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ARAI RAM-X HELMET

By the staff of Dirt Wheels ARAI RAM-X HELMET Arai is a Japanese, family-owned helmet company that believes that helmets are vital and valuable safety equipment meant for long-term use and extended satisfaction. Aside from a deeply held belief in absolute quality, Arai believes in a smooth, rounded shell shape both for intrinsic strength and so the helmet doesn’t have edges that catch during a crash. The Ram-X is innovative in its shape in another way. Even though it is an open face, the shell extends along…

EXTREME METAL PRODUCTS MIRRORS

By the staff of Dirt Wheels EXTREME METAL PRODUCTS MIRRORS If you’re like us, you’ll agree that seeing what’s going on behind you is important. Even forward-thinkers need to look back occasionally. That is especially true if you have a friend following or just need to back up so we put a set of Extreme Metal Products Folding Mirrors on our test unit. On our Can-Am Maverick Sport, we mounted an old automotive mirror to the center of the front roll bar to fill in the backward blanks. It worked great until we…

ANTIGRAVITY MICRO-START JUMPER BOX

By the staff of Dirt Wheels A dead battery on the trail wasn’t always such a big deal. Getting a tow-start or rolling your quad down a hill to bump-start it would have you up and running in no time. Now, with the power demands of electronic fuel injection and no way to bump-start a CVT-equipped machine, a dead battery can ruin a day of riding. Once the battery voltage drops to a certain level, the EFI injectors won’t fire, so there is no way to bump-start a modern quad, whether it has a CVT or not. Thankfully,…

OVERPASS VIDEO GAME REVIEW

By the staff of Dirt Wheels OVERPASS VIDEO GAME REVIEW Over the years there has been a handful of off-road racing games—some good and some not so much. However, they all had one thing in common—the style of racing. For the most part, games like ATV Off-Road Fury or Forza off-road, rally, stadium, MX, and desert or endurance courses. Overpass is a different style of race pace. All of the tracks are slow and technical. We describe it as a mix of King of the Hammers, Bounty Hole…

PRODUCT EVALUATION: CST APACHE A/T TIRE

By the staff of Dirt Wheels CST APACHE A/T TIRE According to EveryCulture.com, the homeland of the Apaches was a vast region. It stretched from what is now central Arizona, in the west, to present-day central and south Texas in the east. Then from northern Mexico in the south to the high plains of what became eastern Colorado, in the north.  That is a big swath of land. Given the radical difference in terrain found in that vast area, giving a tire the name Apache, puts a lot of expectation on that tire. However,…

TUSK 20-FOOT UTV TOW STRAP

By the staff of Dirt Wheels TUSK 20-FOOT UTV TOW STRAP If we are driving a UTV any farther than we can easily walk back, we make sure we’re prepared for the trip. Ideally, that means traveling with at least one other reliable machine in good condition. At the very least we carry the tools and equipment with us to make routine repairs. In case we fail to make repairs, we always carry a tow strap, and we call on our second car to tow us back. Tusk has a $19.99 tow strap that does all we require of it. It is a…

YAMALUBE YAMACLEAN PRO-WASH SPRAY

By the staff of Dirt Wheels YAMALUBE YAMACLEAN PRO-WASH SPRAY. Many UTV and ATV enthusiasts are as proud of their machines’ appearance as any vehicle owner. The difference is, we ride in the dirt, which means our machines need washing more often, and cleaning them is more challenging. Yamalube’s Yamaclean Pro-Wash spray is designed to clean well with less effort than common detergent, so we were eager to see how it performs.  SAFE FOR ALL SURFACES A strong cleaner is no help if it destroys what you use it on,…

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By the staff of Dirt Wheels TRACTION ACTION WITH OBER AVENT KNOBS It’s been years since any company has introduced a new tire that’s not only good for Joe Public, the trail rider, but also come up with a tire that is race-proven and used by race-winning drivers.  Meet the Obor Advent Knobby Knobs. It’s a brand-new tire, from a new company that has turned to industry professionals to help them develop products.  XC pro-Adam McGill has already won a GNCC race on this tire, and Landon Wolfe ended up one race shy…

HONDA PROJECT 300 4×4

**Editors Note-A nostalgic look back at a Honda FourTrax 4x4 Project 4x4 Quad we built. Those of you familiar with Dirt Wheels know that we like to do hop-up projects on quads. We usually are not satisfied with the power and performance of production machines. No matter how good a stock quad is, we like to experiment to see if we can make it better. More power, better sus­pension and improved handling is pretty much all that we ask for. In the past, we have focused most of this attention on machines like Banshees,…

SUPERATV DOOR INSERTS

By Ray Gibbs and the staff of Dirt Wheels We approve of the current trend to fill in the openings in stock quarter doors rather than replace the entire door. In most cases, we like the operation, look, fit, and finish of the stock door. Our desire was to keep the gap filled, to keep the outside world out of the car, whenever possible. SuperATV makes an aluminum filler panel, or SuperATV Door Inserts to complete a Polaris Pro XP door. HOW IT WORKS For a door insert to do its job, it must merely fit snugly and stay in…

PRODUCT EVALUATION:SUPER ATV POLYCARBONATE ROOF

By Ray Gibbs and the staff of Dirt Wheels SUPER ATV POLYCARBONATE ROOF When it comes to UTV roofs, we know two things: there are a confusing number of options, and we love having one. A friend was looking for a roof for his RZR Pro XP two-seater, so we suggested the SuperATV see-through, tinted polycarbonate plastic roof. Polycarbonate, trade-named Lexan by General Electric, is commonly used when extremely tough plastic is used, such as goggle lenses and a helmet shield. It is also for bullet-resistant windows…

PRODUCT EVALUATION: ROCK-ON PROTECTION

Protection from your own roost By the staff of Dirt Wheels ROCK ON PROTECTION They go by the name “mud flaps,” but they have very little to do with mud. The flaps are actually roost guards, and, again, they are not for what you think. They are not there to prevent your roost from hitting the buddy riding your bumper behind you. In fact, the roost guards are to prevent rocks and sand roosting off your front tire from sand-blasting the business end of your trailing arm. Furthermore, they prevent rocks from…