Product Evaluation Archives - Dirt Wheels Magazine https://dirtwheelsmag.com/tag/product-evaluation/ The Leading ATV Magazine Worldwide Wed, 28 Sep 2022 23:44:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 PRODUCT EVALUATION: MOOSE RACING QUALIFIER PANTS AND JERSEY https://dirtwheelsmag.com/product-evaluation-moose-racing-qualifier-pants-and-jersey/ Thu, 29 Sep 2022 14:50:57 +0000 https://dirtwheelsmag.com/?p=33521

Protection is important, but style doesn’t hurt By the staff of Dirt Wheels For 2022 Moose has created riding gear with a wide range of options in terms of style, color and performance. Whether you want bright and colorful, a retro look or stealthy dark colors, Moose really went all in on the design this year. […]

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Protection is important, but style doesn’t hurt By the staff of Dirt Wheels

For 2022 Moose has created riding gear with a wide range of options in terms of style, color and performance. Whether you want bright and colorful, a retro look or stealthy dark colors, Moose really went all in on the design this year. Between the Agroid, Sahara, M1 and Qualifier lines, there shouldn’t be a problem finding something you like. For now, though, we have been thrashing the Qualifier gear for a while and have our assessment and ideas about who may prefer that line of gear.

FIT AND FEEL

Moose says it designed the Qualifier line with a relaxed fit in mind, and that was apparent when we first tried it on. It isn’t too loose, but the fit is on the generous side. Don’t go down a size on the pants or jersey, just enjoy the comfort. There are clear benefits to the sizing, including being able to fit knee braces in the knee area. Braces don’t get caught when putting the pants on or when taking them off.

When we were done riding, it was ultra easy to get the pants off compared to some brands with form-fit style. If you already have big legs, these pants would be a perfect choice. So, if you’re looking for gear that is on the roomy side, the Qualifier line delivers.

TECH

Polyester is used for the jersey construction with non-fading sublimated graphics with performance fitted cuffs. The pants use high-denier abrasion-resistant material with a pre-curved leg fit, three-point waist adjustment and a YKK auto-locking zipper. Moose claims it has the largest sizing range available—from small to 5X for the jersey for a retail price of $29.95. Pants come in a 28- through 54-inch waist for $79.9–$89.95. The gloves are on the large side as well, so if you’re an XXL, you’ll get a true XXL.

THE MAIN SQUEEZE

Although much of our time in the gear was spent on quads, we did spend some time on dirt bikes as well. And, as much as we don’t like to take dirt samples for testing’s sake, we managed to slide down some hills and experienced plenty of tip-overs. So far, the gear is holding up well. Plus, the red, white and blue selection we were given is a standout on the trail.

Head on over to your local dealer or to www.mooseracing.com to check out Moose Racing’s full line of race wear for 2022.

 

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QUIKSTEM EMERGENCY REPLACEMENT VALVE SYSTEMS https://dirtwheelsmag.com/quikstem-emergency-replacement-valve-systems/ Sat, 23 Jul 2022 01:14:10 +0000 https://dirtwheelsmag.com/?p=34053

WHAT IT IS: Haltec’s QuikStem emergency replacement tire valve stem is a fast and inexpensive way to replace a rotten, broken or leaky Schrader valve on any UTV, ATV, hauler or trailer wheel. The QS-500 QuikStem valve will repair any tubeless tire in a matter of seconds without breaking the tire bead or removing the wheel, thus […]

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WHAT IT IS:
Haltec’s QuikStem emergency replacement tire valve stem is a fast and inexpensive way to replace a rotten, broken or leaky Schrader valve on any UTV, ATV, hauler or trailer wheel. The QS-500 QuikStem valve will repair any tubeless tire in a matter of seconds without breaking the tire bead or removing the wheel, thus saving a UTV ride from an early end.

FEATURES:
QuikStems are designed to install from the outside and anchor in place, sealing the rim to 200 psi. They come in .453-inch long and short sizes for UTVs, ATVs, automobiles, light trucks, trailers, equipment and lawnmowers, and .625 inches for construction equipment, tractors and trucks.

CONSTRUCTION AND INSTALLATION:
CNC-machined QuikStems have six parts and are made of steel and rubber. Cut or remove the bad Schrader with pliers, a valve puller or hook and push the remaining rubber into the hole. Snug the 12mm nut until it contacts the steel washer and push the QuikStem into the rim (do not lubricate). Tighten until you feel resistance, then tighten two more complete turns. Remove the cap and inflate the tire as desired. Check the seal with water or some other fluid; if you get bubbles, tighten another quarter turn and recheck.

