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Tech Tips - Busted!

A New Tool and Safety Tips for Tire Changes
Written By: 
Staff
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Most riders are also do-it-yourselfers. We would rather take on a job ourselves, whether it’s rebuilding an engine or building a backyard shed, than turn it over to somebody else. One task that can be completely deceiving, though, is changing tires. As anyone who has ever attempted to change ATV or Side x Side tires knows, there is hardly a job that appears simpler, yet has the ability to be so completely frustrating.

Tech Tip - Polaris Power Fix

RM Stator Polaris Ignition Updates
Written By: 
Pete Bengel
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There are millions of older model ATVs and early Side x Sides still on the trail and ready for another decade of action.  Like an older truck, though, after long and faithful service even the best of machines will require a little massaging, and some parts are known to be prone to failure. Ignition and electrical problems always pop up unexpectedly with no warning, they’re often difficult to diagnose, and they’re never cheap to fix.

Product Test - Like a BOSS

Bearing Replacment Made Cheap And Almost Easy
Written By: 
John Arens
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Ride any machine long enough and we guarantee you’ll be replacing bearings.  They’re the most critical parts in making sure your machine rolls smoothly.  Considering the conditions most ATVs and UTVS are regularly put through, whether it’s sand, snow or mud, it’s amazing they last as long as they do.  Despite your best care though, eventually some contaminants will creep in and you’ll be faced with a bearing replacement job.  Here’s how to take it on like a boss!

Tech Tip - Engine Defense

Comparing Filters - Paper, Fabric, & Foam
Written By: 
John Arens
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Think your truck is tough?  ATVs and Side x Sides are designed to perform in terrain and conditions that would make your truck whimper like a scared puppy, and they can do it year after year with the proper maintenance.  The most critical part of that maintenance is regular air filter cleanings and oil changes.  Neither is particularly difficult, time consuming, or tedious, but both are almost universally despised, especially cleaning a sticky, dust caked air filter. 

Tech Troubleshooter - Polaris Sportsman Ignition Fix

Restoring the Bang for Less Bucks!
Written By: 
Master Mechanic Pete Bengel
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The Polaris Sportsman is quite possibly the most popular ATV line ever built.  Since its inception in 1993, Polaris has manufactured well over one MILLION units, making it the best-selling utility ATV platform in the industry.  But as with anything mechanical, there have been some issues that have come to the surface, and there was a run of Sportsman 600’s and 700’s from 2002 to mid-2004 that were plagued with electrical problems and failure of the ignition system was a matter of when, not if.

Engine Tech - Oil Filter Breakdown

Inside your Oil Filter
Written By: 
John Arens
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Part of the fun in ATVs and Side x Sides is spinning wrenches from time to time and installing modifications.  We’ve seen all manner of modifications over the years, from highly modified mud runners, to powerful motocross racers designed to soak up the biggest jumps with ease, to rock crawlers that can climb crab-like over boulders we can’t even walk up.  The owners always love their ride, and they also love to talk about it, but we’ve never heard anybody brag about their oil filter.

Engine Primer - 4-Stroke Rebuild

Master Mechanic Pete Shows Us How to Rebuild a Tired Engine
Written By: 
Staff
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If you’re going to ride, you’re also going to wrench now and then.  Most of the time that means nothing more than changing the oil, cleaning an air filter, or simple adjustments.  Every so often though your mechanical buddy will need a major rebuild, the most common of which is replacing piston rings.  On a two stroke this was no problem; pop the cylinder off, hone the bore, install new rings, and get back to riding, often times in the same afternoon.

Tech Tips - Redneck Workshop

Backwoods Creativity to Get the Job Done!
Written By: 
Pete Bengel
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Jury-rigging.  Backwoods engineering.  Cobbling.  Call it what you want… at some point we’ve all encountered a situation where we’ve had to improvise and come up with a solution that isn’t exactly ideal.  We’ve had some real doozies that make us practically hear Larry the Cable Guy yelling, “Git-R-Done!”   For moral and legal reasons, we won’t publish some of the real hum-dingers, but here are a few of our favorites that don’t involve explosions or imminent trips to the emergency room.

Oil Filter Breakdown

Inside your Oil Filter
Written By: 
John Arens
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Part of the fun in ATVs and Side x Sides is spinning wrenches from time to time and installing modifications.  We’ve seen all manner of modifications over the years, from highly modified mud runners, to powerful motocross racers designed to soak up the biggest jumps with ease, to rock crawlers that can climb crab-like over boulders we can’t even walk up.  The owners always love their ride, and they also love to talk about it, but we’ve never heard anybody brag about their oil filter.

Tech Tips - Tool Time

Tips for Maintaining Your Machine
Written By: 
CT Racing's Knowles it all, Big Al
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No performance shop has won more races and championships than CT Racing.  From national ATV championships, stadium championships, SCORE, Best in the Desert, AMA Supermoto, and even on other continents, they’ve won it all from the humble beginning of ATV racing up through today.  Whether on two-strokes or four strokes, CT Racing has consistently provided complete performance packages that make tons of power, but are reliable as well.

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