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Radical Yamaha Blaster Build!

Hunter Lovelace hails from Muskoka Canada and likes to build brilliant old school custom ATVs. He took one of his old prized machines, a 1988 Yamaha Blaster, and decided to rebuild it better than before for his younger brother. A lot of the parts that Hunter installed are near impossible to find these days and give it a custom look and feel from the 90's! The mods include: Motor: Duncan / Paul Turner ported, decked and polished motor, 175 PSI compression running on VP C12, Pyramid reed valve, factory 7 air box,…

RZR BUILT FOR BIG ROCKS

-- Sara Price's King of Hammers UTV -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels Sara Price is one of the most driven, capable and impressive ladies we know in the off-road industry. We have featured her racing machines and adventures throughout our magazine, social media and web presence. Sara and her remarkable co-pilot, Erika Sacks, have raced in Africa, competed in high-horsepower Baja trucks, and continue to battle for top finish at the infamous annual King of the Hammers UTV race. Last year’s KOH was tough, and this…

RAT-ROD RZR

-- A wild old-timer custom build -- By Casey Kramer Most of the builds we feature in Dirt Wheels magazine are all about the bling and the speed. This diamond-in the-rough XP 1000, on the other hand, was chosen because it caught our attention with its unique design and purpose. Being a mechanical engineer by trade, project owner Jonathan wanted something with style that would withstand his “work hard, play harder” mentality. The inspiration for the “Old-Timer” originally came from a love of classic ’30s-era trucks…

535cc BANSHEE WITH 138.7 HP

-- Looking back at Trinity Racing's Banshee build of 2003 -- The 535cc Cheetah cylinders were the popular choice for Banshee builders back then and Trinity started with that for this project Yamaha we featured in our May 2003 issue.  With a bore and stroke of 72mm x 64mm and 26 ports this twin cylinder two-stroke cranked out 138.7 hp on the dyno.  We have a reprint of that original article you can read below. . .

THE CHAMP’S HONDA TRX450R

-- CT Racing  builds a "Best In The Desert" winner --  By the staff of Dirt Wheels CT Racing has been a dominant force in off-road endurance racing since the 1990s, winning three SCORE off-road championships and 11 Best in the Desert (BITD) championships. Seven of those BITD championships were in a row! For two years, CT quads placed first, second and third in the championship. All of the BITD titles have been won on Hondas—a TRX250R, TRX450R and a hand-built XR650-powered Laeger quad. Eight championships,…

20″ WHEELS & 35″ TIRES ON TALON

-- 2019 Honda Talon gets ready for the mud -- Down in Louisiana there's a good deal of mud that you may come across while riding off-road.  4x4 quads with big mud tires are quite popular in the bayous and the same is true with UTVs as well. Honda of Covington is located across Lake Ponchatrain from New Orleans and they've had plenty of experience setting up ATVs and UTVs for trail riding in marshlands. The new Honda Talon wasn't at their shop for long before it began getting accessorized for the mud. This 1000R…

YAMAHA YFZ450 WITH 200 HORSEPOWER!

-- Hey wait, that's a 4-cylinder engine! -- Upon further review that's not a single cylinder engine. It's got 4 exhaust pipes and 4 intake tracks, so there's no way it can be a YFZ450 engine. Maybe we should read what James Masephol said about his quad in his Email to us. Well, it did indeed start out as a 2005 Yamaha YFZ450. However he took the engine out and installed the engine from a Yamaha R1 street bike. Those 1000cc 4-cylinder engines make about 180 horsepower stock, and James figures his gets more like 200 with the…

THE MIGHTY QUADZILLA

-- SUZUKI'S 500cc MONSTER 2-STROKE QUAD -- Suzuki gets credit for coming out with the first quads as we know them today. First they introduced some little 4-stroke versions and then in 1985 they unleashed a high-performance 2-stroke machine known as the Quadracer 250. Suzuki gave us a couple of years to get used to that great machine and then in 1987 they totally blew us away with a 500cc version. Its official name was the LT500R Quadracer, but it was such a beast that everyone began calling it Quadzilla. You had to be a…

PROJECT POLARIS RS1

-- Single seater build by Sector 7 -- Pro Moto Billet has been an innovator in off-road for many years. It started with billet parts, added Fastway to the stable, and now has brought its own brand of innovation to the UTV market. Its signature UTV part is a truly exceptional mirror set with powerful built-in lights that illuminate ahead and to the side. Do we have lights available? Or mirrors? Certainly, but Pro Moto Billet’s UTV arm, Sector 7, is combining both in a quality, innovative package. PMB is a family company,…

PROJECT UPDATE #1: 2019 Polaris RZR XP Turbo S Velocity

We are taking a 2019 Polaris RZR XP Turbo S Velocity and upgrading it to handle the abuse of rock crawling and desert driving. Parts from companies like BFD Off-Road, WARN, Assault Ind. and more are finding their home on this impressive build.

1985 HONDA 250R 4-WHEELER

-- Converting a ATC250R into a quad -- FRONT COVER BACK COVER COVER 3 When the 1985 Suzuki Quadracer 250 came out it instantly won our shootout between Honda's ATC250R, Kawasaki's Tecate 250 and Yamaha's Tri-Z250. At that point everyone knew that Honda, Kawasaki and Yamaha would have to come out with 250cc, 2-stroke quads too. While waiting a year for that to happen, 3 to 4 wheel conversion kits became available. The Dirt Wheels crew got a hold of one and turned a ATC250R into a quad. Below is the full…

STREET-LEGAL 3-WHEELER

-- Doing what a quad can't -- In most states a 3-wheeler is considered a motorcycle and is regulated under those rules. Motorcycles are street legal if they come with the required equipment, so therefore, 3-wheelers can fall under the street legal category too. The easiest way to make a 3-wheeler street legal is to begin with a street legal dirt bike. These have been called Dual-Sports and lately the bigger ones get the Adventure Bike title. If you add brake lights, turn signals, mirrors and such to your Honda ATC250R,…