POLARIS EXHAUST EVALUATION
We Dyno 10 different exhaust manufacturers. Which one will best fit your needs?
40 GBC DIRT COMMANDER PRODUCT REVIEW
We put the Dirt Commander tires from GBC through our torture test.
HOLIDAY BUYER’S GUIDE
HONDA BIG RED
ARCTIC CAT PROWLER XTZ 1000
XTREME METAL & FABRICATION
KAWASAKI TERYX 750 FI
‘Tis the season to be giving. Give your fellow UTV enthusiast a gift that keeps on going. From large to small, our 10-page gift guide will fill your mind with ideas for the holiday season.
We check out the latest UTV from Honda. Find out how it stacks up against the competition.
If you are a power junky, then the Arctic Cat Prowler XTZ 1000 is for you. Find out just how fast a 950cc will go.
Company Spotlight on one of the premier custom UTV shops in the industry.
This year the Teryx 750 finally gets Fuel Injection and 4 more color choices.
Our Senior Editor Chris Rademacher heads up to Utah to check out the fall colors on the famous Paiute Trail.
08 EDITOR’S NOTE 12 INDUSTRY NEWS 16 GONE POSTAL 38 PRODUCTS REVIEWED 41 THE OFF-ROADERS 42 NEW PRODUCTS 47 SUBSCRIBE TO UTV OFF-ROAD 80 WHEELIN’ & DEALIN’
A quick inside glimps of some of the innovative products from XXX Offroad.
ON THE COVER
We test the new Arctic Cat Prowler XTZ 1000 in South Dakota. How fast is it? Check out page 50 to get an idea of this new powerful UTV that will be hitting the showroom floor soon.
In today’s less than perfect economy, many people are uncertain about their future and the future of the country, as well. After this year’s election, depending on which side of the political fence you are on, this may be on your mind even more. While we may not agree with who will be elected into office, we all should agree that we need to get on with life in the best way we know how. We are Americans. We will prevail. And we need to support the leaders of this country as well as make things happen for us individually and as a whole. My intent is not to lecture you on what you should or should not do, or give some inspirational lecture that you may not agree with, but rather to tell you to just enjoy the life that was given to you. For me, personally, dealing with the magazine on a day-today basis, I’m fortunate enough to be able to go out and ride quite a bit. Yeah, yeah, poor me, I know. The difference is that while it is great, it is also work -- work in the way that I don’t get to fully enjoy the ride. I have to be thinking constantly about the nuances of whatever it is I’m testing, or remember certain information about a ride to later regurgitate on paper, all the while trying to capture the best photo possible. Whatever the case may be, this happens usually during the work week in which my family and friends are either at school or at work. We show you in the magazine different riding areas that you and your family can vacation to, but it is seldom that my own family gets to go with me. Recently, though, I have been trying to change that. In the last few months, I’ve gone out on quite a few rides with my family and friends, not worrying about anything but the enjoyment of
the ride that gets us out and relieves the stress of everyday life. Here in Arizona, winter is the best time to ride, so we will be going on a lot more of these trips throughout the year. While most of them are day trips, we will also be doing some longer trips. The best thing about it is that this is all made possible through the assistance of our friend, the UTV. Despite the economic forecast, manufacturers such as Polaris, Arctic Cat, Honda, Kawasaki and others have stepped up and introduced new vehicles this year, and we know of a few others that will be introducing some new units in 2009. Are they banking that the economy is going to change soon? If so, these companies will be set for when the dry spell blows through, and we will see another insurgence of excitement in the industry. And if you’re wondering what happened to the continuation of our UTV Shootout, we had to scrap that idea for now. This is mainly due to the fact that the vehicles we were testing are getting outdated. Yeah, hard to believe, isn’t it? The Ranger XP was recently updated, as you saw in our last issue, along with the ‘09 RZR with some minor tweaks. The Teryx is now fuel-injected, and the Prowler upped their ponies to 950cc’s. So stay tuned in our upcoming issues where we will be testing more of these vehicles, products, and giving you some more ideas to get out of the house and enjoy your UTV with your family and friends. Troy Merrifield Editor-in-Chief firstname.lastname@example.org
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Trash Pick-up to Stop at the Dunes BLM to Phase Out Trash Collection at Imperial Sand Dunes Asks Visitors to “Pack it Home”
New UTV Rentals at the Oregon Dunes Oregon Dunes RV Rentals, LLC Explore the ever changing scenic dunes of Oregon with your family and friends by participating in a high quality UTV sand adventure….
A new slogan will greet visitors to the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area (ISDRA) this season, asking everyone to “Pack it Home,” as trash collection service will be phased out as a necessary cost-cutting measure by the end of January. BLM District Manager Steve Borchard said with costs rising and available funding declining, trash collection “simply became a luxury we could no longer afford for our visitors,” he said. “We want to provide a safe, quality recreation experience,” Borchard added, “so we’re asking our visitors to take home their trash so our available funding can be used elsewhere in the Dunes.” To provide time for visitors “to get the word,” Borchard said dumpsters will be available when the season opens October 15, but will be phased out no later than the end of January 2009. “We need that transition time to educate visitors about the change and gain their cooperation. We’re already gratified to see key user groups getting the information out, as the more education we can all do, the easier it will be to gain understanding and compliance,” he said. Beginning October 15, dumpsters will be located at Gecko Road, Glamis, Dunebuggy Flats, Buttercup, Midway Wells, and near the Plank Road. The service will be phased out and those dumpsters sites closed after the January deadline. On behalf of surrounding communities, Borchard reminded visitors that trash cannot be dumped in those towns either, but must be taken home. The updated ISDRA website at www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/elcentro/recreation/ohvs/isdra.html contains more information, including fines for littering and a new “Trash Talk” information page listing the “Top Ten Good Reasons for Taking Your Trash Home,” among them: · · ·
Helps keep recreation fees down and visitor services up. Protects wildlife and natural resources. Encourages recycling, at the dunes and at home.
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October 2008, Oregon Dunes RV Rentals, LLC, releases a new opportunity for family fun in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. Known for transporting and setting up rental travel trailers along the Southern Oregon coast, Oregon Dunes RV Rentals has expanded into the UTV (Side X Side) tours and rentals arena. Oregon Dunes RV Rentals offers two hour guided UTV tours from either the Horsfall or Spinreel day use areas of the ODNRA. The tours are self-driving, with customers following professional, experienced guides through the wonders of the dunes. Tours include travel through a wide variety of terrain including the open dunes, winding forested trails and a run along the beautiful and scenic Horsfall Beach. Oregon Dunes RV Rentals offers four seat Arctic Cat Prowlers and three seat Polaris Ranger XP’s for its two hour tours as well as its traditional UTV rental opportunities. Helmets and wrist restraints are provided and 4 point safety harnesses are installed on all UTVs. Vehicle orientation and safety training is provided by professional staff members. Oregon Dunes RV Rentals, of Coquille, Oregon, is the leading provider of self contained travel trailer rentals on the Southern Oregon coast. Oregon Dunes RV Rentals transports and sets up rental trailers at any campsite chosen by its customers, whether in traditional campgrounds or in ODNRA sand camping areas. Offering self-contained rental trailers between 22 and 30 feet in size, Oregon Dunes RV Rentals provides unmatched amenities and service. Each unit comes fully stocked with bedding, dishes, pots and pans, towels, TV/DVD/Xbox 360 players, and other “essentials”. Advance reservations are required and may be arranged either by phone at (541)290-0132 or by emailing your request to: email@example.com.
