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FLY ZONE PRO GOGGLES

-- Track & trail product test --  By the staff of Dirt Wheels, Photo by Erik Marmion If you don’t know by now, Fly Racing has an extravagant line of products for the ATV, dirt bike, BMX, mountain bike, street bike, snow and even water sports communities. ATV riders can purchase body protection, helmets, full gear sets, gear bags, hydration packs and more from Fly, and its 2019 lineup hit shelves already. We picked up Fly Racing’s 2019 Zone Pro goggles to test. They have a reasonable price of $59.95 and come in…

MAXXIS CARNIVORE TIRES

-- Extreme-terrain traction tire test -- By the staff of  Dirt Wheels When we first set eyes on the Maxxis Carnivore, our overly expert opinions (insert sarcasm here) were far too harsh for this tire. We assumed the tread design would handicap the tire on any form of hardpack UTV driving, while our desert-going crew wanted to turn their noses up at it. We are from the West Coast, where most directions the eye can see are hardpacked and desert-like. The Carnivore had a humbling trick up its sleeve! We left our…

USWE TANKER 16 HYDRATION PACK

-- Product Evaluation -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels We always like to have a pack along when we are testing or riding quads. A modern pack like the $120 USWE Tanker 16 has a compact shape, yet it handles 16 liters of cargo. You can pack it heavy and not have it bother you since it has the patented NDM (No Dancing Monkey) suspension harness. The pack fits, and it doesn’t bounce around on your back despite no waist strap! Elastic four-point straps allow you to snug the pack tight without it affecting your ability…

QUADBOSS RACK BAG

-- Loading it up for a test out on the trail -- It’s adventure time! 4x4 quads are the most purchased ATVs on the market for many different tasks. A lot of them are utilized working hard around the ranch or job site. The rest are employed for hunting, trail riding and adventuring. Quadboss is a company that offers aftermarket additions to your machine for all of the above. We recently picked up one of its $199.99 Reflective Series rear rack bags with an integrated cover. Once it arrived, we strapped it to our Suzuki…

FULLERTON SAND SPORTS SXS TIRES & DWT ULTIMATE SPORT WHEELS

-- Testing serious sand tires and wheels -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels Not all paddle tires are created equal. That fact was driven home when we took our 2019 Polaris RZR 4 Turbo S to the famed Glamis dunes. We ran the first day with the stock ITP Coyote desert tires with the pressure dropped to 9 psi. We were able to get everywhere, but we were constantly vigilant to prevent burying the machine. For the next day we mounted the U.S.-made 30x1300-15 SandSports SxS paddle tires on the rear and 30x1100-15 tires on the…

ASSAULT OFF-ROAD COOLER BAG

-- Keep your drinks cool on hot rugged rides -- We are accustomed to going to Assault Industries when we want hard parts—stuff whittled and welded from steel, aluminum and even shaped from glass. But, the popular aftermarket builder has soft items as well. One is the handy and effective off-road cooler bag. It comes in white or black. At first we groaned when we saw the white color, but went ahead and tossed it in the back seat of a RZR XP 4 Turbo S for days in the dunes. We loaded the bag with bottles of water and cans…

SIDI CROSSFIRE 3 SRS BOOT

-- Testing top-of-the-line foot protection -- Convincing ATV riders to wear a motocross-style boot is a difficult task. Most 4x4 riders wear shoes or work boots, and we see too much of that on sport quads as well. The riders that wear true moto-style boots are generally racers, or riders who like to ride as fast as they would racing. Just because your foot won’t hit the dirt as consistently as it would on a dirt bike doesn’t mean the protection and stability of a motocross boot isn’t worth it. Hard landings, the jerking…

RICOCHET UHMW SKID PLATE

-- Installing a better skid plate & testing it out --  By the staff of Dirt Wheels Polaris has not left the underside of its UTVs unprotected. Each has a factory plastic skid plate installed, but the plastic isn’t heavy or thick. It balances weight with maximum protection, but some people drive terrain that is a bit challenging. Ricochet Off-Road has been providing protection for off-road machinery for over 35 years. The reason? Ricochet is located right at the base of the Rocky Mountains, and there is ample…

XTC POWER PRODUCTS PLUG & PLAY SYSTEM

-- Testing a smart wiring solution for your RZR --  By the staff of Dirt Wheels One of our editors has been building a project Polaris RZR XP Turbo that will be featured in Dirt Wheels soon. Installing everything has required many hours. We’ve had to collect parts and persuade things to fit correctly. Modifications have been made, while blood, sweat and tears have been shed, but none of those problems were from XTC Power Products. Wiring can be relentlessly tedious if you are not an aficionado or have the…

FUEL TIRES & WHEELS

-- Testing for grip and strength -- By the Dirt Wheels test crew: Manufacturers of UTV tires are in a constant battle to build the best tires. Some tires are specific to the terrain you love to ride, while others offer a broad range of traction for multiple types of terrain. One thing stays consistent—these companies are struggling to make a tire that is light yet strong enough to withstand the harsh abuse drivers put their favorite toys through. Fuel Off-Road came out with its Gripper R/T 32-inch tire and Anza D918…

Z1R F.I. FLANK HELMET

-- TEST: Vents and MIPS at a happy price -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels As soon as we took the new Z1R F.I. Flank dirt helmet out of the box, we were impressed. The finish is ultra smooth and glossy, and there is no hint of a transition between colors in the attractive graphics. Rather than plastic screws holding the peak in place, it has what looks like black-chromed metal hardware. Instead of plastic grates on the helmet vents, there is a fine mesh metal screen. The rubber trim around the eyeport has molded-in…

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…