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Elka Suspension Releases New 3.0” Shock Platform for UTVs

Elka Suspension Inc. is pleased to announce the release of their new 3.0” shock platform specifically designed for high-performance UTVs. This new product is available on the market in limited quantities for the Polaris RZR 1000XP / RZR 1000XP-4, Can-Am Maverick X3-XRS and Maverick X3-XDS. Configurations are available as rear shocks for stock geometry and select aftermarket geometries from reputable partners such as Grounded4, Lonestar Racing and Holtz Racing.…

TOP PROJECT ATVs

The Dirt Wheels crew will ride a box-stock quad for awhile, but then we start thinking about ways to improve its performance. Building project quads is a way of life for us. Here is a list of some that made it into the Dirt Wheels Project Quad Hall of Fame. Click on the links above each picture to go straight to the articles. PROJECT HONDA TRX400EX BUDGET BUILD PROJECT HONDA ATC 250R REBUILD PROJECT RAT ROD QUAD PROJECT RACE WALSHZILLA VS. CRF450R PROJECT HONDA TRX450R SAND SLINGER PROJECT DUNCAN SUZUKI…

PROJECT ATV: Duncan YFZ450R

Over the years we have tested many fully built machines that we have given rave reviews over and some we haven’t liked much at all. Since the new sport ATV world is stagnant at the moment, we have been building plenty of older machines that prove that they are still very worthy of competing. Our last build with Golden West Cycle and Duncan Racing turned out very well. The WORCS-style Honda 450R we built was great on the track, trail and in the dunes. Afterwards, we contacted Duncan to build us a full MX-style YFZ450R with…

PROJECT HONDA TRX450R: BACK TO THE FUTURE

A time-traveling DeLorean-inspired desert dasher By the staff of Dirt Wheels Think back to the 1980s if you can. And if you can’t, then you’ll surely recognize the futuristic film franchises that appeared during this time and still remain part of the fabric of our lives today—from cyborgs bent on creating mass destruction to a battle royal between the Force and the Dark Side. It was an epic time for sci-fi, as everyone was starting to get a glimpse into the future. One of the most iconic films…

PROJECT MACHINE: WILDCAT SPORT 700

By the staff of Dirt Wheels The Arctic Cat Wildcat Sport 700 is a great mid-size sport UTV. The design of the Wildcat Sport features a trail-friendly 60-inch-wide track with a comforting 13 inches of ground clearance. Keeping the terrain from abusing you is 12.2 inches of travel up front and 12.6 inches in the rear for a comfortable ride. Powering this machine is a 60-plus-horsepower, 700cc, in-line twin EFI engine. Transferring power to the ground is done through two- and four-wheel drive, plus electronic front…

PROJECT: Yamaha Turbo Raptor 700

Yamaha’s Raptor 700 is a force to be reckoned with in the world of sport quads. It is the top big-bore sport quad around and is the last one that is still being manufactured today. The Raptor 700 is fast in stock trim, but Roger Kirkpatrick from Humboldt Motorsports was tasked with taking a 2007 Raptor and turning it into a mean sand-slinging machine. Bolting on parts to increase the machine’s handling and performance capabilities was very important with this build, mainly because a very powerful turbo system was about to be…

PROJECT ATV: Duncan Roll Designed Honda TRX250R Lobo

Before Honda came out with the TRX450R in 2004, the 1988–’89 250R remained the king of many circuits, anywhere from the tight woods of the GNCC series to the wide-open deserts of Baja. Since the 250R hadn’t been produced in decades, machines were far from stock. One of the best chassis builders of that time was Doug Roll. Roll, a racer himself, engineered a complete frame and suspension setup called the Lobo that some say was far superior to the competition. There was such high demand for the parts in the late ’90s,…

PROJECT ATV: Polaris Sportsman 1000 Build

Lately we have featured some highly modified 4x4s built for racing the woods and in the mud. These are the extremes of what can be done with a big budget and the set direction for building up your machine. We want to flip the coin and mildly tune up our Polaris Sportsman 1000 4x4 and show how some simple products can improve your quad. Since we started out with one of the fastest 4x4 machines, we didn’t have to mess with engine performance. Instead, we added creature comforts, changed the tires and equipped it for long rides…

PROJECT ATV: Supermoto Suzuki LT-R450

ATV's where obviously designed to be off-road machines that can tackle all types of terrain. If you have ever ridden your quad on the asphalt or concrete then you know how horribly an ATV handles on the hard stuff. However, that doesn't stop riders from turning their machines into road worthy warriors like this radical Supermoto Suzuki LT-R450. TRACTION ACTION Maxxis has two different compounds of the flat track tires. Ultra Soft is for dirt riding, and Medium Soft is for very hardpacked or blue-grooved dirt or…

PROJECT ATV: Duncan Racing TRX450R Sand Slinger

Building a perfect duner is a matter of heritage, style and power preference. For years the Yamaha Banshee was the machine of choice for sheer power and its exhilarating ride. Oddly enough, with all the two-stroke resurrection we are seeing lately, the Banshee is not as popular as the Suzuki Quadzilla 500 or Honda 250R. The duner we are featuring this month was built around a newer Honda, the four-stroke TRX450R. Its owner, Thad Dirksen, let the legendary builder at Duncan Racing turn it into his perfect duner. When you…

PROJECT ATV: Duncan’s Honda 450R Racer

Score International’s Baja 500 takes place every June across the deserts and over the mountains near Ensenada, Mexico. It’s the hardest desert race to win. While the Baja 1000 may seem tough, it’s not. Ride the 1000 at a moderate pace, have no mistakes or breakdowns, and the race is yours. To win the 500, not only does your 10–11-hour run have to be flawless, your machine has to be reliable and fast. Because at this event, the competition runs wide open and rarely slows down to save equipment. Every nut and bolt has to…

PROJECT ATV: Suzuki LT-R450 Restore – Duncan Racing

Back in 2005 and 2006 when the sport quad industry was booming, every manufacturer was in a race to come up with the best performance 450 around. First was Yamaha, and then came Honda with their trailready 450s. Suzuki shocked the industry by coming out with the first production sport ATV with a 50-inch-wide stance that meant the machine was track-ready. Suzuki built this machine with the help of industry experts like Wayne Hinson and racer Doug Gust. With its release in 2006, the LT-R450 quickly became the quad amateurs and…