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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…

EVO3 BATTERY POWER SYSTEM

 -- PRODUCT EVALUATION, By the staff of Dirt Wheels -- It has been months since you last fired up your pride and joy. Thick layers of dust coat the plastic, the gas in the tank might be sour and the chance of the battery even still holding a charge is weak. Oftentimes, we forget that a battery needs upkeep and a regular diet of electrons throughout its life cycle. On top of that, choosing the right type of battery can be tricky too. We went to Ballistic Performance Components to obtain their EVO3 Power System that…

TESTING AMS ROLL’N 108 WHEELS & SAND KING TIRES

-- TIRE TESTING, By the staff of Dirt Wheels -- When we last headed for the sand dunes, we knew we wanted some traction royalty, so we called AMS about the Sand King tires. Some sand tires are buffed before paddles are vulcanized on, but the 14-paddle Sand King rear is molded like a normal four-ply tire with a large-volume, high-flotation 30x14 carcass. The Sand King front is a traditional-appearing, high-flotation, high-volume, smooth tire with a solid center rib flanked by two segmented ribs. Both sets of tires were…

PROJECT YAMAHA YXZ1000R

-- A manual-shift Yamaha that works! By the staff of Dirt Wheels -- What do you do if you already have a high-powered Polaris RZR XP 1000 punched out to 1100cc? If you are Brian Carle, you buy a stick-shift Yamaha YXZ1000R to add to the stable. He is fortunate to live where he has plenty of room to drive. He stays with his trusty RZR for slow and technical outings and turns to the YXZ for faster, more open conditions. He lives in a rural desert area and has many opportunities to hit the trails, and he is often out on…

ASSAULT’S CAN‑AM X3 PRODUCTS

-- Testing Assault's add-ons, By the staff of Dirt Wheels -- Let’s face the facts—UTVs are expensive, and having a UTV and not protecting it and yourself can really put a hurt on your checkbook. Another unfortunate fact is that most of the popular sport UTVs (or even some utility UTVs) don’t come with a front bumper, rear bumper or strong radius rods. If you’re an extreme driver, or you want to upgrade your pride and joy to have more safety, we suggest you do so sooner rather than later. Our Can-Am Maverick X3 X ds…

BARKER’S RAPTOR 700 FULL EXHAUST TEST

 -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels --  We have tested quite a few exhaust systems from Barker’s Performance, including a Raptor 700 dual exhaust. This time around we got our hands on the new single full system with a cylindrical muffler instead of their well-known oval style. We chose to have blue-and-yellow accent parts included on the system and ordered up an EHS Fuel Controller (for closed-course racing only), along with a spark arrestor. The complete setup goes for $844. CONSTRUCTION AND INSTALL This Barker’s…

SCORPION EXO-CT220 HELMET

 -- Product evaluation: by the staff of Dirt Wheels -- Scorpion Sports, Inc. USA specializes in technical apparel and equipment. That means clothing and protective gear that can handle adverse conditions. Dirt Wheels has plenty of experience with Scorpion helmets, but with the EXO-CT220 helmet, we were looking for a helmet that addressed specific needs. One of our staff wears prescription glasses, and he was looking for a light, comfortable helmet for over-the-glasses wear. The EXO-CT220 has both a clear flip-down…

STI HD9 COMP LOCK WIDE WHEELS & SAND DRIFTER TIRES

-- By the staff of Dirt Wheels -- We have accused UTV owners of choosing larger tires because they look cool rather than selecting the tire size that will work best with the machine. So here we are, installing STI’s Sand Drifter tires and HD9 Comp Lock Wide wheels that are both taller and wider than stock tires and stock wheels on the RZR XP 1000. In this case, when we were heading to the seemingly endless sandbox, fondly referred to as Glamis, where there is no such thing as too much flotation or too much traction.…

PRO CIRCUIT FULL DUAL EXHAUST

-- Pushing ponies through a Raptor, By the staff of Dirt Wheels -- More power is a concept that we appreciate at Dirt Wheels, even when we know we don’t realistically need more. One of our most cherished ATVs is Yamaha’s Raptor 700. It is fast, fun and powerful. Obviously, we couldn’t simply leave the engine stock when we picked up our 2018; we had to pull more ponies out of the torque-monster motor. Pro Circuit delivered a full T-6 dual exhaust system to our power-greedy hands and we tested the $895 system out!…

HOOSIER XC200 TIRE EVALUATION

-- A sport quad tire from the traction company, By the staff of Dirt Wheels -- When you think of drag racing, TT racing or flat track, there is one company that has stood out for many years—Hoosier Racing Tire. Hoosier’s roots go back to the early 1950s when Bob Newton started to re-tread street tires with softer rubber compounds so his car would hook up better on the asphalt tracks he raced on. The business started in an abandoned horse barn in South Bend, Indiana, selling tires to local racers. The name…

LEATT GPX 5.5 RIDING GEAR

-- Comfortable and cool, By the staff of Dirt Wheels -- Leatt never stops innovating! This company made its name in the industry by creating protective neck brace systems and then moved onward to other categories of riding protection and gear. Leatt just released the 2018 lineup that included all-new gear sets, neck braces, chest protectors and more. We quickly snatched a full set of moto gear to test. GPX 5.5 ULTRAWELD JERSEY This is one of the most comfortable warm-weather jerseys we have tested. The fabric is…

TUESDAY TREAD: PRO ARMOR HAMMER TIRES & WYDE ACCENT WHEELS

 By the staff of Dirt Wheels There is a perfectly good reason that most sport or sport utility UTVs come with a fairly aggressive tire with large, blocky knobs. UTVs are sold all over North America, and it hardly makes financial sense to equip machines headed for different parts of the country with different tires. Economy-of-scale pricing mandates that companies choose a tire that can do everything pretty well. Pro Armor knows that not everyone lives where the stock tires are most effective. For instance, the Dirt…