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In Case You Missed It: KoH

King of the Hammers began 12 years ago in Johnson Valley with 13 guys racing or a case of beer. Today KOH has grown to have over 45,000 spectators and 118 entries just in the UTV class alone. The week-long event began last Friday when Hammertown officially opened to the public. However, racers came out days before the event was even set up, so they could pre-run the course and prepare for the brutal 181 mile race. This year was promised to be the toughest KOH course in history for the UTV drivers. But before the racers could…

FIRST IMPRESSION: 2018 POLARIS RZR RS1

It's Here! The world has finally seen the RS1…sort of. Press release photos and information of the new Polaris single seat vehicle have spread like wildfire but very few people have actually seen this vehicle in person. At the 2018 King of the Hammers event, many UTV manufacturers had booths set up to give demo rides to spectators, and as we pulled in to Hammertown we couldn’t believe that we were seeing real life RS1 models pulling onto the road in front of us. We took the first chance we could to sign up for some seat…

TUESDAY TREAD: PRO ARMOR HAMMER TIRES & WYDE ACCENT WHEELS

 By the staff of Dirt Wheels There is a perfectly good reason that most sport or sport utility UTVs come with a fairly aggressive tire with large, blocky knobs. UTVs are sold all over North America, and it hardly makes financial sense to equip machines headed for different parts of the country with different tires. Economy-of-scale pricing mandates that companies choose a tire that can do everything pretty well. Pro Armor knows that not everyone lives where the stock tires are most effective. For instance, the Dirt…

FACTORY EFFEX: Custom Side-By-Side Graphics

The all new Factory Effex side-by-side graphics kit is  a fully cusomizable and affordable way to make your machine stand out and represent you. Choose your product options, design color and fill in the desired logos. Graphics Kits- Full Kit includes upper and lower doors, side fender, rocker and hood graphics. Side Kit includes upper and lower doors, side fender, and rocker graphics. Door Kit includes upper and lower doors. Stock Kit includes uppper doors, and side fender graphics. Although they have…

2018 WHERE TO RIDE GUIDE

-- The amount of fun you have on your ATV or UTV is usually based on the great places you take it to ride. Knowing where the best riding areas are is key. Well, here's a list of some of those places. These dates showcase when a special event occurs there. If you've never been to an ATV/UTV Jamboree, festival or rally you don't know what you're missing. Ask anyone who's ever been to one, because they're always eager to go back again. It's just fun to hang out at a beautiful riding area with so many other enthusiasts who think…

TUESDAY TREAD: GBC KANATI MONGREL

Rock and roll, and rolling rocks By the staff of Dirt Wheels When we first saw the GBC Kanati Mongrel tires in action, we wondered if they were an automotive tire adapted to UTV use. Nope, they are designed for ATVs and UTVs. When a tire company is building a tire for original equipment, they have a lot of demands to meet. It must offer traction in an extremely wide range of terrain. The tread should clean well in mud yet not be destroyed easily in rocks. The suspension department will want the tire to be as light…

GEAR GRINDER: DYNOJET POWER COMMANDER V & AUTOTUNE

-- Fueling our race-ready YXZ’s thirst, By the staff of Dirt Wheels -- Our YXZ1000R SS creates decent power at around 112 horsepower from the crank, but it’s not enough to holeshot the competition at a WORCS race. You may recall that we installed a full Akrapovic titanium exhaust on this machine, and when you install an exhaust for closed-course racing, you need to add the correct fuel mapping or you could damage the engine. Since all the new performance UTVs and ATVs are fuel-injected, simply changing out a jet…

TUESDAY TREAD: ITP DUNE STAR TIRES & BLACK OPS SS316 WHEELS

-- Close-to-perfect UTV/4x4 quad sand tires --  Tire test by the staff of Dirt Wheels. The ITP Dune Star tire breaks new ground for us. Here is a tire that has a sharply narrow focus limited primarily to sand, but could also be effective in snow or mud. Keep it away from hard dirt, but when used in the sand it was designed for, the performance is flawless. The single fault we can find is that it currently fits only 12-inch wheels. End of complaints. FEATURES Most sand tires are designed…

GEAR GRINDER: ORI STRUTS

Use nitrogen for your UTV springs By the staff of Dirt Wheels Mark and Marie Jensen used their passion for design and off-road racing and Mark’s nearly 40 years of machining, engineering and ISO 9000 global-standard quality-control experience to fabricate their first suspension systems. They later incorporated ORI Struts as a company in 2002. Mark gained his appreciation for precision engineering as a Honda motorcycle mechanic, and later as a machinist before completing formal studies in manufacturing engineering. He…

GEAR GRINDER: DRIVE-OVER CHOCK

-- Peace of mind while trailering your rig By the staff of Dirt Wheels -- Having your machine securely fastened to your trailer is not only good for your machine, it’s good for your sanity and the safety of yourself and others while driving down the road. We’ve all been there a time or two: we get out of our vehicle after driving down a beat-up road and, despite tie-downs, our machines have moved on us during transport. It’s not a good thing, especially if you have no back gate, or are hauling multiple vehicles. The…

Over Axle Wheel Bearing Greaser Tools

Machined Integrations LLC, has extended its product line with the new Over-the- Axle Wheel Bearing Grease Tool. The Over-the- Axle-Tool saves the user disassembly time since they have do not have to remove the axle prior to greasing the bearing. This helps users stay on top of maintenance without significant downtime. Wheel bearings for ATV’S and UTV’S often do not come with enough bearing grease to to keep riding without fail. Limited grease leaves voids for water and dirt to enter and remain in the bearings. Without…

Tuesday Tread: Pro Armor® Hammer Tire & Wyde Wheel

UTVs are sold all over North America, and it hardly makes financial sense to equip machines headed for different parts of the country with different tires. Pro Armor knows that not every stock tire is most effective for where each rider may live. The Hammer uses 20mm tread blocks that are fairly close together, and perhaps more importantly, none of the center tread blocks run sideways. They are largely oriented along the length of the tire. That orientation puts a lot of rubber on the ground, and makes for a very…