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SKF WHEEL SEAL KITS Wheel seals are the first line of defense for your wheel bearings. SKF’s wheel seals have an outer cover that fits snugly onto the seal, and SKF’s seals have a special labyrinth lip design that reduces drag but increases bearing life. VERDICT: If you race in mud, sand or dust, SKF wheel seals are a must-have product. SKF wheel seals are for riders, racers and teams who demand the best. They cost more, but they are worth the money because most OEM wheel seals are less than stellar. DIGITS: $41.25 (per wheel, front or back)— www.mx-tech.com or (877) 850-5114.
MATRIX CONCEPTS M64 ELITE STAND The MXA wrecking crew liked the original Matrix M2 Worx stand, but it creaked, the rubber mat twisted, and it was a little small on top. Enter the all-new M64 Elite stand. It has a bigger top, stronger legs, reinforcing struts, new rubber material on top and a wider base. VERDICT: Matrix Concepts offers the M64 Elite stand in nearly every color under the sun, as well as five team graphics, for a grand total of 14 options. We liked the original M2 stand, but the M64 is a major improvement. DIGITS: $129.95— www.matrixracingproducts.com or (661) 253-1592.
6D ATR-1 HELMET The 6D helmet offers the most creative, safety- conscious design on the market today. To reduce the risk of concussion, the 6D helmet has two EPS foam liners separated by 27, multidirectional, hourglass-shaped dampers. The first liner absorbs G-loads as low as 60Gs, and when the second liner comes into play, the helmet meets DOT and ECE certification standards. VERDICT: For a rider with post-concussion syndrome, this is the best helmet to wear, because it has the best low-impact protection, thanks to its dual liners. DIGITS: $745.00— www.6dhelmets.com or (714) 722-2121.
PRO CIRCUIT ENVIRONMENTAL PIT RUG Environmental concerns are causing race organizations to demand that riders use environmentally safe pit mats under their bikes. A legal pit mat must be comprised of an absorbent layer and an impermeable layer. The mat must be able to absorb at least 1 liter of fuel or oil and be at least 5mm thick. VERDICT: Pro Circuit’s 3-1/2-foot by 7-1/2-foot tufted-carpet mat can absorb 1 liter of fuel or oil, and thanks to its water- proof, black vinyl back- ing, no fluid will get into the ground. DIGITS: $189.95–(951) 738-8050 or www.procircuit.com.