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TIRE-SIZE COMPARISON: 28″ vs. 30″ vs. 32″ TIRES

-- The Pros and Cons of each size --  By the staff of Dirt Wheels New or different tires are one of the most popular mods that UTV and ATV owners make to their machines. The current style is massive tires for off-road trucks, and that trend has leached into UTV and ATV culture as well. But, monster tires can ruin a truck’s performance and handling, and we all have to make sure we don’t just change tires to make our quad or UTV look cool. We should choose tires that work the best rather than those that look the…

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…

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…

MAXXIS RAZR MX PLUS TIRE TEST

-- Hi-performance rubber for fast quads --  By the staff of Dirt Wheels “Proven by champions”—that’s a bold statement, but in the case of Maxxis’ all-new Razr MX Plus tire, it’s a true one. ATV MX champions Joel Hetrick and Chad Wienen currently turn the fastest laps in the country while riding on this rubber, and they remain the front runners of the ATV motocross sport. Together they assisted in the development of the Razr MX Plus tires. THE DESIGN While the Razr MX Plus tire shares similar names with Maxxis’…

TUFF TRAILGEAR JACKDADDY

-- Testing an easy way to lift your UTV up to change a tire -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels We are lucky enough to get to test some of the best new products in this industry as well as some that are not so promising. Fortunately for Tuff Trail Gear, we absolutely love the JackDaddy. The company created a very lightweight UTV jack that is simple to use, fast and can be easily mounted to your Polaris or Can-Am sport machine. We have tried carrying heavy jacks, automotive-style jacks and more on our UTVs, and we never…

BRAVEN BERSERKER CROSS-X RADIALS

--Testing an eight-ply DOT tire for desert and racing -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels Braven Offroad looks like a relatively new UTV tire and now wheel company, but it isn’t. Braven Offroad is part of Tire Mart, and Tire Mart has been in business for 77 years and owned by the same U.S. family. Interestingly, Braven starts the information about its new Berserker UTV tire by saying that there are “hundreds of tires to choose from” in the UTV market. As far as Braven goes, the only tire it sells at the moment is the…

BOONDOCKER DOMINATOR KIT

-- Getting 193 horsepower from a RZR -- We can’t get enough of the sand dunes! Burning gallons of fuel, roost gazing, cresting over dunes in a buttery-smooth flow on the sand; it is one of the best feelings around. One thing we have learned is that you can almost never have enough horsepower on the thick granules. BoonDocker’s turbo build kits boost power numbers and easily widen your grin as you head off into the sandy landscape. The company recently put together a bundle called the Dominator kit, which can…

INTERCO SNIPER ATV/UTV 920 TIRE

-- TIRE TEST: A true all-terrain tire from the mud experts -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels: Interco Tire Corporation has been building some of the most trail-worthy tires for trucks since 1968. Some of us recall how wildly popular their Super Swamper and Bogger truck tires were for extreme mud and trail conditions. That’s still the case these days for the Louisiana-based company. They’re taking their know-how of successful truck tires and implementing that into ATV/UTV tires, and the end result is awesome. One of…

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…

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…

SCORPION LOK UTV SAFETY BRAKE SYSTEM

-- Testing a locking brake for your UTV -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels Frankly, we hadn’t thought much about our Polaris RZR not having a parking brake. It has park in the transmission after all. But, after talking to the Scorpion Lok guy, we realized that we might not have to deal with that horrendous clunk when shifting from park while parked on a slope. FEATURES The Scorpion Lok is simple in concept, but it is a precision-made little product. In simplest terms, it is a spring-loaded hook that mounts to the…

WARN AXON WINCH

-- Testing their new Motactor system -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels If you talk to any rock-crawling or mud-pit-running enthusiast, they will generally have a winch nestled on their machine. These riders love terrain that features the risk of getting stuck. Having the ability to get yourself out of a sticky situation is crucial. For the past 70 years, Warn has provided hub and winch products that help off-roaders get back on the trail. The company just released their new top-tier Axon winch line for ATVs and UTVs.…