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    Top 10 ATVs and UTVs of 2014 Feature

    The world of off road has been turned on its head over the past 12 months. When choosing our 10 favorite ATVs and UTVs of 2014, we started with a list of 50 new and revised models and we hear rumors of more on the way almost weekly.

    Getting on the gas with several marketing moves, the sleeping giant, Honda, has been very active. This gives us proof that the industry is beginning to wake up even more. We have seen an inflating trend in the working side of the industry as many companies start to focus on the bread and butter of what fills the bank account for them.

    Hunting is a huge part of the Side-by-Side industry. Without hunters, ranchers, active farmers or land maintenance workers, we would not be seeing the evolution to the Utility side of this industry. In 2014, Yamaha brought out the Viking VI while rethinking and redesigning the way three people fill the front and back stretch of a working ride. And there are many more examples of manufacturers finding ways to make these machines better and more useful.

    That same forward thinking is perhaps even more evident in the Sport segment. The fight for power and suspension travel supremacy continues. Consumers want to go faster and jump Mount Rushmore with little more than a tickle on the seat bottom upon landing. Using shock packages that are made for what seems to be full size trucks, companies like FOX, Elka and Walker Evans have seen a spike in sales not only to consumers but also to manufacturers who use their equipment on specific models.

    As we look ahead to 2015, we are seeing an industry that is alive and well. This past year has been incredible for ATV and UTV fans. Now we’ll take a look at our 10 favorite machines unveiled in 2014.

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      Christopher Metz Arctic Cat

      Arctic Cat Inc. has announced that Christopher T. Metz will join the company as president and chief executive officer on December 3, 2014. Metz succeeds Christopher Twomey, who remains Arctic Cat’s board chair.

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        2008 Arctic Cat Thundercat Recall

        Arctic Cat has recalled approximately 40,000 2008-09 ATVs due to an issue with the front gear case. According to the recall notice, components in the front gear case can fail, posing a risk of loss of control and crash hazard.

        All model year 2008 Arctic Cat ATVs with 400 cubic centimeter (cc) and larger engines are being recalled. Model year 2009 Arctic Cat ATVs with 400 cubic centimeter (cc) and larger engines and with production numbers within the following ranges are being recalled: 200001 through 203861, 808001 through 808137, and X25082 through X30243. The recall affects single-rider and two-up ATVs.

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          2008 Arctic Cat Thundercat

          Arctic Cat has issued a recall notice for all of its ATVs manufactured in 2008 and a portion produced in 2009.

          According to the recall notice, a component in the front gear box may not meet the company’s standards. There are no confirmed reports of serious injuries traced to the front gear case.

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            Arctic Cat Trail

            Arctic Cat, cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, has issued a recall notice for Wildcat Trail and Wildcat Trail XT Side-by-Sides. According to the recall notice, oil can leak from the oil cooler lines, posing a fire hazard.

            This recall affects approximately 5,600 units, all 2014 models with Vehicle Identification Numbers (VIN) 000001 through 316232. The VIN is located on the frame tube near the driver’s side front wheel.

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