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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.

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 […]

10 KOA CAMPGROUNDS YOU CAN RIDE RIGHT TO THE TRAILS

— UTV Action’s where-to-ride guide —  One of Americas favorite activities is camping and of course riding. We have put together a list of ten KOA campgrounds you can stay at and while you are there hit the trails all in one trip. We will add to this list as we discover more KOA properties […]

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, […]

ETHANOL FUEL AND UTVs

— Sarge McCoy tells it like it is — IS ETHANOL FUEL BAD FOR MY RANGER? Dear Sarge, Recently, my dealer told me to stop operating my Polaris Ranger on ethanol gasoline. He stated I would void my warranty and I would have to pay for a complete fuel-system rebuild. I have been using 91-octane […]

SARGE’S HONDA DUAL CLUTCH TRANSMISSION TIPS

— What you need to know — By Sarge McCoy Dear Sarge, I recently purchased a Honda Pioneer 1000 and I just can’t seem to understand how this transmission works. I have followed the dealer’s advice exactly but I can’t get the DCT to shift from 2×4 to 4×4 differential lock unless I am almost […]

4 WAYS TO KEEP ENGINE HEAT AWAY FROM MAN’S BEST FRIENDS

— No more hot paws — We like the versatility of today’s UTVs. Multiple seats, capable 4WD systems, great suspension and ample storage are very attractive features to adventurous off-roaders. The cargo area of some machines is just right for bringing along man’s best friends—his dog and his cooler. So, building a better barrier for […]

A MASSIMO, PIONEER & HALF-DEAD RHINO

— The troubleshooter, by Sarge McCoy — IS THE T-BOSS 410X WORTH IT? Dear Sarge, Recently, I was in a Walmart, and I saw they were selling the Massimo T-Boss 410X. The price is in my range, and I was wondering if this machine could actually carry my family of four on a budget. We […]

TOP 24 TRAILERING TIPS

— Inside info to make your hauling life easier — As much fun as our UTVs are, they’re large vehicles, and most require trailering to the trailhead or riding area. Over the years we’ve learned a few trailering tricks, such as how to hook up by yourself without a back-up camera on the tow vehicle. […]

WANDERING, SLOPPY & OVER-HEATED UTVs

— The Troubleshooter, By Sarge McCoy — Dear Sarge, I just made the jump from the RZR 900 to the 1000. I swapped my aftermarket tires and rims over to the 1000, and I am not happy with the steering. It wanders, whereas the 900 was dead straight. Did I pick the wrong tires? Can’t […]

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT OFFSET WHEELS

— 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 […]