Polaris RZR XP 1000 Exhaust Buyer’s Guide

-- COMPARING THE TOP CHOICES -- Since the beginning of the powersports movement, a performance exhaust system has been the quickest way to pick up a few extra ponies. In today’s high-tech world the aftermarket has emissions/noise standards that have to be met and can utilize more costly, high-tech materials to cut weight and further increase performance. Polaris’ RZR XP 1000, XP Turbo and XP 4 are all rippers in stock form, but there are many companies making exhaust systems that will significantly improve their performance.…

Best Helmets under $300!

-- BUYERS GUIDE: By the staff of UTV Action magazine -- Your helmet is the most important piece of safety equipment you own. There are many UTV helmets out there, ranging from 50 bucks to over $1000. With price being a major concern for most people, we put together this guide to showcase the nicest of the mid-priced off-road helmets that you can find for under $300. ANSWER EVOLVE 3 MIPS The Answer Evolve helmet offers the Multi-Directional Impact Protection System, commonly known as MIPS, which is a liner…

BATTERY BUYER’S GUIDE

Lithium-ion battery technology has been improving battery life and performance in many different forms of electronics. Recently, this lithium “technology” has taken a full-on assault on the powersports industry, and why wouldn’t it? The lead-acid battery has been around longer than the automobile, and we were due for a major improvement. By design, the lithium-ion battery is much lighter and can make a lot more power (cold cranking amps, or CCA) than the conventional lead-acid battery. Life expectancy is much greater, and…

DO THIS, NOT THAT! Tips on how to haul your UTV.

-- If you live on a big ranch then lucky you, because you get to ride your UTV right from the barn. If not, then you need to load it up and haul it to a riding area. The staff of UTV Action magazine is used to doing that too, and based on many years of experience, here's some advice we can offer. Here's a good example of our preferred set up -- a lightweight aluminum trailer that is easy to tow for your Mustang, Camry or SUV. It has a rail in front to secure the front tires and the ramp in back folds up to help secure…

RZR S 570 FAST FACTS — WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

 -At $12,999, the new RZR S 570 is Polaris' lowest priced two seat long travel sport UTV (2017 price). Price wise, the next closest two seat long travel RZR is the $14,699 RZR S 900. -The RZR S 570 isn't just a RZR 570 with long travel suspension, it comes with power steering, painted bodywork, and 27 inch Maxxis Bighorn tires on cast aluminum wheels. -Suspension ttravel is 12" up front and 12.5 in the rear. -The shocks are simple low pressure nitrogen charged, twin tube Sachs units with no damping adjusters or…

PROJECT POLARIS GENERAL

-- Polaris’ all-new General 1000 EPS is a huge hit with UTV Action, and we discover new aspects of its capabilities every time we drive it. It’s a fantastic rock crawler with its excellent Engine Braking System (EBS), letting it idle over gnarly rock ledges and down drop-offs, and it crawls at a walking pace in low range. With 12 inches of travel, you want to ease over the larger rock faces and ledges, so a walking pace is the upper limit of the General’s rock-crawling trail speeds. Adding travel to any recreational sport…

Polaris ACE 900 XC EPS test

-- Yes, it is indeed fast! -- Polaris introduced the first single-seat 4x4 sport UTV with the 2014 Sportsman Ace 325, and the Ace evolution and revolution continues with the 2017 model year. Polaris dropped the “Sportsman” last year and replaced the original Ace 325 with a torquier Ace 500 this year that joins the Ace 570 and SP 570. But, the biggest news is that the Ace 900 XC replaces the 2016 Ace SP 900 with a more formidable chassis and suspension platform, and the biggest Ace got a 24-percent increase in power to…

Yamaha YXZ1000R Hop-Up parts

-- Yamaha’s revolutionary YXZ1000R is a shrunken sand rail for the masses and an economical way to get into short-course racing. But beyond gobbling up sand whoops at speed, most desert dwellers will want softer suspension, and so will those negotiating rocks — from eastern limestone in West Virginia and Tennessee to the Rocky Mountains and Utah’s sandstone. Long-travel kits and shocks will be on many people’s lists for the ultimate UTV. And, many enthusiasts will want more power and speed out of the YXZ, as it’s roughly…

Lesser known dune areas you must check out!

