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TWO-STROKE YFZ300

-- Checking out a great quad conversion -- Gerald Tramble is a Dirt Wheels reader who lives in France. Just like many of us in the USA, he has a strong passion for ATV racing. ATV motocross is very popular in Europe too. As expected, Yamaha's YFZ450 is a machine many Europeans choose to race. For Gerald though, he wanted his YFZ to have a two-stroke power plant. So, he set out to remove the 450 4-stroke engine and replace it with something else. KTM is a company that still puts two-stroke engines into a lot of its dirt…

2019 UTV BUYER’S GUIDE: ARCTIC CAT

-- Arctic Cat is a Textron company -- TEXTRON WILDCAT XX/XX LTD One of the hottest new sport UTVs on the market is the all-new Textron Wildcat XX and XX LTD. This machine was designed with help from professional racer Robby Gordon to produce one of the best suspension systems on the market. Part of the suspension package is Fox 2.5 Podium shocks. The engine produces 130 horsepower. Engine type DOHC triple Displacement 989cc Suspension: Front Dual A-arm/18.0” Rear Trailing arm/18.0” Length/width/height…

POLARIS GENERAL UPGRADES

-- A PROJECT UTV BUILD YOU'LL LOVE --  By the staff of Dirt Wheels. The Polaris General brought a new flavor of fun to the UTV industry. Polaris decided to further bridge the gap between the sport performance class and the utility class with a more recreationally inclined machine that offers more comfort and capability than any machine previously built for either class. We picked up a Polaris General 1000 Deluxe model and decided to build it into a more-than-trail-capable machine. We envisioned a UTV that…

HOW-TO RESTORE OLD PLASTIC

-- Easy way to make your quad or UTV look like new -- When you see a shiny ATV in the showroom, it’s like love at first sight. The light gleaming off the carefully sculpted curves of the plastic bodywork is like art. Then you ride it, and two weeks in, it looks like a tired old mule. We may be exaggerating that last part a small amount, but every machine we test ends up with scuffed, scratched and beat-up plastics, no matter how careful we are with it. So instead of dropping hundreds of dollars on brand-new plastics, why…

HOW TO REPLACE SUSPENSION BUSHINGS

-- Keep your machine’s suspension working like new --  By the staff of Dirt Wheels : Keeping the suspension working well on a quad or UTV requires a variety of parts to function as they should. Adjusting the spring preload and fine-tuning the adjusters are the fun part. There are less glamorous duties, like making sure that the suspension arms are operating as they should. Most quad and UTV suspension arms pivot on simple plastic bushings with a sleeve for the bolt to go through. For the most part, these…

HONDA TRX480R

-- Refresh your older quad with a big-bore kit -- With many ATV manufacturers not producing sport ATVs any longer, many riders are having to hold onto older quads and rebuild them to as-new condition. Luckily, there are many ways to use aftermarket parts to rebuild your older sport ATV into something that is better than what you could pick up on the dealer-room floor. The project can even be at a cheaper cost if you don’t go crazy with your build. We recently had the chance to resurrect a 2004 TRX450R that had a blown…

2019 YAMAHA YXZ1000R SS SPECIAL EDITION

-- Testing out the many new changes & improvements --  By the staff of Dirt Wheels Yamaha is world famous as an innovative performance company, and it was critical that its first performance UTV have what the company calls “pure sport character.” Part of the pure sport concept is having an immediate, direct connection to the drivetrain and chassis. For Yamaha, a belt-drive machine would not meet its pure sport requirements. Even though Yamaha has very high standards for belt longevity and endurance, they knew…

CAN-AM MAVERICK X3 X ds TURBO R

-- Testing Can-Am’s best 64-inch car with no-brainer mods -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels: Can-Am continues to have a huge presence in the UTV market with multiple iterations of the Maverick X3 platform. The X3 is available with a 64-inch track width and a 72-inch width. Of the 64-inch machines, the $25,399 Maverick X3 X ds Turbo R is the best equipped. Key among the updates are the premium Fox 2.5 Podium RC2 piggyback shocks with dual-speed compression and rebound adjustments. The X ds also comes stock with…

TUSK SEAT CARGO RACK KIT

-- Testing a smart way  to carry more stuff --  By the staff of Dirt Wheels: Polaris RZRs are a blast to drive, and in the deserts of Southern California and similar areas in the states, a four-seater is the way to go. It has a smoother ride over fast, rough sections than a two-seater does. We don’t often fill all four seats in our RZR XP Turbo S 4, so we decided to make our lives easier and pick up a Tusk seat cargo rack kit that includes a new seat base for $219.99. We were not disappointed! WHAT IT IS…

PROJECT YAMAHA YFZ450R

-- Building a pro level WORCS race quad -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels, Photos by Pat Carrigan Logan Huff has dominated his Pro-Am ATV class competition in the World Off-Road Championship Series (WORCS) for the last two years. He landed his second Pro-Am championship in 2018 and made his Pro class debut at the first round of WORCS in Primm, Nevada. Huff decided to make his first WORCS Pro showing on a fresh Yamaha YFZ450R build. We got to catch up with him and cover this build the day before he shifted his YFZ into…

THE MOST FUN QUAD I’VE EVER RIDDEN

-- What happened to it? -- By Karel Kramer We all have triggers, something that gnaws at you like a scrappy, yappy little dog gnawing at your ankle. An event that just bugs the heck out of you when you encounter it. It might be loud neighbors, rude or aggressive drivers, or some motorized scum in a luxury car too self-important to wait for traffic to clear. You know, when traffic slows, they pretend they are turning right at a light, then jump the line of traffic. It is satisfying when you see the flashing lights go…