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By the staff of Dirt Wheels TRACTION ACTION WITH OBER AVENT KNOBS It’s been years since any company has introduced a new tire that’s not only good for Joe Public, the trail rider, but also come up with a tire that is race-proven and used by race-winning drivers.  Meet the Obor Advent Knobby Knobs. It’s a brand-new tire, from a new company that has turned to industry professionals to help them develop products.  XC pro-Adam McGill has already won a GNCC race on this tire, and Landon Wolfe ended up one race shy…

HONDA PROJECT 300 4×4

**Editors Note-A nostalgic look back at a Honda FourTrax 4x4 Project 4x4 Quad we built. Those of you familiar with Dirt Wheels know that we like to do hop-up projects on quads. We usually are not satisfied with the power and performance of production machines. No matter how good a stock quad is, we like to experiment to see if we can make it better. More power, better sus­pension and improved handling is pretty much all that we ask for. In the past, we have focused most of this attention on machines like Banshees,…

SUPERATV DOOR INSERTS

By Ray Gibbs and the staff of Dirt Wheels We approve of the current trend to fill in the openings in stock quarter doors rather than replace the entire door. In most cases, we like the operation, look, fit, and finish of the stock door. Our desire was to keep the gap filled, to keep the outside world out of the car, whenever possible. SuperATV makes an aluminum filler panel, or SuperATV Door Inserts to complete a Polaris Pro XP door. HOW IT WORKS For a door insert to do its job, it must merely fit snugly and stay in…

PRODUCT EVALUATION:SUPER ATV POLYCARBONATE ROOF

By Ray Gibbs and the staff of Dirt Wheels SUPER ATV POLYCARBONATE ROOF When it comes to UTV roofs, we know two things: there are a confusing number of options, and we love having one. A friend was looking for a roof for his RZR Pro XP two-seater, so we suggested the SuperATV see-through, tinted polycarbonate plastic roof. Polycarbonate, trade-named Lexan by General Electric, is commonly used when extremely tough plastic is used, such as goggle lenses and a helmet shield. It is also for bullet-resistant windows…

PRODUCT EVALUATION: ROCK-ON PROTECTION

Protection from your own roost By the staff of Dirt Wheels ROCK ON PROTECTION They go by the name “mud flaps,” but they have very little to do with mud. The flaps are actually roost guards, and, again, they are not for what you think. They are not there to prevent your roost from hitting the buddy riding your bumper behind you. In fact, the roost guards are to prevent rocks and sand roosting off your front tire from sand-blasting the business end of your trailing arm. Furthermore, they prevent rocks from…

PRO DESIGN COOL HEADS|

Let Cooler Heads prevail... Pro Design Cool Heads is one of the most popular engine mod­ifications seen on the pro racing cir­cuit. Cham­pionship motocross and TT riders Gary Denton, Tim Farr, Doug Gust, and Shane Hitt, as well as cross-country aces Barry Hawk, Chad Du­vall, and Banshee-mounted Kim Kuhn­le, have all won races using the Pro-Design Cool Head. Top ATV en­gine tuners, such as Curtis Sparks Rac­ing, LRD Performance, CT Racing, KT Performance, Port Magic, Nac’s Racing, and many others add the…

SECTOR SEVEN NAVIGATOR MIRRORS

Sector Seven came onto the market with a unique, lighted side-view mirror product that’s built in the U.S. and turned a few heads for sure. The mirrors worked great by aiming two panels of LEDs straight ahead and slightly to the side of your machine. For comparison, they were brighter than our stock headlights on the high-beam setting but with a much wider field of view.  The lighted mirrors sell for $799. That’s actually way cheaper than a set of good billet mirrors and a 10-inch light bar. This month we…

PRODUCT TEST:

Making it easy By the staff of Dirt Wheels PJ1 FILTER OIL While it isn’t really that gross of a task, we rate the fun factor of cleaning air filters right at the level of changing poopy diapers. These diapers don’t take as long. In our eternal search for ways to make air filter maintenance easier, we have come to embrace PJ1’s aerosol filter cleaner and spray filter oil. Both do a great job to minimize mess and keep the inside of your engine happy. IT’S EASY PJ1 FILTER OIL The whole point is, using…

PRODUCT EVALUATION: ASSAULT INDUSTRIES DEVICE HOLDER

By the staff of Dirt Wheels ASSAULT INDUSTRIES DEVICE HOLDER For explorers, your smartphone has the benefits of a camera and now great tracking and GPS map apps. However, quickly accessing your device on the trail is a hassle when sitting down strapped into your seat belts and harnesses. Just like how Assault Industries fixes problems on all facets of UTVs, they have the solution for your smartphone needs as well.  SOLVING THE PROBLEM... The new device holder solves this dilemma with an adjustment range that…

TUSK CHAIN TOOLS

By the staff of Dirt Wheels TUSK CHAIN TOOLS If you ride a performance sport quad with any regularity, you will get into chain maintenance. And if you are running in the woods with any mud, that moment of inevitable chain work will come even sooner. We are fortunate that modern O-ring chains help with chain life and performance, but they do eventually need to be replaced or repaired. Working on O-ring chains without the correct tools is very frustrating. Rocky Mountain ATV’s Tusk house brand has the chain tools…

5-GALLON GIANT LOOP GAS BAG

Giant Loop is a popular name in adventure off-roading. The company has a variety of products, like packs and such. Most were made with adventure motorcycles in mind. Many of those products easily carry over to 4x4 quads with their handy racks. Fewer of the products are an easy switch for UTVs. We recently obtained a Giant Loop 5-gallon Gas bag. We have often had excursions where more fuel would be handy, but we had honestly not considered carrying that fuel in a bag until we tried the Gas bag. Giant Loop is a popular…

BOYESEN TRX450R SUPERCOOLER KIT

PRODUCT EVALUATION: BOYESEN TRX450R SUPERCOOLER KIT By Daniel Gonzalez BOYESEN TRX450R SUPERCOOLER Boyesen has been a front runner in the off-road motorcycle and ATV industry since 1972. Eyvind Boyesen advanced reed-induction technology for two-stroke motors. The name Boyesen soon became a staple for performance on and off the racetrack. Boyesen is known for creating more than just reed-induction products. They offer the Power X-Wing, factory racing clutch covers, Shockout grip system, Quickshot kits and more.…