DWT recently moved all production of its cast aluminum ATV and UTV wheels from China to California, without having to raise retail prices. The DWT booth rep said the benefits were numerous: more American jobs, more control over the manufacturing process and heat treatment, and far fewer inventory shortages. When the wheels were made overseas, he said, the company sometimes had to wait more than three months for new wheels to arrive. Now the U.S. factory can make 200 wheels per day.
FMF had on display a Factory 4.1 RCT exhaust system for the redesigned 2014 Yamaha YZ450F. The system is made of a blend of alloy titanium and is available in “Natural” with a carbon-fiber end cap. Claimed benefits include “massive power gains throughout the rpm range,” a sound quieter than stock, and “huge weight savings.”
FMF’s new RTS (Rapid Tuning System) makes for easy sound insert changes as well as adding a U.S. Forestry-approved spark arrestor.
FMF also now includes aesthetically pleasing side panels with its single-sided pipe conversions for the 2013 and 2014 Honda CRF450R (which come stock with a dual system).
FMF’s Doug Muellner was suggesting to dealers that they stock FMF stickers to create an inexpensive presence in their stores, since most people special-order their FMF systems.
Geigerrig, which has been distributed by Tucker Rocky for about two years, makes hydration packs that use a manual pump to pressurize the liquid bladder, allowing the user to squirt out liquid for not only drinking, but cleaning and other uses. Another benefit is that the bladder can be turned inside-out for dishwasher cleaning. The company also sells compact water filters that retail for $28 to $60, depending on the degree of filtration.
This year Geigerrig was gauging dealers’ interest in its new Tactical line of hydration systems in black and military green. At the show Tucker Rocky had not yet picked up the line, but a booth rep seemed confident that it would.
Hammerhead Designs now sells a more affordable alternative to its CNC’d 6061 aluminum shifters and brake pedals: Forged 6061 aluminum shifters (retailing for $34.99 instead of its counterpart’s $70) and brake pedals (starting at $99.99 instead of $180). Color options for the machined aluminum tips for both the shifters and pedals are red, blue, green, gold and yellow. Unlike the CNC’d shifters, the tips of the Forged shifters are not interchangeable. In regard to the Forged rear brake pedals, the placement of their tips is optional to better fit the ride. All brake pedals come with a free clevis (except for KTM, where it’s not applicable), and there are four tip options sold separately.
Hinson has come out with a new version of its universal clutch holder tool that allows a technician to properly torque the main shaft nut. The main upgrade is that the tool is now made of aluminum instead of stainless steel. The tool’s handle comes apart for easier storage. Suggested retail is $149.99.
Also new from Hinson are clutch basket dampers, “cushions,” for the Kawasaki K450F, the Suzuki RMZ450 and the Yamaha YZ450F. The company has been selling cushions for Hondas and other models for about 10 years.
KG Clutch Factory has changed its name to KG Power Sports to reflect its desire to introduce a greater variety of products. The company has teamed up with Tuf Racing for one such product line: Complete Racing Kits containing friction discs, steel plates, a gasket and springs, all in a retail clamshell for hanging. The kits are available for 250cc and 450cc Japanese dirtbikes. Suggest retail is around $180.
For its off-road filters K&N is now using its “XD” Media that is woven in a tighter configuration, providing high efficiency in dusty environments. New applications include the 2007-to-2013 KTM 990 Adventure, the 2007-to-2013 KTM 990 Super Duke/Supermoto/SMT, the 2013 KTM 1190 Adventure, the 2009-to-2013 Yamaha XT250, the 2010-to-2013 Polaris Ranger RZR 170, the 2009-to-2013 Arctic Cat H1/PROWLER/TRV 550/700, the 2009-to-2013 Arctic Cat Prowler XTZ1000 H2 EFI, and the 2013 Can-Am Maverick. K&N’s off-road and racing applications feature a one-year limited warranty free from defects or workmanship.
Tucker Rocky is now stocking marine lubricants made by Lucas Oil, including 10W-30 and 10W-40 synthetic Extreme Duty Outboard Engine Oil, as well as Extreme Duty Marine ATV pure synthetic. There are six new part numbers altogether. (continued)