SDR Motorsports opens new facilities
SDR Motorsports is proud to announce the grand opening of our new 6400 sq. ft facility located in Perris, Ca. Our new facility features a state-of-the-art fabrication shop along with a full shipping department for faster shipping times and complete installation and service area for all of your UTV needs. Another feature of our new location is a 1400 sq. ft showroom full of everything you could want for your UTV. From billet accessories to our full line of cages, bumpers, and suspension kits and even a few fully-built, ready-to-go UTVs on display. We are planning a huge open house grand opening soon with vendor displays, tons of custom UTVs on display and great deals, so make sure to check our Website for updates on the must attend event of the season! www.sdrmotorsports.com or give us a call at 800.277.2280 SDR Motorsports. Strength, Safety, Styleâ€Ś Built in. New Address: SDR Motorsports 21462 Harvill Ave. Perris, CA 92571
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Friday Night UTVs
Coming Next Issue Sneak Peak of I.F. Motorsports Monster Crew This is a sneak peak of the Monster Polaris Ranger Crew Cab that will be featured in the Feb/Mar issue of UTV Off-Road. It’s got more fun stuff and is quite the hit out on the road and the beach. Don’t miss the next issue so you can see all the details of the monster build.
Friday nights UTV Forums get together in the Phoenix area for the month of October was hosted by UTV Crap at John’s house out in Gilbert. This was the debut of the new UTV Mayhem video, “Road Trippin’ 2” and John set up the largest blowup screen he could find so everybody could park their rigs in front of it like the oldtime drive-in movies and watch the video. As the crowd started to gather, they were all treated to pizza and drinks and a chance to talk and get to know each other. John and Brian Bush took off in their Rhinos and did a little jumping on the track that is in the side yard just to check out the new table top jump that John had built. As the crowd got thicker and the sun was setting in the West , all the lights in the yard went out and the video started. Blaine and the crew from Cons-piracy Productions did a great job in putting this together and the action was nonstop. It was great to see all the Moab action because we were there watching all the filming and reminded us what a great time we had at the 2nd Annual UTV Rally and how crazy people can get in their UTVs. As we sat under a starry sky watching the screen, we were surprised with fresh popcorn being delivered by the kids that were there. It again, reminds us what a great family activity this industry has become. Whether we’re on the trail, the dunes, a rally, or just a Friday night gathering there is always families having fun in their rigs. Thanks again to John and Nick for hosting this great night and to Brian Bush of UTV Forums for starting the Friday Night Rallies.
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SOUTHERN ARIZONA ARIZONA MARATHON MARATHON SOUTHERN Here are a few pictures from an annual trip made by some friends in Southern Arizona. On this journey, we traveled through four Arizona counties in one non-stop trip, traveling a total of 215 miles in total time of 17 hours. We started the expedition at 7:00 p.m. on a Friday evening and arrived at our destination at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. We traveled without any sleep and without any paved roads; this journey was purely off-road trails. This trip took a few months to plan the first time to figure out a way to arrive at our destination staying completely off road. This trail consists of rivers, mountains, creeks, washes, canyons, and flats. It is an awesome ride with incredible views, and we continue to accumulate more riders every year! We are supported in all our motorsport needs by our local dealership, Desert Riders Motorsports, Yamaha-Kawasaki Dealer. Sincerely, Tory Safford, AZ Via - Mail Thanks Tory, It’s nice to see a group of UTV enthusiasts challenging themselves and having fun. Looks like beautiful country. Let us know your next annual trip and we’ll see if we can hang with you. - Editor
MISS TEEN/UTV QUEEN YELLER Jennifer Ebert, 17, daughter of Robert and Cheri Ebert, owners of Metal Tech Offroad Fabrications of Glendale, Arizona was recently crowned Miss Arizona American Teen 2008. During Thanksgiving week, she will be competing for the National American Teen title at Walt Disney World in Florida. She is very excited for Nationals, but is also bummed she won’t be at Glamis for Thanksgiving. Cheri and Robert Via-e-mail Thanks Cheri and Robert. We wish Jennifer the best of luck. p.s. Digging the boots - Editor
A LITTLE NUTS! I ride a 2006 660 Rhino. “You’re a little nuts,” my friends say. Honestly, I am an adrenaline junky, always trying to go faster, jump higher, turn sharper. My Rhino is all stock on the suspension, went through only 1 A-arm so far, “rock solid Rhino” K&N, Chipped, Two Brothers dual exhaust, and of course Jets. Saving up the money for the rest of the upgrades. Richard A. Paterson Sylmar, CA Via - email Thanks Richard, There is no such thing as a little nuts, either you are or you’re not. Welcome to the nut farm! - Editor 16
UTV OFF-ROAD // SPECIAL REPORT
EXHAUST EVALUATION What’s right for you?
It’s been 3 generations since the RZR first arrived as the sportiest new UTV to hit the market, and we’ve been hearing for a long time that our readers would really like to see a full blown exhaust test. So, after giving each of the manufacturers plenty of time to design, test, re-design, test, and complete their exhausts, it’s time to show you 11 different exhausts from 10 different manufacturers. But, before we start, we need to tell you exactly how the tests were performed, so there’s no gray area for misinterpretation. First, 19 manufacturers were invited, and 10 ended up participating. For those wondering why some may not be in the test, it’s mostly due to timing for production. But, like the pessimists might assume, I’m sure some didn’t want to stack up against the rest. But, ya know what? It doesn’t matter why some didn’t participate, because we’ll never really know the real reason. What matters is we have 11 different exhausts that we tested more thoroughly than any other magazine or company ever has in the past. Why are so many magazines apprehensive to do it? Well, the fact of the matter is there’s going to be some hurt feelings because of this test. And for some, sales are going to increase. But what it tells me is there’s an exhaust out there for everyone’s needs, whether you want the quietest exhaust, highest peak HP, highest average HP, highest peak torque, highest average torque, or just the one that looks the best. We’re going to provide all the details you could ever want when comparing the exhausts available for your RZR so you can choose exactly which one you want for your type of riding. So, here’s how the tests were actually performed. As far as dynos go, there are really two types of dynos that are used: a wheel dyno and a crank dyno. There are advantages and disadvantages to both, but we selected a wheel dyno from KMS Performance primarily because Kelly has been known in the racing arena as producing some of the highest power reliable motors around. Not only that, the RZR lends itself way easier to a wheel dyno than a crank dyno because of the location of the motor. In addition, a wheel dyno allows you to get a more real-life dyno result, because the CVT clutch is involved. The ideal process would be to crank dyno a motor, tune the clutch to pull at WOT at the peak power RPM level, then dyno it on a wheel dyno once complete for the optimal results. But, for the purposes of this test, KMS Performance’s 2-wheel dyno was perfect. Last thing to keep in mind about dynoing
vehicles is that every dyno is going to produce different results based on how they’re set up. The key is to perform the testing on the same dyno, set up the same way, in as close to same conditions as possible. Keep in mind, as well, that when dynoing on a wheel dyno, the gains are less than what would be produced on a crank dyno. For example, the stock RZR motor produces 52HP at the crank and roughly 35HP at the wheels. So, make sure when you read claims by manufacturers and power production that you ask them if it’s crank or wheel gains they tested with. We used a bone stock Polaris RZR for our testing with no modifications. Upon doing the initial pulls, we decided the best thing we could do to even the playing field is install some heavier clutch weights in the primary to keep the higher HP/TQ numbers from causing the engine to hit the rev limiter too soon. So, we put some 4 gram heavier weights in the clutch, resulting in 66 grams from 62 grams that come in it stock. This proved to be a wise decision, because even after adjusting the stock fuel curve with the stock exhaust we were pegging the rev limiter off the bottom end, causing the readings to be inaccurate. But, with the 66-gram weights, it was perfect. So, after installing the weights, we did our initial 3 stock pulls after fully warming up the engine. All pulls were recorded, and it was time to see just how much power we could pull from the stock ECU by adjusting it using a Power Commander. The reason we used a Power Commander for our testing is that in most cases, Kelly from KMS Performance said that the RZR is running too rich and benefits from being leaned out a tad to increase power. So, after Kelly adjusted the stock fuel curve to optimal, we made another 3 pulls, and to our surprise, gained some additional power just by adjusting the stock curve. How much did we gain? Well, when looking at just peak horsepower and torque, we added 1.9HP and 1.4 ft. lbs. of torque. But, you’ll quickly find that it’s not about peak HP and TQ, it’s all about usable
UTV OFF-ROAD // SPECIAL REPORT
ABOUT KMS PERFORMANCE Helping us Dyno the 10 different pipes was the crew from KMS Performance. At the master control panel was Kelly McLean. Not only is Kelly very knowledgeable on a Dyno, he knows his way around a motor. He builds everything from quad motors to Rhino motors, as well as building custom exhausts for sand drag bikes. And he knows how to clutch a variety of vehicles to get the best performance, as well. While we were swapping out exhausts in between Dyno pulls, he was rebuilding a transmission and started tearing apart a RZR motor that should have some sick power gains. KMS Performance is big in the Rhino market, but they have a few trick RZR mods that no one else has, including a stiffer throttle spring and an intake for the RZR that gains around 4 hp. This is just the start of what new products KMS Performance will have for the RZR. With constant testing and refinement, they will not release anything until it has been proven by Kelly and has a significant performance gain with a fair price. If you are looking for performance for your Rhino, RZR, quad, or bike, whether it is for play or race applications, KMS Performance knows their stuff. From service and repair, routine maintenance, Dynotuning, OEM and aftermarket parts to performance modifications, they have you covered.