WHO’S IT FOR?
Any off-road enthusiast who wants to carry cheap ride insurance should have a couple of QuikStems in his flat-fix kit, tool roll or glove box.

PERFORMANCE:
We literally installed a QuikStem on our Teryx KRX 1000’s spare tire in less than 10 seconds with a 12mm T-handle. The rubber grommet sealed the beadlock wheel, and we set psi at 17 in a couple of minutes. The stainless QuikStem doesn’t have dry-rot problems like rubber stems, as there is no exposed rubber, and the grommet also acts like Nylock to keep the nut from backing off.

THE VERDICT:
NASCAR shows us that any contact can rip a sidewall or a valve stem and cause a flat tire. Roost or a trailside branch could take out a valve stem, and a QuikStem is a quick and easy replacement that can and will save a ride, tire and wheel, as opposed to limping back to camp on a flat. QuikStems are available at Rocky Mountain ATV/MC, Hardline Products, FindItParts.com, Amazon and A&I Products.

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PRODUCT EVALUATION: TUSK MEGABITE TIRE AND UINTA BEADLOCK WHEEL https://dirtwheelsmag.com/product-evaluation-tusk-megabite-tire-and-uinta-beadlock-wheel/ Mon, 11 Jul 2022 19:02:22 +0000 https://dirtwheelsmag.com/?p=32874

Attractive traction at a nice price By the staff of Dirt Wheels Rocky Mountain ATV/MC’s Tusk house-brand tires have been joined by the intermediate-terrain Megabite 8-ply radial tire for UTVs. Our test tires came in 32×10-15 mounted on Tusk Uinta 15×5 beadlock rims. If you buy tires and wheels together, they come mounted at no cost. […]

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Attractive traction at a nice price By the staff of Dirt Wheels

Tusk Megabites have a nicely rounded shape. They don’t wander at speed, they break traction smoothly and don’t want to stand the car up in turns.

Rocky Mountain ATV/MC’s Tusk house-brand tires have been joined by the intermediate-terrain Megabite 8-ply radial tire for UTVs. Our test tires came in 32×10-15 mounted on Tusk Uinta 15×5 beadlock rims. If you buy tires and wheels together, they come mounted at no cost. They ship with cardboard over the face of the wheel and fully wrapped in plastic film. It is luxurious to have the wheel combo ready to go. Compact lug nuts are required but are not included.

The tires are a realistic 32 inches tall, and the 15-inch rim size is required to clear the brakes on the Pro XP. The bolt pattern is shared with the Kawasaki KRX. Our RZR Pro XP 4 Ultimate came with 30-inch tires on cast-aaluminum wheels that weigh 46 pounds. We switched to 32-inch Megabites (37.8 pounds) to gain ground clearance. The stock tires and wheels worked great, but we dragged the skid plate often.

The Megabites range from roughly $130 to $200 each, and the Tusk Uinta beadlock wheels (18.8 pounds) are a reasonable $169.99 each. The tires and wheels weigh 56.6 pounds. That is pretty light for a 32-inch on a beadlock wheel.

CONSTRUCTION

The Megabite has a rounded shape and open tread pattern. Most desert tires have close tread blocks. The Megabite’s tread pattern and 3/4-inch-tall tread blocks are aimed at traction on intermediate to soft terrain. The sidewalls are protected by a protruding rubber design, which helps in ruts and protects from punctures. Wear is quite good, but the tires are not DOT rated, so no running them on pavement in states where that is allowed. We appreciate that the Uinta wheel has a minimum amount of offset.

Comparing the two wheelsets, it is easy to see that the 32 is a larger tire with more sidewall than the 30-inch tire. The Tusk wheel offset is close to the stock wheel.

TESTING

The Megabite excels on intermediate to soft surfaces, but we had no issues with packed and rocky terrain. It handles sand, loam and light mud very well with impressive traction. It isn’t a serious deep-mud tire, but it has great range. We haven’t driven with it in dunes, but we wouldn’t hesitate given the performance in sand washes.

Beadlock wheels keep the outer tire bead on the rim at low air pressures or while driving with a flat. We had no flats, but it was comforting knowing we had beadlocks.

It tracks well at speed or slow with a light, accurate steering feel. Launching from a stop, the tires grip well with minimal wheelspin. After you are moving, heavy throttle opening continued to offer strong drive forward, but there is little tendency to stand up in turns or ruts. We ran only 15 psi in the desert. That resulted in a comfortable ride, but without signs of wallowing or rolling to the side. That is true when braking hard into corners and actively changing direction and speed.

Despite going up 2 inches in tire size, the RZR Pro XP felt like it was born with them. We didn’t notice any problems with the size change.

