Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Learn how to replace the front wheel bearings on your sport quad in under 5 minutes.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

As the UTV market expands, there are a lot of enthusiasts purchasing new machines and putting their old ones on the market. Those used machines can be where a smart buyer stakes their claim on a handsome deal for a (new to them) UTV. With sites like Craigslist and atvtrader, there are many options to view the available herd of UTVs, and begin the process of narrowing down the quality values and weeding out the not-so-promising SxSs. Research is key when it comes to finding the right machine at the right price, however that’s only the first step to picking up your new toy. The important parts comes with the inspection when you get to see the machine! So we have a guide to help you pick up your new ride after a proper go-over of the machine.

STEP 1)
 


TEST RIDE

We like to start our inspection with what we call the 7 Ss.

Starting: When you turn the key on and crank the engine over, it should burst immediately to life. If it takes its time starting, doesn’t start at all or the battery is comple...

Saturday, December 24, 2016

As the extreme-performance UTV revolution brings us ever-faster 1000s and beyond, not everyone can afford to upgrade to the latest and greatest UTVs every year. As enthusiasts clamor for the latest 1000s, used RZR XP 900s flood the marketplace, and there are several ways to upgrade those 900s, like an aftermarket big-bore engine and long-travel suspension kits, so they’ll run with 1000s. The thing is, the more you spend trying to keep up with the Joneses, the longer it’ll take to save up for a 1000. Aftermarket shocks are another route, but there are several shock companies that can modify your XP 900 shocks to work like OEM XP1K units. Shock Therapy out of Wittman, Arizona, is one such company. Justin Smith claimed he could modify our RZR XP 900’s Fox Podium X shocks to work more like the XP1K. If the OEM XP1K shocks are a 10 and the worn-out XP 900 shocks are a 1, Shock Therapy’s valving upgrade raises the 1 to a 5, and their dual-rate Eibach spring kit raises the 5 to a 9 or 10. For...

Saturday, December 24, 2016

In the earlier days of the ATV, most A-arms and ball joints didn’t come with an ability to quickly maintain and grease the parts. Over time, grease will get old, slowly seep out of bushings and ball joints or get contaminated. When this happens, your parts become a lot more fragile and effect the handling and steering of your ATV or UTV. It is more common for modern components to come with Zerk fittings that allow you to hook up a grease gun and quickly lubricate the components. A lot of aftermarket companies make A-arms and ball joints that include Zerk fittings on their components. Here is a simple how-to on using a grease gun on Zerk fittings.

HOW ZERK FITTINGS WORK

A Zerk grease fitting works like a one-way valve. There is a spring inside the mechanism that keeps constant pressure on the ball at the tip of the fitting. This doesn’t allow grease to escape the components, however when you connect a grease gun to the Zerk fitting and start pumping the lubricant into it, the ball will de...

Friday, November 18, 2016

1. What used oil can tell you: After an oil change, check out the smell and thickness of the waste oil. If it’s like stinky water from a Gulf state after the BP spill, then you’ve gone too far between changes. An overtaxed clutch will give the oil a burnt smell. Also, metal shavings can tell you something. Aluminum shavings aren’t so bad. Steel shavings are. You can tell the difference with a magnetic drain plug.

2. Heat helps with new graphics: When you install new vinyl graphics, try not to do it in cold conditions. A heat gun can help, but you can easily damage the vinyl if you linger for more than a couple of seconds. And if you remember that vinyl stretches easily, but doesn’t compress well at all, you’ll have a better final result.

3. A snatch block doubles your winch power: Carry a snatch block and use it every time you use your winch, if the length of the line permits. Not only does it double your power, but it also makes attaching the winch to your anchor point easier. Never use...

Friday, October 21, 2016

Routine maintenance is key to keeping your machine on the trails or track longer with less downtime for repairs. The cooling system can often be overlooked at times, but in reality it needs just as much attention as the other moving parts. Without the cooling system working properly, you can experience many different mechanical failures, such as overheating, burst hoses or coolant leaks. For this “How-To” we show you how to replace the radiator hoses, water pump impeller and coolant on a 2008 Yamaha YFZ450, but the steps apply to any liquid-cooled machine. We contacted Boyesen for its SuperCooler kit, along with tough silicone radiator hoses from CV4. We also chose to upgrade the cooling system with an Evans waterless coolant. Evans coolant aids cooling, but most important, it does not boil out of the overflow like a conventional coolant. That helps maintain the coolant volume in tough conditions.

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To drain the coolant system you will find the drain plug located on t...

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