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ELONGATOR TAILGATE

-- Testing the extended bed length with built-in ramps -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels We love coming across ingenious products! Elongator took an idea, or perhaps more of a wish, and made it a reality. They built a tailgate that stores ramps inside it without taking up any bed space on popular full-sized trucks. Elongator’s design and ability are more impressive than just having ramps in your tailgate. They incorporated a bed-lengthening platform that can be outfitted with more equipment. The best part is that the…

SMART PHONE MOUNT FOR YOUR UTV

-- Testing a handy item from Rokform  -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels Rokform specializes in creating adventure cell phone cases for Apple and Samsung products. Their cases have magnetic bayonet-type sockets incorporated into the back, so the company has also designed multiple mounts to match. Their mounts attach your phone to bicycles, motorcycles, automobiles and now there is a sturdy UTV mount. We picked up a $49.99 Rugged case for an iPhone, along with Rokform’s all-new $199.99 Pro-Series UTV mount. THE…

SLIM DOUBLE ROW SERIES LED LIGHT BAR

-- Testing an affordable LED light bar from Slasher Performance -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels All men crave light, but off-roaders perhaps feel more of a need than others. We crave speed and adventure, and without light there won’t be much of either without great lights after the sun runs and hides. We were actually pretty impressed with the headlight performance on the 2019 Polaris RZR S four-seater. We had used it for some night driving, and we felt pretty comfortable. That was before we drove with Slasher…

EVO3 BATTERY POWER SYSTEM

 -- PRODUCT EVALUATION -- It has been months since you last fired up your pride and joy. Thick layers of dust coat the plastic, the gas in the tank might be sour and the chance of the battery even still holding a charge is weak. Oftentimes, we forget that a battery needs upkeep and a regular diet of electrons throughout its life cycle. On top of that, choosing the right type of battery can be tricky too. We went to Ballistic Performance Components to obtain their EVO3 Power System that includes a lithium iron…

SECTOR SEVEN SPECTRUM LIGHTS/MIRRORS

-- Testing a smart new product -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels Driving off-road at night offers an entirely fresh perspective on your favorite riding area. You’ll see the same terrain in ways you never expected. It can be a beautiful thing with the right lights. We just never suspected that a large part of the “right lights” would be a pair of machined-from-billet aftermarket mirrors. Over the years off-roaders have come to expect great products from Pro Moto Billet Fastways. The company makes innovative products by…

FLY ZONE PRO GOGGLES

-- Track & trail product test --  By the staff of Dirt Wheels, Photo by Erik Marmion If you don’t know by now, Fly Racing has an extravagant line of products for the ATV, dirt bike, BMX, mountain bike, street bike, snow and even water sports communities. ATV riders can purchase body protection, helmets, full gear sets, gear bags, hydration packs and more from Fly, and its 2019 lineup hit shelves already. We picked up Fly Racing’s 2019 Zone Pro goggles to test. They have a reasonable price of $59.95 and come in…

MAXXIS CARNIVORE TIRES

-- Extreme-terrain traction tire test -- By the staff of  Dirt Wheels When we first set eyes on the Maxxis Carnivore, our overly expert opinions (insert sarcasm here) were far too harsh for this tire. We assumed the tread design would handicap the tire on any form of hardpack UTV driving, while our desert-going crew wanted to turn their noses up at it. We are from the West Coast, where most directions the eye can see are hardpacked and desert-like. The Carnivore had a humbling trick up its sleeve! We left our…

USWE TANKER 16 HYDRATION PACK

-- Product Evaluation -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels We always like to have a pack along when we are testing or riding quads. A modern pack like the $120 USWE Tanker 16 has a compact shape, yet it handles 16 liters of cargo. You can pack it heavy and not have it bother you since it has the patented NDM (No Dancing Monkey) suspension harness. The pack fits, and it doesn’t bounce around on your back despite no waist strap! Elastic four-point straps allow you to snug the pack tight without it affecting your ability…

QUADBOSS RACK BAG

-- Loading it up for a test out on the trail -- It’s adventure time! 4x4 quads are the most purchased ATVs on the market for many different tasks. A lot of them are utilized working hard around the ranch or job site. The rest are employed for hunting, trail riding and adventuring. Quadboss is a company that offers aftermarket additions to your machine for all of the above. We recently picked up one of its $199.99 Reflective Series rear rack bags with an integrated cover. Once it arrived, we strapped it to our Suzuki…

FULLERTON SAND SPORTS SXS TIRES & DWT ULTIMATE SPORT WHEELS

-- Testing serious sand tires and wheels -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels Not all paddle tires are created equal. That fact was driven home when we took our 2019 Polaris RZR 4 Turbo S to the famed Glamis dunes. We ran the first day with the stock ITP Coyote desert tires with the pressure dropped to 9 psi. We were able to get everywhere, but we were constantly vigilant to prevent burying the machine. For the next day we mounted the U.S.-made 30x1300-15 SandSports SxS paddle tires on the rear and 30x1100-15 tires on the…

ASSAULT OFF-ROAD COOLER BAG

-- Keep your drinks cool on hot rugged rides -- We are accustomed to going to Assault Industries when we want hard parts—stuff whittled and welded from steel, aluminum and even shaped from glass. But, the popular aftermarket builder has soft items as well. One is the handy and effective off-road cooler bag. It comes in white or black. At first we groaned when we saw the white color, but went ahead and tossed it in the back seat of a RZR XP 4 Turbo S for days in the dunes. We loaded the bag with bottles of water and cans…

SIDI CROSSFIRE 3 SRS BOOT

-- Testing top-of-the-line foot protection -- Convincing ATV riders to wear a motocross-style boot is a difficult task. Most 4x4 riders wear shoes or work boots, and we see too much of that on sport quads as well. The riders that wear true moto-style boots are generally racers, or riders who like to ride as fast as they would racing. Just because your foot won’t hit the dirt as consistently as it would on a dirt bike doesn’t mean the protection and stability of a motocross boot isn’t worth it. Hard landings, the jerking…