Both the Uinta wheels and Megabite tires look great on the Pro XP. Traction is very good, and we appreciate the 8-ply rating.

CONCLUSION

The Tusk Megabite competes favorably with great all-around tires, and it is reasonably priced. They come in sizes from 27 inches to 34 inches. Add a Uinta beadlock wheel and you have a winning combination. Uinta wheels come in Matte Black, black with milled edges and Gunmetal/Matte Black. All beadlock ring hardware is 5/16-inch Grade 8. Each wheel has a 1200-pound load rating, so they have capacity to spare on a UTV. Screw-on center caps are included. The wheels currently come in 14×4 and 14×5 or 15×5. 

To get your own set of these 8-ply radial tires, go to www.rockymountainatvmc.com or call (800) 336-5437.

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PRODUCT EVALUATION: TUSK UTV PROFILE ALUMINUM ROOF https://dirtwheelsmag.com/product-evaluation-tusk-utv-profile-aluminum-roof-2/ Sun, 10 Apr 2022 13:14:50 +0000 https://dirtwheelsmag.com/?p=32667

Safety and shade By John Bumgarner and the staff of Dirt Wheels The Tusk UTV Profile aluminum roof is a great addition to any side-by-side vehicle. The aluminum top protects you and your passengers from the sun, and can keep you safe from Mother Nature’s harsh environment. WHAT IT IS Laser-cut from 0.10 aluminum with rolled […]

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Safety and shade By John Bumgarner and the staff of Dirt Wheels

Tusk’s UTV Profile aluminum roof adds a great finished look and welcome protection from the elements and overhead cab intrusions. We felt the $274.99 price was quite reasonable.

The Tusk UTV Profile aluminum roof is a great addition to any side-by-side vehicle. The aluminum top protects you and your passengers from the sun, and can keep you safe from Mother Nature’s harsh environment.

WHAT IT IS

Laser-cut from 0.10 aluminum with rolled edges, the construction of the roof gives that factory look to your machine. Ours was designed for a Kawasaki Teryx KRX 1000, and all necessary mounting hardware and a foam anti-vibration gasket make for a quick and easy installation on top of your roll cage. Black powdercoating adds to the good looks and durability of the roof. Each Profile roof is custom designed to fit most popular, modern UTVs.

We added some adhesive-backed foam to the roof to reduce the sound reflection from the roof. We were able to easily mount a LED light bar to the upper surface of the roof.

OUR TAKE

Adding a roof to your UTV is probably one of the most popular upgrades out there today. They can keep you from looking like a dried-out French fry in the summer and affords the needed coverage from rain and foul weather in the winter. The Tusk Profile roof checks off all those boxes at a very reasonable price. It has rolled edges on the front and sides with a lipped spoiler on the rear. We mounted the front edge of the roof about 3/8 inches past the roll bar so that a full windshield will slip underneath the lip. This will keep water from running off the front of the roof and into the cab. The rear spoiler extends behind the rear portion of the roll cage to provide coverage for the back of the cab.

These rolled edges offer further liquid protection. There is some latitude in mounting, so we pushed the roof’s leading edge forward so a windshield would mount under the edge.

We haven’t experienced rain in our western riding areas, but we feel the spoiler is long enough to keep water from running down our backs. The installation kit includes self-adhesive foam strips that stick to the top of the tubing to keep rattling and vibration to a minimum. The four bolt holes in the roof are slightly elongated so you can find that perfect mounting location. Our KRX 1000 has recessed roof mounting locations, so the kit included four metal spacers to keep everything flush. There are two additional holes in the front of the roof that lined up perfectly with our LED light bar. We drilled a hole through the roof behind the light bar so we could run our wiring inside the cab. A little silicone sealant around the wire was used for waterproofing.

There’s not a lot you can say about a UTV roof other than the pros and cons of metal versus plastic. For us, the only real con to adding a roof is the fact that sound bounces off the underside of the roof, making for a noisier ride. To combat this, we installed some 1/4-inch, adhesive-backed foam panels. It was surprising how much this reduced the tinny sound that’s inherent with any roof.

The rear of the roof not only rolls over the edge of the roof, but it kicks up on the ends. The rear of the roof acts like a rain gutter to guide water away from the cab area.

BOTTOM LINE

A roof can make your UTV trips much more enjoyable, and the budget-friendly $274.99 Tusk UTV Profile roof keeps your bank account happy. Go to www.rockymountainatvmc.com and look at the roof or call (800) 336-5437 to order your own.

