or just plain fun on the trail. The Teryx is durable, long-lasting, and the LE model has the beautiful fit and finish of a modern automobile. Storage is ample and the cockpit is comfortable. The Kawasaki Teryx hasn’t gone through any major upgrades from 2016 to 2017, but it doesn’t really need big changes to serve its…

READER’S KAWASAKI RIDES

-- "Which one should I ride today?", that's what Dirt Wheels reader Joe Swatland has to decide each time he wants to go have some off-road fun. When looking at his three machines here you can easily tell what his favorite color is. Some riders are loyal to a certain brand, and for Joe, that would be Kawasaki… and in particular, their 450 model range. Starting on the right we see Joe's 2014 KX450 dirt bike. On the left is his 2009 KFX450 quad. In the middle is his Kawasaki 450 3-wheeler. It was converted by Halls…

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…

KAWASAKI KFX450 — READER BUILD:

We're always interested in seeing what Dirt Wheels readers do to their quads and UTVs. Fortunately, many of them send us pictures and info on their builds. You should do that too. It's as easy as emailing it to the Dirt Wheels crew at [email protected] Tony Cooper in Davenport, Iowa emailed us recently and here's what he had to say: Hi Dirt Wheels -- I am the proud owner of a 2011 Kawasaki KFX 450R ATV and wanted to share some before and after pics and hopefully have a chance of seeing it in an upcoming issue of…

OVER A HALF MILLION MULES!

-- In 1987 Kawasaki began producing Mules in the USA at its plant in Lincoln, Nebraska. After 30 years of this there has now been 534,444 that have rolled off the assembly line. Wow, that's a lot of Mules! The Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing plant in Nebraska first began in 1974 with a 270,000 square foot building. Today it's a 2.4 million square foot compound employing 2,000 hard working people. "Many of our employees farm, have acreages and raise livestock, so they understand what it means to have a vehicle you can…