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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.

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. . .

INSTALL A WARN WINCH IN A RZR XP 1000

— How-To Guide — Off-road enthusiasts have long had a theory that their winch should have a capacity of three times the vehicle’s weight. As our UTVs get heavier due to longer suspension, bigger powerplants and more payload capacity, we require winches with more weight capacity. With Warn Industries being the leader in winches, and […]

EASY WAY TO GET 10-MPH SPEED INCREASE

THE TROUBLESHOOTER — BY SARGE McCOY Dear Sarge, I own two Polaris’—one is an XP 1000 with tracks that we use in the wintertime, and the other is a Ranger 570 Crew. We accidentally discovered a way to increase the speed of the little 570 by 10 mph! On the XP 1000 with tracks, we […]

HOW-TO: CONVERT YOUR UTV TO 32-INCH TIRES

— Guide to the pros and cons — With more and more manufacturers introducing 32-inch UTV tires, we’ve had to convert our long-term test UTVs so we could accurately test the new offerings. Very few UTVs come with 30-inch tires, and most are fitted with 27- to 29-inch rubber with very low ply ratings, so […]

HOW TO: REPLACE POLARIS RZR BRAKE PADS

— It’s actually pretty easy to do — Wear items such as tires, CVT belts and brake pads, if in good working order, can improve any ride you go on. All three of these components are subject to abuse from bad driving habits and the nasty terrain we like to take UTVs through. While tires […]

WHEN TO REPLACE YOUR CV JOINTS

— And, how to fix sloppy steering & recall info — By Sarge McCoy SINGING IN THE RAIN Dear Sarge, We have an old 2006 Yamaha 660 Rhino SE that has started making a whining noise at speed and the occasional clunk when you turn to the right. My dealer says I must immediately stop […]

HOW-TO: REBUILD A CVT SECONDARY

— It’s not that hard to do — 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, […]