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HOW-TO: 10 Tips on Buying a Used UTV

-- What to look for when shopping for a good deal -- As the UTV market expands, there are a lot of enthusiasts purchasing new machines and putting their old ones on the market. Those used machines can be where a smart buyer stakes their claim on a handsome deal for a (new to them) UTV. With sites like Craigslist and atvtrader, there are many options to view the available herd of UTVs, and begin the process of narrowing down the quality values and weeding out the not-so-promising SxSs. Research is key when it comes to…

PROJECT WILDCAT TRAIL 700

-- And it can still be hauled inside a van! --  By the staff of Dirt Wheels - This could be the lowest-budget UTV project that we have ever covered in Dirt Wheels. Derek Hunt and his brother Chris spend their days creating incredibly exotic electric bikes for their company, Hi-Power Cycles (www.hi-powercycles.com). Don’t tell anyone, but despite their penchant for things electric, the brothers harbor a fondness for things powered by gasoline. Very few of their high-end electric bikes cost less than what Derek forked…

2019 HONDA ATC250R?

-- The latest version of the famous two-stroke three-wheeler -- Ever since Honda dropped their ATC250R after 1986, people have wondered how one would look today if it suddenly returned to the line up. Well, that has not happened yet, but what we have here is probably the closest thing to a 2019 ATC250R that Honda would build. It has an aluminum frame, inverted front forks and a 2-stroke engine with a power-valve, raising and lowering the exhaust port to make a broader power band. So, how did this modern ATC250R come…

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…

2019 CAN-AM SPORT DPS 1000R

-- Testing a fast 60 inch wide woods UTV --  By the staff of Dirt Wheels A quick tap of the brake pedal sets the slide in motion. As you actuate the throttle, the crisp awakening of the Can-Am Maverick Sport’s 1000R V-twin engine has a throaty tone that fills the cab. The UTV begins its lean, while the outside Fox Podium shocks settle into their compression stroke, as the inside wheels lighten. A hefty roost of tacky dirt and rocks sprays the trail and trees on the outside of the corner. You counter-steer your power…

2019 POLARIS RZR XP 4 TURBO S

-- Testing a very fast 4-seater -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels, Photo by Pat Carrigan Polaris has a success story going, and it starts with new models arriving first as two-seat versions, and shortly after a four-seat version follows. As you can imagine, as soon as the RZR Turbo S arrived, we had our eyes on the horizon looking for the RZR XP 4 Turbo S to pop into sight. Now that it is here, it did not disappoint. You have a choice of the arrest-me red with black suspension that was on our 2018 two-seat, or a sleek…

UTV INC. RZR DOORS

--Testing a sleek set of full doors --  By the staff of Dirt Wheels There are far too many UTV models that come with close-to-pointless quarter doors. Polaris RZRs generally all come with them, and we feel that they’re not enough protection against the elements, brush or trees and accidents. We went to UTV Inc. for a pair of $726 RZR XP 1000/XP Turbo and Turbo S doors. They also make doors for many other brands and models. CONSTRUCTION UTV Inc. builds the main door frame and mounting frames out of TIG-welded…

SUZUKI QUADRACER 250

-- Custom rebuild on the first 2-stroke performance quad -- Honda's TRX250R gets most of the attention, but it actually owes its existence to Suzuki. The Quadracer 250 came out in 1985 while Honda, Yamaha and Kawasaki were focussed only on 3-wheelers. At that point Honda set its engineers on building a high-performance 2-stroke 4-wheeler to compete with the Suzuki. Granted, Honda did a good job with their very first effort, but that wouldn't have happened without using the Quadracer 250 as a reference. Here is Jay…

CAN-AM WINS DAKAR AGAIN!

BRP’s Maverick X3 side-by-side  vehicle has won the 41st edition of the Dakar Rally in South America for the second year in a row. A popular choice for many racing teams, the Maverick X3 vehicle was dominant on the circuit, as nearly 80% of the vehicles racing in the SxS category were Maverick X3, proving Can-Am’s leadership in this category. Can-Am had more than 20 teams entered in the 2019 Dakar Rally, which lasted 11 days and featured a 5,000-kilometer course (around 3,100 miles) that started and ended in Lima, Peru.…

ARGO AURORA 800 LIMITED

-- Testing the original ATV reimagined -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels Chances are that any off-road enthusiast recognizes the unique eight-wheeled profile of the new Argo Aurora 800 Limited. The name Argo may not roll off of your tongue—yet. Argo isn’t currently a household OHV name, but it could become one. 2017 was the 50-year anniversary for Argo, and the milestone coordinated with an infusion of leadership making the move from Arctic Cat. Using the anniversary as a kick-off, Argo made a huge push with its classic…

MONSTER RZR

-- XTC's superhero of UTVs -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels You never know what will set a person on a path to success. The trip to this scratch-built, 450-horsepower not-a-Polaris began many years ago when Chris Leaming’s father Rob gave him a new Yamaha Tri-Zinger 50cc three-wheeler for the SoCal deserts. The little Yamaha ignited a lifelong spark of off-road passion. The father-son duo are now partners in Gilbert, Arizona-based XTC Power Products. They moved there to grow the company that specializes in UTV…

THE FIRST UTV

-- By Ron Lawson -- My dad really wants a UTV. He just doesn’t know it yet. He doesn’t quite know what a UTV is, even though I’ve tried explaining it to him on a number of occasions. Me: “They’re like little 4WD cars, they usually have two seats, and they would present a great way for us to get out together and do stuff.” Dad: “You took my car away. Now you want to give it back?” Me: “Now we made that decision together after you got stuck on the center median in front of Walmart. You’re 87 years old now, and…