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PRODUCT EVALUATION: SHELL 1-AMP BATTERY CHARGER & MAINTAINER https://dirtwheelsmag.com/product-evaluation-shell-1-amp-battery-charger-maintainer/ Wed, 23 Mar 2022 00:33:18 +0000 https://dirtwheelsmag.com/?p=32107

Support for your battery By the staff of Dirt Wheels   The Shell 1-amp battery charger & maintainer charges 12- and 6-volt batteries. It automatically detects the battery voltage, and is safe for charging lead-acid, flooded, gel, AGM, and lithium-ion batteries. This charger provides multiple levels of protection against short circuit, reverse polarity, over-temperature, defective battery, […]

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Support for your battery By the staff of Dirt Wheels

The Shell 1-amp battery charger & maintainer connects easily to small UTV batteries and large truck and car batteries.

 

The Shell 1-amp battery charger & maintainer charges 12- and 6-volt batteries. It automatically detects the battery voltage, and is safe for charging lead-acid, flooded, gel, AGM, and lithium-ion batteries. This charger provides multiple levels of protection against short circuit, reverse polarity, over-temperature, defective battery, over-charging, over-voltage and over-current. The included charging cables are fused, adding another layer of safety. Multi-stage charging includes desulfation, soft start, bulk, absorption, battery test and trickle. Charging adjusts when the battery is full.

The Shell 1-amp battery charger & maintainer connects easily to small UTV batteries and large truck and car batteries.

 

PERFORMANCE

One-amp microprocessor-controlled trickle chargers are very useful for keeping batteries charged, and are an important part of getting the full performance and life from any battery. We used the Shell 1-amp battery charger & maintainer to keep a Honda Pioneer 520’s battery ready for action, and it did a fine job.

The charger’s cable clamps are compact enough to work well with small UTV battery terminals and confined battery locations. They are large enough for car and truck battery terminals. The charger cables also include the standard plug for trickle charger pigtails, and a pigtail that can be left attached to your machine’s battery for easy plug-in charging.

The Shell 1-amp battery charger & maintainer plugs directly into an outlet or extension cord, and a simple single-button selector lets you choose 6-, 12-volt or lithium-ion batteries. Indicator lights show power on, reversed-terminal error, charge mode and charge level (charging or full). This charger has one major advantage over others we’ve seen for conventional lead-acid batteries. It has the ability to charge lithium-ion batteries. Normally, they require a separate, special charger.

FINAL THOUGHTS

The Shell 1-amp battery charger & maintainer works as well as common trickle chargers and saves the cost of buying a separate charger for lithium-ion batteries. The charger is $35 from www.amazon.com, which is about five bucks more than other 1-amp chargers.

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QA PARTS UTV SIDE-VIEW MIRRORS https://dirtwheelsmag.com/product-evaluation-qa-parts-utv-side-view-mirrors/ Thu, 10 Feb 2022 19:12:15 +0000 https://dirtwheelsmag.com/?p=32103

 By the staff of Dirt Wheels QA PARTS UTV SIDE-VIEW MIRRORS Having mirrors on a UTV is all but essential, but do you need to go for the maximum bling? To find out, we tried QA Parts UTV side mirrors. WHAT IT IS Manufactured using a polypropylene plastic shell with a glass lens, and ABS […]

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 By the staff of Dirt Wheels

QA PARTS UTV SIDE-VIEW MIRRORS

Having mirrors on a UTV is all but essential, but do you need to go for the maximum bling? To find out, we tried QA Parts UTV side mirrors.

From the back you can see the substantial clamp and a pleasant shape molded into the polypropylene plastic case.

WHAT IT IS

Manufactured using a polypropylene plastic shell with a glass lens, and ABS plastic clamps makes for a tough, clear view of what’s happening behind you. The convex design offers a wide-angle view of what’s going on behind you. Two clamp sizes (1.75 and 2 inches) make these suitable for most UTV roll cages on the market today. A ball-socket joint makes finding the perfect angle a breeze.

For us, the $20 glass mirrors offer plenty of vision to the rear. That is all you can expect from a bargain mirror.

QA PARTS UTV SIDE-VIEW MIRRORS

OUR TAKE

Having a set of rear-view mirrors on your UTV is not just convenient, it’s a whole lot safer. Not backing over the edge of that switchback turn or knowing that someone is coming up behind you can save the day. These aren’t the biggest mirrors on the market, but they’re definitely enough for a good rearward view. The convex design expands your field of view, although things are stretched due to the angle. Hence the warning on the passenger mirror on your truck: “Objects in mirror are closer than they appear.”

This is one of the reasons the small stature of these mirrors works so well. The 1.75-inch clamp, along with the included rubber non-slip sleeve, clamped securely to our KRX 1000 roll cage. Due to the body design with high rear fenders, we ended up mounting the mirrors on the upper portion of the A-pillar.

