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    We have a hard time questioning old-fashioned American ingenuity after watching our latest YouTube find (available after the break).

    It seems somebody had the brilliant idea of building a set of ATV wheels that could take you just about anywhere. To achieve his goal of go-anywhere wheels, our fearless fabricator welded 5/8” round bars to old car wheels and attached them to a 2000 Honda FourTrax 350.

    Are they fuel efficient? No. Are they quiet? No. Are they good for your ATV? No. Are they trail legal anywhere? Hell no! However, you can’t deny that they are effective. Sure, you’ll destroy whatever trail you ride them on, but you can be certain you’ll make it up that slippery hill or through that muddy bog. That’s enough to bring a tear to the eye of any garage inventor looking for his big break.

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      YouTube strikes again! As we were combing the on-line universe for the latest and greatest ATV action, we stumbled (pardon the pun) across this gem of a video featuring two guys having a little trouble getting an ATV off a patch of ice.

      We offer this video to you not as a means to teach you anything or to give you any insight whatsoever into the fine sport of ATV riding. Instead, we present this video only to brighten your day as you can’t help but laugh when you see people slip, slide, and fall on the ice.

      After a minute or so we found ourselves pushing for our two heroes to finally make some headway on their slippery escapade. Alas, we never find out how (or if) the Honda sport quad makes its escape. Hopefully they didn’t have to wait until spring. Check out the video after the break.

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        2xl0125A new racing game is out for the iPhone and iPod Touch – 2XL ATV Offroad.

        2XL ATV Offroad calls itself the “hottest action-packed racing game to hit the iPhone or iPod Touch.” It features 16 ATV Supercross and Outdoor National tracks, two freestyle levels, up to 16 stunts and a “massive” career mode.

        The game, which retails for $4.99, allows users to choose between 250cc and 450cc ATVs, as well as hundreds of ATV and rider skin combinations. Multiplayer mode is available, which allows you to race other users. You can check out a trailer of the game after the break.

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          snow-atv0125In our efforts to help you waste as much time at work as possible, we stumbled across a free ATV game you may be interested in – Snow ATV.

          Unlike basically everything other ATV game we’ve seen, Snow ATV is not racing game or a freestyle game.  It’s set up more as an ATV obstacle course.

          As it’s completely free (except for the 30 second advertisement at the beginning), there’s really not a lot too Snow ATV. Controls are very simple – everything is controlled with the arrow keys. We found the controls to be pretty touchy, but you’ll get the hang of things in a few minutes.

          The game is broken down into levels and each level is basically a straight line – no turns at all. Of course, there are plenty of obstacles in the way. You’ll have to climb over rocks, trees, tires, cars across a slippery snowy landscape.

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            electric-atv0120According to a report from the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, mechanical engineering students at the University of Alaska Fairbanks have built an electric-powered ATV for the University Police Department.

            Using a pair of 2002 Suzuki Eiger ATVs and a budget of $4,500, a dozen students and teacher Michael Golub constructed an all-electric vehicle.

            The vehicle is powered by a seven-inch diameter electric motor and a 45-volt lithium battery pack. Together, this combination takes up roughly the same space and weighs less than the engine and gas tank in the stock Eiger.

            Golub figures the ATV will be able to travel for about 30 miles at 20 mph. Hardly neck-snapping speed, but good enough for the police to patrol the university campus.

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