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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.

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 […]

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 […]

HOW-TO INSTALL A STREET-LEGAL KIT

— The Ryco Motorsports kit has everything you need — When we first met the Ryco Motorsports guys, they had a super-trick turn signal kit for YXZ1000Rs, with six LED button lights on the front shock towers, at Moab’s Rally on the Rocks. They’ve come a long way with their street-legal kits for UTVs, and […]

THE TROUBLESHOOTER

— So, what’s your problem? — By Sarge McCoy MY GENERAL IS GIVING ME “TRENCH FOOT”! Dear Sarge, It seems like every time it rains hard, I get a wet foot inside my Polaris General. I have tried sealing the windshield with silicone sealant, but it still leaks. My dealer’s techs are stumped, and I […]

HOW-TO REPLACE CAN-AM BODYWORK

— Oops, we scuffed up our Maverick Trail — Accidents happen, and any machine can be scarred when driven in challenging terrain. Here’s how to replace the colored body parts that are most in harm’s way on Can-Am’s Maverick Trail and Maverick Sport. . .

WARN PRO WINCHING TIPS

— Things you should know when going off-road — In the “Recreation Utility UTV Buyer’s Guide” 30 of the machines come standard with a winch, with most winches being Warn 4500-pound units. The thing is, a 4500-pound winch can actually stretch the frame of a UTV, especially if you use a snatch block to extricate […]

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, […]

HONDA TAPS PROCTOR TO GO DESERT RACING

  On the opening evening of Power Lab 2019, Honda’s dealer experiential event at TexPlex Park, American Honda announced Team Honda Talon Racing, a new professional off-road racing effort to promote the Talon 1000R sport side-by-side. With direct technical and engineering support from American Honda’s Powersports Division, Team Honda Talon Racing is managed by Proctor […]

4 PROBLEMS & 4 SOLUTIONS

— Sarge McCoy is The Troubleshooter — BENT OUT OF SHAPE OVER RADIUS RODS Dear Sarge, I need your advice on lower radius rods on my 2017 Polaris RZR 900 Trail Edition. Riding these tight East Coast trails, I keep denting the factory straight lower radius rods. If I don’t catch it soon enough, the […]

COMPACT JUMP-STARTERS BUYER’S GUIDE

— Here are the top 15 we like the best — Thanks to compact, rechargeable jump-starters, a weak or dead battery doesn’t have to ruin or delay a ride. Much smaller and lighter than traditional jump-starter boxes or jumper cables, lithium-battery jump-starters fit in a glove box and deliver enough cranking power to start UTVs, […]

10 KOA CAMPGROUNDS YOU CAN RIDE RIGHT TO THE TRAILS

Summer is right around the corner. One of Americas favorite Summer 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 […]

HOW TO REMOVE A STUCK RZR AXLE CUP

It’s bad enough you had an axle brake cutting short your last ride, you have spent hours trying to get the STUCK RZR AXLE CUP  out of the transmission or front diff to no avail. If you’re working on a RZR then you are in luck. Polaris conveniently stamped holes in the front and rear […]

TROUBLESHOOTING THE GENERAL, RANGER & TERYX

— Sarge McCoy finds the problem — SLOPPY, FLOPPY GENERAL Dear Sarge, I have a 2017 General 4 and I am afraid it has taken a few too many hits to the front lower A-arm bracket mounts. The tabs are a bit bent and oblong. I wanted to install a SuperATV frame stiffener to fix […]

HOW-TO: CHANGE YOUR YXZ1000R’S OIL

— UTV Action helpful maintenance tips — If you think of oil as being the lifeblood of your UTV, it becomes apparent how vital it is to the engine’s life span. Keeping clean, fresh oil in your engine is cheap insurance against premature engine wear, especially with today’s high-revving, high-performance UTVs. We put our long-term […]

INSTALL A CVT TEMP GAUGE

— Step-by-step photo how-to guide — Aside from Honda Pioneers, Talons and Yamaha YXZs, 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 […]