-- Getting sideways with your UTV is always fun, but it’s even more fun in deep sand. California is famous for its big dune weekends at Glamis/Buttercup, where 250,000– 300,000 people converge for fun, family and fellowship. California also boasts Dumont Dunes and the Oceano Dunes SVRA on Pismo Beach. While Glamis and Dumont have a riding season from October to Easter in April, Pismo is more of a year-round riding area, like the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area.  Utah’s Sand Hollow State Park and Coral Pink Sand Dunes…

UTV TEST: Polaris RZR 900 EPS Fox Edition

-- The king of tight trails -- Polaris replaced the original RZR 800 with 875cc, 75-horsepower ProStar RZR 900s for 2015, and the change boosted power by 40 percent, increased top speeds from 62 (RZR 900) to 65 mph (S 900), and greatly improved cabin comfort. For 2016 Polaris introduced the 60-inch S 1000 and General 1000, and trail riders wanting a 50-inch wide or narrower machine can choose the RZR 900, RZR 570, the Ace 900, 570 or 325 or any ATV. The 900 comes in a base version with steel wheels, variable-assist EPS…

HAVE YOU EVER ROLLED YOUR UTV?

-- When driving off-road you have to be somewhat aggressive to make it through tough technical sections. Based on the dips, rocks and steep inclines of earth's natural terrain  you have to be ready for the occasional roll over while transversing it in your UTV. The stock roll cage of your vehicle is pretty good at providing protection when you accidentally find yourself up-side-down. However, a roll cage that's much stronger than stock is even better. There's a reason why UTV racers automatically switch to aftermarket roll…

Antigravity stock-size Lithium-ion battery test

-- MORE POWER FITS IN THE SAME SPACE -- Lithium batteries make life easier for ATV and UTV enthusiasts by holding a charge much longer and providing more cranking power than conventional lead-acid batteries—and they’re far lighter. What’s not to like? Many lithium batteries are smaller than stock batteries, which means you have to pad the battery compartment to properly support the battery and position it so the battery cables reach the battery terminals. It sounds simple, but not all of us are good fabricators.…

HOW-TO: UTV Duning Tips

-- 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 can be found anywhere from the middle of the deepest desert to beaches like Pismo and Oregon and Baja’s Cantamar. The mild-mannered beach…

SNOW TRACK KIT BUYER’S GUIDE

-- START PLANNING FOR WINTER FUN NOW: There was a time, not that long ago, when a snow-filled winter would have banished most ATVs and UTVs to the garage until spring. But a few years back, snowmobile technology started finding its way into the ATV market, and rubber-tracked kits were developed that directly replaced the wheels on our ATVs and UTVs for winter. These initial ATV “snow” track kits were pretty darn cool, but they were expensive and extremely heavy. And since rotating weight is the number one killer of…

PRODUCT TEST: SealSavers CV Savers —

WHAT IT IS: SealSavers started out in the dirt bike world with neoprene sleeves to protect motorcycle fork seals from dirt and debris, and then they created Palm Savers to fight blisters while manhandling ATVs. Now, SealSavers moves into the UTV market with their CV Savers and Coil Savers. CV Savers are neoprene covers for your Zooter’s CV boots. They wrap around your CV boots and add another layer of protection. WHAT YOU GET: CV Savers come in packs of two, and the neoprene covers stretch over the CV boots and secure…

2017 CAMOUFLAGE BUYER’S GUIDE!

-- GET READY FOR HUNTING SEASON… But, camouflage isn’t just for hunters anymore. Many people wear camo as a fashion statement. They want to be seen, whereas hunters use camouflage to blend in with the environment and stalk game. UTV and ATV manufacturers are all over the camo phenomenon and water-dip camo patterns onto a multitude of UTVs and ATVs. Polaris, Can-Am and Textron go a step further by offering hunter editions. Polaris and Honda even have their own exclusive patterns—Polaris Pursuit Camo and Honda Phantom Camo.…