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HOW-TOs Category

HOW-TO: Upgrade your RZR transmission

Dec 13, 2016
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Rock crawling places extreme stresses on a UTV transmission, clutch and drivetrain, and we’ve seen a couple of High Lifter Edition RZR XP 1000s converted to rock crawlers at rallies in Utah. High Lifter Edition XP 1000s (’15–’16) and XP 4s (’16) have lower transmission gearing and stronger double-row reverse chains for running larger mud tires, so rock crawlers would

HOW-TO: Street legalize your UTV

Dec 08, 2016
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How cool would it be to be able to legally drive your UTV or ride your ATV on the street to connect Forest Service/BLM/state roads and other trails? Well, it’s legal to do so in almost half of the United States, and there are a few companies that make street-legal kits for UTVs and ATVs. Today’s UTVs already have most

PERFORMANCE CVT CLUTCH INSTALL: HOW-TO

Dec 06, 2016
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The Polaris RZR XP 1000 is an amazing machine; great handling and tons of power make for the ultimate UTV experience. In comparison to the already-impressive XP 900, the XP1K is an all-around bigger machine, with more than 20 percent more horsepower and enough torque to pull much larger 29- and 30-inch tires. The one downfall, or obvious weak link,

HOW-TO: RZR 570 Oil Change

Nov 16, 2016
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STEP 1 Warm the engine up for a few minutes and find a level spot to park. Since the 50-inch RZR 570 is so low, we used a hydraulic lift to put ours up on a jack stand to make draining the oil easier. Let the engine cool to the touch. STEP 2 Locate the oblong slot in the skid

HOW-TO: UTV Duning Tips

Oct 14, 2016
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Summer is winding down, fall is coming and winter is right behind it, which means dune season is coming in hot. And like millions of other hard-core enthusiasts, we can’t wait. Like a culture of its own, self-proclaimed “duners” will congregate by the thousands, often miles from civilization, in search of nature’s roller-coaster-like ride. These huge deposits of windblown sand

HOW-TO: Change Differential Oils

Oct 07, 2016
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Keeping fresh fluids in your UTV (or 4×4 ATV) is super important, and the often-overlooked differentials are no exception. You should check the level periodically and change the fluid every year at a minimum. If you ride excessively in deep mud and water, you will want to change it a lot more often than that. Changing the differential fluids is

HOW-TO: Upgrade 2015 RZR XP 1000 Front Diff Carrier

Feb 23, 2016
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The 2015 model of the Polaris RZR XP 1000 comes with a plastic bearing carrier in the front differential that is proving to be its weak link in racing and extreme-driving situations. The 2014 model year 1000s and even the previous 900s came with metal carriers that were pretty much worry-free. If the plastic bearing carrier breaks, you will experience

HOW-TO: Installing a Voyager GPS

Jan 16, 2016
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Most sport quads have little or no instrumentation, so there’s no way to monitor mileage on long rides or coolant temperature on slow, technical trails. There’s also no clock for riding the occasional ATV-class enduro or speedometer for obeying traffic laws like you’d have to on many guided rides at the three major Utah jamborees or near camps on BLM

HOW-TO: What to wear to race UTV’s

Nov 22, 2015
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Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, you’ve witnessed the massive influx of UTVs taking over a good chunk of our beloved industry. UTVs or side-by-sides—whatever you want to call them— these steering-wheel-laden, gas-pedal-powered, seatbeltsporting machines are popping up everywhere. And why wouldn’t they? They have roll-over protection structures for safety. They’re amazingly capable, and

HOW-TO: Top 10 YFZ450 Hop-up Tips

Nov 16, 2015
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Yamaha was the first major ATV manufacturer to drop a 450 sport ATV on the scene back in late 2003. The YFZ450 was a sport-designed chassis with a high-performance, lightweight, five-valve, DOHC engine derived from the YFZ450 motocross bike. Previous to the YFZ’s release, racers and serious sport enthusiasts were left to build very expensive, highly modified Honda 250R-based quads.

HOW-TO: Learn to wheelie

Nov 14, 2015
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Doug Domokos, the undisputed “Wheelie King,” died in an ultralight aircraft accident on November 26, 2000. Doug started his career performing at intermission shows during Friday-night races at his home track in Red Bud, Michigan. His incredible sense of balance and throttle control helped make him the most well-known motorcycle stuntman throughout the ’80s and ’90s. Doug once rode a

How-To: Ride Mud Like a Pro

Oct 12, 2015
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ATV riders are a froggy bunch. Alone, most will ride around a mud bog, hole or water crossing, but in a group, those same riders will jump right in to be the first— or only—rider to make it across. More experienced mudders will usually jump at the chance to help out someone who is stuck in the mud hole. We

HOW-TO: Change a sport quad clutch

Sep 10, 2015
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Before there were racing ATVs, former Honda technician Eric Crippa was Kent Howerton’s race mechanic at Husqvarna. The Rhinestone Cowboy’s factory Husky was down on power to works Hondas of the day, so Kent invented slipping the clutch through corners so the motor would pull the too-high gear through the turn. Other mechanics laughed and scoffed at Crippa for having

HOW-TO: MAKE YOUR YFZ450R BETTER

Apr 14, 2015
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  The Yamaha YFZ450R was a proven winner right out of the gate. Winning almost every major magazine shootout since its inception in 2009, we wondered when Yamaha would seriously update it. Its off the showroom floor MX-width stance, long-travel suspension, and stellar fuel injected motor made the Yamaha dealer-to-track ready for racing ATV MX. In the past five years, the

MAKING MAXPOWER: REBUILDING OUR LTZ WITH A 455cc PUNCH

Jan 24, 2008
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There comes a time in every tired motor’s life when it’s time for a new set of rings. Ours came a little prematurely, but that was due to unfair riding practices. One of our tester LTZ’s, which had a Curtis Sparks 440cc race build, lost nearly all compression through a huge ring leak. We could smell gas in the oil,

Nationwide Offers Insurance Tips to Off-Road Riders Ready to Rev Up

Dec 10, 2007
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  Columbus, Ohio – Whether on a motocross or dual-sport machine, off-road enthusiasts are ready for a dirt-filled challenge when they head out for a ride. Nationwide Insurance reminds these riders to make sure their insurance policy is geared up before tackling tough terrain. “Motorcyclists with off-road bikes have different insurance considerations than those who own a machine solely dedicated

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