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SPORT 4×4 SHOOTOUT | GRIZZLY 600 vs. SPORTSMAN 500 vs. PRAIRIE 400

SPORT 4x4's In this look back at a classic Dirt Wheels Magazine shootout, we check out a crop of SPORT 4x4's. Television’s Tim Allen would fit right in aboard one of the current crop of Sport 4x4's. You can almost hear his 'Home Improvement' character give one of his hearty "Ho-ho-ho’s" in approval of the current reign of large-displacement ATVs in the Monster truck class of four-wheel drives. Bigger is always better, right? Well, the tool twisters here at Dirt Wheels wanted to know if Tim Allen, and…

ATV FIRST TEST: 2021 POLARIS SPORTSMAN 570 ULTIMATE TRAIL

FIRST TEST: 2021 POLARIS SPORTSMAN 570 LE. As good as it gets By the staff of Dirt Wheels 2021 POLARIS SPORTSMAN 570 Don't forget your base. Polaris Industries may be actively engaged in expanding the UTV market, but it hasn’t forgotten the 4x4 quads that helped grow the company. Polaris has sold 1.6 million Sportsman quads, but they admit that sales of 4x4 quads are roughly half of what they were before the UTV boom. That is still a large number of quads leaving showrooms. One of the other…

2020 POLARIS OUTLAW 70 EFI

2020 POLARIS OUTLAW 70 EFI. Polaris wants to get kids riding at a young age. Their latest ATV has a recommended age limit of six years old. Safety is number one so Polaris included a throttle governor that controls speeds from 0-15 MPH, a safety flag, and a free helmet.  Parents and kids will like the light thumb throttle thanks to electronic fuel injection. EFI also helps with cold starts and gives smooth power for fun on the trails. 2020 POLARIS OUTLAW 70 EFI The machine features 4 inches of suspension travel and…

WHERE IS THE ALL-NEW HONDA TRX450R?!

Take our 2021 readers survey for a chance to fin free tires and wheels. 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…

The life and times of Honda’s TRX400EX:

-- THE QUAD THAT CHANGED THE SPORT -- The ‘90s were the dark ages in ATV history. Sport quads vanished, ATV manufacturers retreated and the forces of mediocrity and bureaucracy advanced, threatening to overrun anyone who dared to ride a quad for the pure joy of it. Then, in model year 1999, that entire era came to a close with the appearance of one ground-breaking machine: the Honda TRX400EX. From that point on, the sport would never be the same. The Honda 400 was a game changer on several levels. First, it was the…

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…

HOW-TO: TOP SPEED TEST! Changing gearing and tire sizes

Yamaha’s YFZ450R has already won a couple of our shootouts. It handles great, gets around a track quickly and is fun to ride. However, when you get the machine away from the track, it is limited by its top speed. The YFZ450R and YFZ450X have nearly the slowest top speeds in their respective classes. We wanted to find out if we could get some more mph out of this machine with some simple bolt-on parts. Before we started, we installed a complete Dubach exhaust system. If you own a YFZ450R or any other sport quad, chances…

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…

FIX-IT: How-to Install a Twist Throttle

The thumb throttle that comes stock on ATVs can be very tiresome on long rides. We experienced that under racing conditions or on long trail rides, our thumbs would become very sore or even useless at times. We contacted Motion Pro and got their Vortex throttle kit to convert our thumb throttle to a twist throttle that you would find on any dirt or street bike. We installed this kit on a 2015 Yamaha YFZ450R project quad. INSTALL When you first start this install, make sure you have all the necessary parts needed,…

PROJECT MACHINE: A BETTER-HANDLING YAMAHA GRIZZLY

Upgrading a 2016 Yamaha Grizzly 700 By the staff of Dirt Wheels Watch the full video HERE! Utility quads are used for a lot more than hard work around the ranch. Modern 4x4s easily surpass the power and suspension performance of the sport quads of the past but with superior ground clearance, and many feature four-wheel independent suspension. Those traits make them great machines for traversing trails in the mountains or climbing through rocks and river beds. But, like most off-road machinery, they could use…