How To

Whether your machine isn’t running properly and you don’t know what to do or you’re thinking of making a performance upgrade to your ATV or UTV, our experts are here to help.

Winter ATV Battery Care Tips
Winter is right around the corner, which can lead to problems with your battery. These ATV battery care tips will make your next ride stress-free.
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How To Replace a UTV Belt
A UTV’s belt is a critical component that must be maintained, or at the very least inspected, periodically to ensure proper operation. No one wants to end up stranded along the trail or out in the dunes, particularly when checking the UTV belt for wear and replacing if necessary is a quick and easy process. Your driving style, terrain and regularly carrying a heavy load are all things that can contribute to more rapid belt wear.
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How to Choose the Right CVT Belt for Your UTV
Choosing the right CVT belt for your UTV means finding one that is not only the exact right size, but one also made of the right materials for your needs.
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How to Break In Your ATV Belt
Learn how to break in your ATV belt properly, and you'll save time, energy and money in the long run. Here are a few helpful tips.
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How to Drive a UTV in the Snow
Winter doesnt have to mean the end of your off-roading. Learning to drive a UTV in the snow can bring a whole lot of fun your way this winter.
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Why ATV Belts Fail and How You Can Prevent It
Any off-roader worth their salt has had to deal with a thrown belt or two out on the trail. But ever wondered why ATV belts fail? Here's a closer look.
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Honda Pioneer 1000 Wiring Harness and Switch Plate Install
We installed an accessory wiring harness into our Honda Pioneer 1000. This is a simple procedure and one that opens the door to a variety of accessories.
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UTV and ATV Maintenance: Tips From the Experts
Regular UTV and ATV maintenance isnt exactly the most fun part of owning an off-road vehicle, but it can help make sure yours stays running great.
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How To Get Your ATV To Fit You Better
To take full advantage of the relationship between rider and machine, there are a few simple adjustments you can make to get your ATV to fit you perfectly.
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How To Safely Tie Down a UTV to a Trailer
Knowing how to properly secure your side-by-side on a trailer can prevent a calamitous experienceBefore you head out on your next off-road adventure, make sure you properly tie down your UTV to your trailer to keep you and everybody else safe.
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What ATV or UTV Would Make the Best Bug Out Vehicle?
An off-road capable ATV or UTV can take you pretty much anywhere, but which one would make for the best bug out vehicle for you?
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How To Do Social Distancing the Right Way: ATV Riding
With much of the world stuck at home, we've come to appreciate even more our favorite form of social distancing - taking ATVs and UTVs out for a rip.
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UTV Steering and Suspension Overhaul
Our 2014 Polaris Ranger 800 Crew was showing signs of steering and suspension issues, so we ordered some parts and got to work.
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How To Build an ATV Camping Kit
Tips, tricks, and quality items you should take on your off-road camping tripWhen it comes to building your ATV camping kit you are faced with a long list of options. Our guide will help you get started on your next adventure.
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How To Shift a Manual Transmission in a UTV + Video
If youre after a more engaging off-road experience on the trail but arent sure how to shift a manual transmission, we are here to help.
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How To Fix a Flood-Damaged UTV
A flood-damaged UTV isnt necessarily a lost cause, but you should be prepared to put a lot of work in to get it working properly again.
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How To Properly Clean a Muddy ATV or UTV
Getting your ATV or UTV stuck in the big one and spending hours winching, roping, screaming, pushing and laughing to get it out can be entertaining. Some would say it is downright fun, including myself. Not the stuck part, but mud riding in general. Many companies have built themselves a very nice living out of aftermarket parts for this kind of muddy ATV and UTV enjoyment and the guy at the parts counter loves that he has something to do all day Monday when your broken machine comes into the shop. So, in short, it is fun if you can afford it.
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How To Replace Your UTV Roll Cage
If you ever have to deal with the aftermath of a UTV rollover, you just might have to replace the UTV roll cage. Well show you how.
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How To Buy a UTV for Under $5000
The idea of being able to buy a UTV for under $5000 might seem impossible, but if you are handy with tools, insurance auctions are a great place to look.
