Power steering is available on many ATVs and UTVs, but it comes at a premium cost. What most consumers try to figure out is just when they will need power steering and if it's worth the extra $500 to $1,000 on the unit. The short answer is: Yeah, it’s worth it.
The variables you need to consider: the type of terrain you’ll ride through; the general use of the off-road vehicle; and how much time you will spend on the machine. [ Read Full Post ]
It is no secret that a whitetail’s nose is key to its survival. Even though there are hundreds of products available to help you mask and eliminate scent, you’ll never be 100 percent odorless, especially if you're hunting with an ATV.
No matter how careful you are, your ATV is going to be a source of odor. The fuel can leak and smoke can be generated from an older quad’s exhaust—all this can alert deer of your presence. Here are some preventative measures that will help to reduce your scent footprint. [ Read Full Post ]
“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” This infamous quote from the 1980 film “The Shining” used to seem like a great metaphor to describe the John Deere Gator UTV lineup. In years past, Gators were notoriously hard workers around the farm, but they certainly never gained respect as a class-leading trail machine. All of that changed in 2013 with the introduction of John Deere’s Gator RSX850i. [ Read Full Post ]
As we head deeper into spring there will invariably be rain in the forecast. This means the chance of getting stuck in muddy situations are high. Having a quality winch on your machine is important, but more importantly, you need to make sure it is installed correctly or it may not work when you need it. Or worse, it could destroy the wiring system on your ATV. If you are installing a brand-new winch, be sure to read the manufacturer’s directions and warnings carefully before you start. Here are a few tips to keep your winch’s electrical components in safe working order. [ Read Full Post ]
Many do-it-yourself ATV and UTV owners change the exhaust on their vehicles, and for good reason: a better exhaust system will create much more power. But changing the exhaust on a carbureted machine brings on some secondary issues that need to be addressed in order to keep the engine running properly.
The exhaust pipe on your quad is tuned specifically for the machine. Not to mention, it is also custom shaped in the pattern needed to fit your machine without interfering with any other components. If this pipe or its silencer is altered in any way, (whether it is bent in an accident or manipulated by you) it can impact the engine's performance.
Here are some tips for tweaking your ATV or UTV exhaust: [ Read Full Post ]
The best riding pants I’ve found were designed by arborists as a hybrid between standard canvas pants and rock climbing pants. Meet Arborwear’s Original Tree Climber, made from 12.5 ounces of prewashed canvas that’s soft to the touch, and tougher than hell.
What makes these pants so ideal for riding is the unique Arborwear cut in the crotch and contour of the pants. The fit keeps them in place and allows you to lift your leg higher with much less pulling. The cuffs are tapered so they won’t hang on obstructions and you can actually get them inside a pair of rubber boots— something I can’t do comfortably with most Carhartt’s. [ Read Full Post ]
I had the opportunity to spend two epic days aboard the 2013 Suzuki King Quad 400 ASi in a place nearly too beautiful to describe. My journey took me across California’s Mojave Desert, where the sand and rock miraculously transform into the gorgeous marble peaks of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. At 10,000 feet, the high elevation was the perfect place to test out many of the 400 ASi’s key features. [ Read Full Post ]