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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…

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…

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…

EVO3 BATTERY POWER SYSTEM

 -- PRODUCT EVALUATION -- It has been months since you last fired up your pride and joy. Thick layers of dust coat the plastic, the gas in the tank might be sour and the chance of the battery even still holding a charge is weak. Oftentimes, we forget that a battery needs upkeep and a regular diet of electrons throughout its life cycle. On top of that, choosing the right type of battery can be tricky too. We went to Ballistic Performance Components to obtain their EVO3 Power System that includes a lithium iron…

CST Athlete Spotlight: Adam McGill

When other 16-year-olds were gearing up for a driving test, Adam was grabbing the gears, becoming the youngest person to ever place in the top 3 of a GNCC race, later winning the GNCC Pro Am Championship and the AMA ATVA Amateur Rider of the Year Award. To get to where he is today, Adam had to work hard and do things right, so we found out just how he does it. Adam McGill’s first ATV race was part of a rodeo at the local fair, ever since then he has been tearing up tracks across the country. In fact his favorite…

CST Athlete Spotlight: Brycen Neal

Many little boys want to be just like Dad when they grow up, which is why Brycen Neal began racing at five years old on a pw50 at the local motocross track. His love for the sport grew and carried him to earn 16 different title wins over his career. With that kind of pedigree, it easy to see that this pro puts stock in the products that help him succeed. Brycen took third in the XC1 Pro class over the weekend at the Ironman GNCC. We asked him what it takes to get to the podium. “The maintenance program is the most…

HOW-TO: ALIGN AN ATV FRONT END

-- Make sure your ride is ready, By the staff of Dirt Wheels -- Have you noticed that your ATV or UTV isn’t tracking straight like it used to? Or it might be that the handlebar or steering wheel isn’t in the correct position? Either way, these things can become a nuisance if the front end is off even slightly. So, how can these things be fixed without taking it to a repair shop? Fixing each of these problems is much easier than you think, and hopefully you’ll save some time, money and aggravation with these tips.…