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PRODUCT TEST: ARAI XD-4 HELMET

ARAI XD-4 HELMET, WHAT IT IS: Arai is one of the most respected helmet brands in motorsports, and Arai helmets are a popular choice of top professional racers in Formula 1, NASCAR, MotoGP, motocross, Supercross and UTV racing. The Arai XD-4 helmet is an evolution of the XD-3, one of the first face-shield helmets designed to be worn with or without a visor or with goggles without the face shield. UTVers welcome this versatility, because driving conditions and personal preference vary so much. Pricing starts at $609.95 for…

KENDA MASTODON HT TIRE TEST

-- The Mastodon HT is Kenda’s latest UTV tire that has been specifically designed for intermediate to hard-pack surfaces. The Mastodon line also includes an AT model designed to be the more do-it-all UTV tire with a more aggressive tread designed for clean-out in the mud. We mounted and ran the Mastodon HT on DWT’s Sector beadlock rims. MATERIALS: The Mastodon tire is made from high-quality chip- and tear-resistant rubber. FEATURES: The Mastodon HT combines radial construction with an extra-tough, heavy-duty,…

SCORPION EXO-AT950 HELMET TEST

-- Flip-up visor, chin bar & more -- Scorpion’s EXO-AT950 helmet can be worn with or without a visor, with goggles or a face shield, and the chin bar flip ups out of the way. When used with a face shield, a retractable tinted shield provides better visibility in strong sun. This helmet has a polycarbonate shell and is DOT approved. Three shell sizes are used to keep the helmet as light and compact as possible. Generous venting including a closeable mouth-guard vent, a vent above the face shield and two exhaust vents…

KLOCK WERKS FLARE UTV WINDSHIELD

-- Klock Werks specializes in aftermarket windshields for Harleys and most motorcycles with fairings. Now the company is getting into the UTV windshield business. Klock Werks has a new Flare windshield for the Polaris RZR XP 900, 1000 S, XP 1000, XP Turbo and XP 4, and there are Flares in the works for Polaris Generals and Rangers and Can-Am Maverick X3s. FEATURES: Flare windshields are sculpted with “hips” at the outer edges to redirect air and two “flips” along the top kick air up and over the driver’s and passenger’s…

SCHUMACHER ELECTRIC RED FUEL SL65 JUMP‑STARTER

-- Schumacher Electric is the largest producer of automotive battery chargers in the world, and Schumacher’s Red Fuel SL65 jump-starter is the smallest lithium-ion battery pack we’ve used. It fits in a jacket pocket, so the Red Fuel SL65 is a great way to carry back-up cranking power for our UTVs, especially if they have a lot of power-sapping accessories. FEATURES: The SL65 is so compact that it fits inside a 12-ounce drink coozy, yet it cranks out 400 peak and 200 cranking amps via an 8000-mAh/29.6-Wh lithium-ion polymer…

FLY RACING TREKKER HELMET

WHAT IT IS: Fly Racing’s Trekker helmet has a street bike helmet-like flip-up face shield and a dirt helmet-type visor in a full-face, DOT- and ECE-approved helmet, a combination that works well for UTVing. Once rare, helmets with these features have become increasingly popular, but many cost more than the $150 Trekker. This helmet has a poly-alloy shell, a form of polycarbonate, and a Coolmax comfort liner. The dual-density EPS liner provides progressive impact absorption. Six graphic schemes are available, though most are…

ASSAULT SIDEWINDER CONVEX MIRRORS

WHAT IT IS: Assault Industries is sort of like the Textron of the OHV aftermarket. Not only has it been arming and upgrading off-road vehicles for more than 20 years, the fabricators have been supplying custom metal products to the aerospace, medical, military, automotive, motorcycling and bicycling industries from its metal works facility in Orange County, California. We tested Assault’s military-grade B2 Bomber mirrors a year ago, and the billet mirrors have survived a year of trashing unscathed. Assault introduces its…

TUSK ALUMINUM SUICIDE DOORS WITH NETS

-- PRODUCT TEST -- The Tusk aluminum Suicide doors are bolt-on half doors that replace the stock door nets, giving your UTV a more finished “race” look. Besides the new look, UTV doors improve safety and protect the occupants from the elements. FEATURES: The lightweight yet rugged Tusk aluminum doors open suicide-style, from the front to back. They feature a secure and adjustable pin-style latch system that ensures your doors will stay shut without accidentally opening while riding. Tusk also uses a multi-adjustable…

