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UTV Industry Trends -- From the trenches of Colorado

As I wander around the country from event to event, I have had the pleasure of meeting many of the fine people that make our sport a reality.  Everyone from event coordinators to UTV dealers of every kind have different views and opinions about how the industry is progressing through the challenging economic period our country is facing.  

On a whole, many of the people, especially dealers, see the UTV industry slowing down.  It would seem, and justifiably so, that people are cutting back on their passion for UTV’s as well as ATV’s until things become more stable.  It is sad but true that one parts manager I talked to was a hero to his bosses for only being down 7% in sales this year.  

Even with the present situation there is still optimism and hope within all facets of the industry.  Dealers and Event coordinators alike feel that this storm will pass and none of them seem to be worried that their doors will close any time soon.  Even with the decline across both the retail sales of vehicles as well as aftermarket products, people are still getting out to do what they love and dealers and manufacturers are able to keep providing for their passion.  With the New Year will come new opportunities and growth and everyone seems confident that things will only get better.  

For now I will have to be content with the snow, that is at least until Martin Luther King Day in January, when I can get back to the dunes of Glamis.  

Mad Max

 

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Post Glamis Kawasaki Teryx UTV Clean Up

It has been a week since my first experience at the Glamis Dunes.  After spending $5 in quarters at the quarter vacuum of the car wash, I was finally able to get all of the sand out of the Kawasaki Teryx.  I am pretty confident that most of that sand was gathered while digging my UTV out of the sand.  

Now that I have had time to reflect, I have spent time thinking about what I was missing and what I will need to take with me when I return in January.  One thing is for certain, I will take a thicker sleeping bag.  I was just barely warm enough in the back of the Unisteer Trailer, and I don’t want to underestimate the desert in the dead of winter.  

After blasting off from Glamis, I took my show on the road.  I spent a week in Logandale, Nevada.  During the week, I visited UTV dealers in southern Nevada and southern Utah.  On a whole it was a productive week spent showing our products to dealers and generating interest in Unisteer Products.  

Overall Glamis was wicked.  I cannot wait to get back into the sand and sun but for now the snowy mountains will do.  Back to snowy Colorado…

Until next time,

Mad Max

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Glamis First Reaction - The UTV Extravaganza

Roaring across the desert in the Unisteer F-250 with trailer in tow, I could feel the excitement of Glamis rising within me.  This being my first trip to the desert I had no idea what to expect.  I knew I was drawing near by the simple cautionary yellow road signs of only one word. Dips. Crossing the train tracks I entered into what was hourly becoming a small city.  Thousands of RVs and trailers stretched across the imperial sand dunes, and I was quite certain I had arrived in the dune capital.

As a mid-westerner, I had never really ridden before in the desert or in the sand.  The trails of the east are beautiful, no doubt, but the sand and the dunes are a whole different animal.  One of the things that really struck me was the whips. (For those of you not familiar with California law, whips are flags on very thin polls that attach to the vehicle and are required when riding in the dunes.)  Having hastily installed my own whips only days before, I was shocked by the variety of sizes, shapes and different logos found on this necessary accessory. 

Now it was time to test my metal in the desert.  I set out for a short ride through the dunes to see what whoops really felt like. (Whoops are really just a bunch of small dips right in a row. The name comes from the sensation you feel when taking them at speed. Whoop! Whoop! Whoop!)   Inevitably, I got stuck with my rear tires dug into the sand.  With a helping hand and friendly advice to “hit the gas” and not stop I was off again enjoying the sunshine.

During the day it filled me with pride to have people drive up to the trailer with their UTV’s and call out that they absolutely loved their Electra-Steer! It was also rewarding to help riders get back out to the dunes by providing them with our replacement rack and pinion, Rackzilla.  The chilly nights were spent around a warming fire with hours of laughter and libations.  I can truly say that the location, people and entire atmosphere of the event was extremely enjoyable and I am looking forward to my next trip to Glamis in January. 

Until then it’s back to Colorado.

Mad Max

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After riding my UTV, I noticed some slop in the steering. Is this normal?

UTV's have rack and pinion steering that don’t normally generate slop unless something is broken. On most utility vehicles, slop in steering normally occurs because the rack & pinion housing itself is cracked under a boot. Look over your steering rack to see if there are any cracks or if anything is loose. Remember you may have to look under the steering boots also. If your rack is broken, then consider upgrading it to the Rackzilla, a heavy-duty UTV replacement rack. You can view the Rackzilla replacement racks carried by Unisteer by clicking here.

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Will your Rackzilla work with my long travel kit?

Yes, we have some kits especially made just for certain long travel kits. If we do not have a kit already designed for your long travel, we can make one at no extra charge. To learn more about Rackzilla click here.

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