The ball-socket joint offered plenty of range for our chosen location. The only issue with the ball socket is making sure it’s tight enough that it doesn’t move when you smack a bush or tree branch. Too tight and you risk the mirror breaking. In the event you do break one (they are plastic, and plastic does break), the $19.99 price for the set makes it a lot easier to pony up for a replacement.

QA PARTS UTV SIDE-VIEW MIRRORS

BOTTOM LINE

If you’re not someone that has to have the latest and greatest mirrors on the market today, we recommend the QA Parts mirrors. They do exactly what a rear-view mirror is supposed to do—allow you to safely back up and see what’s happening behind you. With the crazy prices of UTV parts today, this is one product that lets you put fuel in the tank instead of using your money for pricey bling. We got ours from www.rockymountainatvmc.com.

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TUSK REMOVABLE HALF WINDSHIELD https://dirtwheelsmag.com/product-evaluation-tusk-removable-half-windshield/ Wed, 02 Feb 2022 17:25:54 +0000 https://dirtwheelsmag.com/?p=32098

By the staff of Dirt Wheels TUSK REMOVABLE HALF WINDSHIELD With few exceptions, production UTVs don’t come with any protection in the front opening of the cockpit. When conditions are perfect, having all that air coming into the cockpit feels like a perfect plan. Let the weather change up, or get tired of the wind […]

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By the staff of Dirt Wheels

A half windshield provides a lot of wind protection while minimizing the drawbacks of a windshield. The Tusk directs air over your head. Like any plastic shield, it will attract dust.

TUSK REMOVABLE HALF WINDSHIELD

With few exceptions, production UTVs don’t come with any protection in the front opening of the cockpit. When conditions are perfect, having all that air coming into the cockpit feels like a perfect plan. Let the weather change up, or get tired of the wind blast, though, and some sort of a windshield starts to look pretty good. There are numerous options for windshield size and material. There are further innovations in fitment and permanence. Some of our favorites drop flat or lift up for pleasant weather. You must decide what sort of wind and weather protection you want and need.

WHAT IT IS

The Tusk half windshield is perfect for drivers looking for protection from the elements without the negatives associated with a full windshield. It offers plenty of wind protection while still allowing air flow inside the cab to clear dust. The scratch-resistant polycarbonate plastic helps prolong the clarity of the windshield even after numerous cleanings.

Quick-release hook-and-loop roll cage clamps make it a breeze to install and remove the windshield.

These rugged hook-and-loop mounting straps make installing or replacing the half windshield virtually instantaneous. We like that.

HOW IT WORKS

The Tusk half windshield is a nice addition to any car. It is vehicle-specific, so the height, width and lower portion are a perfect fit. With an overall height of 11 inches and a 1.5-inch lip at the top, it was a great fit on our Kawasaki KRX 1000. The bottom edge has a rubber seal that the owner installs to prevent air and water from blowing under the windshield.

There are both pros and cons that go along with any type of windshield on your UTV. Ours worked great at diverting the wind blast up over the head of our 6-foot-tall tester, yet it didn’t interfere with our vision down the trail. Not having to look through a piece of dusty plastic is a real plus, especially when the sun is low on the horizon.

The 3/16-inch polycarbonate is sturdy enough that it doesn’t flex or vibrate while going down the trail. As far as the benefits of the scratch-resistant coating, the windshield in these pictures has been cleaned at least a dozen times, and it’s holding up well.

The key to prolonging the life of any plastic windshield is using the proper cleaning product and technique. We use a quality plastic cleaner and a clean micro-fiber cloth when it’s time to remove the built-up dust.

There is enough wind protection that we feel you could comfortably use this half windshield well into the colder months. The “quick-release clamps” aren’t just some jargon, as ours took about one minute to install or remove once the various pieces where assembled.

As far as cons are concerned, any time you put any style windshield on your car, it’s going to create negative pressure behind the screen. This causes dust to be sucked into the dead air space and swirl before blowing back out of the cab. Our local riding area hasn’t seen much rain in the last couple of months, so our trails are pretty dusty.

At lower speeds the Tusk half windshield did a good job diverting the air over our head. As the speeds increased, the calm air pocket seemed to get larger and hold the dust inside the cab. The only real solution is to wear a quality goggle with your helmet. Sunglasses don’t cut it. For those of you who actually know what dust-free or wet dirt looks like, this could be the ideal windshield.

On the outside of the Tusk half windshield, you are not stuck looking at a typical strap. The mounts look clean and work very well.

TUSK REMOVABLE HALF WINDSHIELD

BOTTOM LINE

With a price of $119.95, the Tusk removable half windshield is a great addition for any UTV. It offers enough wind and weather protection to make any trip in your UTV more enjoyable. Just remember to bring goggles if you ride in a dusty area.

