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PRODUCT EVALUATION: DP BRAKES SETUP

Friction is key By the staff of Dirt Wheels If you want to go fast, you need to be able to slow down quickly. While you may think that is counterintuitive, the quicker you can stop, the longer you can hold the throttle open. With that logic in mind, we went to DP Brakes for a set of $39.95 SDP Pro-MX sintered brake pads and $109.95 Moose Racing OEM replacement brake rotors that are made by DP for a Honda TRX450R. The old pads had seen their day, the rear rotor was bent and the fronts had some warping, so it was time…

PRODUCT EVALUATION: RUGGED RADIOS BELL QUALIFIER PUMPER HELMET

So you can see, speak and breathe By the staff of Dirt Wheels The Bell brand has been a well-known name in the motorsports industry for decades, and while not as long, so has Rugged Radios. Bell has recently made it far more affordable for an average UTV enthusiast to have a “pumper” helmet designed to be connected to a filtered clean-air system. No more breathing dust! So, you might be asking, why should you go to Rugged Radios to purchase a Bell helmet? For one, Rugged is a leading producer of filtered clean-air…

PRODUCT EVALUATION: RUGGED RADIOS RRP660 2-PLACE INTERCOM SYSTEM

Communicate with your passengers By the staff of Dirt Wheels Rugged Radios is the biggest name in off-road communications applications. When you see serious UTV off-roaders, it is more than common to see an intercom system and/or a radio kit from Rugged. Until you have experienced clear conversation with your passenger(s) without shouting, you don’t know what you are missing. In addition to talking between passengers, you may listen to music with the RRP660 system. All in-car communication is hands-free. You simply…

PRODUCT EVALUATION: SIMPSON GHOST BANDIT HELMET

Old school meets new By the staff of Dirt Wheels Speed and style. Going fast and looking good doing it is the goal of many of our readers and certainly our test riders and editors. UTV drivers spend lots of money upgrading their machines to go faster and then spend more on wraps, graphics, colored wheels and custom powdercoated parts to make them look fast. So, why not invest in just the right helmet? Simpson Racing is well-versed in speed and style. It offers vast lines of protective equipment for racing and…

PRODUCT EVALUATION: PELICAN R40 RUCK & SHIELD CASES

Phone protection for riding By the staff of Dirt Wheels Many people in today’s culture view their cellular devices an extension of themselves, and thus they are never without them. There are plenty of arguments for and against the intrusion of technology into everyday life, but we are not going to get into any of that here. As editors, we use technology to present readers with up-to-date information. That means our pricey pocket computers need proper protection from the elements. Pelican understands that need all too…

PRODUCT EVALUATION: BFD OFF-ROAD RZR ROLL CAGE

Get with the protection program By the staff of Dirt Wheels We recently watched a video of a UTV sailing off a vast sand dune in Glamis of Southern California. In the air, the machine turned sideways, and when it landed, it continued to roll end over end violently until it reached the bottom of the dune. Thanks to a well-constructed aftermarket roll cage, the inhabitants of the machine walked away; the machine was absolutely destroyed. Our sport is full of the best of times, but when the fun can get flipped upside…

PRODUCT EVALUATION: LEATT 3DF AIRFIT BODY VEST

More than roost protection By the staff of Dirt Wheels If we had the ability, we would cover every inch of our bodies in armor so we could ride fast and never worry about getting hurt. Unfortunately, we probably couldn’t ride for longer than five minutes without getting tired from all the weight, and mobility would be a major issue. So, we stick to what keeps our limbs moving freely and the vital body parts properly protected. Leatt tends to be a step above the rest in the protection department. They utilize…

PRODUCT EVALUATION: OGIO RIG 9800 ROLLING GEAR BAG

It lasts for decades By the staff of Dirt Wheels Who buys a $329.99 rolling gear bag? We suggest that in the case of the Ogio Rig 9800 bag, smart people that want many years of having fun. Then we looked at the reviews for the bag. People use it for carrying paintball rigs, scuba equipment, construction gear and RC cars among other things. They transport that equipment and gear in cars, on planes and on trains. Every review mentioned how well the Rig 9800 deals with incredible amounts of abuse. We only use the bag to…

PRODUCT EVALUATION: PRO EAGLE THE BEAST JACK

Elevate with ease By the staff of Dirt Wheels Whoever told manufacturers that they wanted more suspension travel, greater power output and enhanced handling performance is all right with us! However, working on these new machines is difficult when a standard floor jack can’t lift the tires off the ground. We have tried wood blocks, fork lifts and more strange ways to get the tires of a UTV off the ground to change them or work on the suspension and axles. Now, imagine you are out camping or at the racetrack and have…

PRODUCT EVALUATION: AMS M4 EVIL TIRE & ROLL’N 106 BEADLOCK WHEELS

Better Evil locked on By the staff of Dirt Wheels It has been almost three years since we tested the aggressive M1 Evil tire. It utilized long tread blocks that are angled across the center of the tire for a sinister bite for traction. Now, AMS has introduced the new M4 Evil tires with a tread design that resembles an off-road truck tire. These pieces of rolling rubber should be pretty popular everywhere, but particularly west of the Mississippi. AMS sent them wrapped around their impressive all-new Roll’n 106…

ROSSIER ENGINEERING REBEL 4 EXHAUST

-- Testing this hot pipe on a YFZ450R -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels, photos by Daniel Gonzalez Another Yamaha YFZ450R exhaust test? You bet! Yamaha is a godsend in the sport ATV industry. They continue to produce the legendary YFZ450R, while the rest of the sport 450s have fallen off of dealer floors. That means that aside from the healthy number of Honda TRX450R projects out there, the YFZ450R is the only sport 450 we get our hands on every year to test and upgrade to our liking. We have been on an exhaust kick…

ELKA STAGE 5 UTV SHOCKS

-- Testing a set of premium $4,800 shocks --  By the staff of Dirt Wheels Can you remember far back enough to the May 2019 issue of Dirt Wheels? Our associate editor Collin Duffy built a tricked-out Polaris RZR XP Turbo project with more horsepower, wider suspension and an extensive list of the industry’s best aftermarket parts. We have spent a lot of seat time in the machine, dialing in the suspension to tackle the gnarliest terrain around the deserts of the West Coast. Elka Suspension came on board with a set of…