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PRODUCT EVALUATION: AA OFFROAD TRAIL HEAD TRAILER

The most unique UTV trailer ever By the staff of Dirt Wheels In the early days of four-wheeled dune play, before there were three-wheelers, quads or UTVs, there were lightweight Volkswagen dune buggies. It didn’t take much to haul them, and many folks just used a T-trailer. It was a glorified tow bar that lifted the wheels off the ground. Our sport is much more advanced now. Off-roaders travel in giant motorhomes, massive toy haulers and so forth. We have embraced camping luxury to the point that our rigs may not…

PRODUCT EVALUATION: JUST1 J-FLEX ARIA GEAR

Riding in a cloud  By the staff of Dirt Wheels We tested Just1’s impressively light and comfortable J12 Carbon helmet a while back. The lid has great ventilation and aggressive styling. Just1 has taken the knowledge learned from their J12 into account to create two all-new moto gear lineups. They outfitted us with a set of premium J-Flex Aria gear that was designed to meet the stringent demands of talented and aggressive professional motocross racers. We didn’t have any of those guys, so our staff donned the gloves,…

PRODUCT EVALUATION: SPIKE HARD-COATED VENTING WINDSHIELD

By John Bumgarner If you live in an area that has four seasons, chances are you are in the market for a windshield for your UTV. A windshield truly improves life when it is cold, and it is magic when you have light rain or snow. For exploring in northeastern Nevada, a $429.95 Spike Powersports hard coated venting front windshield is a great upgrade. It will extend your riding season into the chilly winter months and help keep the trail litter out of your face. Manufactured from quarter-inch, hard-coated and…

PRODUCT EVALUATION: FASST CO. HANDGUARDS

The perfect pair By the staff of Dirt Wheels In the heat of woods racing, circumstances can lead to “close racing.” In other words, you feel the jarring sensation of getting nerfed hard by another racer and must quickly redirect through a tree gap your quad shouldn’t fit through. The first of the branches blast over your knuckles, threatening to remove your hand from the bar, but you manage to keep your grip. Then a hidden branch snags your front brake with unexpected force, and over the bars you go. Events like…

PRODUCT EVALUATION: RUGGED RADIOS RRP660 2-PLACE INTERCOM SYSTEM

Communicate with your passengers By the staff of Dirt Wheels Rugged Radios is the biggest name in off-road communications applications. When you see serious UTV off-roaders, it is more than common to see an intercom system and/or a radio kit from Rugged. Until you have experienced clear conversation with your passenger(s) without shouting, you don’t know what you are missing. In addition to talking between passengers, you may listen to music with the RRP660 system. All in-car communication is hands-free. You simply…

TUSK UTV CARGO BOX

-- Testing a lockable way to carry stuff in your RZR --  By the staff of Dirt Wheels Excitement comes in many forms in our industry, whether we are rubbing tires on the track, dodging trees on the trail or finding the best cargo containment systems around. That’s right, we get excited over storage solutions! We only feel comfortable on long UTV adventures when we carry the proper spares to fix the machine in a pinch. It can get tricky finding ways to store what we feel is needed. We found a Tusk UTV cargo box from…

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…

DEWALT FLEXVOLT 60V MAX AIR COMPRESSOR

-- Product Evaluation -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels We have always kept portable compressors on hand to maintain and adjust ATV and UTV tires to the proper air pressure for best machine performance, though we have resorted to tank-less little compressors to adjust our hauler’s tires in a pinch. When you have no tank to store the air, you can only fill a tire at the rate the compressor can handle air. That is usually a rate quoted in CFM (cubic feet per minute) or SCFM (standard cubic feet per minute), and that…

KLIM ARSENAL VEST

-- Testing a way to carry it all comfortably -- If you have ever watched the insanely difficult and treacherous race that is the infamous Dakar Rally, you will have seen quads outfitted with parts to repair their machine in almost any scenario. Most of us don’t ride longer than a few hours at a time, so we don’t require parts for days of exploration. However, if you are a trail traveler that spends all day adventuring through miles of terrain, Klim has the perfect product for you! Like the additional parts and storage…

J. Strong UTV Audio Tops

Raise the Roof with J. Strong Audio Tops! Innovative J.Strong UTV Audio Tops take the 2014-2017 Polaris RZR 1000, or 2015-2017 Polaris RZR 900 to the next level with a high-quality overhead stereo system that has great sound, awesome style, and a price that will make you smile. J.Strong stereo tops boost the fun factor of off-road adventures! Sound system features a 50 x 4-watt Infinity by Harman® AM/FM Bluetooth Stereo Receiver that can be synched with compatible Bluetooth devices, and incorporates a USB drive playback,…

Machined Integrations Wheel Bearing Greasers

ATV and UTV Wheel Bearing Greasers Wheel bearings for ATV’S and UTV’S often do not come with enough bearing grease to sustain the use that you need, to keep riding without fail. Whether you have a Polaris RZR, Can-Am, Yamaha, Suzuki, or Honda they all require added grease for maximum wheel bearing life. Limited grease leaves voids for water and dirt to enter and remain in the bearings.  Without proper maintenance, the bearings may fail prematurely.  Don’t let this happen to your machine! Our tools solve the…

TUESDAY TREAD: ITP Ultracross R Spec Tire

It’s taking the tire companies some time to get the UTV market figured out. Ten years ago, they were just selling ATV tires to customers buying and using the much heavier UTVs. It didn’t take long for both customers and tire companies to figure out they needed a stronger product. Now we are in a refinement era in which the tire companies are taking what works and experimenting with different tread profiles and compounds, trying to balance weight and tire life. ITP’s most successful tire in the high-performance UTV arena has…