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Dune Champ - The YFZ 450R

Written By: 
John Arens
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Yamaha brought a truck load of their sport ATVs to Glamis, and I was determined to ride them all.  After a great day on the awesome Raptor 700, I really didn’t want to give up the easy riding dune monster, but I thought I should get in some quality time with YFZ 450R as well.  

Dune Tested - Sand Blaster

Riding Yamaha's Sand Rocket - The Mighty Raptor 700R
Written By: 
John Arens
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Every rider that loves the dunes needs a trip to the Mecca of dune riding at least once.  Southern California’s Imperial Sand Dunes, a.k.a. Glamis, is to dune riders what Fenway Park is to baseball fans; it’s the heart and soul of their sport, and until you actually go there, it’s a little difficult to understand.  The Glamis Dunes are 6 miles wide and 45 miles long, running right up to and beyond the Mexican border.  We were determined to ride every bit of it and Yamaha had just the vehicle to do it; the new Raptor 700R.  

Camp Chef Outdoor Gear

The Keeper of the Flame
Written By: 
Staff
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Part of the fun in any outdoor adventure is cooking out, and it seems everything tastes better outside.  For the past few years, Yamaha has been partnering with Camp Chef to provide the cooking gear for our desert oasis and they could hardly do any better.  Camp Chef has a huge lineup of high quality outdoor cooking equipment.  Whether you’re grilling brats at a pre-game tailgate party outside the stadium, making flap jacks for the crew at the hunting cabin, or warming up a single can of soup on your climb to the summit, they’ve got the perfect tool for you.   

New Model ATVs - The Arctic Cat ATV Lineup

With More Cat's than the Lady Down the Street, We'll Help You Find One Just for You!
Written By: 
Staff
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Everyone likes choices.  Arctic Cat knows you do too, and their ATV lineup has a staggering 28 different models to choose from, all with unique features such as different engines, suspension, and creature comforts.  Wherever or however you ride, we guarantee you can find an ATV in the Arctic Cat lineup that will surely make you happy.  We’ll help you pick one.   Happy trails!

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.

Long Term Report - The Polaris RZR 570

Lessons Learned from a Year with the Fun-Sized RZR
Written By: 
Staff
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Before the Polaris RZR, there wasn’t any Side x Side dedicated to high-performance recreation, but with the sporty RZR 800, Polaris had an instant hit and the race was on.  Since then other manufacturers have entered the game and each new model has seen huge gains in power, suspension, and performance.  Not everyone needs or even wants huge horsepower and desert taming suspension just to cruise the local trails, though, and for those riders, Polaris has a unique option.

New Product Test - The Quadski

Half Watercraft, Half ATV, All Fun
Written By: 
John Arens
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Detroit’s Downtown Athletic Club seems like an unlikely location for a new model introduction.  It is more of a combination art museum and monument to captains of industry, as member plaques ring out names such as Ford, Dodge, Chrysler, and Briggs.  It’s easy to get the feeling that without a major factory with your name on it, you don’t get in.  The Detroit Athletic Club is about as far from a trail as you can get, but what we had come to see was unlike anything on the trail anyway.

Track Time - Mattracks' Litefoot Tracks

Go Anywhere. Anytime
Written By: 
John Arens
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There are tires for sand, snow, mud, and every other type of riding condition, but when the snow gets too deep or the bog too soft, nothing can get you through a tough spot like a good set of tracks.  MATTRACKS has been building tracks for everything from tractors to ATVs since 1994 and we’ve tried their track systems on rough, rocky terrain, across a muddy swamp, up hills that would give our relatives cause to worry, and of course, on snow.

Winter Protection - Ranger Wrap

We Install Seizmiks Cab System
Written By: 
John Arens
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Whether riding on farm, forest, or flat out across the sweltering desert, sooner or later nearly every Side x Side owner appreciates the value of extra protection.  Northern riders are exposed to harsh winter conditions, and while the snow covered woods appears beautiful, nobody likes a biting winter wind in their face.  We needed to increase the comfort on our trusty trail and work buddy Polaris Ranger 800, and Seizmik Advanced Utility Systems had just what we were looking for.  

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.

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