KLIM F3 HELMET

-- PRODUCT TEST -- Klim’s new F3 helmet is made from structure-mapped composite that optimizes shell strength and reduces weight. At 3.3 pounds in the large size, it is lighter than some conventional helmets and many off-road helmets with face shields. Three shell sizes keep the helmet’s external dimensions as compact as possible in all sizes. The shell has an extra-large eyeport for compatibility with all goggles and unobstructed visibility. Thirteen intake vents and six exhaust vents provide ample venting even at low…

DUX TURN-SIGNAL KIT

-- TESTING IT OUT ON THE POLARIS GENERAL -- Dux specializes in turn-signal and horn kits to help most UTVs and ATVs meet the minimum requirements for licensing OHVs for street use, which is really handy for connecting USFS and state trails. Dux has developed a true plug-and-play kit for RZRs, Rangers, and now the Polaris General 1000 and General 4. We got one of the first General kits, which requires different connectors for the General’s taillight pods. FEATURES: The Dux Deluxe plug-and-play turn-signal kit has a…

GARMIN VIRB XE 1440P HD ACTION CAMERA

-- UTV Action product test -- We last tested Garmin’s VIRB Elite 1080p HD action camera with GPS, altimeter and accelerometer a couple of years ago. The unit had some great features but was rather large and heavy (compared to GoPros) and locked up every time we tried to take still photos while recording video. We got a chance to try out the all-new, much-smaller Garmin VIRB XE  and we were impressed with how much the action camera has evolved in two years. While still larger than a GoPro (3 x 1.6 x 1.4 inches), the VIRB XE…

QUADBOSS QBT346 SAND TIRES & SHOCKER WHEELS

-- UTV ACTION TIRE TEST -- Quadboss has served the four-wheeler community since 2001, and the company has gone from making tire sealant and plows to providing quality replacement parts, accessories and upgrades for ATVs and now UTVs. Fast-forward to today and Quadboss is a one-stop shop for everything UTVs—from winches and bumpers to tires and light bars and everything in between. Its newest products are the QBT846 DOT-approved tires tested last month and the QBT346 sand tires and Shocker wheels for high-performance UTVs.…

DRAGONFIRE RACING EVO HARNESS

-- UTV ACTION PRODUCT TEST -- DragonFire Racing (DFR) set out to redefine the off-roading experience when it comes to safety harnesses. The DFR Evo harness is the result of countless hours on rough, uneven trails at unthinkable speeds. The Evo harness begins with the standard H-style harness configuration and adds a collar or yoke to unify the harness. This unified design cuts down on fishing for the individual belts when entering the car and chafing while driving or riding, thus increasing comfort. FEATURES: Not only…

NEW HELMET LOCK FROM ASSAULT INDUSTRIES

-- UTV ACTION PRODUCT TEST -- Assault Industries’ helmet/comm lock is a solid-aluminum lock housing that clamps to your UTV’s cage and provides a secure, convenient place to lock or hang your helmet, communications equipment or other small items. It fits 1.75-inch tube diameters and Can-Am Maverick X3’s 1.875-inch cage tube. It’s $69.99. The tubular lock uses a cylindrical key. INSTALLATION: Because the lock housing uses a one-piece clamp, you have to force the lock housing over the cage tube to install it. It goes on…

GBOOST POLARIS RZR XP 1000 CLUTCH KIT

-- PRODUCT EVALUATION--  The GBoost clutch calibration kit is a complete bolt-in kit designed to optimize your UTV’s clutching for your individual needs. GBoost kits are tested, designed and developed by Glen Erlandson, who has been dialing in CVT clutches since the beginning. The complete kits are available as a Trail Riding kit for stock machine applications and average riding, a Trail Performance kit for mildly built machines that will be driven more aggressively and have more top end, and a Sand Dune kit that helps…

QUADBOSS QBT846 HARDPACK TIRE TEST

-- HOW THEY RATE WITH THE UTV ACTION MAGAZINE TEST CREW -- Quadboss built a solid reputation with its accessories and replacement parts for our ATVs, and now Quadboss has our utility and high-performance UTVs covered with all sorts of accessories, like enclosed cabs, heaters and specialty tires. The Quadboss QBT846 utility radial comes in sizes 27x9R14, 27x11R14, 28x10R14, 30x10R14, 30x10R15 and 32x10R15, and it has an off-road-truck-style tread pattern. FEATURES: The large, siped, 3/4-inch lugs and…