HOW TO FIX OR IMPROVE YOUR UTV

-- RADIATORS, LIGHTS, CHILD SEATS & MORE -- By Sarge McCoy, the TROUBLESHOOTER -- SO PLUGGED UP I CAN’T BREATHE Dear Sarge, Several of my riding buddies and I have the same problem—plugged radiators. We ride Hatfield-McCoy extensively with our RZRs. This past summer was so wet, it seemed like within two hours we started noticing overheating. Everybody except the leader showed a partially plugged radiator. Do you have any suggestions (besides moving to Arizona)? Don Ja’manes Matewan, West Virginia Private Jammin, my…

ARE YOU READY FOR FLEXIBLE ACCESS TO UTVs?

-- By Joe Kosch -- If UTV manufacturers adopt flexible access programs like Cadillac and Porsche are testing, arrangements that allow access to multiple models for a set monthly fee, it could change UTV ownership as we know it. We’re all familiar with traditional UTV ownership. Owners often spend a great deal of time researching the vehicles in their favorite category. Once they’ve studied all the specifications, tests and shootouts they can find, they may visit several dealers to see their dream machine in all the…

ANTIGRAVITY MICRO-START XP-10 HEAVY DUTY JUMP-STARTER/POWER SUPPLY

-- Antigravity offers a wide range of Micro-Start jump-starter/power supplies, from the $100 cellphone-size Sport to the new XP-10 Heavy Duty model. Like the standard XP-10,  the new XP-10 HD is able to jump-start UTVs, large car and truck gas engines, and diesels up to 7.3 liters. The XP-10 HD has even more power than the standard XP-10, 650 peak amps compared to 600, and it features larger, stronger clamps. It’s $220 versus $200 for the original XP-10. The XP-10 HD also recharges phones, laptops and other devices. The kit…

UTV ADVENTURES

-- As we did the ground work of putting this issue of UTV Action together (and got a head start on March), the word “adventure” kept recurring so often that I started referring to it as the “UTV Adventure” issue. Random House Dictionary defines adventure as 1) An undertaking of uncertain outcome, 2) An exciting or very unusual experience, and 3). To take an involved risk. I don’t know about you, but I feel every UTV ride is an adventure, both as an undertaking of uncertain outcome and as an exciting and unusual experience.…

SIDI GAVIA GORE-TEX BOOTS EVALUATION

-- Sidi’s Gavia Gore-Tex boots are high-quality, Italian-made, mid-height UTV driving boots with a waterproof, breathable Gore-Tex membrane. The Gavia boot is $250, while other mid-height motorsports boots with genuine Gore-Tex technology cost closer to $300. These boots have breathable, leather-like microfiber uppers that withstand age and moisture better than leather. Flexible, breathable fabric panels increase comfort and control feel. The fabric-lined interior incorporates shin and ankle pads. Gavia boots have a zipper…

UTV COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS

-- The right communication system can make a huge difference in the overall enjoyment factor of a day out on the trail. With UTV popularity soaring, a handful of communication companies have been constantly improving the way passengers can communicate with each other, as well as other vehicles out on the trail. For the most part, there are two different main types of systems that are ideal for the UTV crowd. The first are self-contained, helmet-mounted, Bluetooth-type systems that were first developed for the street…

THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF UTV HELMETS

-- Helmet use is as important as ever in today’s high-performance UTVs, and it’s being mandated in more and more places every year. Regardless of whether your state has already made it law, a helmet is still the number-one piece of safety equipment that you and your family should be wearing. There are literally hundreds of different UTV helmet options available and in every price range imaginable. We’ve seen everything from styrofoam mountain bike or BMX helmets to full-blown off-road race helmets with clean-air systems and…

RIDING WITH LARRY ROESELER

It was hard to believe at first—here I was, keeping pace with the 13-time SCORE Baja 1000 winner, 12-time Baja 500 winner and International Six-Day Trial gold medalist Larry Roeseler (“LR”). The last time I raced him on dirt bikes, he lapped me at the Virginia City Grand Prix, and I’ve never even driven a Trophy Truck. Yet, there I was. The thing is, I wasn’t driving in his tire tracks; I was sitting next to LR in his Safecraft/Fox/BFG/LSR RZR XP 4 1000. An American Motorcycle Association Hall of Famer (inducted in…

