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  • April 16, 2014

    ATV Tips: How to Install an Aftermarket Electric Power Steering Unit

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    By Rick Sosebee

    In today’s market, side by side manufacturers offer three options when it comes to power steering: standard, optional, or none at all. For owners with vehicles in the last category, there are a few solutions available from aftermarket companies.

    Adding power steering to a machine that is not initially designed for it can be a little tricky. There are some small yet important things you need to consider before dropping big dollars on these products. Some involve the machine and the rest involve the type of steering assist you will actually get once the product is installed. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 11, 2014

    3 Things to Consider When Buying ATV Tires

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    By Rick Sosebee

    Sooner or later you will need to change the tires on your ATV or UTV. Choosing good replacements can be a bit confusing, but diligent research of tire reviews and knowing how each tire design affects the ride of your machine is crucial and a good place to start. Here are some simple things to think about when shopping for tires.

    1. Weight
    The weight of each tire adds to the overall weight of the machine but it goes a bit further than that. Heavier tires will put an additional load on the engine and its components as you ride along the trails. Be sure to choose a tire that can easily be turned by the engine of your machine. Larger displacement engines, such as a 499cc and above, have little trouble pulling most after market tires. But smaller engines will strain to turn more aggressive heavy tread. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 7, 2014

    Tips for Buying a New ATV

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    By Darren Warner

    An all-terrain vehicle (ATV) is one of the best ways for people to traverse tough terrain and haul hunting gear. If you’re planning on buying one, have an honest conversation with yourself about your riding skills and how you’ll be using your ATV before you visit an ATV dealer.

    Manufacturers pack plenty of power, convenience – like power steering – and thrills into machines that satisfy a user’s need for speed. They like to highlight the horsepower of an engine, but you should focus on buying a machine that meets your needs and won’t break your budget. For example, if you’re looking specifically for a hunting rig, an ATV that runs quietly and smoothly might be more useful than a super-fast machine. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 3, 2014

    Field Test: Best Bowfishing Rigs

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    By Will Brantley


    Photo by Satoshi

    Don't trash your whitetail bow shooting carp, suckers, and gar. Get a dedicated bowfishing rig. We tested four top models to find out which one is best for you. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 24, 2014

    SxS Review: 2014 Yamaha Viking

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    By Lance Schwartz

    2014 Yamaha Viking
    MSRP: Starts at $11,500

    After spending an eventful day trail riding and rock crawling California’s wonderful San Bernardino National Forest in the 2014 Yamaha Viking, there's no question the new Viking is a significant improvement over the decommissioned Rhino it now replaces. The all-new model is the most powerful, comfortable, and capable SxS Yamaha has ever produced. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 17, 2014

    ATV Maintenance: Why You Should Always Have a Factory Service Manual

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    By Peter B. Mathiesen

    One of the most disappointing and irritating moments in ATV ownership is when your machine decides that it’s just not coming out to play.

    Although most of today’s ATVs and UTVs can come to life after sitting for long periods of time with little more than a battery charge, it’s not always that easy. Older machines, in particular, can be fussy when it comes to fuel and will need more TLC to get back in the game after winter storage.

    Any form of maintenance should always refer to the manufacturer’s specs. Unfortunately, these are often not readily found on the web. While there are numerous helpful forums and online sites to look through when a problem does arise, most owners I know lack the single most helpful tool to keep their wheels turning: a factory service manual. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 14, 2014

    Tips for Protecting Your ATV When Riding Through Deep Mud

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    By Rick Sosebee


    CC image from Flickr

    In today’s world of mostly belt driven ATVs and UTVs, the transmission seems to take a beating whenever you decide to get in the muddy stuff. Hauling a trailer or a hunting blind through swampy terrain can destroy a machine’s driveline without you even realizing it.

    Obvioulsy, the wheels cannot spin as well once you’re in deep mud. As you apply the throttle to get them to move, the belt begins to slip and starts heating up. These factors, when combined, can destroy the drive belt. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 13, 2014

    Gear Review: GRAYL Filtration Cup

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    By Tim Romano

    I almost never pack water when going out on a fishing adventure, unless I absolutely have to. Be that a couple of hours out on my local trout creek or a multi-night wilderness backpacking trip. I feel there's simply no reason to lug the extra weight if the water I’m fishing is relatively clean.

    Instead, I choose to bring tablets, filter straws, or most frequently, bottles with filter straws like the Katadyn MyBottle Purifier. While these items DO get the job done, most just don't work well enough in my opinion. It takes an incredible amount of energy to suck just a tiny bit of water through the filter — never quite quenching your thirst if you're craving a couple of gulps of water. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 12, 2014

    7 Reasons Why a Machete is the Only Multitool You Really Need

    By Shane Townsend


    Photo by Gorman Studio

    If I could have only one tool, it’d be a machete. People around the world have long relied on the machete, kukri (shown here), and other close kin to hunt, fish, farm, build, process food, and fashion all types of tools. Every machete has at least seven smaller tools built into it. Your creativity and practice will unlock the full utility of each, but here’s a start. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 11, 2014

    ATV Maintenance: 5 Tips for a Better and Smoother Ride

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    By Rick Sosebee


    CC image from Flickr

    Many maintenance items often get overlooked when an ATV is being prepared for the riding season. Most are simple things that can make a huge difference during an epic ride. Here are some things to pay extra attention to when your machine is still in the garage. [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 28, 2014

    Gear Review: Ghillie Kettle

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    By Tim Romano

    If you're the type of angler/hunter/camper that likes the idea of being able to boil water without relying on any fuel, go on extended fishing or hunting trips where the weight of fuel is an issue to carry, or just like the smell of wood smoke, the Ghillie Kettle might be for you.

    I started using one last fall. It’s basically a double-walled boiler with a chimney and is remarkably simple in its operation. It does the same thing any other backpacking stove does, only you don't need to carry any fuel. You just use small sticks, dried grass or any other combustibles that might be lying around to boil water. [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 21, 2014

    Knife Review: The Spartan Harsey Difensa

    By David E. Petzal

    Spartan Blades, of whom I have written before, is a maker of very high quality tactical and survival knives. It was founded, and is run, by a pair of career Special Forces NCOs. Spartan had a booth at the SHOT Show, but it was so crowded with throat slitters and kidney stabbers who were admiring the goods that I didn’t have much of a chance at conversation and so I’m reviewing Spartan’s new knife a bit after the fact.

    It’s called the “Spartan,” because that’s who makes it, “Harsey,” because it’s designed by Bill Harsey, whose knives have won several Best of the Best awards, “Difensa,” which takes some explaining. The Difensa was designed for a Canadian special ops group which does fun things in the forests, and since they are Canadian, the knife takes its name from the First Special Service Force, which was a joint Canadian/US Army unit that served in World War II, and was comprised of some of the finest throat slitters and kidney stabbers to ever pull knives from sheaths. [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 21, 2014

    4 Simple Tips to Prevent ATV Theft

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    By Rick Sosebee

    The reality in our world today is that some individuals will go to great lengths to take your hunting ride. I know it may sound very far-fetched when you look at the area you hunt or even in your own neighborhood. But trust me when I say it can happen to you.

    When I leave my quad at camp, I try to be much more determined to keep my machine than a thief needs to be to take it. Most thieves are typically lazy and a quick act of theft gives them a shortcut to your hard-earned hunting quad. Here are some quick things to consider when leaving your trophy ATV alone is the only logical choice.  [ Read Full Post ]

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