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YFZ450R WOODS MACHINE

-- Cole Richardson’s GNCC Yamaha racer --  By the staff of Dirt Wheels,  Photos by Ken Hill It takes a lot to become a pro ATV racer. You need commitment to put your all into each race, every practice lap and have the willingness to put your wellbeing on the line to place a foot on the podium. Countless hours are spent wrenching, working out your body and psyche, all while honing your skills on the quad to become one of the best. None of those facts matter, though, if you don’t have a great machine to pilot in the…

Suzuki Announces New KingQuad ATV with Rugged Package

Suzuki Motor of America, Inc., the inventor of the four-wheel ATV, is proud to introduce its new KingQuad with Rugged Package models to its 2020 ATV lineup. Available on select 2020 KingQuad 750AXi Power Steering SE+, 500AXi Power Steering SE+, 750AXi Power Steering, and500AXi Power Steering models, the Rugged Package includes newly designed front and rear bumpers, and a front LED light bar that is durable and bright enough to light up any outdoor adventure. Suzuki’s KingQuad’s are known for being the toughest ATVs on the…

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,…

FOUR- STROKE TEAR- DOWN TIPS

-- There is nothing to fear -- By Allen Knowles  and staff of Dirt Wheels When performance quads were two-strokes without power valves, rebuilding an engine was relatively cheap, even with labor included. Modern two-strokes with power valves are definitely more expensive to work on, but those are not available for quads unless you are willing to build your own. With modern quads, it doesn’t matter whether you are working on a sport quad or a 4x4, you will be working on a four-stroke. Costs soar with the increased…

2019 YAMAHA RAPTOR 700R

-- Testing the best-selling sport ATV of all time -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels Yamaha has so much love for sport ATVs that they keep the best-selling ATV in the category on dealer floors for you to buy today! It’s no secret, the struggle of the economic downfall in 2008 hindered the market and kick-started the decline of sport quads. Compounded with the rise in UTV technology, the sport ATV category had its heyday. Now we consider certain 4x4 machines sport models. Honestly, those 4x4s are very sporty in our…

MACHINED INTEGRATIONS BEARING GREASE TOOL

-- Testing a useful tool -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels In the May 2019 issue of Dirt Wheels we had a story on greasing UTV wheel bearings. Since then we have had experience with Machined Integrations, LLC (MI) bearing greasing tools. A quality, well-designed tool is always a pleasure. And in the case of UTV and 4x4 quad wheel bearings, these tools are almost required. The bearings are sealed on both sides. The only opening for grease is the seam in the split inner race, so you would have to risk damaging the…

GEAR GRINDER – Weekly product report

We get a lot of gear and cool products to test every month so we can inform our readers of whats new and useful in the market. This week we got a few great offerings from Warn, Ogio, O’neal and an awesome cooler from Pelican. We are currently working on a Project RZR and slowly upgrading a Yamaha YFZ450R! Some of these parts will go on the builds while others get tested on our ATVs and UTVs. Stay tuned for next week's Gear Grinder for more awesome products to check out! O’NEAL GEAR www.oneal.com 5 SERIES HEXX Helmet -…

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.

WHERE IS THE ALL-NEW HONDA TRX450R?!

We can't hide the truth. Our beloved sport ATV market has been taken over by roll cage equipped machines. Do we want to stick our noses up at the UTV market? Of course not! Those machines are a blast to drive, and get more people included in our favorite hobby: off-roading. But, if we are honest, we are very bummed out that the sport ATV market has fallen off the radar of most major manufacturers. In fact, Yamaha is the only remaining major manufacturer that offers a race ready 450 and a trail ready 700R straight axle sport…

2019 YAMAHA YFZ 450R

-- High-Performance ATV Test --  By the staff of Dirt Wheels Yamaha’s YFZ450R isn’t simply a sport quad, it’s an experience. The smooth body lines fade into aggressively angular points, so the YFZ looks fast and focused just sitting still. But, you don’t really get the thrill until you firmly depress that little start button. The EFI and the ignition brings the Yamaha YFZ450R’s potent powerplant to life. To further intensify the excitement, shift into gear, boost the rpm and release the clutch. We have been seeing…

HOW TO: Choose Skid Plates

Picking the right protection for your machine can be a difficult task. We install aftermarket skid plates on most machines that we receive to ensure the frame and suspension components don't get heavily damaged by rocks, roots and other trail debris.