We got ours from www.rockymountainatvmc.com.

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TUSK CARGO BARRICADE https://dirtwheelsmag.com/product-evaluation-tusk-cargo-barricade/ Wed, 15 Dec 2021 22:06:57 +0000 https://dirtwheelsmag.com/?p=31907

By the staff of Dirt Wheels TUSK CARGO BARRICADE Kawasaki’s Teryx KRX 1000 is a great UTV for trail work. In fact, it works so well that you will be tempted to ride farther than ever. Ride farther and longer, and you will want to bring more stuff! Kawasaki has planned the KRX cab with a […]

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By the staff of Dirt Wheels

Tusk’s Cargo Barricade adds a great finished look to the rear of a UTV. It would have been a lot easier to use a solid metal plate, but it looks better and is lighter to cut so much of the material away.

TUSK CARGO BARRICADE

Kawasaki’s Teryx KRX 1000 is a great UTV for trail work. In fact, it works so well that you will be tempted to ride farther than ever. Ride farther and longer, and you will want to bring more stuff! Kawasaki has planned the KRX cab with a lot of room for cargo, but eventually you will want to utilize the cargo bed area. Like many sport UTVs, the KRX has a bed area that is open at the rear. Tusk has the answer for the open-bed policy—the Tusk Cargo Barricade. This Barricade is available for other UTV models, but prices do vary by machine.

WHAT IS IT?

The Tusk Cargo Barricade is a rigid metal structure designed to enclose the rear cargo compartment of your UTV. It does not open like a tailgate, but rather bolts into existing locations using the provided hardware. A 1.25-inch large top tube is structural support, as well as a way to mount the Barricade securely to the stock roll cage. Under the bar is an attractive stamped structure that restrains cargo. The suggested retail price is a reasonable $155.99, though it was listed for $129.99 when we ordered ours.

Viewed from the rear, the Tusk Cargo Barricade looks like it belongs on the machine, almost as if it should have come that way. That is the sign of a well-designed product.

TUSK CARGO BARRICADE

INSTALLATION

Installation should only take 10 minutes if you don’t run into any issues. Simply remove the OEM bolts described in the installation instructions, place the rack on the rear of the bed and install the provided longer bolts. It literally takes as long to install as it did for us to write this! Except in our case. Our KRX 1000 had one bolt on the rear ROP that refused to line up with the factory bolt hole. After 20 minutes of tweaking, we finally got the offending bolt installed without cross-threading.

Take a close look and you can see how robust the mounts are that secure the structural tube to the cage-mounting brackets. You can also see how much the Barricade extends the bed area over stock.

HOW IT WORKS

It’s amazing how much added storage the Tusk Cargo Barricade creates. At the bottom, where the barricade meets the bed floor, there’s an additional 3 inches of storage. That grows to 5 inches at the top of the Barricade. Those numbers may not sound like much, but it sure is huge when loading an ice chest or cargo box. Even with a spare tire in the bed, there are a lot more mounting locations for the cargo straps needed to secure items on top of the tire.

The weight of accessories is always a concern, especially when placed on the tail of the car. The Barricade’s weight is minimal, and we haven’t felt any effect on handling. Another plus, in our opinion, is the look of the Barricade. Our KRX’s lack of any type of closure on the back of the bed left us feeling that something was missing. The Tusk Cargo Barricade fills that void and makes the car look a whole lot better.

Functionality and good looks make for a total win in our opinion. Do an internet search when shopping, as we found there was a $10–$15 difference in advertised prices.

TUSK CARGO BARRICADE

CONCLUSION

We have been pleased with cargo solutions from Tusk before, and the Tusk Cargo Barricade earned our approval even faster than normal. It looks great, secures the rear opening of the cargo bed and supplies many more options for tie-down points for items in the bed. Go to www.rockymountainatvmc.com and search for the Barricade, or call (800) 336-5437 to order your own.

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PRODUCT EVALUATION: APROVE FRONT INTRUSION BARS https://dirtwheelsmag.com/product-evaluation-aprove-front-intrusion-bars/ Fri, 23 Jul 2021 19:10:47 +0000 https://dirtwheelsmag.com/?p=30906

Passenger protection for the RZR XP Pro By Ray Gibbs and the staff of Dirt Wheels There you are, blasting down your favorite trail. Everything on your car is working just as planned. You take pride in your ride, and the accessories that you bought and installed. The day is going great! You are driving like a […]

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Passenger protection for the RZR XP Pro By Ray Gibbs and the staff of Dirt Wheels

The Aprove intrusion bar system is a breeze to install, yet it offers protection and aids the strength of the stock cage.

