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  • April 16, 2014

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


    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


    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


    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 ]

  • March 24, 2014

    SxS Review: 2014 Yamaha Viking


    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


    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


    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 11, 2014

    ATV Maintenance: 5 Tips for a Better and Smoother Ride


    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 21, 2014

    4 Simple Tips to Prevent ATV Theft


    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 ]

  • February 11, 2014

    ATV Maintenance Tip: Don't Neglect the Battery


    By Rick Sosebee

    Getting your trusty ATV ready for storage after a great season of hunting requires a little more forethought than you may realize. One thing many people will neglect every year is the battery that spins life into your ride.
    Batteries come in many shapes, sizes, types and brands. With technology advancing as it has, you will find one on every machine. Most of the newer ATVs will have sealed maintenance-free batteries, which simply means they do not have to be topped off with fluids of any kind. These batteries Absorbed Glass Mat (AGM) batteries will still need to be charged though. Here are a few things to consider in order to protect that expensive battery when storing your machine for extended periods. [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 4, 2014

    SxS Review: 2014 Kawasaki Teryx


    By Lance Schwartz

    2014 Kawasaki Teryx LE
    MSRP: Teryx LE - $14,999; Teryx Camo - $14,299; Teryx - $12,999

    The Kawasaki Teryx has been a popular choice in the SxS market since its introduction back in 2008. For 2014, Kawasaki redesigned the original two-seater Teryx to roll on the same chassis as the Teryx4, a four-seater with a redesigned chassis, longer wheelbase, and enhanced creature comforts like Electronic Power Steering (EPS) that was released in 2012.

    The 2014 Teryx is considered a sport/utility SxS rather than just targeting the pure sport, or pure utility market. Jumping into the sport/utility category of SxSs is risky business; mostly because the vehicle must be designed to perform two completely different tasks well: the suspension needs to be plush enough to pamper the passengers at slow speeds without running out of suspension travel at high speeds. After spending a considerable amount of time behind the wheel of the 2014 Teryx, Kawasaki has definitely gotten it right. And the Teryx is now more comfortable, capable, and competitive than ever before. [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 23, 2014

    A Knife Expert on How to Really Sharpen a Blade

    By T. Edward Nickens

    Photos by Travis Rathbone

    I hold the knife in my right hand, thumb on the blade spine. My left thumb guides the edge along a sharpening stone at as close to a 20-degree angle as possible. The screech of diamond dust biting steel is like a door creaking open in a slasher film. I haven't broken such a nervous sweat since Mrs. Evans made me read a story about tarantulas to the entire third-grade class.

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  • January 3, 2014

    Why You Can't Go Wrong With a Yamaha ATV or UTV


    As the Competitions Director for the Total Outdoorsman Challenge, I get my hands on a lot of gear. I’ve shot more firearms than my shoulder and ears care to remember. Blow dart guns, throwing knives, countless bows, rods and reels, even boots…more brands and models, just to see how well they perform and how much punishment they can take.
    Some brands sold me; after prepping the bows for Regional competitions, I bought three Diamond Edge models for my daughters. I use Bass Pro Shops brand spinning and casting rigs pretty much exclusively. After testing the casting courses and seeing how those rigs performed, I believe they’re the best value out there. [ Read Full Post ]

  • December 31, 2013

    Scabbard vs. Gun Clamps: Transporting your Gun or Bow


    By Rick Sosebee

    There are several ways to haul the gun or bow of your choice on your ATV. Most would say that a good gun scabbard is the safest way to transport your rifle, there's also the option of gun clamps mounted to the front rack of your ATV (where legal of course). Then there are the questions of how to mount these two options and just when to use one over the other.

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