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Photo Contest Results

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The long-awaited results are in from our All-Terrain Vehicle Magazine photo contest (See Volume 6, Issue #2 for photos).

From a whopping 14,009 votes cast, the results were as follows:

1. A – (6937 votes – 49.52% )
2. D – (6683 votes – 47.71% )
3. E – (144 votes – 1.03% )
4. B – (70 votes – 0.50% )
5. C – (54 votes – 0.39% )
6. I – (32 votes – 0.23% )
7. F – (27 votes – 0.19% )
8. H – (27 votes – 0.19% )
9. G – (21 votes – 0.15% )
10. J – (14 votes – 0.10% )

Thanks to all participants and continue to send your photos to us and share your adventures with the rest of the ATV community!

Kenda going OEM?

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The ATV tire biz is getting bigger. Why wouldn’t it? With annual new unit ATV sales hovering oh-so-close to the one million unit mark the past three years, the aging fleet of 4-wheelers burning their skins off has to be well in excess of five million units in North America.

Kenda has become a major player in the ATV replacement tire market, offering utility, deep mud, radial and high performance skins for ATVs in every segment. In fact, Kenda has a sizable piece of the aftermarket sales pie around the globe. Here’s interesting news.

While at this writing we are not at liberty to disclose names, we hear from a solid source Kenda is about to launch an OEM tire program supplying their revolutionary Bounty Hunter radials to as many as three OEMs. Stay tuned.

Spring Startup

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When it’s time to inspect the leisure-use vehicles you’ve stored during the off-season for spring use, you probably inspect the most obvious items that come to mind such as tires, batteries, belts, hoses and fluids.

Typically you check tire pressure and condition, making sure that you have the necessary fluids, gas, coolant etc., and a charged battery. The battery inspection is often performed through the most fundamental method; you try to start the vehicle with the ignition. If the vehicle starts, you may feel that you are good to go for the upcoming season, but in many cases you may be headed for trouble.

Unless you’ve maintained the battery during the storage period, it may not be able to deliver its peak performance and service life for the upcoming season. To ensure that you get the best performance your battery can deliver, it’s recommended that you perform a few simple checks. Remember, before performing any inspection on your battery, make sure there are no open flames or possibility of sparks around the battery and absolutely no smoking. Always wear eye protection, protective gloves and clothing.

For a Conventional style battery (those with the liquid electrolyte), you should visually inspect the battery for any apparent problems. These can include dirty or corroded terminal connections, low fluid levels, physical damage such as broken or missing filler caps, or dirt and moisture on the battery. If you need to service the battery, it’s best to remove it from the vehicle. First make sure that the electrolyte levels are properly adjusted.

Using distilled water, fill each cell until the level is above the minimum level line on the battery case and at or below the maximum line. Never overfill the battery or leakage will occur. If you discover that the electrolyte levels have fallen below the minimum level lines, there is a possibility that permanent damage may have been done to the internal lead plates in the battery and a new replacement may be required.

After adjusting the levels, make sure the filler plugs are secured and the battery is free of dirt and corrosion. If you need to clean the battery, use a mixture of baking soda and water to neutralize any electrolyte that may be on the outside of the battery. Simply brush this on the battery and terminals using an old paintbrush or tooth brush and rinse it off with clean water. Dry the battery using an old soft rag or paper towel and make sure the terminals are clean and free of corrosion. You can clean the terminals with a small wire brush if the corrosion is significant or just brighten them up using a piece of emery cloth.

Now that your battery is clean, it’s time to check the state of charge. When using a voltmeter, the battery terminal voltage should read at least 12.6 volts. If your voltage is below this or you’ve adjusted the electrolyte levels, a boost charge is required. Charge the battery in a well-ventilated area away from kids and pets. The variety of chargers you can use to endless but it is recommended that you use an automatic taper type charger specifically designed for Powersports batteries. Don’t use a high current or fast charger for the boost charge unless you are familiar with their operation or permanent damage can occur to the battery.