Our test vehicle is a 2008 Polaris RZR with 416 miles
average HP and TQ gains from zero to top speed. So, after doing both stock and corrected fuel runs, it was time to gather our decibel readings on the stock exhaust. We borrowed a sound meter from the folks at Worcs Racing, so we knew we were getting a well-used and accurate tester for our testing purposes. The only challenge with this is that it’s not an exact science at all. In fact, in our opinion, the standard method for testing decibels is bogus, because it’s tested at idle and an RPM between 2500-3000 RPM. Well, it was quickly realized that getting these readings was harder than expected. So, we placed the tester at the appropriate location, turned the vehicle on and let it idle to record the stock exhaust’s idle reading of 86db. From here, we raised the RPMs as steadily as possible and recorded the test level decibels of 88db. We also had plans to test it at wide open throttle, but we realized that this wasn’t going to be accurate at all, given the hard concrete floors and difficultly to precisely read the meter at a specific RPM for all exhausts. So, although we have readings for every exhaust at idle and the test RPM, I’d take it with a grain of salt, honestly, because the reality is they may be quiet at low RPMs, but most of them became totally different animals when running wide open. The true test of decibels at wide open throttle (WOT) would be to record max decibels as you drive by under WOT. But for this test, we couldn’t do that. So, once the sound testing was complete, it was time to install our first exhaust. But, before we jump into each exhaust’s results, here are the items we’re going to be testing: 1. Horsepower, Torque, Air Fuel Ratio Curves 2. Retail Price of Exhaust 3. Dollar Invested/HP Gained 4. Dollar Invested/TQ Gained 5. Decibels at idle 6. Decibels at test RPM 7. Three runs per exhaust – best run will be used 8. Quality 9. Ease of Installation
On the web: www.kmsperformance.com or call: 602-442-4340
Most of the results are pretty easy to quantify, but the two items that are not are quality and ease of installation. In regards to quality, we took into account the actual quality of construction, such as welds, fitment, and appearance. But, we also took into account the actual design and attachment points for longevity purposes. The hardest thing is having an exhaust that allows enough flex to allow the rubbermounted motor to move freely and not break welds and cause leaks at all the various connection points. Ease of installation was pretty much how long it took to install. So, to begin our testing, we chose the slip-on exhausts first. Here are the results for:
Polaris RZR // exhaust evaluation
Two Brothers M-7 V.A.L.E. Slip-On: Decibel Readings: Idle – 85.5 • Test – 93.5
Retail Price: $399.98 Part Number: 005-1850406V Dollar Invested Per Peak HP: $99.50 Avg. HP: $152.08 Peak TQ: $144.92 Avg. TQ: $189.56 Quality
Ease of Installation
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SuperTrapp Mudslinger: Decibel Readings: Idle – 82.0 • Test – 88.2
Retail Price: $339.00 Part Number: 136-1804 Dollar Invested Per: Peak HP : $72.59 Avg. HP : $115.70 Peak TQ : $102.42 Avg. TQ : $142.44 Quality
Ease of Installation
Polaris RZR // exhaust evaluation
UTV OFF-ROAD // SPECIAL REPORT
Gibson RZR 800 Exhaust Decibel Readings: Idle – 84.5 • Test – 90.00
Retail Price: $532.00 Part Number: 98001 Dollar Invested Per Peak HP: $150.71 Avg. HP: $271.43 Peak TQ: $195.59 Avg. TQ: $287.57 Quality
Ease of Installation
Polaris RZR // exhaust evaluation
UTV OFF-ROAD // SPECIAL REPORT
Speedwerx/ Hot Seat Performance Decibel Readings: Idle – 83.3 • Test – 89.7
Retail Price: $749.00 estimated Part Number: N/A Dollar Invested Per Peak HP: $161.08 Avg. HP: $197.63 Peak TQ: $209.80 Avg. TQ: $224.92 Quality
Ease of Installation
Polaris RZR // exhaust evaluation
UTV OFF-ROAD // SPECIAL REPORT
Ron Wood Race Exhaust w/ SuperTrapp Decibel Readings: Idle – 85.6 • Test – 96.5
Retail Price: $729.00 Dollar Invested Per Peak HP: $192.35 Avg. HP: $282.56 Peak TQ: $276.14 Avg. TQ: $305.02 Quality
Ease of Installation
Polaris RZR // exhaust evaluation
UTV OFF-ROAD // SPECIAL REPORT
HMF Swamp XL
Decibel Readings w/ Quiet Core: Idle – 81 • Test – 85.8
Retail Price: $739.95 + $25.00 Quiet Core Part Number: PRZRXSSR Dollar Invested Per Peak HP: $196.14 Avg. HP: $429.75 Peak TQ: $261.08 Avg. TQ: $413.39 Quality
Ease of Installation
Polaris RZR // exhaust evaluation
UTV OFF-ROAD // SPECIAL REPORT
HMF w/o Quiet Core
Decibel Readings w/o Quiet Core: Idle – 88 • Test – 91.5
Retail Price: $739.95 Part Number: PRZRXSSR Dollar Invested Per Peak HP: $153.84 Avg. HP: $225.59 Peak TQ: $212.63 Avg. TQ: $261.47 Quality
Ease of Installation
Polaris RZR // exhaust evaluation
Trinity Stage IV Exhaust Decibel Readings : Idle – 87 • Test – 93
Retail Price: $599.99 Dollar Invested Per Peak HP: $122.45 Avg. HP: $157.48 Peak TQ: $168.06 Avg. TQ: $190.47 Quality
Ease of Installation
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Bikeman Performance Full Velocity Exhaust Decibel Readings: Idle – 83.2 • Test – 88.6
Retail Price: $569.00 Dollar Invested Per Peak HP: $116.84 Avg. HP: $143.32 Peak TQ: $171.90 Avg. TQ: $159.38 Quality
Ease of Installation
Polaris RZR // exhaust evaluation
Decibel Reading: Idle – 89.9 • Test – 93.2
Retail Price: $649.99 Dollar Invested Per Peak HP: $151.51 Avg. HP: $208.33 Peak TQ: $191.17 Avg. TQ: $231.31 Quality
Ease of Installation
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Dragon Fire Racing True Dual Decibel Readings: Idle – 85 • Test – 92.2
Retail Price: $899.00 Dollar Invested Per Peak HP: $174.56 Avg. HP: $264.41 Peak TQ: $250.42 Avg. TQ: $335.45 Quality
Ease of Installation
Polaris RZR // exhaust evaluation
Overall, our first exhaust evaluation was a huge success. Hopefully, based on the results, you can now choose exactly which exhaust best suits your needs and riding style. We broke it down by peak power gains, average (usable) power gains, cost effectiveness, quality, ease of installation, and decibels. Our goal was to do the same type of test on the Kawasaki Teryx, but our next step is actually going to be one more thing for the RZR. Can you think of what it might be? Well, till next time, and we’ll give you what you need to gain upwards of 8+ HP in the next issue when combined with your favorite exhaust. Also, for all those wanting the optimal fuel curves or at least a great baseline to start from, we will have all Power Commander maps available for download on our website for each of the above pipes. Keep in mind, these are set for 1000 of altitude on a stock RZR, but once next issue is done, you’ll not only have the correct maps for the exhausts, you’ll also have it for the combination of parts, as well.
