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 manufacturers can brag about low vehicle weight. With 32-inch tires being on the verge of replacing 30-inch tires as the new “normal,” let’s take a look at their benefits and drawbacks. WHAT ARE 32-INCH ADVANTAGES?…

Polaris Dominates Baja 500 for Second Straight Year

Kristen Matlock Becomes First Woman to Win Overall Utility Terrain Vehicle (UTV) NA Class Helping Polaris RZR Factory Racing Claim Two Podium Sweeps in Pro UTV Forced Induction and Pro UTV NA Classes

NEW YAMAHA ADVENTURE PRO POWERED BY MAGELLAN

Yamaha Adventure Pro powered by Magellan The all-new Yamaha Adventure Pro, powered by Magellan, is an advanced off-road and mobile GPS tablet device providing off-road enthusiasts the confidence and capability to explore more, and share their off-road adventures with friends and family. The Adventure Pro offers advanced on-screen data tracking and vehicle feedback with the Yamaha Wolverine X2/X4 and YXZ1000R. The all-new Adventure Pro is a Yamaha Genuine Accessory priced at $749, which includes a RAM mount, vehicle…

YAMAHA YXZ1000R TURBO TEST

-- 182 horsepower Sport Shift Special Edition -- Yamaha’s GYTR division has developed performance accessories for the YXZ1000R and Sport Shift to modify the pure sports UTVs for woods/trails/rocks (Torque-Assist Gearing), closed-course racing (Stage kit) and desert/dunes (Turbo kit). That’s right, Yamaha GYTR has a new Turbo kit that, when installed by Yamaha dealers, retains the factory warranty! The $5499.99 kit includes a Garrett GT860RS Turbo, the largest of any OEM UTV, that increases the YXZ’s horsepower by 60…

TEST: TEXTRON WILDCAT XX

-- 125 Horsepower high-performance machine -- Textron unleashes its all-new 2018 Wildcat XX, and it has undergone many changes since we first reported on it in the August 2017 issue. Textron merged Robby Gordon’s RG Pro Wildcat 1000 with Yamaha’s Genesis three-cylinder snowmobile engine with CVT (but without the turbocharger) to create the 125-horsepower Wildcat XX. Textron actually increased rear travel over the original RG Pro and worked hard to deliver best-in-class suspension action and ride quality. Textron also went…

GOOD DEALS ON UTV HAULING & GARAGE STUFF

-- Shopping for smart buys -- The UTV Action crew is just like you. We don't like to spend more money on stuff than we have to. We're always looking out for cool things at a good price to make our lives better when it comes to working on or hauling UTVs. Yeah, we sometimes find what we're looking for at Walmart, but that is more likely to happen when we go to Harbor Freight. This is one store we enjoy hanging out in while our ladies are across the street at the mall. So, we were at Harbor Freight recently checking out…

PIONEER vs RANGER, RZR BALL JOINTS & MORE

--Advice from Sarge McCoy -- WHICH UTV SHOULD WE GET? Dear Sarge, Several of our group are trying to decide on the joint purchase of a small 500cc UTV for getting to and back from our hunting camp in the Adirondack Mountains. We have narrowed the choices to two models. We wanted small and maneuverable due to the terrain we will be in. If it was more open, we would look at the four-seaters, but during our test drives, we decided it would be better to make several trips into camp and still be able to get to where we could…
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