There you are, blasting down your favorite trail. Everything on your car is working just as planned. You take pride in your ride, and the accessories that you bought and installed. The day is going great! You are driving like a hero. And then, in an instant, a deer jumps out of nowhere and flies right across the front of your car. It missed you by inches. Or, it could have been a dirt bike or quad coming head-on that you didn’t see in time. Either way, whether it’s a machine or 200 pounds of kicking meat with antlers, it could come right through the open front of your car. 

Out here on the West Coast, animal encounters aren’t as common as in other parts of the country, so thoughts of needing more substantial occupant protection may not be as high of a priority. Some cars come equipped with intrusion bars right from the factory, but mine, unfortunately, did not.

I was fortunate enough to install a robust set of front intrusion bars from Aprove Industries. Their offering for the RZR XP Pro is an excellent piece that is well-designed (in the U.S.), manufactured (in Taiwan) with high-quality materials, and the fit and finish are top-notch. The installation goes quick. It took longer to write this evaluation than it took to install the set on my car. There may be a few more steps to this if your car has a roof, but trimming should be minimal. 

We needed to notch the smoked polycarbonate roof to clear the upper mounting point. Some windshields will not work with the bars installed.

WHAT IT TOOK TO INSTALL

If you have a roof on your car, ensure that it will not interfere with the top, center mounting clamps. My car has a clear polycarbonate roof that needed a notch cut in it for proper fitment. Other roofs may vary. Place a nice, thick towel or a couple of (clean) shop rags on the hood and dash of your car for the bottom crossbar to temporarily rest on during initial installation. I found it much easier to join the vertical bars to the bottom cross brace first. Tighten the three bolts before you place it on the rags on the dash. This will require an Allen wrench and a socket or wrench.

The top mount consists of two sheet metal C-clamps that attach the top bar of the roll cage to the top of the vertical intrusion bars. These clamps get one nut and bolt each. Install these finger-tight. Next, you can install (finger-tight) the bottom bars’ clamp-type brackets that connect the lower horizontal bar to the car’s upright cage bars.

Ensure that the whole assembly is moved up as far as possible against the top bar before tightening the top clamp bolts. This will require a box-end wrench and a socket and ratchet. With the top clamps screwed on tight, you can tighten the four bolts on the two bottom clamps.

HOW IT WORKS

Initially, we thought that we would be distracted by the additional tubing in the front field of vision while driving, but after the first ride with the intrusion bars installed, you don’t notice them any more than the OEM cage upright bars at the sides. My wife even commented on how much more secure she felt (she was with me when the Bambi near-miss event transpired) with them installed. It looks like the intrusion bars could be an effective mounting location for a low-profile front light bar; we have Toy Box height restrictions.

CONCLUSION

Overall, these bars are rugged, great looking, reasonably priced and are a snap to install. Don’t wait for “the scare” before making this safety investment in your ride! For more information, call the U.S. helpline at (651) 207-8109, or go to www.aproveatv.com

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PRODUCT EVALUATION: EZ LYNK https://dirtwheelsmag.com/product-evaluation-ez-lynk/ Mon, 12 Jul 2021 13:45:51 +0000 https://dirtwheelsmag.com/?p=30678

Connecting your UTV to help By the staff of Dirt Wheels As handy and mechanically savvy as we may fancy ourselves to be, the truth is, most of us are not fully trained mechanics with years of experience. What happens when you’re miles down the trail (or way out on the dunes) and something happens to your […]

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Connecting your UTV to help By the staff of Dirt Wheels

The AutoAgent 2 from EZ LYNK is compact and very portable.

Can-Am UTV Cable and Polaris cable: EZ LYNK makes it possible to use your AutoAgent 2 on your tow vehicle or side-by-side (depending on model). All you have to do is swap out the cable. Here are the Can-Am side-by-side (left) and Polaris side-by-side cables.

As handy and mechanically savvy as we may fancy ourselves to be, the truth is, most of us are not fully trained mechanics with years of experience. What happens when you’re miles down the trail (or way out on the dunes) and something happens to your rig? Perhaps an “engine light” reducing performance? Or even worse,  the dreaded “limp home” mode?

Those of us who are prepared will have basic tools and possibly even a basic code scanner available for us to help diagnose the problem. But advanced modern automotive and powersports electronics can make your hand tools or even your basic scanner completely useless.

Many aspects of a vehicle’s health are now controlled and monitored with the help of advanced diagnostic tools and computers that you would only find in a well-equipped auto or powersports shop.

If something goes wrong out on the dunes (or trail or desert), you can hook up your AutoAgent 2 and read any codes your vehicle might be throwing.