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$149.95(camera) $74.95 (mount) Go to: www.kwmachineworks.com or call: 1.951.699.6338
THE SKINNY Oregon Scientific’s Camera ATC3K self contained video camera stores video on 4 gig SD Card and records 2 hrs of 640 x 480 video. Uses 2 AA batteries. Easy to use, On/Off button, shock resistant, waterproof, No moving parts. $149.95 Camera Mount,attaches safely, securely and easily to any size roll cage. Completely adjustable. Perfect for your UTV. Universal mount works well with most 1/4”-20 standard camera bases. Clamps for 1 1/4” to 1 7/8” roll bars. $74.95 THE BOTTOM LINE When we first got the camera to test, the question was, “ Can anything this small have the quality and take the abuse of a bouncing UTV.” Our fears were quickly answered in the first ride and were amazed at the quality of the picture coming from such a small unit. The camera mount that KW Machine Works has made for it has a lot to do with keeping the camera steady and did not bounce around like it would have if you just used the Velcro straps to secure it to a roll cage. With the camera mount, you can mount it anywhere on the cage for different angles for viewing. The 4 gig SD card is easy to take out and put another one in if you need more video time. Even though we haven’t run out of batteries yet, it would be advisable to use rechargeables and always carry spares with you so when you’re just about to make that great run, your camera doesn’t run out of juice on the trail.
ADLER PUBLISHING CO. 4-Wheel Trail Guide
THE SKINNY Each 4WD Trails book listed below contains routes that are found in the Adventures series in a more compact format. These four-color guides focus mainly on trail directions, while still providing limited historic information. THE BOTTOM LINE We found these trail guides very informative with color photos and maps of the different trials. Each trail has a GPS point to start from and also odometer readings for significant features along the trail. What is nice is the abbreviations for trail directions such as TL (Turn Left), BR (Bear Right) and so on that helps keep you on the right trail. The maps have the readings and markings from either end of the trail, so if you miss something going one way, you will have the correct odometer readings on the way back. Along with the small trail guide books that you can carry, they also have a large edition that combines all of the books for trip planning before you leave for your great adventure. Excellent books to have.
$24.95 Go to: www.adlerpublishing.com or call: 1.800.660.5107
LATEST UTV & SIDE-BY-SIDE
GBC MOTORSPORTS DIRT COMMANDER
$109.95 (26X9.00-14) $114.95 (26X11.00-14) Go to: www.gbcmotorsports.com or call: 1.800.946.9412
THE SKINNY GBC Motorsports Performance ATV tires are built to get you over tough terrain and to your destination. Dirt Commander, GBC’s new all terrain tire, is a super tough 8-ply rated bias tire that gives you excellent puncture resistance. Its siped tread design also gives additional biting edges for better traction in all terrains.
THE BOTTOM LINE GBC Motorsports introduced four new tires in their ever popular line of ATV/UTV tires last year at the 2007 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. New to their line-up are the Afterburn, Spartacus, Grim Reaper and Dirt Commander. We received a set of their 14” Dirt Commanders and mounted them up on 14” STI wheels that we tested on a 2008 Polaris Ranger XP. Right off the bat, this combination of tires and wheels drastically improved the look of our test vehicle. The Dirt Commanders are a non-directional tire pattern, and as always GBC has a great color logo on the sidewall as well as a logo element often between the treads. Getting Dirty For our test, we went to one of our favorite test areas for tires. It has almost every trail condition you might encounter, including mud, slick rock, jagged rocks, sand and hard pack trails. For our first test, we set out for the slick rock area. In wet and dry conditions, the Dirt Commanders were not as sticky as we would have liked them as compared to their Dirt Tamer tire we have tested in the past. We chalked this up to the fact that they are an 8-ply bias tire, which attributes to minimum tire flex as well as their 14x26 tire size. A 12x26 tire might allow you to air down a little more (more sidewall to flex) and would probably fair better under these conditions. Besides, they are named “Dirt Commanders” and not “Rock Commanders.” In our next test, the Dirt Commanders excelled. While the name implies that they are built for the dirt, they take to the mud like a hog at recess. We tested the Dirt Commanders in a long stretch of mud, and they came out clawing on the other end. What impressed us most was their self-cleaning ability through the mud and out of it. A few yards down the trail, sporting clean tires, a passerby would have never known you just went through the nastiest mud on the trail. After these first couple of tests, we ventured out on a 5-hour trail ride to get a better feel for their all terrain attributes and more along the lines of their intended use. The trail was about 50% hard pack and the other 50% on various rocks. On the rockier side of things, which consisted of mainly large, sharp boulders to softball-sized rocks, the Dirt Commanders showed no mercy and came out the trail’s end without a cut, tear or puncture. This is always a nice result, as the tires harder compound and 8-ply construction contribute to their success. On the hard pack trail, the Dirt Commanders really held their own. On our Ranger test vehicle, we typically get some body roll from our lumber wagon, but with the 14” tire and wheel combination we felt more planted and were able to get the rear end to kick out in a nice controllable fashion. At day’s end, we couldn’t be happier with the quality of the GBC Dirt Commanders. While they may not have performed to our standards on the slick rock test portion, we felt that this was a small majority of your trail riding experience. In every other test they performed flawlessly and deserve a 4-1/2 out 5 star rating. With little signs of wear after our torture test, the Dirt Commanders will prove to be a durable tire that will outlast your typical expectations of a normal tire. Oh, by the way, did you know that the Dirt Commanders are rated up to 1045-lb load capacity per tire? This is the largest rated load capacity of any tire out on the market and why we mounted them on a Polaris Ranger with a 900-lb bed capacity. While we did not test these tires with any weight, we did test them on one of the heaviest vehicles. With this much load capacity, hunters, farmers and the hard-core campers will be at ease on a tire that can handle the load and any terrain in its way. Tire Test Size Front: 26X9.00-14 - Weight 23.8 Rear: 26X11.00-14 - Weight 27.2 Tire size range from: 25x8x12 up to 27x11x14
WHEEL SOURCE: Tires were tested on 14x7 STI Slasher wheels sold exclusively through MTA. These are a great light weight and low cost wheel. They held up great through our torture test and are rated at 800 lbs, perfect for UTVs. These are a less expensive alternative and are easy to clean as well. They also come in a 12x7.
