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DFR Pro Tip I: Powering Up Your UTV in Small, But Affordable Increments

January 10, 2011

DFR_LogoEDITOR’S NOTE: What we offer below is the first of a series of blog posts that we’re calling “Pro Tips.” Each month we’ll post columns that represent the best thinking from the seasoned staff here at DragonFire Racing on a variety of topics related to UTV performance. Topics up for discussion will include maintenance, accessories selection, installation and care, among others.

We here at DragonFire Racing know exactly what it takes to add power to any UTV. The reason we know this is because we’ve tried everything twice — if not more. There are a few simple steps you can follow to make sure you’re spending your hard-earned money as effectively as possible. Most UTV owners build these things step by step, so we’ve created a general list to help you with this process.

Intake: This replacement will help the car breathe better, because in most cases the stock unit is not very efficient and features the cheapest materials available. Protect your ride and open the door for more power by installing a high-performance intake system.

Exhaust: Looks never hurt, but the fact of the matter is, exhaust equals power. With a good aftermarket exhaust system, you shed weight, open up flow throughout the power band and add some style and sound as a bonus. Keep in mind you will only push out as much air as you can get in. Exhaust by itself will improve your power, but it can only be used to its full potential when combined with an intake.

CDI, Fuel Controllers and ECU: Once you can get more air in the system, you can handle more fuel. At this point you might be interested in bumping up the rev limiter and getting some more rpm into your motor. (Warning: Not all cars can handle this in stock form). Most vehicles have switched to fuel injection, which means you can run an ECU that will perform both functions listed above and much more.

Clutching: One of the most important yet overlooked portions of this power proposal is clutching. It’s how you get your power to the ground and, needless to say, it’s important. UTVs use a style of clutch called a CVT, which means it works off of centrifugal force. When you’re making more power out of your motor than stock, your clutch won’t be set up correctly. Clutch kits can make all the difference in the world and they can even be set up to complement the exact style of riding you do (i.e. dunes, trail or climbing). Even your tires and vehicle weight affect your set-up. Make sure you clutch your UTV right or all that money spent trying to go fast will just be smoke out the exhaust — your brand new exhaust!

Big Bore, Turbo and Internal Mods: This is only for those folks looking to go to the next level. The reason we’re listing it last is because this will likely change the entire approach on how you build your motor. Good kits like ours include many — if not all — of the products listed above. The key is to keep your eye on what it is you’re trying to accomplish. True to our racing background, we make it possible to take your motor as mild or wild as you want to go. Keep in mind that when you go internal, there has to be a commitment on your part to tune and set up your motor to get the most possible reliable horsepower.

If you liked what you read, want to comment on power or if you have questions, just leave a comment below. And if you can think of any topics you’d like to see covered in future Pro Tip posts, let us know that, too!

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[LARRY MCCLOUD@ 1/24/2011 11:15:00 PM]
HI I WILL BE COMING TO MESA IN A COUPLE OF WEEKS, WOULD LIKE TO TOUR YOUR PLACE. I HAVE A 09 RZRS, WITH A K&N FILTER AND HD BELT AND CLUTCH WEIGHTS CHANGED… HAVE A FRIEND WITH PIPES AND CONTROLL AND CLUTCH KIT. I LIKE THE WAY IT SOUNDS AND PERFORMANCE. DO YOU EVER HAVE REJECTS OR MISTAKES IN EXH SYSTEMS THAT YOU WOULD SELL AT A REDUCED PRICE? LOOKS IS NOT IMPORTANT. THANKS LOOKING FORWARD TO YOUR SHOP TOUR LARRY
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