When servicing a Sealed MF style battery, you obviously don’t need to inspect the electrolyte levels since the battery is permanently sealed and must never be opened. The cleaning method and charging methods are the same as for the Conventional style batteries. The one feature to note about the Sealed MF battery is the battery terminal voltage. The full charge voltage should read about 12.8 volts. These batteries have a slightly different electrolyte, which influences the terminal voltage.

After you’ve performed this maintenance, you still may require additional help with your battery. While the battery may exhibit good terminal voltage, it may not be in the best state of health. Deteriorated from corrosion or sulphation, the battery could be seriously short on capacity.

To check this condition, you may choose to reinstall the battery in your vehicle and perform a very fundamental start test or you could take the battery to a service center and have a capacity test performed. Most battery dealers will perform a simple electronic or electrical resistance test on the battery and be able to tell you the state of health. By knowing the state of health, you can determine the useful life expectancy of you battery. With this information, you can decide if you should replace the battery with a new one or reinstall the existing one in the vehicle.

To ensure maximum performance and service life for your battery, we recommended that you use either the Interstate Batteries’ 1.5 Amp or 900mA Automatic Battery Charger for battery maintenance. Both chargers deliver Mistake-Proof Technology to properly charge your battery and both are designed to switch to a float mode once the battery has reached a full state of charge and maintain it there. This feature allows you to attach the charger to your battery for an extended period of time without concern of an overcharged or discharged battery.

Also, both chargers are supplied with a Quick-Connect ring terminal harness that can be permanently attached to your battery while installed in the vehicle. This allows you to instantly connect or disconnect the charger from the battery without having to access the battery terminals. This can be a great time saver for those hard to reach battery locations.

It’s important to remember, even with the proper care and maintenance of your battery, it will eventually wear out. As with any of the parts on your vehicle, it’s usually easier and more convenient to replace them before they fail unexpectedly. With this in mind, you may want to simply replace your battery every few years with a new one.

Written by Dave Beidler
Director of OEM Engineering & Technical Support
Yuasa Battery, Inc.

Keep It Clean

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Canadian ATV enthusiasts can get involved this spring 2005 with the Canadian All-Terrain Vehicle Distributors Council (CATV) and participate in their just announced Clean and Green event.

By participating, ATV enthusiasts and their friends can help clean up and clear local multi-use trails across the nation.

This program is an extension of the well received ATV Nature Watch information and environmental initiative.

Clean and Green will involve ATV federations, local clubs and individual riders across the country.

All-Terrain Vehicle Magazine (Canada) will keep you informed of more information about Clean and Green as it becomes available.

Keep informed by going to atvnw.ca.

The Trailer That Could!

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A few issues ago we covered a unique multi-purpose ATV trailer called the MUT in our new products column.

We’ve been using one of these interesting conveyances here and have found it to be nothing short of remarkable.

The MUT is more than just a dirt and wood carrying device. It can capably skid logs, it can be used in tandem with another MUT, can haul another ATV and even dump its contents when fully loaded.

There’s a myriad of options available for the MUT as well. Contact: muttrailers.com

The Buggy Revolution

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Seems the popularity of Kasea’s Adventure Buggy, covered in an earlier issue of All-Terrain Vehicle Magazine, is exploding in markets where it’s available.

The previously reported 150cc air cooled model will be joined by a Dazon 175cc liquid cooled rooster that’s an even bigger giggle than the 150.

We’ll have a full report in an upcoming issue but take it from us – there’s something to this buggy thing and we suspect it’s all about getting sideways.

DESIGNED FOR HARD-SURFACE APPLICATIONS

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Leave it to ITP to create a new tire/wheel kit that opens a whole new area of opportunity for ATV usage. It’s called the All Trail Kit, specifically designed for hard-surface and paved applications.

Anyone who operates an ATV on a construction site, in a warehouse or as a security patrol vehicle (to give just a few examples) will appreciate this convenient, bolt-on kit’s smooth ride, responsive handling and extra-long life.

