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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…

YAMAHA ELECTRIC MOUNTAIN BIKE

-- Testing an electro-assist vehicle -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels Dirt Wheels doesn’t shy away from a challenge. Over the years we have placed some interesting machines in our magazine that may or may not be classified as ATVs or UTVs, but the title of the magazine is Dirt Wheels. Interpreted loosely, that means anything to have fun in the dirt. We like to push the envelope with new ways to enjoy off-road riding, and Yamaha came to us with a machine unlike any other that’s been in these pages. We felt it was worth…

PELICAN 50QT ELITE COOLER

-- Testing its insane ice retention -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels The days of heat are finally winding down here in Southern California, which means instead of 105-degree averages, we are settling into the 80–90s. Coolers are always on hand when we go testing ATVs and UTVs. Some we take with us, while others get stowed at camp. We are tough on our gear and expect a lot out of the products we test. Fortunately, Pelican builds some of the toughest coolers on the market. We wanted a cooler that could fit enough to camp…

O’NEAL SLAT HELMET

-- Testing a light, easy and cool  UTV helmet -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels O’Neal has been in the off-road apparel market for 50 years! In that time the company has come up with a lot of helmets. At one time what was then called “full-coverage” helmets and now 3/4 or open-face were the standard in head protection. Now, of course, full-face helmets with rigid chin bars are the standard. There are still good reasons to wear a 3/4 helmet when driving a UTV or when working with a utility quad at low speeds.…

OGIO DAKAR 3L HYDRATION PACK

-- Testing a worthy trail accessory -- Water isn’t our favorite liquid to consume, but it is the most important and absolutely required to stay alive and keep having fun. Our favorite rides are long, all-day adventures over trails that are rarely explored and far away from camp. We require storage for tools, food and gear, with water required to stay hydrated. Ogio has a great hydration pack called Dakar with a 3-liter water bladder incorporated into it for $129.99. We picked one up and spent multiple ride days testing…

TRACK & TRAIL TT400 TIRES

-- Testing some impressive rubber for your sport quad -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels Sport quad tire shapes and tread designs are generally pretty similar to one another. This stays true for the Track & Trail TT400 tires. However, we get to torture test many different tires and discover differences in traction and control. This company is fairly new in the ATV industry, but is already making a name for itself with impressive tires! ROLLING RUBBER Track & Trail decided to stick with the tried-and-true…

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…

HONDA TALON TURBO

-- Testing Honda's Jackson Racing Turbo kit -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels Elsewhere in this issue is Honda’s surprising announcement of year 2020 products, including two Talon four-seater models, and updated Pioneer 1000 and 4x4 quads that are significantly changed. Two additional announcements from Big Red concerned a 2020 racing effort in the Pro UTV Turbo class for Best in the Desert and SCORE off-road races. Honda has a long history of racing efforts that promote new sport products, so the fact that the company…

JUST 1 RACING J12 HELMET

-- Testing a high-tech, light weight, carbon fiber helmet -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels Protection is the most important factor of our sport! We are distressed when we see enthusiasts riding or driving without wearing helmets. Just because your state doesn’t require a helmet doesn’t mean you don’t need one. Whacking your head hurts, and it damages the sport. Other riders wear helmets but find the cheapest model they can. Not all inexpensive helmets offer the right level of protection and comfort. On the other side…

LOCKING UP MADE EASY

-- Bolt products to protect your ATV & UTV -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels Keys are the bane of our managing editor’s existence. He has purchased locks, cables and other security systems multiple times over. He simply forgot or lost the keys. We have had to replace ignition switches, and Bolt cutters and hacksaws have been utilized due to this fact, but no one is perfect. While our editor is highly regarded in our industry for being an excellent journalist, a very generous person and a great off-roader, keys are…

TUSK KEVLAR TERRABITE TIRES

-- Testing them on Wasatch Beadlock wheels -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels Tread with fresh edges just grips the dirt in such a satisfying way. Double that feeling when you get a tire that is perfectly suited to the terrain you drive. Rocky Mountain ATV MC’s house brand Tusk offers the Terrabite radial tires and have been joined in new sizes including 32x10-15. The tires measure 31.5 inches tall, and the 15-inch rim size is popular on the Polaris RZR S. The RZR S has nice, light conventional wheels with 32-inch ITP…

YXZ1000R GYTR TURBO

-- Testing Yamaha's  180 horsepower kit -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels, Photos by Adam Campbell The exhilaration of speed is an addiction off-road addicts just can’t seem to shake. Yamaha is one manufacturer that fuels our passion for going fast with their pure-sport lineup of machines. They also have a dedicated team of engineers that keep the fire burning with go-fast parts under the title GYTR (Genuine Yamaha Technology Racing). We recently spent time in the vast Imperial Sand Dunes riding area known as Glamis in…