— Sarge McCoy to the rescue! — Dear Sarge, I have a 2012 Polaris RZR 800, and last fall I was riding where the leaves had fallen off the trees. The leaves had gotten wet and, when driven on, were picked up by the tires and thrown up onto the exhaust on the right side of the header from the engine.
— If you have a big pickup truck, it’s nice to load your UTV into the bed to haul it to your favorite riding area. However, the truck’s little cables aren’t really strong enough to hold the tailgate when the rear tires of your UTV are resting on it. That’s a lot of weight it’s having to hold up. This
— DUX DELUXE TURN SIGNAL, BRAKE LIGHT, HORN KIT — Several states allow UTVs to be licensed for the street, which is really handy when trying to connect USFS and BLM trails. There are various requirements by state, but Arizona, the Dakotas, Idaho, Montana, Utah and Wyoming require turn signals. Hisun, CFMoto, Assault, Odes and a few other UTV manufacturers
— What’s required to get started: If you like to drive at a quick pace through the woods you’ll love racing in the Grand National Cross-Country series. Each event has a fun course set up that’s around 4 miles long and you do a certain number of laps. Some of it is open fields, dirt roads and two-track trails in
— In the July 2015 issue of UTV Action, we upgraded the ride quality on my RZR XP 900 with Shock Therapy’s (ST) valving and internal-mod Ride Improvement System (RIS) and dual-rate springs with silent cross-overs. While we shot photos and waited to test the improvements, Shock Therapy’s Justin Smith suggested we try out his RZR XP 1000 with ST
— It’s easier than you think — My name is Madeline Wedeking, and I’m a 15-year-old off-road lover from Temecula, California. I have been off-roading with my family for all my life, so I was ecstatic when I got the okay from my dad last year to take a chance at racing. I have always wanted to race ever since
— Do you ever worry about the straps coming loose when hauling your prized machine? Would you prefer to have an added bit of security to make sure it stays in place? Well, now you can have that with the new Drive-Over-Chock. It easily attaches to the bed of your trailer with the supplied screws. You get it mounted in
— WIDER IS NOT ALWAYS BETTER, SAYS SARGE McCOY — Dear Sarge, I purchased some 4×4 offset rims and new 30×10-14 Mongrel tires. While I like the traction, I do not like what they did to the steering feel. They feel twitchy, and the vague feel is not at all confidence-inspiring. What do you recommend for better tires? Dan Smith Prescott
— PRODUCT EVALUATION– The GBoost clutch calibration kit is a complete bolt-in kit designed to optimize your UTV’s clutching for your individual needs. GBoost kits are tested, designed and developed by Glen Erlandson, who has been dialing in CVT clutches since the beginning. The complete kits are available as a Trail Riding kit for stock machine applications and average riding,
— Continuously Variable Transmissions (CVT) are wonderful things, as they help deliver engine power to the drivetrain and automatically vary final drive ratios. CVTs have primary and secondary clutches and variable-diameter sheaves connected by a belt. Basically, as the primary clutch gains revs, it expands with centrifugal force, which causes the belt to act on the secondary clutch and force
Dear Sarge, I have a 2012 Polaris RZR 800 S and lately it has started to run rough. I got stuck running thru a deep, watery mud hole, and had to be winched out. Since then, the power has dropped off noticeably. When I got it home I checked the engine oil for water. There was none. Also the air
WHAT DOES SARGE RUN ON HIS MACHINE? Hi Sarge McCoy, I want to increase the lighting on my RZR Turbo for high-speed night riding. I have looked at QI, LED bars and Xenon HIDs. Sarge, if it were your pay on the line, what would you get or have done? Matt Barney Mayer, Arizona Private Fife, having been connected with
Here are your best options for cold or rainy days. A full cab enclosure will keep you warm and dry when the weather turns bad. This guide shows you everything available for your UTV from the manufacturers and aftermarket suppliers. Along with full cabs, we also show you options for add-on heating systems, heated seats, heated steering wheels and heated
Aside from Yamaha YXZ1000Rs and Honda Pioneers, every UTV transfers power to the ground via a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). Think of the front and rear sprockets on an ATV or dirt bike connected by the chain; hill-climbers have tiny front and huge rear sprockets for torque, while desert racers have larger front and smaller rear sprockets for top speed.
As we challenge ourselves and push the limits of our extreme-performance UTVs (and ATVs), we’re bound to cook a CVT belt every now and then, but racers seem to go through belts faster than most. Standing on the throttle and brakes at the same time might earn you a good start, but what happens when that abused belt lets go