Adding a UTV spreader to the back of your rig is a sure-fire way to take a lot of hassle out of lawn care – or any task that requires the broadcast of material, really. This type of machine generally includes some sort of hopper that can be filled with a pellet- or seed-type product, with a distribution system underneath it that spreads out material as you drive along. Spreader – geddit?
Last month, we published evidence that Kawasaki is planning to launch a new Mule with a 999cc four-stroke gas-powered engine. It now appears that the official announcement is coming soon, as Kawasaki is teasing an "all-new STRONG workhorse" which will be revealed on June 6.
This is the first true adventure UTV, according to Polaris. Rather than a focus on speed or utility, the XPEDITION is made to take you, your family, and your gear deeper into the backcountry than ever before. It comes in two varieties: the XP with a traditional dumping cargo box, and the ADV with a full roof, covered cargo area, and a flat folding rear seat back. Both versions of the XPEDITION have a 60/40 flip-up rear seat.
That name may sound familiar. The new team taps into the already successful efforts of Raceco, an off-road racing business that already supports Talon competitors in a variety of racing series across the US. Raceco has fielded class-winning efforts in the SCORE International Baja 1000 and 500, as well as the Best in the Desert and Ultra 4 series. Now, with factory backing directly from Honda, the team will direct its efforts toward the Champ series.
Moose Utility Division is introducing a new brake rotor for UTVs. The lazer cut rotors are made of 420 high carbon stainless steel and claim greater friction and durability than stock rotors. The rotors are available for $109.95 at local dealers or online at MooseUtilities.com.
Sometimes public records can reveal information about upcoming vehicles that the manufacturer has not yet announced. While reviewing some recent California Air Resources Board (CARB) documents, we found one that may indicate that one of Kawasaki’s side-by-sides could be getting a bigger engine starting with the 2024 model year. Let’s look at the facts, then take some educated guesses.
They say a bad day at the track is better than a good day at work, but Can-Am could not have had a better day at both. At King of the Hammers, the Can-Am Factory Racing Team and their Maverick X3s swept all three podium positions in the UTV Pro Mod Class, as well as the top two positions in UTV Stock.
Here's another installment in Can-Am's short film series, with a story of how a soldier returning from the battlefield found a way to work through his struggles by challenging himself with off-road adventure and surrounding himself with the scene and the family that comes with it all. See the video below and a brief press release beneath:
By popular demand, Polaris has announced the return of some trim levels and submodels previously dropped from the Ranger and Sportsman lines.
"We are constantly learning from the unique ways customers use our products," said Steve Menneto, President of Polaris Off Road. "From mudding to property maintenance, these vehicles are purpose-built with enhanced features that enable our customers to make the most of their day, and we're excited to bring them back for 2023."
From modern farms and woodlots to the property owners who love outdoors projects, the Kawasaki Mule PRO-FX EPS LE is exactly the type of machine you want around when its time to get the job done.
In fact, our three-week loan of the Mule PRO-FX came at the ideal time, as a few big trees were set to come down at my family’s property up north to make sure they didn’t fall on the house. We also needed to build a new winter shelter for our machinery, and the Kawasaki was a great companion for both of these ventures.
For many companies the annual Sand Sports Super Show is the perfect event for debuting new ATV and UTV products for maximum visibility and many times customers can take advantage of introductory show special pricing. At this year’s event there were plenty of new items, but even products that have been around for years still deserve recognition. These are our favorite items that were on display at the show this year.
While it is certainly a workhorse, Kawasaki Mule batteries will eventually need to be replaced. Like most items of this type, their constant power and charging cycles take a toll on its overall health. This means that sooner or later you could be left with a fist full of no-go when it’s time to head out and take care of some work.
Whether you want to admit it or not, a good set of Polaris RZR rock sliders are key to protecting against damage. Without ’em bending the lower edges of our side-by-side while navigating a tight or technical trail is absolutely in the cards – no matter how good your driving skills. This is when a little bit of extra armor comes in handy.
Fess up – without a set of Polaris General rock sliders, most of us will be apt to bash a rock or three on the very edges of our side-by-side while navigating a tight and technical trail. This is where a little bit of extra armor comes in handy. Call ’em rock sliders, nerf bars, or tree kickers – the first time their save your bacon you’ll call them life savers.
Any ATV or UTV owner worth their salt (or mud, as the case may be) will have some windshield cleaner on hand when they hit the trail. If your rig has a plane of plastic in front of the driver, it’s going to get dirty – full stop. Short of splashing out the big bucks for a wiper/washer from the factory, keeping some UTV windshield cleaner aboard is a remarkably good idea.
It’s never been easier to change the color of your vehicle with a product like UTV wraps. Whether it’s an off-road toy or your daily driver, the democratization of wraps has made changing a rig’s appearance much simpler than in the past. Sure, it’s still a process that needs to be taken carefully but the days of mixing paint and finding a dust-free booth are in the past.
Adding a Polaris Ranger bed rack to the rear of your side-by-side is a sure-fire way to increase the machine’s functionality without completely spoiling its ability to have a bit of fun on the weekends. An advantage of adding a Polaris Ranger bed rack is that you not only get additional storage space, but due to their design, you also get extra tie-down points that help provide a helpful dose of extra utility when hauling cargo in your bed.
Choosing a set of Kawasaki Mule tires – or rubber for any side-by-side, really – can lead customers down a rabbit hole full of tread patterns and sizing options. For this buyers guide, we’re opting to stick with factory Mule tire sizes but note that the size can vary with different Kawasaki Mule trim options.
Whether you’re blasting through the dunes or tackling gnarly rock crawling trails, upgrading your Polaris RZR skid plate can be one of your best investments. If you haven’t fallen victim to rocks or tree roots puncturing through the thin plastic OE skid plates, consider yourself lucky. It’s not uncommon to see large rocks bust through mediocre stock skid plates and cause damage to the frame, transmission or engine cases, or even have sticks and branches puncture through the floorboards into the cab, dangerously close to its occupants.