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MACHINED INTEGRATIONS BEARING GREASE TOOL

-- Testing a useful tool -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels In the May 2019 issue of Dirt Wheels we had a story on greasing UTV wheel bearings. Since then we have had experience with Machined Integrations, LLC (MI) bearing greasing tools. A quality, well-designed tool is always a pleasure. And in the case of UTV and 4x4 quad wheel bearings, these tools are almost required. The bearings are sealed on both sides. The only opening for grease is the seam in the split inner race, so you would have to risk damaging the…

ELKA LEGACY SUSPENSION TEST

-- 3 great shocks for $999 ---- 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…

DEWALT FLEXVOLT 60V MAX AIR COMPRESSOR

-- Product Evaluation -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels We have always kept portable compressors on hand to maintain and adjust ATV and UTV tires to the proper air pressure for best machine performance, though we have resorted to tank-less little compressors to adjust our hauler’s tires in a pinch. When you have no tank to store the air, you can only fill a tire at the rate the compressor can handle air. That is usually a rate quoted in CFM (cubic feet per minute) or SCFM (standard cubic feet per minute), and that…

FIX IT: Motion Pro Tri-Drive Mini T-Handle

We wrench consistently here at Dirt Wheels. Weather it’s changing out a set of wheels and tires for a test, or tearing a whole machine down and installing the industries best aftermarket upgrades. It isn’t too often that we find a tool that we value far more than most others in our tool boxes. This Motion Pro Tri-Drive Mini T-Handle kit in a 1/4-inch drive size, with 8, 10, 12, and 13mm sockets is one such tool setup. We consider this a tool more specified to utilizing on ATVs and ATCs. These days, UTVs don’t tend to…

KLIM ARSENAL VEST

-- Testing a way to carry it all comfortably -- If you have ever watched the insanely difficult and treacherous race that is the infamous Dakar Rally, you will have seen quads outfitted with parts to repair their machine in almost any scenario. Most of us don’t ride longer than a few hours at a time, so we don’t require parts for days of exploration. However, if you are a trail traveler that spends all day adventuring through miles of terrain, Klim has the perfect product for you! Like the additional parts and storage…

1985 HONDA 250R 4-WHEELER

-- Converting a ATC250R into a quad -- FRONT COVER BACK COVER COVER 3 When the 1985 Suzuki Quadracer 250 came out it instantly won our shootout between Honda's ATC250R, Kawasaki's Tecate 250 and Yamaha's Tri-Z250. At that point everyone knew that Honda, Kawasaki and Yamaha would have to come out with 250cc, 2-stroke quads too. While waiting a year for that to happen, 3 to 4 wheel conversion kits became available. The Dirt Wheels crew got a hold of one and turned a ATC250R into a quad. Below is the full…

LEATT GPX 3.5 HELMET TEST

-- Proper protection for pennies -- Product Evaluation by the staff of Dirt Wheel, Photo by Daniel Gonzales It’s hard to admit the truth, but it’s time. We often test products that are not those easiest on the pocketbook. Once we know the technology and safety or added protection that some of these overly expensive products provide, it is hard to turn them down. However, premium protection brand Leatt is now catering to the average rider and racer by introducing the GPX 3.5 helmet. It contains the unseen protection…

GOX ENDURO/ OTG GOGGLE TEST

-- Comfort without fogging --  Product Evaluation by the staff of Dirt Wheels: Vision is super important while riding or driving, and if you wear corrective eyeglasses, you undoubtedly face challenges. For some vision-challenged folks, contacts can do the trick, but dry eyes and dust are issues. For others, glasses are the only answer, but you have to fit them inside the goggles. A few years ago, very small lenses were in style, and it wasn’t hard to get them under the goggles. Now, they are trending larger. One of…

HOW-TO RESTORE OLD PLASTIC

-- Easy way to make your quad or UTV look like new -- When you see a shiny ATV in the showroom, it’s like love at first sight. The light gleaming off the carefully sculpted curves of the plastic bodywork is like art. Then you ride it, and two weeks in, it looks like a tired old mule. We may be exaggerating that last part a small amount, but every machine we test ends up with scuffed, scratched and beat-up plastics, no matter how careful we are with it. So instead of dropping hundreds of dollars on brand-new plastics, why…

TUSK SEAT CARGO RACK KIT

-- Testing a smart way  to carry more stuff --  By the staff of Dirt Wheels: Polaris RZRs are a blast to drive, and in the deserts of Southern California and similar areas in the states, a four-seater is the way to go. It has a smoother ride over fast, rough sections than a two-seater does. We don’t often fill all four seats in our RZR XP Turbo S 4, so we decided to make our lives easier and pick up a Tusk seat cargo rack kit that includes a new seat base for $219.99. We were not disappointed! WHAT IT IS…

SYSTEM 3 WHEELS & TIRES

--Testing a great UTV setup  -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels We love testing tires! Not only does it mean we get to go riding, it also means that we purposely get to put the smackdown on rubber and try to take it past its limits. System 3 Off-Road sent us over a set of SB-3 15-inch beadlock wheels with their RT320 32-inch Race & Trail radial UTV tires wrapped around them. You can bet that we ran these through our torture test. SB-3 BEADLOCK WHEELS These wheels are constructed from cast aluminum and are…

MAC’S CUSTOM TIE-DOWNS

-- Testing the 1-inch ATV kit -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels Strapping down an ATV is absolutely important when it comes to hauling it to your favorite riding spot. Not all quads have easy and secure tie-down points, and there are many different types of tie-downs to select from. We’ve found that normal motorcycle tie-downs are not as secure as we like, so we go for 1-inch ratchet straps for our quads. If you are a budget guy, you may not understand why we selected the Mac’s custom tie-down ATV kit for our quads. The…