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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…

GEAR GRINDER: DYNOJET POWER COMMANDER V & AUTOTUNE

-- Fueling our race-ready YXZ’s thirst, By the staff of Dirt Wheels -- Our YXZ1000R SS creates decent power at around 112 horsepower from the crank, but it’s not enough to holeshot the competition at a WORCS race. You may recall that we installed a full Akrapovic titanium exhaust on this machine, and when you install an exhaust for closed-course racing, you need to add the correct fuel mapping or you could damage the engine. Since all the new performance UTVs and ATVs are fuel-injected, simply changing out a jet…

YAMAHA’S TILTING 3-WHEELER

-- It was over 10 years ago when Dirt Wheels first reported on Brudeli's experimental tilting 3-wheeler. Geir Brudeli in Norway was the inventor of this unique machine and he developed the concept to function successfully. However, as far as we know the vehicles remained in prototype stage and never went into production. The financial backing just wasn't there to take it to the next level. So, that's where Yamaha comes in. They purchased the rights to Brudeli's patent design. Does this mean that Yamaha is going to…

S&B PARTICLE SEPARATOR FOR YXZ1000R MODELS

-- A safe engine is a happy engine, By the staff of Dirt Wheels -- Our race-project YXZ1000R SS is subjected to some pretty intense, dusty environments. We recently entered a Dirt Series motocross race in SoCal, and it became a dusty mess. After checking out our air filter, it was apparent that we needed a product to keep the filter clean longer. The brainiacs at S&B Filters put their minds together to produce a product that would cut down on harmful dust particles that enter UTV intakes. They’re experts in…

2018 YAMAHA RAPTOR 700R TEST

-- Big power and big fun are always on tap, By the staff of Dirt Wheels -- Have you ever heard the expression, “Legends never die”? Well, that has been Yamaha’s sport quad mantra for years. Back in the 1990s they didn’t let the Blaster, Banshee or Warrior fall into the depths of despair like Honda, Suzuki and Kawasaki did with their sport quads. That was a hard time for sport quads. Even though big sales numbers weren’t there, Yamaha continued building them for the masses. That is still the case. Yamaha is…

YAMAHA’S 2018 RACING TEAM

-- PRESS RELEASE: Yamaha announces their new and returning factory-supported Side-by-Side (SxS) and ATV racers for the 2018 season, including defending champions returning to race Yamaha’s pure sport YXZ1000R SxS and best-selling YFZ450R sport ATV. Yamaha’s bLU cRU race support program will continue offering championship bonuses to registered racers competing in a YXZ1000R or on a YFZ450R model. Kicking off the 2018 SxS season, Yamaha is offering a $10,000 potential bonus for the winning YXZ at the King of the Hammers…

PROJECT BANSHEE FROM THE LAND DOWN UNDER

-- THERE ARE DIRT WHEELS READERS IN AUSTRALIA TOO -- Yamaha's twin-cylinder, two-stroke quad became a popular machine where ever people could buy one. Along with the USA, the Banshee was also available for many years in Australia as well. In fact, there's quite a large number of hearty ATV enthusiasts in the land down under. One of which is Danny Silver and he has been a Banshee owner for 10 years. He recently finished rebuilding his prized machine and here is what it looks like now. Australia has a lot in common…

YAMAHA YXZ1000R SS SPECIAL EDITION TEST

-- DIRT WHEELS UTV TEST: How do Yamaha's GYTR parts transform the YXZ? -- You have to hand it to Yamaha. When the company set about creating a pure sport UTV, it didn’t build the same old thing every other brand was building. With the all-new YXZ1000R, there was a lot to like, and the basic YXZ platform got even easier to enjoy with the release of the auto-clutch Sport Shift models. Then came the Special Edition versions with fully adjustable Fox X2 suspension. Despite being impressed with the…

YAMAHA YF-SHEE

-- Yamaha's Banshee 350 was an instant hit when it was first introduced back in 1987. Everyone loved the power it produced from its twin-cylinder, two-stroke engine. It remained a popular quad throughout its 20 years of production, which is remarkable since it was never updated or changed during that time. One has to wonder how much better the Banshee would have been if Yamaha had continually improved this quad from year to year. Instead, Banshee owners had to rely on hop-up shops to keep their machine's power, suspension…

YAMAHA WARRIOR 396

-- Yamaha first introduced its Warrior 350 back in 1987. The production run lasted for 20 years, so there has been many sold in that time. The four-stroke engine was virtually bullet-proof and has proven to  offer Warrior owners with a long, trouble-free life. Therefore, there are plenty of these machines still out on the trails today. However, as with any older quad, they could use some refreshing to get back to the same shape of their younger days. Or, it doesn't hurt if they get the major make-over treatment. That was the…

SNO-MO-RAPTOR

-- Setting up a quad for snow -- So, what all is going on inside the garages of Dirt Wheels readers these days? Well, let's take a look and see what Kevin Lonce is up to. He lives in New York where it's known to get some snow in the winter months. That doesn't stop Kevin from going riding. Instead, he makes sure one of his quads is set up to handle the snow. That's what he's doing here. His Raptor is in the process of being transformed into his favorite winter machine. On the rear Kevin has switched over to the…

YAMAHA’S NEW TWO-STROKE YFZ250R?

It says YFZ250R right there on the gas tank and the engine certainly looks like a two-stroke. Is this a secret new prototype that Yamaha is testing and will start selling soon? That might be a logical assumption until you start looking closer at the engine. Hmmm, it says TRX on the clutch cover and the cylinder sure looks the same as that on Honda's 250R. Okay, the mystery is solved when J.D. Kimbrough provided us with some info about this quad. This is his 2005 Yamaha YFZ450. However, he took the four-stroke engine…