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ShelterLogic DIY Garage on a Budget - Part 2
Constructing our DIY ATV shelter on a budgetWelcome back! As we discussed in Part I of our ShelterLogic DIY Garage on a Budget project, as ATV enthusiasts, we need a place to store our toys. There are many options, but for the money, We liked the options ShelterLogic had to offer and decided to give them a try. We went with with the company’s premium ShelterTech SP series, a wind- and snow-rated permanent structure. Now it’s time to get to building it.
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ShelterLogic DIY Garage on a Budget – Part 1
We put together a ShelterLogic structure to help protect our ATVs, boat and other equipment. This article shows how we chose the model and where we put it.
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How To Replace a U-Joint on Your ATV or UTV + Video
Have a worn out or damaged u-joint in our ATV or UTV? This video will show your how to replace your u-joint and what parts and tools you need.
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How To Rent an ATV in Ontario
As we slowly come out of hibernation and change gears from spring to summer, it’s time to plan the next big trip or adventure. Here’s how to rent…
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What You Need to Know About ATV Trailers
We teamed up with Aluma Trailers to give our readers this handy guide to loading and operating ATV trailers. Read on for our essential tips.
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How to Maintain Your ATV Trailer
Maintaining your ATV trailer is not often top of mind, but it is very important if you want you and your ATV or UTV arriving to the trails in one piece.
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ATV Oil Change: How to Do It and Why You Shouldn't Skip It
Don't skip this essential job.your ATV's life depends on itKeeping routine maintenance up on your ATV or SXS is crucial. It is not only important for the health of the rig, but it also keeps your investment running at its best. One thing that does seem to get set aside from time to time is the oil change. Sadly, this is dangerous and somewhat careless if you want an honest opinion. Completing an ATV oil change regularly is important and should not be ignored. There is a little bit of a debate as to the time line for changing engine oil in an off-road vehicle and maybe some of that is carried on the shoulders of how you drive the machine or what type of oil you might use. It has always been our stance that if you are going to be cheap, this is NOT the place to do it.
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6 Winter ATV Maintenance Tips
Winter riding means you can't slack on repairs and general maintenanceThe weather has been frozen in time it seems for the last few months and riding off-road gets to be even farther from your mind. That is until that one buddy rings your digits and then it is time to get the gear on and head out to the shed to start up old faithful for a day of fun. That is also when the more depressing realizations begin to set in as you have neglected the beast way too long and it has settled into winter hibernation. ATV maintenance is serious business if you ride in the winter.
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5 Ways a Manual Can Help You With DIY ATV Repair
Expert content makes quality repair manuals an indispensable tool for DIY ATV repair.
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Are ATV Rentals Your Ticket To Summer Fun?
If you are thinking about jumping into the world of off-road, ATV rentals are a great way to try out ATV riding before making a big purchase.
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UTV Wrenching: Chasing Down a Wiring Problem in a Polaris Ranger Crew
While trying to solve an always complicated wiring issue in a Polaris Ranger Crew 800, a Clymer manual specific to Polaris Ranger models came to my rescue.
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What is Wrong With My ATV Carburetor?
What is wrong with my ATV carburetor? This is what one Polaris Sportsman owner wants to know after his machine was left sitting his shop for seven years.
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Why Are My ATV Brakes Feeling Squishy?
Why are my ATV brakes feeling squishy? This is what one Suzuki KingQuad owner wants to know after getting in an accident and the ATV AnswerMan is on the job
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Why Do My Bearings Keep Wearing Out?
Why do my bearings keep wearing out? This is what one frustrated Yamaha Rhino owner wants to know and the ATV AnswerMan is on the case.
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Has My UTV Transmission Gone Bad?
Has my UTV transmission gone bad? That's what one of our readers wants to know about his squealing Polaris Ranger and he's asked the ATV AnswerMan for help.
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Why Won't My Accessories Fit My UTV Roll Cage?
Why won't my accessories fit my UTV roll cage? This is what a Kubota RTV 500 owner needs to know and he turned to the ATV AnswerMan for help.
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What is Wrong With My UTV Wiring?
What is wrong with my UTV wiring? This is what a Polaris Ranger owner needs to know and he turned to the ATV AnswerMan for help.
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How To Stay Warm on a Winter Ride
Depending on where you live, late fall and winter riding can be downright chilly. We’ve got five tips that will help you stay warm and keep riding.