MTA - go to: www.mta-la.com
Accutronix RZR Bed Rails License Plate Frame & LED Light This hot new item is CNC Machined from 6061 billet aluminum and show polished. All mounting hardware is included & comes with a very bright LED light. Designed to fit 4-1/8” x 7-1/8” License Plates without trimming the plate. Go to: www.AccutronixOffRoad.com or Call: 623.516.9600
These hot new items are CNC machined from 6061 T6 Billet Aluminum and show polished. These Handlestyle RZR Bed Rails replace the stock plastic bed rails enhancing the appearance & functionality of your RZR. These hot new bed rails add a custom look while supplying a more sturdy place to attach your tie-down straps. Price: $134.95 Go to: www.AccutronixOffRoad.com or Call: 623.516.9600
Polaris RZR Rear Light Bar
Polaris RZR Stereo System The UTV Concepts RZR Stereo System features four overhead speakers and a 200 watt amplifier for a high-quality and unparalleled sound experience. The MP3 player with the included 1 Gig flash drive allows you to download with its simple plug-n-play design. The RZR stereo system also includes a built-in FM Receiver so you are never without tunes. Go to: www.UTVconcepts.com or Call: 866.575.9876
UTV Concepts Rear Light Bar is a great way to make sure you are seen. The two LED brake/tail light provide great visibility whether stopping or going. The DOT license plate lights will help you become street legal. The light bar is mounted at the top of the roll cage for maximum visibility. A complete wire harness is installed for easy installation. Go to: www.UTVconcepts.com or Call: 866.575.9876
JP Cooler New 28 qt. Cooler JP Cooler is pleased to announce the new 28 qt. JP Coolers. Available in Black, Red, and Gray. Each cooler comes with an improved removable seamless liner and a separate utility bag with the JP Cooler logo. The dimensions are 16”w X 7”d X 15”h and weighs just less than 4 lbs. It’s the perfect size for family or group outings. JP Coolers start at $39.95. Go to: www.jpcooler.com or Call: 602.705.6923
UTV Crap seat lowering bases for Teryx and Rhino. These seat lowering bases are made from plate steel and lower your OEM or custom seats for a more comfortable ride height. All necessary hardware included to install. 124.95 a set Rhino shown Go to: www.utvcrap.com or Call: 623.934.3070
ATR Polaris RZR Chassis Bones
All Terrain Research has developed a kit that greatly increases the strength of the Polaris RZR chassis using machined tubes that sleeve the upper and lower rear frame tubes. Many RZR owners have found the lower frame tubes are easy to dent, and this is also a high stress area of the chassis with the upper and lower A-arm mounting point tie ins. The sleeves increase the thickness of the tubes by 130%. The kit features machined end pieces with rubber O-rings that not only keep out mud and water but also improve the finished look of the rear of the RZR by closing the open tubes. The Chassis Bones require no welding for install. Grooves are cut into the end of the machined tube so that when you torque the machine screws down it spreads the end of the tube out where it firmly clamps itself in place. The Chassis Bones are finished in a Zinc Chromate finish to resist corrosion and includes stainless steel hardware. Go to: www.atrpowersports.com or Call: 877.581.0041
Yamaha Rhino Chassis Ribs
ATR’s Yamaha Rhino Chassis Ribs add structural integrity to your frame and prevent it from flexing by tying into the upper and lower A-arm mounting points. These chassis plates are highly recommended for anyone with a long travel suspension. The Chassis Ribs also incorporate a differential brace. The entire piece is CNC laser cut and formed from one single quarter inch steel plate and comes in a durable satin black powder coat finish. Go to: www.atrpowersports.com or Call: 877.581.0041
5 Halogen Light Bar from UTV Sounds
5” chrome halogen lights, lights rotate 360 degrees and adjust vertically. Go to: www.utvsounds.com or Call: 208.406.8511
Comfy Pig Heavy Hemp Sweatshirt
Comfy Pig Clothing’s Heavy Weight Hemp/ Cotton Sweatshirt will definitely keep you warm in the dunes this winter. $60 Love Is.... Fresh Tracks - Our Ladies T-Shirts made of Hemp and Cotton are comfy additions to your Duneable attire. $20 Go to: www.ComfyPigClothing.com
OMF Performance Race Stools
The creative minds at OMF Performance are at it again. They have developed a Race Stool which can be customized to fit in any home, garage, or race shop. OMF will customize the seat pad of your race stool with custom colored fabrics, piping, and even embroidery. To complement the color of your pad, custom powder coated or polished legs and foot rests are also available. The OMF Race Stools feature a three legged design for a sure footed feeling on any surface, and have two rubber feet on each leg for scratch free use on most flooring. Prices start at $179.95 with a black pad and raw aluminum legs. Custom colors, polishing, and embroidery are extra, call for details. Go to: www.omfperformance.com or Call: 951.354.8272
UTV Tech Under Seat Lock Box UTV Tech has released its new Under Seat Lock box designed to provide a secure concealed box that is fastened in underneath the driver’s seat of the Yamaha Rhino 660 and 700. The steel powder coated water-resistant box offers high security with it’s double bitted lock. When locked there isn’t any access to mounting hardware. It offers 1035 cubic inches of storage and has an internal bar for belt clips to hold phones and/or pistol holsters. Suggested retail $295.00 Go to: www.UTVtech.com or Call: 208.522.1301
New Long Travel from Trophy Engineering Every one of our kits is built with superior stregnth and the best components of whats out there. With “in house” engineering department and waterjetting machine, our designs are cutting edge, precise, and built to withstand the toughest conditions. We have over 30 years of fabrication and manufacturing experience. Kawasaki Teryx kit available soon! Yamaha Rhino +6” $6,800 • Fully boxed a-arms with internal gussets • Gorilla axles • Heim steering • Unibal joints for upper and lower front a-arms • King shocks Polaris RZRr +8” $7,999 • Fully boxed a-arms with internal gussets • Frame gussets • Shock towers • Gorilla axles • Heim steering • Sway away race runner shocks • Extended brake lines. Go to: www.trophyengineering.com or Call: 602.412.0524
Prowler 700 XTX Boondocker Fuel Controller ECU/CDI Box Re-mapping For 2009 Polaris RZR • 7000 rpm rev limit ( Stock Ranger XP’s 6100 rpm / Stock RZR 6500 rpm ) • Different fuel mapping designed to have an air fuel ratio of about 13.2:1 on a stock machine. • New timing curve for better acceleration, response and all around performance. • No speed limiter in forward or reverse Price $ 399.95 With Core ECU/CDI Box Exchange Price $ 734.95 Outright Go to: www.hotseatperformance.com or Call: 651.982.6020
AFCO M2 SHOCKS The M2’s design allows it to perform in ways other shocks cannot. The M2 provides an unparalleled range of adjustment & performance abilities. Due to its unique design, the adjustments you make with the M2 have a very large effect on handling. The M2’s mono-tube, gas pressure design coupled with its superior valve design and use of gas charged bladder provide real, substantial control of compression and rebound resistances throughout the entire velocity range. This means the M2’s adjustments are much more pronounced and provide more sensitive & extended low speed adjustments for increased effective tuning range.
