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 ]
Getting a good strong side-by-side for work around the hunting property is great, but making sure it will last is the key to a happy season. Using plowing and seeding implements behind your UTV will help you turn out spring food plots, but it will also put strain on your machine. Here are some things to keep in mind before you get planting. [ Read Full Post ]
Unless you own anti-fog goggles (and even those can fog up) it doesn't take much body warmth to put you into a fuzzy state of out-of-focus. The combination of heat rising up from your shirt or down from your helmet can create some seriously steamy vision. Add high humidity to the mix, and it can become a challenge just trying to wear one of the most fundamental pieces of safety gear. [ Read Full Post ]
Keeping your machine in top shape is important. Part of that preventative maintenance is maintaining the proper tire pressure. Having a tire that is over- or under-inflated can negatively impact the ride of your machine, as well as the handling when on the trail. Riding on incorrectly inflated tires can also create abnormal wear and premature damage to the expensive rubber on your hunting machine. [ Read Full Post ]