The All Trail Kit consists of a tough 4-ply Carlisle All Trail Tire (25×8-12 front, 25×10.5-12 rear) pre-mounted on an ITP 12×7 Delta steel wheel with a heavy-duty silver powder coat finish. This combination provides a level of performance and durability on hard surfaces that a standard knobby or mud tire cannot match.

The All Trail Kit is available for most popular utility or 4-wheel-drive ATVs, at a price that cannot be overlooked!

ITP is the world’s #1 ATV aftermarket tire and wheel source, with a complete line of innovative products for virtually all ATVs and applications.

To order, see your local ATV dealer. For a copy of ITP’s full-color product catalog, call toll-free: 1-800-859-4740. For other inquiries or technical advice, contact ITP at 930-A S. Rockefeller Ave., Ontario, CA 91761; (909) 390-1905.

Visit ITP’s website at itptires.com.

Go Faster? Sign Me Up

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The Quad Works Stage 1 Power Kit is now available for the Honda TRX450R. After the no-brainer installation you’ll immediately notice increased horsepower and throttle response that’s right there, baby.

Each kit includes a Quad Works High Air Filter, a DynoJet jet kit, an Outerwears prefilter and a Quad Works foam prefilter.

The kit is compatible with stock or aftermarket exhausts and is altitude friendly. Can you say “BRAAAP”!? Call 951-695-5305 or visit quadworks.net

ATV Search & Rescue

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ATVs have proven to be very useful in search and rescue operations in Ontario. In southern Ontario ATV clubs have been involved in some very high profile missions. North of Highway 7 where the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) provides policing services several of its specialized units routinely use ATVs.

According to Constable Alison Waddington, a Search Master with the Huntsville detachment of the OPP, ATVs allow a searcher to cover more area in less time.

In heavily wooden areas like Muskoka they are only useful if there are trails – walking, snowmobiling, bush roads – on which to ride the ATVs. They are also useful in getting searchers from the command post to the search jump-off point more quickly than by walking. During the autumn/winter and winter/spring transition periods they can be used when poor snow conditions preclude the use of snowmobiles.

The Hills Riders, an ATV club of about 30 members in the Orangeville/Newmarket area has been involved in several search and rescue operations that have been in the news lately.

Club members were part of the searches for Randy Mogridge, the autistic man whose body was found in a creek near Oakville; for Karla Koop, whose body was found in a golf course pond; and for Dylan Zamara, the York University student missing for several weeks.

According to John Penny, vice president of Hills Riders, ATV clubs and the Ontario Federation of All Terrain Vehicle Clubs (OFATV) provide a very valuable service throughout Ontario.

Not all areas are policed by municipal police forces that have their own ATVs for use in search and rescue operations. A call to the Ontario Federation of All Terrain Vehicle Clubs brought over 100 volunteer ATVers with their machines to assist in the search for Randy Mogridge.

MUD LITES NOW AVAILABLE IN DEEP-LUG MODELS

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ITP’S popular Mud Lite tire is now available in two new 25-inch XL sizes. Previously available only as an AT model (shallow lug) in the 25-inch size, the new deep lug XL model provides significantly more performance when conditions become especially challenging. An excellent choice for OEM tire replacement, this new tire comes in 25×8-12 and 25×10-12 sizes.

The Mud Lite tire is renowned for its all-conditions abilities, as adept at mud running as it is at trail riding. All-around performance and long-distance durability come together in an amazingly light tire—much lighter than its comparable mud tire competition.

Unique center tread contact area provides a smooth ride, while its 6-ply-rated carcass results in a high level of reliability and long life. The Mud Lite’s most attractive feature, however, may be its surprisingly reasonable price!

ITP is the world’s #1 ATV aftermarket tire and wheel source, with a complete line of innovative products for virtually all ATVs and applications.

To order, see your local ATV dealer. For a copy of ITP’s full-color product catalog, call toll-free: 1-800-859-4740.

For other inquiries or technical advice, contact ITP at 930-A S. Rockefeller Ave., Ontario, CA 91761; (909) 390-1905. Or visit ITP’s website at itptires.com.