HOW IT WORKS

Professional technicians plug vehicles into dedicated computer systems to help them diagnose and update (or “flash”) the complex systems of modern vehicle electronics. However, what if something happens to your side-by-side while on the trail? You notice the check-engine light comes on when you’re at the trailhead, or worse, far from your pickup. Everything visually checks out, and your basic code reader isn’t picking up any codes. What do you do? You could potentially be stuck; a simple engine light will ruin a perfect day.

Using over-the-air technology, EZ LYNK’s AutoAgent 2 can come to your rescue. The AutoAgent 2 is a powerful vehicle communication tool that puts your technician in the front seat whenever and wherever you choose. No matter where you are, your technician can easily diagnose and potentially repair your vehicle without even seeing it. With the AutoAgent 2, the technician has the ability to access your vehicle’s information from a remote location using remote, over-the-air connectivity. As an added benefit, the AutoAgent 2 does not lock to a specific vehicle. That simply means the same AutoAgent you use in your tow rig can move from road to trail in seconds with just a simple cable swap.

Did you catch that? The same AutoAgent 2 you use on your light-duty diesel tow vehicle (or many non-diesel vehicles) for diagnostics and updates you can use on your Polaris or Can-Am side-by-side, depending on the model. All you have to do is swap out the cable. It really is that simple.

And, because EZ LYNK’s AutoAgent 2 is not VIN-locked to any one vehicle, you can use it on multiple vehicles (i.e., tow vehicle, passenger car, side-by-side and even select snowmobiles). You don’t have to buy multiple units; just one can keep track of all the vehicles you use it with. All the vehicle information, as well as owner’s personal information, is on the app that you download to your cell phone to use with the AutoAgent 2.

Another nifty feature of the AutoAgent 2 is the ability to update your speedometer should you decide to go with bigger tires. This will allow your vehicle to give accurate mph readings.

The AutoAgent 2 plugs directly into your vehicle’s diagnostic port and broadcasts a wireless access point. This provides connection between your vehicle and the current iOS or Android device of your choice. Using the active connection, the AutoAgent 2 streams data from your vehicle’s computer and conveniently displays it on your mobile device via the AutoAgent app.

The AutoAgent app is then used to establish a link between your vehicle and your registered technician, giving them the ability to send and receive data through the EZ LYNK Cloud. Using the ECU editor and user-generated data logs, your technician can offer remote support to linked vehicles and send critical ECU updates immediately.

Your “technician” doesn’t work for EZ LYNK but with EZ LYNK’s technology. As EZ LYNK points out, the company offers the hardware to diagnose and/or flash your vehicle but it doesn’t provide calibrations. You can buy a “tune” or multiple “tunes” from any company and run them through the AutoAgent 2, which installs it on your vehicle. Got a tune for your tow vehicle and your side-by-side? This unit can handle both. Again, the AutoAgent 2 is not a tuner but the means to upload your tune to any of your vehicles.

Say you don’t want to purchase a support package, or tune(s), from a technician, the AutoAgent 2 can still be a valuable tool. You can data-log rides (at 30 minutes a pop) or specific runs, say up a dune, to check on your side-by-side’s performance and perform diagnostics if your vehicle throws a code. You can also clear out a code (like a limp mode) if needed so you can get back to the trailhead. Or, you can update your speedometer if you change tire sizes so that you’ll get accurate mph readings.

Of course, to fully take advantage of what AutoAgent 2 offers, you probably should purchase a support package (tunes). The ability to tap into a technician should something go south is impressive and could put your mind at ease.

This simulation shows the AutoAgent 2 and what you might see on your display, i.e., iPad, cell phone, etc. You can see what is going on with your vehicle, download tunes and read vehicle error codes. You can also switch views between
digital or gauge.

For example, say your vehicle does throw a code and goes into limp mode. You can diagnose what the problem might be and clear the code so you can get back to your tow vehicle. If it keeps happening, you can do a data log and then, using the over-the-air technology, send the information to a technician who can help with the diagnosis and perhaps even fix the problem on the spot or guide you through a fix. You can communicate with the technician through the system’s chat function.

Since the AutoAgent 2 relies on the app, you might be thinking you have to have cell service for all this to work. Not so. The only part you have to have service for is when you download a calibration file. Then, if you want, you can flash your vehicle in the middle of nowhere, with or without service. The system uses Wi-Fi, not Bluetooth technology.

This amazing piece of technology allows your vehicle’s firmware to stay current and provides peace of mind. AutoAgent 2 gives your technician diagnostic capabilities as if he were actually with the vehicle. 

For more information, visit www.ezlynk.com.

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