AFCO T2 Adjustable The all new AFCO T2 Adjustable Shock is a completely new design from top to bottom. Many of the ground breaking features of the now-proven M2 were incorporated into the T2 design to provide unmatched control and adjustability. Many of the M2 Low Friction components are utilized in the new T2 Shock to provide consistent fade-free performance and allow the key functions of the shock to work to their maximum effectiveness. AFCO T2’s come in single and double adjustable models. Go to: www.makintraxsuspension.com or Call: 951.782.1479
These new boxes are nitrous capable for those of you that feel the need to add nitrous to your purring cat! Arctic Cat 2006-2008 700 EFI700 H1 / 700 Prowler XTX Go to: www.speedwerx.com or Call: 651.982.6020
Progressive Suspension – UTV Grab Handle Ever spend any time as a passenger in a UTV? Ever wish there was something solid to hang on to? The Progressive Grab Handle is a simple bolt-on unit with an adjustable reach T-handle. Standard motorcycle grips wrap around handlebar style construction that adjusts via a sliding tube. A steel pin keeps things in their chosen spot and the entire package makes for a comfortable and secure passenger. Coated to match the OEM colors, the Progressive Grab Handle is constructed of steel tube and ties firmly into the factory cage while still allowing for a simple install. Currently available for the Yamaha Rhino. Go to: www.progressivesuspension.com or Call: 877.690.7411
Black Fab Rhino Doors New from Black Fab Offroad are these great doors for the Rhino. Featuring: 1” DOM Tubular Steel Frame, All Tig Welded, Aluminum Panels, Integrated Fender & Step, All Stainless Hardware, “No Rattle” Latch System, Your choice of Nets included, Quality Powder Coated and completely BoltOn installation. Go to: www.blackfaboffroad.com or Call: 760.356.1383
NEW Ben Dunen Sportswear Check out our great duning wear. We have beanies, Hoodies, and other shirt designs to choose from as well as Ben Dunen logoed Dickie shorts and pit shirts. The Neck warmer is 16.00 Ladies Tees are $18.00 Men’s Shirts are $18.00 Go to: www.bendunen.com
Axia Alloys Panoramic Rearview Mirror The Axia Alloys 17” billet panoramic rearview mirror offers the widest non-distorted viewing angle of any mirror on the market. Its ultra thin lightweight billet casing houses a scratch resistant shatterproof mirror. Has multiple mounting options with either the 1.5” arms that allow the mirror to be mounted either in front of or behind the roll cage tubing, or the 6” mounting arm option that positions the mirror further out in front of you. Price $189.85 to $204.85 Go to: www.Axiaalloys.com or Call: 480.216.6266
Axia Alloys Panoramic Rearview Mirror The Axia Alloys Billet Convex Side Mirrors are the perfect finishing touch for any Sand Car or UTV. Their fully adjustable two-piece design houses a scratch resistant 4” convex mirror. Once adjusted, these mirrors lock into position with a locking bolt so that they can take excessive vibration as well as a good hit from branches and other objects without movement. Price $110.85 to $114.85 Go to: www.Axiaalloys.com or Call: 480.216.6266
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Trail Armor’s Teryx Soft Top Trail Armor’s Soft Top is made of waterrepellent, UV-protected marine grade canvas and binding with 4 quick release snap closure buckles - 2 front, 2 rear. It is sewn with marine-quality UV-protected thread. Trail Armor’s logo is embroidered on the rear left of the top. This is a top quality product with a great, tight fit. Will work with or without a windshield. Easy on and off. MSRP $105.95. Go to: www.trailarmor.com or Call: 866.665.3955
Trail Armor’s Teryx Half Doors With Trail Armor’s custom built half-door style debris shields and mud guards for the Kawasaki Teryx, you can enjoy Mother Nature, not wear her. They are made of solid 18mm plastic and bolts to the roll cage. Set features stainless steel pass-through door latches and fasteners with powder coated hinges and strike plates. They open at an angle for easy entry/egress and the slim-line profile allows for easier navigation in tight spots. Installs easily, with photo-documented installation instructions. MSRP $499.00. Go to: www.trailarmor.com or Call: 866.665.3955
Trail Armor’s Teryx Front Bumper Trail Armor’s Teryx front bumper combines strength, versatility and good looks all in one package. Made of heavy duty 1-¾” tubing and powder coated black for extra durability. Features an integrated winch mount for up to a 4000 lb WARN-style winch. Two welded light tabs accept up to 7 inch round slim line lights. Mounting hardware and instructions included. msrp $ 417.95. Go to: www.trailarmor.com or Call: 866.665.3955
WARN UTV Bumpers WARN Body Armor WARN® Body Armor is available for the center chassis, front A-arms, rear A-arms, and side chassis of many popular UTVs. Made from durable, lightweight brushed aluminum, WARN Body Armor performs as good as it looks. Body Armor features recessed hardware to protect fasteners, holes for drainage, and reinforcing beads for extra strength and reduction of drag over obstacles. MSRP varies per part and application. Go to: www.warn.com or Call: 800.543.9276
AMR Racing Camo Vinyl Graphic Kits New from AMR Racing: “Officially licensed Mossy Oak™ Camo graphic kits are now available for all Side x Sides including the RZR, Rhino, Ranger, Teryx, Prowler and Big Red. AMR’s kits are extremely durable, UV resistant, and easy to install. Your favorite Mossy Oak™ patterns like Break-UP, Treestand, Duckblind, Obsession can be ordered. Go to:www.amrracing.com or Call: 702.312.2217
The WARN® UTV Bumper provides the ultimate in versatility and durability. The integrated winch mount allows you to install a WARN winch; pre-drilled holes let you mount WARN Trail Lights; and the bumper folds down allowing the hood to open. The robust construction and a powder-coated wrinkle finish ensure this bumper is built to last. Available for Arctic Cat Prowler, Kawasaki Teryx, Yamaha Rhino, with more applications to be released. MSRP: $450.50. Go to: www.warn.com or Call: 800.543.9276
NEW Soft Top for the RZR S Arizona Reflections new top to match the color scheme of the RZR S is the perfect top to finish off your ride. Made with Sunbrella material and will snap on and off for easy removal while trailering. $149.00 Go to: www.arizona-reflections.com or Call: 928.680. 9299
UTV Crap Teryx Billet Intake Adapter For use with a K&N or UNI Intake Filter. Adapter $59.95 K&N Filter $79.95 Go to: www.utvcrap.com or Call: 623.934.3070
UTV Crap complete machined clutch sheave 2008 Rhino 700 efi Pre-owned clutch sheave - machined, greased and fully assembled ready for install. Unbolt your complete clutch sheave and bolt the UTV Crap machined one on for instant performance. $150.00 Go to: www.utvcrap.com or Call: 623.934.3070
Modular Rapid-Convertible System for the Yamaha Rhino Curtis Industries has introduced a new, revolutionary, modular cab system for the Yamaha Rhino utility vehicle that allows rapid transformation from a fully enclosed cab to an open-air ride in 60 seconds. An optional wiper kit is also available. Available in black, cab components – base frame, roof, windshield, doors, and rear panel – can be purchased separately or as a complete cab. Go to: www.curtiscab.com or Call: 800.343.7676
Xtreme Machine Fab Teryx Long Travel XMF has developed a long travel suspension kit to meet the demands of taking your Kawasaki Teryx to higher speeds and rougher terrains. The adjustable camber and +o forward on the front arms allows this kit to corner with ease. With 15.5” of wheel travel front and rear and 16 way adjustable Walker Evans shocks; you can rip through the whoops and cruise around camp in comfort all in the same day. The kit installs with ease 100% bolt on. $4750.00 Go to: www.xtrememf.com or Call: 623.465.9689
