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GBOOST CVT CLUTCH KIT INSTALL

-- What you need if your UTV has bigger tires -- Recently, we have come across a number of UTVs that were fitted with oversized tires, and in most of those cases we found that performance suffered. We are all for the cool look and added ground clearance that big tires supply, but not if we lose performance and driveability. The solution is to have the CVT clutching modified to work with the larger tires. The photos and text here will show how we installed GBoost clutch kits in 2017 Polaris UTVs; one was a Turbo and the…

MAXXIS LIBERTY UTV TIRE

-- Testing DOT-rated desert treads -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels We are stationed in Southern California, which means we have a ton of desert trails to ride. Mud and tight, wooded terrain is a lot more difficult to come by, so we do a lot of testing in rocks and wide-open desert. We test what matches that terrain, like the Maxxis Liberty UTV tire. This well-designed piece of rubber has been out for a while, but we wanted to get some hard miles on a 30-inch set before we wrote down our thoughts. THE TREAD…

HARBOR FREIGHT MANUAL TIRE CHANGER

-- Testing a low-cost way to install your new tires -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels We obviously change more tires than the average guy with an ATV or UTV. Many owners do find themselves needing to change tires, and it isn’t like you can drive your machine to the tire store, or at least not where we live. That means taking the wheels off, driving to a tire shop or ATV/UTV dealer, then paying to have the tires changed. Instead, we decided to try Harbor Freight Tools’ Manual Tire Changer. FEATURES Our latest…

FLY LITE HYDROGEN RIDING GEAR TEST

-- New technology for comfort & protection --   Product Evaluation by the staff of Dirt Wheels -- Fly Racing is known for creating bright and uniquely designed gear, and the 2018 Lite Hydrogen gear line is no different. Other than being eye-catching, this gear line upped its design level by featuring lightweight and breathable material, as well as revolutionary qualities that redefine the market. LITE HYDROGEN JERSEY, $49.95 This jersey is known as the first true lightweight race wear to hit the market,…

ELKA LEGACY SUSPENSION TEST

-- A better ride for cheap -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels -- Most sport quad riders are weekend warriors who love upgrading their machines. One of the smartest purchases you can make is in the suspension department. A lot of riders think that adding power parts will make your quad faster. That can be true; however, if you don’t have the suspension to handle the added power, you won’t go much faster. While racers get the best and most tunable shocks they can find, most of us just want something better than stock that…

ARAI XC HELMET TEST REVIEW

-- Treat your brain to excellence --  By the staff of Dirt Wheels There are many different philosophies when it comes to helmets. Arai is a Japanese, family-owned helmet company responsible for many helmet innovations. Arai doesn’t believe that helmets are like tear-offs, but instead are vital and valuable safety equipment. Aside from a core belief in absolute quality, Arai believes in a smooth, rounded shell shape, both for intrinsic strength but also so the helmet doesn’t have edges that catch during a crash. The…

ANTIGRAVITY RE-START BATTERY

-- Testing the reserve-boost system --  By the staff of Dirt Wheels The days of carrying jumper cables or having to bump-start your quad could finally be over! Antigravity Batteries recently released their Re-Start lithium-ion battery that has a built-in jump-start feature. We have one editor who religiously leaves his keys turned on, and that is not only frustrating, but he has come close to being left stranded on the trail. You can’t bump-start ATVs and UTVs that have CV transmissions like you can with our favorite…

THOR RIDING GEAR

-- PRODUCT TEST: Helmet, goggles, gloves, jersey & pants --  By the staff of Dirt Wheels Thor has been serving great riding gear to the off-road community since the 1970s, and it continues to produce high-quality products today. The gear lineup is extensive and has flavors for any rider and at reasonable price tags too. We picked up the Pulse gear set, Sector helmet and gloves, and the Sniper goggle to test. SECTOR HELMET The Sector helmet has remained in the Thor lineup as a price-point helmet for a long…

SCOTT PROSPECT GOGGLE

-- PRODUCT TEST of the WPS version with roll-off system -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels Riding gear technology never ceases to improve. Helmets get more protective, jerseys become more comfortable and ventilate better, and goggles improve. One goggle that we have been patiently waiting to get our gear-greedy hands on is the Scott Prospect. It has been out for a while, but we wanted to spend some time in them before writing a test. We got the $89.95 Prospect goggle and the $99.95 WFS version, which is perfect for the…

OCELOT TG VICTORY TIRE TEST

-- Tons of tread that'll last a long time at a good price -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels Tire testing never ceases at Dirt Wheels! Chaparral’s house brand Ocelot Racing has a vast selection of tires for UTVs and ATVs. The Ocelot line includes these new TG Victory tires. We picked up a set of 30x10-14, which is a standard replacement size for desert dwellers on sport performance UTVs like our Polaris RZR XP 4 1000. CONSTRUCTION The Victory tire is no lightweight. When we first installed them, we figured they…

CARLISLE RADIAL TRAIL HD TRAILER TIRES

-- PRODUCT EVALUATION -- Trailer peace of mind, By the staff of Dirt Wheels:  One of the Dirt Wheels editors has a 30-foot bumper-pull utility trailer. It is not as weighty as a heavy equipment trailer, but it’s a monster. It looks a mile long, but gets shorter when you drive UTVs onto the deck. When we first got it, it needed mods to be safe with a full load of cars on it. One of those mods was trailer tires with a higher load range. For 15-inch wheels, E-rated tires were the heaviest we could find. We bought…

NO LIMIT TWO-PIECE MODULAR DEUCE WHEEL

-- FIRST TEST : If you ever break these wheels, they'll replace them for free --  By the staff of Dirt Wheels -- There are so many companies offering UTV and ATV wheels that they need to do something unique in design, technology or strength to set them apart from others. We feel that No Limit has done just that by offering a wheel that is unique compared to others on the market. DEUCE TWO-PIECE MODULAR WHEEL, STARTING AT $149.60 PER WHEEL  No Limit blends strength, longevity and creativity with…