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Step by step instructional articles about UTVs. We cover how to maintain vehicles, install parts, and solve problems. These stories are meant to help you better understand your UTV and give you the confidence to tackle some of the work on your own.

WINDSHIELD LEAKS

CAN A WINDSHIELD PUDDLE? CURING WINDSHIELD LEAKS Dear Sarge, I have a 2018 Polaris Ranger with the tip-out windshield, full cab and heat. Whenever I trailer it in the rain, the inside puddles. It also happens when riding in the rain. I don’t see any way to seal the upper part of the windshield. Is […]

5 REASONS TO TRAILER YOUR RZR BACKWARDS

Have you ever wondered if it’s better to trailer your RZR backwards? Here’s our take. 1 If not properly shut and latched, your suicide doors could pop open. If this is done at speed and great wind force, the hinge or door frame can become damaged.  2 The front of your machine has more nice, […]

3 REASONS TO COOL DOWN A TURBO

It is still good practice to idle down any turbo engine briefly after a hard run. Additionally, the clutch enjoys some cool down period as well so it’s good for the engine, turbo and CVT belt system.

TIRE LEAKS AND BALANCING

TIRE LEAKS Dear Sarge, My ranch has an abundance of honey locust trees, and the thorns are really chewing up my OEM 2005 Ranger tires. I have tried Slime to seal the tire leaks, but it only slows them down, and it doesn’t even touch the sidewall thorns. Is there something else I can add […]

TROUBLESHOOTER POLARIS GENERAL FIX

GENERAL RUMBLE IN THE POLARIS GENERAL Dear Sarge, I have a 2017 Polaris General. Since it was new, there has been a low-frequency rumble between about 25 and 40 mph. I also have a paint-spray-can rattle that seems to be intermittent. Polaris is telling me a noise is not a defect. The dealer said they […]

5 FEATURES OF KAWASAKI’S KRX1000 NO ONE ELSE HAS

Kawasaki turned heads with the release of the Teryx KRX 1000 last fall. Not that the machine was blindingly fast or had the most suspension travel; it was because of how cool it looks, how smooth it drives and the reputation for reliability the Teryx name brings to the table. There are, however, at least […]

LESSONS ABOUT WHEEL SPACERS

Sarge answers all of your questions regarding working on and maintaining your ride. This month he has a few lessons about wheel spacers. Dear Sarge, I purchased a 2011 RZR 800 that came with aluminum wheel spacers. Last night I removed the wheels to do some maintenance, and I noticed that a couple of the spacer […]

HARDLINE PRODUCTS RX UV PROTECTANT, CLEANER AND POLISH

Hardline Products’ RX UV Protectant, Cleaner & Polish is an aerosol spray cleaner, polish and protectant that’s safe for all common UTV windshields, instrument lenses, body plastic, painted surfaces and metal. Hardline claims it moisturizes and maintains plastics and protects materials from harmful UV rays that damage and fade finishes, and that it repels dust […]

FOX IQS SUSPENSION SYSTEM BY SHOCK THERAPY

Fox Live Valve shocks are used in the Polaris Dynamix Edition RZR Turbos and now XP Turbo Pros, and there is also the Honda Talon 1000X-4 Live Valve for 2020. Fox’s new Intelligent Quick Switch (iQS) allows anyone with Fox Podium RC2 (X3/YXZ), LSC (Teryx/KRX), QS3 (X3/XX/Talon), IBP or Fox Race Series shocks to upgrade […]

NORD WELLER AND HAUGEN WIN LORORS

San Bernardino County Fairgrounds hosted the first two rounds of the Lucas Oil Regionals Off-Road Series (LORORS) in Victorville, California, and Weller Racing’s Dallas Nord dominated the Production 1000 UTVs with two top qualifier awards and two main-event wins. Nord and Dustin Nelson battled throughout Saturday’s main, trading the top spot several times, before Nord […]

SHOCK THERAPY, HCR, FOX TALON UPGRADES

While the new Honda Talon 1000X and 1000R have a phenomenal engine and dual-clutch transmission and many other sport UTV innovations, the suspension settings Honda chose leave a lot of room for improvement. Lumpy’s first time in the 1000R was the demo ride at Moab’s Rally on the Rocks, where Honda chose to debut the […]

HOW-TO INSTALL A CAN-AM X3 ACCESSORY GLASS WINDSHIELD

Buying a new UTV with a slew of accessories already installed is a great way to finance the whole thing, but you’re also paying dealer installation costs and interest. Besides, you may not decide which plastic or glass windshield best meets your needs until you have spent some time in your new purchase. Many want […]

POLARIS RZR BRAKE PROBLEMS

I CAN SEE MY BRAKES ARE BROKEN! Dear Sarge, I have a brand-new 2020 RZR S 900. I was out on my first ride to break it in, and it seemed like the brakes are just not there. The pedal is firm and not soft, but there isn’t much brake force. At anything above 10 […]

HONDA TALON PROBLEMS & CURES

HONDA TALON PROBLEMS & CURES By Sarge McCoy SHOULD MY FAN BE PUSHING OR PULLING? Dear Sarge, I have one of the new Talons from Honda. And I must say, it is everything you said it was. I don’t even have the clutch overheat light Boss talked about in the October 2019 Dirt Wheels. The […]

UTV TROUBLESHOOTER

“Your tech guy doesn’t have a clue”, by Sarge McCoy — HOW HIGH CAN A RANGER JUMP? Dear Sarge, I have a Polaris Ranger. This past weekend I replaced a worn-out drive belt. Ever since then, when I put the Ranger in gear, it jumps either forward or rearward, depending on which position I shift […]

HOW-TO: INSTALL AN AFTERMARKET STEERING WHEEL

— Step-by-step guide — In this article we show you how to replace the stock steering wheel on a Polaris RZR with a stronger, more comfortable Assault Industries wheel. The process is similar for most stock and aftermarket wheels, and it’s easy when you know what to do and have the proper tools. . .