Xtreme Machine Fab Teryx Long Travel Put your Teryx on a diet, XMF bed delete offers a complete bolt on system to remove your heavy stock bed and bolt your fenders and tail lights in the stock position. Lighten your load for winning results on the track. Retail $245.00 Go to: www.xtrememf.com or Call: 623.465.9689
TMW RZR Side Panels These great looking side panels for the RZR are ready for paint or powder coating and bolt on to the stock cage. Handmade in the USA Retail: $699.00 Go to: www.tmwoffroad.com or Call: 480.969.9261
TMW Teryx Cold Air Intake Help your engine get better air with this NEW Real Carbon Fiber cold air intake for the Teryx. Retail: $299.00 Go to: www.tmwoffroad.com or Call: 480.969.9261
Bulldog ATV Light Bar Bulldog ATV A-Pillar Light Mount This mount is simple and effective with a heavy textured powder coat finish. This pair of mounts includes stainless steel bolts and locknuts to replace existing cage mount bolts on the Polaris RZR for $49. Go to: www.bulldogatv.com or XXXOffroad.com or Call: 866.424.6349
Simple straight bar with holes spaced to mount either four 4” lights or two 4” lights and two 6” or 7” lights for $199. Bar mounts using three brackets that mount on the top cage bar of just about any rig. Bar is available with 1.5” or 1.75” brackets. As you can see, the light bar will mount on a RZR with a hard top with no modifications needed. Go to: www.bulldogatv.com or XXXOffroad.com or Call: 866.424.6349
Trail Logic Yamaha Rhino Front Skid Plate Trail Logic Yamaha Rhino Suspension Gusset Set This complete set comes with front and rear A-Arm Gussets and front and rear Differential Gussets and all mounting hardware. $125.00 Go to: www.traillogic.com or Call: 520.705.7444
Fits 2006 through 2008 Yamaha Rhinos. We recommend that you purchase this as a set with the rear skid plate for added protection. $68.99 Go to: www.traillogic.com or Call: 520.705.7444
Teryx & RZR Billet Wheel Spacers Sizes from: 1.00” to 2.00” T-6 6061 billet spacers include hardware Sold in pairs or set of 4 The price leader on billet spacers for the Teryx & RZR We carry a huge inventory of spacers & all UTV products Go to: www.rhinopartsandperformance.net or Call: 480.982.4866
Rhino Billet Wheel Spacers Sizes from: 1.00” to 3.00” T-6 6061 billet spacers include hardware Sold in pairs or set of 4 The price leader on billet spacers for the Rhino We carry a huge inventory of spacers & all UTV products Go to: www.rhinopartsandperformance.net or Call: 480.982.4866
Holz Racing Products Polaris Rzr Pre-runner Front Bumper & Skid Plate
Holz Racing Products Polaris Rzr +4 Long Travel Suspension Kit
Run with assured confidence when you install this high quality, made in the USA Polaris RZR Pre-Runner Bumper with integrated skid plate from Holz Racing Products. Constructed from top shelf 4130 Chromoly steel tubing and then powdercoated in jet-black for durability, this race proven system mounts direct to the frame for the utmost in protection and rigidity. A heavy gauge 3/16” aluminum front skid plate watches out for those unforeseen obstacles even when you don’t. Plus the Pre-Runner Bumper strengthens the upper A-arm pivots so you can run all-out where others can’t. Winch applications with a fairlead cut-out available. Shipped with all necessary hardware, easy to follow instructions. Go to: www.holzracingproducts.com or Call: 360.398.7006
Get more ground clearance, improved handling, greater stability and a smoother ride, with 4-plus inches of width and a whopping 12.5inches of suspension travel. The HRP +4 Suspension is race tested and is the leading suspension system used in WORCS racing applications. Each kit includes (8) tig-welded chromoly A-arm with a durable powdercoat finish; (4) custom valved Fox Racing Shox with Hypercoil springs; (4) stainless steel extended brake lines; (2) head treated 4340 extended front axle shafts; (2) extended rear axle shafts; (2) tie-rod extenders; and all necessary mounting hardware. Best of all the HRP kit is designed, built and tested in USA for the utmost in quality. Go to: www.holzracingproducts.com or Call: 360.398.7006
2008 - 2009 UTV Calendar – by No Limits A must have for the garage! You’ll want to check your calendar each and every day with this inaugural edition featuring more than 70 photos of smokin’ hot bikini babes and supertrick sideXside’s. From Teryx’s to RZR’s to Rhino’s and from blondes to brunettes; it’s all covered.The calendar is good for 16 months from October of this year until the end of January 2010! Measuring a poster size 15” x 30” this wall calendar is huge! The retail price is $19.95; the calendar is exclusive to the core industry and can be ordered online at: www.4nolimits.com or Call: 800.651.2190
MachineTrix Billet GPS Cover Protective cover is for GPS Lowrance 540c Also adds some billet bling. Retail $69.95 Go to: www.machinetrix.com or Call: 602.547.9416
Long Travel Industries Teryx LT Suspension Long Travel Industries was one of the first companies to develop LT suspension kits for the Rhino. They continue their excellent craft with a new Long Travel kit for the Kawasaki Teryx. To check out their fully boxed A-arms with King shocks for the Teryx, Go to: www.longtravelindustries.com or Call: 714.783.7491
RZR Tech New RZR Front Bumper $425 for bumper w/ Red, Black or Silver powdercoat. Includes installation hardware. We also offer a standard mount style for $350 w/ powdercoat. This bumper serves as a front chassis stiffener too. There is no plastic cutting needed. There are four 3/8” holes to drill in the dash bar and that is all the work needed to install besides the bolt-on part. The front roll cage mounts in pics are sold separately. Go to: www.SpectrumUTV.com or Call: 616.928.0616
MachineTrix Billet Spare Tire Carrier • Billet spare tire carrier works with Rhino OEM front rim • T-handle that mounts spare also serves as lug wrench • Can be mounted on any tube any direction • Complete bolt-on, no welding • Comes with rubber handle grips for T-handle • 1.500 Tube & 1.750 Tube retail $125.00 Go to: www.machinetrix.com or Call: 602.547.9416
New LED LEDgend light by Baja Designs Baja Designs introduces the NEW LEDgend LED light which was tested during the 2007 Baja 1000. Featuring 18 LEDs and a durable polycarbonate lens which incorporates race inspired optics and serves as a built-in rockguard, the LEDgend is truly in a class of its own. With a true pattern, instead of a large circle which wastes valuable light, the LEDgend puts light where you need it most and is offered in four patterns: Spot, Driving, Cornering, and Flood which can be interchanged in just minutes. Complete with wiring harnesses, appropriate fuses, relays and switches Baja Designs takes the guess work out of installation. ATV and UTV specific kits are available NOW and prices range from $484.95-$939.95. Go to: www.bajadesigns.com or Call: 800.422.5292
Teryx Rear Billet Hub & Upright iTi Performance Motorsports is pleased to announce the release of their Billet Rear Hub and Upright. These components are a direct bolt on replacement for the stock steel hub and upright. Made of 6061-T6 Aluminum they will reduce the rotating weight at the rear wheels of your Teryx. Go to: www.itimotorsports.com or Call: 909.390.4686