SETTING UP A UTV FOR LONG DISTANCE RELIABILITY & COMFORT

SCORE Baja races are world famous for their toughness and natural beauty, and the Tecate Baja 1000 is the most famous of them all. November’s 50th annual Baja Mil was the longest and toughest course yet, and we got to do some pre-running with motorsports legend Marc Burnett, the 2014 SCORE UTV Pro champion and 2017 Class 29 Forced-Induction UTV Pro points leader. With a second in the San Felipe 250 and a win at the Tijuana Desert Challenge, Burnett and his Can-Am X-Team Monster Energy Maverick X3 X rs lead Class 29 by 20…

YAMAHA WOLVERINE X4 EPS

-- Yamaha created its first twin-cylinder UTV with the all-new Wolverine X4 sporting an innovative, 847cc, inline twin to power family adventures. Yamaha built the Wolverine X4 to be the most quiet yet off-road-capable four-seat UTV on the market with the most narrow width and shortest length and height for confidently negotiating the tightest forest trails. We got a chance to test the 2018 Wolverine X4 Special Edition at North Carolina’s Brushy Mountain Motorsports Park, and we came away mightily impressed with the X4.…

FUEL GRIPPER UTV TIRES & ANZA D918 BEADLOCK WHEELS

-- PRODUCT TEST, by UTV Action magazine -- Fuel Off-Road tires and wheels may be a new name to UTV enthusiasts, but it’s a well-known brand to truck fans. Fuel’s UTV tires and wheels bring fresh designs and high quality to the UTV market. Fuel’s Gripper UTV tires are eight-ply, DOT-approved, all-terrain radials that are available in 28x10 and 30x10 sizes for 14-inch wheels and 30x10 for 15-inch wheels. These tires have off-road truck-like tread that’s just over an inch deep. We went with the 30x10-14R for this test. These…

HOW-TO CHANGE FROM STANDARD ANTIFREEZE TO ENGINE ICE

-- We think it was Yoda who said, “With big horsepower comes big responsibility.” Most 1000cc high performance UTVs are, on average, pumping more than 100 horsepower at the crank. The four-stroke engines of today are very intricate, and every little bit of protection that can help that engine survive for years to come is crucial. One thing that damages engines is extreme temperatures. Luckily, there are companies out there like Engine Ice that make an improved coolant. Engine Ice is a high-performance coolant that is…

RAZORBACK BELT TEMP GAUGE 3.0 EDITION

-- Razorback Technology introduces a digital gauge that allows you to monitor the temperature of your CVT belt. They offer a few different options, but the bottom line is that their digital temp gauge gives you real-time temps of the belt. Heat is the number-one killer of CVT belts, and the Razorback gives you the opportunity to back out of the throttle before causing any damage or a complete failure. FEATURES: The gauge uses infrared technology for instant and actual belt-temp readings, whereas most of the competition is…

CAN-AM MAVERICK TRAIL 1000 TEST

-- At our closest OHV area, located in the Los Angeles National Forest, the best trail is limited to 50-inch machines only, and the same can be said for many national forests across the country. Can-Am has had great success in GNCCs with its 60-inch Maverick 1000R and in SCORE/BiTD with the awesome new 64- and 72-inch-wide Maverick X3 Turbos, so it makes perfect sense for BRP to enter the 50-inch UTV class. Combining some of the features of the Maverick 1000R and Maverick X3 Turbos, Can-Am unleashes the Maverick Trail 1000,…

PRP SEATS RZR WINDOW NETS

-- PRP Seats was founded to provide high-quality seats and harnesses for our UTVs. However, the company has also branched out into manufacturing doors, soft tops, storage bags, spare-tire mounts and safety window nets. PRP seats has nets for the Polaris RZR XP 1000, XP Turbo, S 1000 and 900, RZR XP 4; Can-Am Maverick X3; and Yamaha YXZ1000R. FEATURES: Quick installation comes from four cuffs with two-sided hook-and-loop tape in back and three plastic clips with hook-and-loop anchors in front. Use the two existing…

KLOCK WERKS FLARE UTV WINDSHIELD

-- Klock Werks specializes in aftermarket windshields for Harleys and most motorcycles with fairings. Now the company is getting into the UTV windshield business. Klock Werks has a new Flare windshield for the Polaris RZR XP 900, 1000 S, XP 1000, XP Turbo and XP 4, and there are Flares in the works for Polaris Generals and Rangers and Can-Am Maverick X3s. FEATURES: Flare windshields are sculpted with “hips” at the outer edges to redirect air and two “flips” along the top kick air up and over the driver’s and passenger’s…