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How To Prep for Winter ATV Riding
With Jack Frost lurking around the corner, it's time to prep for winter ATV riding so you can continue to enjoy your machine when the snow starts to fall.
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Why Won't My ATV Idle Without Dying?
Why won't my ATV idle without dying? This is what a Honda Foreman owner wants to know and he asked the ATV AnswerMan for help.
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Why Does My Engine Quit When I Put It In Gear?
Why does my engine quit when I put it in gear? This is what a Yamaha Raptor 660 owner wants to know and he turned to the ATV AnswerMan for help.
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That's One Way to Re-Seat a Broken Bead Out on the Trail + Video
We would only recommend using either to re-seat the bead on a tire as a last resort. It certainly works but it's not what we would classify as "safe."
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Why Does My Belt Keep Slipping?
Why does my belt keep slipping? This is what one confused Polaris Sportsman 500 owner wants to know and the ATV AnswerMan is here to help.
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Why Does My ATV Engine Cut Out?
Why does my ATV engine cut out? This is what one of our readers wants to know about his Kawasaki Bayou 220.
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Why Do I Keep Burning Through Belts?
Why do I keep burning through belts? That is what one of our readers wants to know and he turned to the ATV AnswerMan for help.
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Why Does My ATV Move in Reverse Without Giving It Gas?
Why does my ATV move in reverse without giving it gas? That's what one reader wants to know after pulling his ATV from deep water.
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Why Won't My UTV Shift Out Of Reverse?
Why won' my UTV shift out of reverse? That's what one frustrated reader asked the ATV AnswerMan about his Polaris Ranger.
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Why Is My ATV Shutting Off When Idling?
Why is my ATV shutting off when idling? That is what one of our readers wants to know after the back of her machine was hit.
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Will Diesel Fuel Ruin My ATV Engine?
Will diesel fuel ruin my ATV engine? That's what one of our readers asked the ATV AnswerMan after an accidental fuel mix up.
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Why Does My ATV Engine Pop When I Give It Throttle?
Why does my ATV engine pop when I give it throttle? This is what one of our readers asked the ATV AnswerMan.
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Why Won't My ATV Shift Past First Gear?
Why won't my ATV shift past first gear? That's what one of our readers wants to know about his uncooperative Honda Rincon.
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What is Wrong With the Starter on My ATV?
What is Wrong with the Starter on My ATV? This is what one of our readers wants to know and the ATV AnswerMan is here to help.
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Behind the Scenes of Hosting an ATV or UTV Race
We go behind the scenes to find out just what it takes to put on a cross country ATV or UTV race. The answer involves a lot of people and hard work.
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Why Is My New Fuel Pump Not Working?
Why is my new fuel pump not working? This is more or less what one of our readers wants to know and the ATV AnswerMan is on the case.
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How Can I Fix My Poorly Repaired ATV?
A lot can go wrong when the wrong set of hands gets to working on an ATV. The ATV AnswerMan is here to help a poorly repaired Polaris Sportsman X2 owner.
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Why Does My ATV Lock Up Just Before It Can Turn Over?
Why does my ATV lock up just before it can turn over? That's what one of our readers has asked the ATV AnswerMan about his Bombardier Rally 200.
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How Can I Tell If My Starter Clutch Is Bad?
How can I tell if my starter clutch is bad? That's what one of our readers has asked the ATV AnswerMan about his Yamaha Raptor 660.
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How to Clean Your UTV
UTV drivers aren't shy about getting dirty. But a cleaner machine is ultimately going to last longer, so it pays to know how to clean your UTV properly.
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Why is My ATV Slipping Out of First Gear?
Why is my ATV slipping out of first gear when I accelerate? This is what one of our readers asked the ATV AnswerMan about his Arctic Cat 500 ATV.
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Why Aren't My Rear Wheels Getting Power?
Why aren't my rear wheels getting power? That is what one of our readers asked the ATV AnswerMan after his Honda Foreman ran into trouble.
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Why Won't My ATV Run After Riding Through Deep Water?
Why won't my ATV run after riding through deep water? That's what one reader wants to know and the ATV AnswerMan has some suggestions.
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