How Do ATV Batteries Charge?How do ATV batteries charge? This is the question we answer on this episode of our "You Asked, We Answered" video series. The series is designed to answer the Internet's most commonly searched ATV and UTV questions. The charging system on modern ATVs is made up of three parts: stator, rotor and regulator/rectifier, which controls the power that is made with the other two components. The stator is made up of multiple laminated bars. These bars are wrapped with a thin copper wire, which makes each individual pole a coil. Factory design and machine requirements will dictate just how many of these poles or coils are on your stator. The rotor is a small, wheel-like design that is mounted to the crank shaft of the engine. The rotor will spin either on the inside or the outside of your stator. As the rotor spins past the coils, the magnets in the rotor will induce current in the coils of the stator. With each revolution, the current reverses itself, which creates the alternating current needed to power the machine. This entire process is called electromagnetic induction. With the combination of the rotor and stator creating so much power, there has to be something to control it. This is left up to the regulator/rectifier, which changes the current from alternating current to direct current. This is the only way an ATV battery can store the power. The regulator controls the stator's output of the ATV charging system. Most regulator/rectifiers are built with fins on the outside casing. This dissipates the heat from semiconductors inside the regulator/rectifier and brings it out through what is essentially a heat sink and then the air blowing by this device while you're riding down the trail cools the regulator/rectifier. One thing you want to make sure of when you store your ATV or UTV is that you provide the battery with some type of power source. This can be a trickle charger, which puts out a small amount of amperage while the vehicle is being stored. This protects the battery's integrity so that the next time you take your machine out for a ride the battery is going to be ready to go.
How Do ATV Snorkels Work?How do ATV snorkels work? This is the question we dig into on this episode of our “You Asked, We Answered” video series. The series is designed to answer the Internet’s most commonly searched ATV and UTV questions. To find the answers, we turned to resident ATV expert Rick Sosebee. An ATV or UTV snorkel system is built to keep water from entering your belt drive or your air intake. Water in those components has the potential to ruin them. How do ATV snorkels work? This is the question we dig into on this episode of our “You Asked, We Answered” video series. The series is designed to answer the Internet’s most commonly searched ATV and UTV questions. To find the answers, we turned to resident ATV expert Rick Sosebee. An ATV or UTV snorkel system is built to keep water from entering your belt drive or your air intake. Water in those components has the potential to ruin them. Typically, ATV snorkels are made of PVC pipe and couplings underneath the plastics up to the front rack or right around the gauge pod system. However, some manufacturers offer mud-ready machines with their own systems in place. The Can-Am Outlander X MR comes standard with a factory installed snorkel system. The CVT intake and CVT exhaust, as well as the breather for your air box, are all at the highest possible point on the ATV. If you are going to add a snorkel system to your ATV or UTV and you’ve never installed this type of device on a machine before, you may want to have it professionally done. Any little mistake, any little leak in the system, any little gap somewhere that materials can get in – any of this can absolutely destroy your machine.
How Do ATV Beadlocks Work?How do ATV beadlocks work? This is the question on this episode of our “You Asked, We Answered” video series. The series is designed to answer the Internet’s most commonly searched ATV and UTV questions. To find the answer, we turned to resident ATV expert Rick Sosebee to explain how ATV beadlocks work. An ATV beadlock rim has an inner hub and an outer ring. There are bolts that hold this ring to that inner hub. The bead of the tire gets clamped between the inner rim and the outer ring, securing it in place. With a typical ATV rim, the air pressure actually holds the tire and the bead together. You might hear this sometimes when mounting a tire as it will “pop” as the air pressure gets great enough to seat the bead. You might be asking yourself “how would a beadlock rim benefit me on my ATV or UTV?” In rock crawling situations you’ll often let some air out of the tires in order to get better contact patch from your tire to the rocks. In those low air conditions, the beadlock holds the bead or lip of the tire between the inner rim and outer ring so that it is secure for those type of situations. One thing that you want to keep in mind when using a beadlock rim is that some maintenance is involved. Each of the bolts connecting the inner rim and outer ring in place have torque specifications that need to be attended to every so often before you go out and ride. If you do not maintain those torque specifications, you can start losing individual bolts and have a hazardous situation on the trail, as the tire can actually separate from the rim.
How Do ATV Engines WorkHow do ATV engines work? That is the subject of Episode 2 of our “You Asked, We Answered” series. The series is designed to answer the Internet’s most commonly searched ATV and UTV questions. To find the answer, we turned to resident ATV expert Rick Sosebee to explain how ATV engines work.
How Do ATV Tire Sizes Work?How do ATV tires sizes work? That is the subject of Episode 1 of our “You Asked, We Answered” series. This series is designed to answer the Internet’s most commonly searched ATV and UTV questions. We turned to resident ATV expert Rick Sosebee to explain exactly how ATV tires sizes work.
5 Reasons Why the Can-Am Maverick X3 is ATV.com’s Sport UTV of the YearAt the beginning of 2017, we named the Can-Am Maverick X3 X rs our Sport UTV of the Year in our Best of 2016 story. A little while back we had a chance to spend some time with the Maverick X3 in the Glamis Sand Dunes in Southern California and we used that opportunity to put a video together explaining exactly why we thought it deserved the Best Sport UTV of the Year crown. Check out the video below to see why ATV.com chose the Can-Am Maverick X3 X rs as the Sport UTV of the Year.
5 Reasons Why This Polaris Owner Loves the New Maverick X3The winner of our Can-Am Adventure Contest, Phill Bicek, is a Polaris RZR owner who got his first taste of the new Can-Am Maverick X3 with us in Glamis. After spending two days riding both the Maverick X3 X DS and Maverick X3 MAX X DS, Bicek told us why he likes the two machines so much. Bicek sang the praises of the Maverick X3's turbocharged engine, suspension, seats, power steering, and tires.
2017 Can-Am Maverick X3 – Glamis Adventure Contest WinnerA while back we hosted a Glamis Adventure Contest in partnership with Can-Am. Washington's Phill Bicek was the lucky winner and we flew him down to meet us in Southern California for a couple of days of fun in the Imperial Sand Dunes. Phil was able to ride both the Can-Am Maverick X3 X DS and the four-seat Can-Am Maverick X3 MAX X DS and had a video crew there to document his Glamis adventure. Check out the video below for some stunning visuals from Glamis and hear what Phill has to say about winning the contest and riding the new Maverick X3 models.
We did deep on how ATV batteries work and how you can keep them charged
Here’s what you need to know about getting your machine ready for the mud
We show you how beadlock rims work and why you might want them
We explain what's going on inside your ATV's engine
We explain what those numbers on the side of your tires mean
What sets the Maverick X3 apart?
Our Can-Am Adventure Contest winner shares his thoughts on the Maverick X3
Check out what the lucky winner got to experience
Come and join us in the dunes
Maverick X3 gets stretched out to the MAX
Ken Block and BJ Baldwin lead off-road teams into all-Maverick battle
Check out this early concept rendering of the new Maverick X3
What helps the Maverick X3 stand out from the crowd?
Impressions from our first time driving the 154-horsepower monster