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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... . .

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…

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…