Tag: metal

Ask the Editors: Sparkly Oil

Silver in the black pool. Dear ATVC: I recently drained my quad’s oil for a change and was shocked to discover metal filings within the old oil in the catch pan. Does this mean the end of my engine is near? We’ve certainly been there before but surprisingly, no, the presence of metal particulates in […] More »

  Comments | By - April 14, 2019

Ask the Editors: Wouldn’t Metal Brake Pads Destroy Rotors?

What’s in a name? Dear ATVC: Is it true sintered brake pads use metal shavings? Wouldn’t this damage metal rotors? KRand It is true that brake pads are often sold under two banners: Sintered and organic though the labels can be slightly misleading. Organic pads are made from a mix of fibers and fillers bound […] More »

  Comments | By - November 27, 2017

Ask the Editors: A Stronger Reed Valve

Dear ATVC: I was wondering why reed valve petals aren’t made of something more durable, like thin metal. This is the second time I’ve had to replace them on my 89 LTR250 in five years. You’re logic is sound but you’re thinking is taking you in the wrong direction. Early reed valves were indeed equipped […] More »

  Comments | By - November 28, 2016