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TECH: LOOKING AFTER YOUR RIG’S RADIATOR

Don’t lose your cool By Lane Lindstrom Even if your side-by-side has never overheated, you most likely know someone whose UTV has. It’s not fun, especially when you’re far away from your truck and trailer. While an overheated vehicle is not fun, the situation is usually preventable with a few simple preventative maintenance steps. Overheating, as Jerry Matthews, part owner of Starting Line Products (www.startinglineproducts.com) pointed out, is one of the most common issues UTV owners fight with while…

TECH: POLARIS SPORTSMAN CVT BELT CHANGE

Find your mojo again By the staff of Dirt Wheels There was a time when it was fairly rare to replace the CVT drive belt on a 4x4 quad, but now some of these models are very powerful and come with large and aggressive tires. What we need here is some good TECH: to remedy the situation. Plus, owners are riding them harder and punishing the CVT and its belt with high-load situations like mud-running and using track systems. In our case, the belt on our Polaris Scrambler S let go while racing, so it was being ridden…

Concerned about your ATV Backfiring? Here’s Why it Happens and How To Prevent It

You are riding your ATV and you heard a sudden “pop”; you get worried. Well, there is nothing to worry about. It’s just that your ATV is backfiring. ATV backfires when your engine runs excessively rich or excessively lean. In simpler terms, when the engine has more fuel for the amount of air present in it or if the fuel is less than the amount of air it has engulfed, the engine backfires, which manifests as a little explosion in either the intake or the exhaust of the ATV’s engine. ATV backfiring is a very common…

TECH: HONDA TRX450

What parts are worth what power By the staff of Dirt Wheels TECH: HONDA TRX450 A few years ago Dirt Wheels did a story on an owner-built Honda TRX450 owned by a life-long quad fan named Daniel Gonzalez. Gonzalez was so pleased with the build that he took every opportunity to wear the knobs off of that TRX. Some of the miles were in races, but most were acquired by having fun on desert and mountain trails. When Gonzalez did his build, he boosted the power with bolt-ons but left the engine stock and original from the…

FOUR-STROKES FOR DUMMIES

By the staff of Dirt Wheels FOUR-STROKES FOR DUMMIES. Power is something humankind craves, but off-road riders lust for it entirely. We want engines that push more ponies and rocket our wheeled steeds onward with an epic forcefulness you won’t feel elsewhere. There are a variety of methods that will let your machine gain more power, but some come at a cost. We filled this article with all the info you need to figure out what will work for your horsepower needs with some help from Duncan Racing International.…

CVT CLUTCH SYSTEMS

By Cameron Dickie CVT CLUTCH SYSTEMS CVT clutching may seem like magic: they work, but not many people understand how. They do not operate on spells and wizardry but on simple ratios. This is an article on learning the basics of how a clutch operates and answering some of your questions (based on Polaris-style clutches). It may seem like a crazy thing to learn, but trust me, if I can understand how they operate, you can as well. The definition of a CVT clutch is an automatic clutch that can change seamlessly…