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40th year of Dirt Wheels Magazine

40th year of Dirt Wheels By D. West, 2020 marks the 40th year that Dirt Wheels has been producing magazines. So, what happened four decades ago that caused this magazine to suddenly exist? Well, let’s go back to the summer of 1980 and see what was going on at Hi-Torque Publications. That is the company that […]

ADDING A SPEEDOMETER TO OLDER ATVs

— Boss McKannick to the rescue — Dear Boss, I’m wondering if it’s possible to install a speedometer on the Kawasaki KFX700? If so, how would you go about doing that? Thanks. Paul Bassani Colorado Springs, CO On the surface your question is simple, but if you take a deep dive into all the equipment […]

FIXING ELECTRICAL ISSUES

— Winston “Boss” McKannick is the shop foreman here at Dirt Wheels and one of his main jobs is to help out readers who may have a problem with their quad or UTV. He is the Mister-Know-It-All when it comes to mechanical problems and how to fix them. Today’s question comes from a reader in […]

HOW TO FIX IT!

SPORTSMAN & SPORTSWIFE — Dear Boss, I have a Polaris Sportsman 570 two-up quad. My wife rides on back most of the time, and we both like this machine. However, we’ve had problems with the rear seat-mount pins breaking. They don’t seem strong enough for the weight of two people and the constant side-to-side motion. […]

How Does the Honda Odyssey Compare to Polaris’ New ACE UTV?

Who thinks that the new Polaris ‘ACE’ UTV is a direct descendant of the Honda Odyssey? Send your replies to us at dwletters@hi-torque.com. Want access to great product and industry information like this? Then check out our app on iTunes or Google Play and make sure to download our digital magazine-at just $2.99 per issue or $8.99 for a […]

RACING RAPTOR

Dear Boss,    In your latest issue you talked about breaking the pittman arm on your 660 Raptor while racing in the Baja 2000. I was wandering what kind of specs and aftermarket parts or upgrades were on your quad and if you had some more pictures. I am interested in doing some Baja style […]

I NEED WIMMERS PARTS!

READER IN NEED I had a question for you about Dustin Wimmers quad in the july 09 issue. Would you be able to tell me where i could get a set of the carbonfiber extensions that were on the rear plastics where the gas tank and rear plastics meet. I race supermoto and it is […]

HOW TO MODIFY SEPARATE BRAKES ON A CAN-AM OUTLANDER

Dirt Dirt Wheels, A few years ago you did an article on separate brakes on a Can-Am Outlander. i would like to do this modification to my Outlander, can you please give me the contact information for this conversion (separate front and rear brakes) Thanks Darcy Thanks for your letter. The company is called Kewl […]

WHEN I STAB MY 450R, IT STARTS

Dear Boss,I have a 2007 Honda 450R and installed an HRC kit within the first week I owned it. I purchased the service manual and followed the kit instructions to a tee. The quad runs great and there’s no hesitation anywhere when working the throttle. The problem I’m having is on startup. It’s a pain […]

DEALING WITH “DDR’s” (DUMB DRUM BRAKES)

Dear Boss,The brakes on my 1999 Kodiak keep dying. They just don’t work very well after riding through mud. I take the drums apart, clean everything and put in new brake shoes, but they still stop working. I’m getting fed up. The disc brakes on my LT-R450 work perfect. Is it possible to replace my […]