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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…

SEALSAVERS PRO-SERIES COIL SAVERS

-- Like a leather jacket for your shocks -- PRODUCT EVALUATION by the staff of Dirt Wheels -- One of the beauties of modern sport UTVs are those big, beefy and macho-looking shocks. Part of the cool factor is how those shocks are right at the corners of the machine, out in the elements and right in the face of buddies with lesser machines and wimpy shocks. The drawback is that those expensive shocks are right where they get ripped by roost, pelted with pebbles and mauled by mud. Alas, what to do? Seek out SealSavers’…

ITP TERRA HOOK TIRES

-- Testing traditional trail traction -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels UTVs keep changing quickly. When 26-inch-tall tires were the norm, we knew exactly what fit each machine for your favorite terrain, but now there are UTVs with 32-inch-tall desert tires running 15-inch rims with more power and suspension than most need. People are purchasing these desert machines and taking them into the woods and rocks. Fortunately, the rubber industry keeps sending new offerings our way, and ITP gave us a set of its all-new Terra…

FMF POWERCORE SYSTEM

-- Testing a fast exhaust system at a good price -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels, photos by Kyle Duffy The throaty rumble of a four-stroke 450 engine sporting an aftermarket exhaust is addicting. It doesn’t need to be loud to sound good, and the sound alone doesn’t complete the equation. More power and more torque are what we are after, and FMF is a worthy provider of ponies. We picked up the proven PowerCore4 muffler and MegaBomb header for our 2019 Yamaha YFZ450R SE for a test day at the motocross track. THE…

UNI DUAL-LAYER FOAM AIR FILTER

-- Testing it on a Polaris RZR --  By the staff of Dirt Wheels 2019 is the 50th anniversary for Uni Filter. When the company was brand new, foam air filters weren’t that common. Some of the most popular brands had seams that were sewed together, and many of the Uni products were seamless. Few of Uni’s early competitors have survived, but Uni has continued to innovate and improve the product line. Uni has some unique programs for dealers that make stocking the filters a smart plan. All of these strategies have paid…

SAVAGE UTV TOOLKIT

-- Product Evaluation --  By the staff of Dirt Wheels Remember playing with a rubber band in school? Some of us even launched them at unsuspecting victims we considered our friends, while others stretched them more and more while trying to pay attention in class. All of a sudden, snap! That momentary tool of joy and distraction snaps, and the fun ceases.  We experience that same feeling to a far greater magnitude when the CVT belt on our prized UTV gives out. The engine revs, yet the glorified golf cart goes…

LEATT VELOCITY 6.5 GOGGLE

-- Strong enough to stop a bullet -- Product Evaluation by the staff of Dirt Wheels Leatt has never made a secret of the fact that it is a protection company. All they do is produce some of the most protective riding products on this planet, and they sure don’t show any signs of slowing down any time soon. The newest addition to the Leatt product line is the impressive Velocity 6.5 goggle. They are literally bulletproof! Or, at least, the lenses are. Admittedly, Leatt tested that claim with small-caliber, subsonic…

EVO POWERSPORTS RZR XP 1000 MAGNUM EXHAUST

--Testing a full-featured UTV exhaust at a pleasant price -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels We haven’t tested many exhaust systems for normally aspirated UTVs like the Polaris RZR XP 1000. Despite the fact that the XP 1000 is a best seller and the 1000cc UTV classes are almost always the largest number of entries at races, they are somewhat ignored by aftermarket companies. We selected an Evo Powersports slip-on muffler called a Magnum. CONSTRUCTION AND INSTALL It is a stainless steel muffler with packing that…

TUSK UTV CARGO BOX

-- Testing a lockable way to carry stuff in your RZR --  By the staff of Dirt Wheels Excitement comes in many forms in our industry, whether we are rubbing tires on the track, dodging trees on the trail or finding the best cargo containment systems around. That’s right, we get excited over storage solutions! We only feel comfortable on long UTV adventures when we carry the proper spares to fix the machine in a pinch. It can get tricky finding ways to store what we feel is needed. We found a Tusk UTV cargo box from…

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…