Using bowl faces as berms is fun, and the
more momentum you maintain, the more
centrifugal force presses you on the face
of a steep dune. Also, a modification of the
“Bubba Scrub” lets a UTV float over a witch’s
eye if you swerve and place weight on the
Directional tires (Ancla, Duro Kaden, etc.) are normally mounted with
the center V leading when viewed from the top, but you can turn
them into paddle scoops if you swap the left and right tires on your
Zooter, like on the rear of this RZR XP. Airing down ( 7–9 psi) adds
even more grip.
Sand specialists shave down knobbies and vulcanize paddles onto the
carcass for rear paddles, and fronts are shaved to leave a center ridge
for better steering and less front-wheel roost in the cab.
A clean air filter and fresh oil are key for peak performance in power-robbing sand, and it’s a good idea to slather on grease around the
filter’s sealing lip. A pre-filter on the intake duct is standard dune
Blowing dune sand can sandblast paint, foul generators, and even blow
up your tailpipe and force grit into your engine. Twins Josh and Zach
Neyens invented the Buggie Bag dust cover for dune enthusiasts, and
they were featured on Nickelodeon’s “Figure It Out.” Large UTV bags
go for $189.99 in several colors and styles. See www.buggiebags.com.
With any group of ATVs and/or UTVs, the most experienced rider and navigator should lead,
the least experienced should be in the middle, and the second-most experienced person should
ride sweep. In-helmet communications are a good idea too.