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FUEL TIRES & WHEELS

-- Testing for grip and strength -- By the Dirt Wheels test crew: Manufacturers of UTV tires are in a constant battle to build the best tires. Some tires are specific to the terrain you love to ride, while others offer a broad range of traction for multiple types of terrain. One thing stays consistent—these companies are struggling to make a tire that is light yet strong enough to withstand the harsh abuse drivers put their favorite toys through. Fuel Off-Road came out with its Gripper R/T 32-inch tire and Anza D918…

HIGH LIFTER SUSPENSION TEST

-- Front & rear kits for more ground clearance -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels    High Lifter is well-known in the industry for doing what the name implies—lifting ATVs and UTVs through suspension and steering products that they create. However, they know that not everyone wants to jack up their ride to tackle mud holes. Many want to keep their machines low but gain more ground clearance. We have a 2018 Scrambler 850 that we are upgrading, and we picked up sets of High Lifter’s Max Clearance front and rear control…

DWT WHEELS & TIRES

-- Testing the new XC V1 tires & G3 beadlocks -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels Wheels and tires are ever-changing in our industry, and currently the biggest changes are in the UTV market. The machines are new and the technology is improving. Fortunately, the sport ATV market doesn’t need much more innovation and improvement, because companies like Douglas Wheel and Tire (DWT) already know what works. Its beadlock wheels are championship-proven many times over the years, and their tires have sat on top of many…

AMS EVIL SBR TIRE TEST

-- Evaluating a new tread design -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels There are times where we receive products that we scrutinize intensely. Other times it is a “judge a book by its cover” standpoint, and that is what we did with the all-new AMS Evil SBR tire. The tread design is interesting, with flat and wide lugs that wouldn’t seem like they would track well in desert terrain. AMS claims they are designed with truck tire technology in mind. Of course, we sent a set of 32s through some intense desert testing to see how…

A NEW LOOK FOR THE RZR

-- 50 Caliber CNC Billet Aluminum Grill evaluation -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels If you have a 2017–2018 Polaris RZR XP Turbo, you probably look like the rest of the UTV crowd. One of the things that sets the look of the Turbo apart is a larger grill opening. 50 Caliber Racing capitalizes on that feature and pushes it to the next level. It has a CNC-made 6061 billet-aluminum grill that transforms the look of your RZR’s nose. FEATURES The grill is formed from CNC-machined billet aluminum, and it is something…

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…

GBC KANATI TERRA MASTER TIRES

-- TESTING THE NEW DUAL TREAD PATTERN TIRE --  By the staff of Dirt Wheels When we first saw the GBC Motorsports Kanati Terra Master tire, we were intrigued with the unique tread pattern that GBC calls “asymmetrical non-directional.” For those of us who like smaller words, the tire has two different tread patterns. It is essentially divided along the center with tread for harder surfaces on one side and more sideway lugs and open space on the other. The sides of the tire are labeled “side A” and “side B.” We ordered…

XCGEAR MAKO 360

-- Anti-Vibration Handlebar Mount Evaluation -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels There are a bunch of innovative anti-vibration systems on the market for ATVs. Many companies have built steering stems with bushings to soak up the rattle, and some companies make handlebars with elastomers to smooth out the ride. XCGear has gone in its own direction with an anti-vibration handlebar mount. It isn’t the first to have a bar clamp that smooths things out, but the system is unique and does the job quite well. Mako 360…

INSTALLING A POLARIS PRO HD WINCH

-- HOW TO GUIDE -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels As great as aftermarket parts are to modify and personalize your machine, some can be a real pain to install. Other parts are relatively easy to install, but more are easy the second time around! You learn a lot the first time, and subsequent installs are both quicker and easier. We installed a new Polaris Pro HD 3500-pound-rated winch that was a plug-and-play fit for a Sportsman 4x4 quad and installed it on a 2018 Sportsman 570. This winch boasts rapid…

FXR BOOST MOTO CX PRIME HELMET

-- Track & trail helmet test, By the staff of Dirt Wheels -- FXR is a Canadian company that is little different as far as gear companies go. The founder was a motocross racer and later a motorcycle/snowmobile shop owner. He took up racing snow machines and started having his own gear made when he didn’t like what was available. After taking a strong position in the snow arena, FXR developed gear for dirt bikes and quads. Naturally, helmets for moto or snow racing are suitable for quads or UTVs. BUILD AND FEATURES…

EVS AXIS SPORT KNEE BRACES

-- Testing extra support for a rider's knees -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels Lately we have been wearing knee braces for riding quads. Some may think that knee braces aren’t that important when riding four-wheeled machines. Even if you never take a hard fall or roll over on a quad, riding standing up can put a lot of torque on the knees. We would rather protect our bodies with great products than repair them. EVS’ Axis Sport knee braces sell for a combined price of $479 for both braces. THE BUILD Axis braces are…

CST DINGO UTV TIRE

-- TIRE TESTING By the staff of Dirt Wheels -- A Dingo is a wild dog found mostly in the wilds of Australia. It is a tough and wily survivor that adapts well in the wild. Considering that definition, the CST Dingo is well-named. In 30-inch, the Dingo only comes in 30x10.00R14 and is designated a front. We mounted our set on four stock Polaris front rims, then tested them on a Polaris RZR Turbo 4 Dynamix. THE TREAD CST Tires has given the Dingo a rounded profile with aggressive tread lugs that have medium spacing…