Dustin Jones Claims First Win of 2019 Season

S3 Racing Can-Am racer Dustin Jones piloted his Maverick X3 MAX Turbo R side-by-side vehicle to the UTV Turbo class win at the Best In The Desert season opener in Parker, Ariz. Jones, and co-pilot Dustin Henderson outlasted 60-plus entrants in their class to notch the victory. Can-Am racers Michael Isom (UTV Unlimited) and Beau Judge (Short Course) also earned overall class wins at the 2019 BITD Parker 250 event. “It’s awesome to start the Best In The Desert series and the desert-racing season with a Pro Turbo class win…

HOW-TO CHANGE BRAKE PADS & BRAKE LINES

-- Step by step photos on a UTV -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels In the December 2018 issue, we showed how to install new brake rotors on a Polaris RZR. In this issue we install new brake lines and brake pads. You change brake pads routinely for wear, or less frequently because you are looking for different brake performance. Brake lines are a different story. They do get damaged and need to be replaced, but most often you change brake lines to change to a different brake feel. Or, like us, you have changed to wider…

MAXXIS CORONADO UTV TIRES

-- Tough multi-terrain performance tire test -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels We become used to seeing hard-terrain tires with closely spaced, relatively short tread blocks. Most have a pretty square profile as well. In light of that, we assumed that the Maxxis Coronado was a mud tire with widely spaced, deep tread blocks. Obviously, we were a little surprised to find that the Coronado is what Maxxis calls “the ultimate desert tire for your ATV or side-by-side,” and claiming that the compound is long-wearing and…

MAC’S UTILITY MAT

-- Like a vacation for your back & knees -- First test: By the staff of Dirt Wheels We aren’t exactly sure how a company renowned for high-quality tie-downs develops a work mat as a product. We can only guess that Mac’s owners and employees actually work on their own stuff, hook up their own trailers and occasionally have to slide under their vehicles. We routinely carry a small gardening mat to kneel on while connecting the trailer or changing flats. We also stand on it to change into riding gear. But our little…

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…

THE NEW FEBRUARY 2019 DIRT WHEELS IS HERE

-- Make sure you get a copy -- Honda TRX363R 2-stroke with 68 horsepower, Buyer's guide to every 2019 UTV, Suzuki 500 4x4 test, Coolest Polaris RS1 single seater you've ever seen, Team USA wins world championship on quads, and much more. You'll want to make sure you pick up the February 2019 issue of Dirt Wheels. It's at your local newsstands now, or we'll deliver it to your home. Put your name on the list here> https://hi-torque.com/product/dirt-wheels-holiday/ . .

New Z-Frame Knee Brace from Leatt

The inventors of the Leatt-Brace® expands their line of knee braces for 2019 with a new Z-Frame knee brace. Replicating the mechanics of the knee, the Z-Frame brace either deflects or absorbs impact as required. The Z-frame is made of an injected composite chassis with slim hinges for superior bike feel. Engineered to help reduce forces, it limits knee injuries and is CE certified as both a medical device and as impact protection. Certified medical device and top-rated impact protection that won’t break the bank, this…

PROJECT YAMAHA YFZ450R

-- Duncan Racing is at it again --  By the staff of Dirt Wheels, Photos by Pat Carrigan -- Duncan Racing International (DRI) is a company known for building great products and building up ATVs to handle the harshness of racing in all different disciplines. One well-known racing series on the West Coast is WORCS. The Grand Prix-style courses offer rough desert terrain, sand dunes, asphalt, motocross tracks and more to battle through, which means your quad must be tough to take the abuse and win. Mike…

TEXTRON OFF ROAD HAVOC X

-- UTV TEST : American hot rod style --  By the staff of Dirt Wheels:  Dirt Wheels’ first experience with the Textron Stampede was back when the brand was called Bad Boy. Since then, parent company Textron has changed their name, though the impressive Stampede remains pretty much the same. Even though the Stampede is largely intended as a utility and recreation UTV, we found it pretty sporty, and twice during our time with it, we took it to the dunes. Dune running isn’t exactly what it was designed for, but it…