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Reviews, product testing, comparisons, and articles related to ATVs, UTVs, and Side-x-Sides.

Shock Therapy

Advice on Suspension Setup from Industry Professionals
Written By: 
John Arens
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There are many very good ATVs and Side x Sides on the market today, and they truly are amazing vehicles, capable of taking us through some of the toughest terrain on the planet. With a little experimenting and adjustment, they can be made even better. One of the areas where the largest improvements can be made and immediately felt is with the suspension, but sadly, many riders overlook any suspension changes until after they’ve installed an aftermarket exhaust, air intake, or a larger set of tires and wheels.

WORCS Racing Weapon - Kawasaki's KFX450R

What Did We Think?
Written By: 
Cory Weller
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“What do you think about racing a stock Kawi, Corry?” These were the words that began my little journey to Glen Helen, CA for round seven of the WORCS series, in order to race in Kawasaki’s own media class; a class which would allow us “editor types” to get a taste of what the 2010 Kawasaki KFX450R has to offer in stock trim.

Oil Breakdown - Synthetic vs Petroleum

Which is best for your ride?
Written By: 
John Arens
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We’ve all seen riders pour buckets of money into their ATV or Side x Side, yet they never think twice about what keeps it running. Along with a clean air filter, clean, high quality oil is vital to keeping your engine running smoothly for many years, and just like your relationship, it all comes down to chemistry.

Snow Pro

We test a Polaris plow
Written By: 
John Arens
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For those of us that live in a northern climate, the first snowfall is often a wondrous event. School children leap from their desks to gather at the windows, amazed at the fluffy, giant flakes that drift to the ground, slowly turning everything pristine, pillow soft, and white. Invariably, a few radio stations can’t resist playing “White Christmas” for a sentimental caller or two, and for one quiet afternoon, it’s Americana, as captured by a Norman Rockwell painting.

The New Guy; An Interview with Hyosung Motors

Written By: 
John Arens
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Every year at the Indianapolis Dealer Expo, there are dozens of new companies that preview their products. Sometimes the products are innovative and well made, and the company prospers. Other times we look at each other silently but in disbelief, kind of like when your buddy claims he’s going to stop smoking. On one occasion we even made the company rep cry as we explained why his product was not legal for the U.S. market. Thankfully for the off-road loving public, we’ve never seen either of them since.

Winch Tips - Tips from the guys with pull at BLITZKRUEG

Written By: 
John Arens
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The great thing about ATVs and Side x Sides is their versatility. Whether you ride across endless miles of barren desert, knee deep snow, shifting sand, or slimy mud, your ATV is uniquely suited for whatever type of terrain you come across. They’re the transformers of the power sports world, and when it’s time to go to work, they can again be transformed into one of the most useful tools you will ever own.

Hot Rod Mods - Pro Armor/Sparks Racing Honda 500R

Making a TRX450 into a better all-around trail & dune quad
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How good is the stock Honda TRX450R? Good enough to be a perrenial top choice for off-road racers and trail riders all across the country. But even good machine can always be made better, right?  As Bill Murray in Stripes would say, "That's a fact, Jack. " 

So, to prove this theory right, we took a 2007 model 450R, which we had access to, and set about transforming it from a 'standard' looking and 'standard' running TRX450 into a veritable roost-rocket, fully blinged out 500R dunster!

Roundup Ready - Testing the Curtis Cab

Making an all weather John Deere 620 XUVi
Written By: 
John Arens (aka Farmer John)
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As a boy, every day was filled with adventures around the farm.  A daily trip through the woods was seemingly required as well, either on foot, by bicycle, on a little Suzuki dirt bike, or eventually, on an ATV.  No weather was too formidable, and no chance to explore was missed. 

2-Up Roundup

A Two-Up ATV Buyer’s Guide
Written By: 
John Arens
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Without a doubt, ATVs have greatly expanded the acceptance of off-road recreation.  For many riders that were either uncomfortable with the sometimes schizophrenic nature of a dirt bike, or did not want to be confined inside the cab of a vehicle, ATVs were the perfect choice for outdoor fun and exploration.  Entire families could ride into areas too remote to be seen on foot and experience nature first hand, and they could do it safely at their own pace.

Ride Area Review - Hidden in the Heartland

The Badlands Off-Road Park
Written By: 
John Arens
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Rural Indiana is known for being one of the most productive agricultural regions on the planet.  A back roads drive on a sunny, fall day will display endless fields in every direction, with soybeans drying in the sun, and brown corn leaves rustling to the slightest breeze, waiting to be harvested.  Scattered along the roads and in between the practically endless corn and bean prairie, giant, silver, grain bins dot the sky and mark the small towns that are, for all intents and purposes, a Midwestern oasis.

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