MCX-USA RZR Turbo Want to have the fastest UTV around? Want to accelerate up hills instead of bogging down? Want to run whoops at top speed? Sick of losing races to your friends? Why continue to waste money on high dollar parts with little return? MCX-USA, the exclusive U.S. distributor for MC Xpress Turbos, has the best solution for your Yamaha Rhino and Polaris RZR, period. There’s only one solution that provides everything you need to double your HP reliably, and that’s MCX-USA Turbos with dyno tests to prove it! If you don’t own a Polaris RZR or Yamaha Rhino, don’t worry because we’re developing kits right now for the Polaris Ranger, Kawasaki Teryx, and Arctic Cat Prowler XTZ 1000. Quit worrying about Turbo kit reliability as well, because we’ve perfected it over years and years of testing. And when comparing kits, make sure to ask if it comes with an intercooler, lowered compression, designed to run on pump gas, and a guarantee to double your power. Go to: www.mcx-usa.com or Call: 719.539.3989
Kawasaki Front Differential Cover iTi Performance Motorsports is pleased to announce just in time for Christmas the new Billet Aluminum Front Differential Cover for the Kawasaki Teryx. This cover is made from 6061-T6 Aluminum. The cover has had added material left in the corners to prevent front cover blowouts under extreme loads. Unlike the factory cast cover, this cover has had material left in the critical area to add strength and reliability. Go to: www.itimotorsports.com or Call: 909.390.4686
Kawasaki Teryx Rear Sway Bar iTi Performance Motorsports is please to announce the release of the Kawasaki Teryx Rear Sway Bar Kit. This kit comes complete with all hardware to replace your stock stabilizer bar. This kit will improve the stability and handling of your Teryx. Go to: www.itimotorsports.com or Call: 909.390.4686
New Fuego Billet Light Bar Here is the new Fuego Billet Light bar from Morphic Industries. It holds four Fuego lights, and is custom fit to each application. Lightbar can be actuated or fixed. Clamped on or welded tabs. All bars are fly-cut for an attractive finish. Email: sales@ Morphicind.com Go to: www.morphicind.com or Call: 928.505.0245
BIG RED BY CHRIS RADEMACHER // PHOTOS CHRIS RADEMACHER
2009 HONDA BIG RED MUV 700
here’s no doubt that the UTV and side-by-side market is still exploding given all the recent updates and new introductions by nearly all the manufacturers. In going to all the press intros, there’s been one common thread from all the OEMs: This market appears to be here for good, and it’s the only category with doubledigit sales even in our down-turned economy. The other amazing thing is that UTV and side-by-side buyers are still buying lots of aftermarket products within the first year of ownership. How much, you ask? Well, it’s an average of over $5,000, which is roughly half the cost of the vehicles. Simply amazing! We’ve all been awaiting the introduction of the Honda Big Red, and now we have the information you’ve been looking for. What will amaze you about the Honda Big Red is that they have literally been developing this unit and variations thereof since 1999. In talking with their CEO, the general design existed early on, but the final touches are what make the Big Red a Honda. In fact, their motto is “It’s a Honda” and it’s obvious they’ve taken the time to refine this MUV (Honda’s acronym) to car-like standards. In fact, it’s actually produced at the same plant as the Honda CRV, so there is indeed many car-like attributes to the Big Red. So, let’s jump in and see if we can provide you the information you can’t read in a brochure on the brand new Honda Big Red. ERGONOMICS One of the first things you’ll notice about the Big Red is its size. It’s definitely appropriately named. And, it now holds the reign as the widest UTV/MUV on the market with a width of 64”. To give you an idea of its size, the Arctic Cat Prowlers and Polaris Rangers are both 60” wide. Honda intended their new Big Red to be a combination or Multi-Use Vehicle with utmost concentration on providing quality, reliability, and functionality to their loyal owners. To Honda, recreational use is any combination of hunting, fishing, working on the farm or ranch, or taking the family out for a camping trip. It’s not Honda’s intention to compete against the Polaris RZR, and I couldn’t even get out of them who they tried to outdo the most. But, our best guess is that due to its size and functionality, its direct competitor will be the Polaris Ranger. So, the first thing you’ll immediately notice is that Honda spent a tremendous amount of time on the ergonomics of the Big Red. In the area of safety, Honda equipped the Big Red with large doors provided as regular OEM equipment from Honda. And, without even knowing, I reached in for the door handle, and to my surprise, it was right where I expected it to be. With a quick release, you have full access to the spacious interior. Upon stepping into the Big Red, you’ll realize there’s actually a step to help you get in and out without having to step up to the full height of the floorboard. Once you’re sitting down in the driver’s seat, you’ll immediately notice a very comfortable rubber mounted seat with what seems to be the perfectly angled backrest. Upon closing the door, if you don’t shut it all the way, it latches just like your car does. It has a double latch mechanism to prevent the door from flying open in the event it’s not shut properly. This is a great safety feature other manufacturers should really look at. For those that need to sit closer to the dash, the backrest is also adjustable 25-30mm to achieve that optimum seating position for all sizes of drivers. Honda also took extra care when designing the safety nets, which are also another welcome OEM safety feature. Way to go, Honda! Not only do the nets easily latch using a large buckle, when you exit the vehicle, there’s a nice little hook to hang it up out of way for easy entry and exit. When Honda said they thought of everything, I think they were right. To this same note, Honda placed the grab handles inboard of the outermost parts of the cage, so they’re within easy reach and keeps the occupant’s hands safe in the event you rub up against a tree or tip it over. And, of course, this brings us to the seat belts. Honda integrated the same technology they use in their automobiles into the seatbelts for the Big Red. One of the most often complained about things in stock UTVs are their seat belts being too abrasive on your neck and jarring or jerky when the brakes are applied. Honda alleviated this challenge by having both speed and angle sensors built in to prevent unnecessary jolts to your neck, shoulder and chest. And, it definitely seemed to work flawlessly. Even when the terrain was rough, I never felt unsafe or like it was jerking me around, either.
Honda created the Big Red with utility in mind first, and recreational second. But on your way to your camping spot, hunting spot or whatever your destination may be, it’s nice to know that the Honda Big Red can handle the terrain similar to other UTVs in its class.
I feel like I’ve written a small novel already on the wonderful ergonomics of the Big Red, but there’s still more. Whether you’re seated in the driver or passenger’s seat, you’ll notice how nice the floorboards are for comfort. They seem to have the perfect places to set your feet, whether that’s flat on the floorboard or up on the angled non-grip surfaces. In addition, there’s a nice protruding divider to keep the passenger’s feet from interfering with the accelerator pedal. When looking to the dash, you’ll find nice-sized cup holders, and in stock form plenty of dummy lights and open storage compartments. Although you won’t go un-alarmed if something has gone wrong with the Big Red, we’d much rather see the optional digital dash as standard equipment than an option. This also goes along with the open glove box area. It’s nice storage, but it’s not very usable unless you stay on completely flat ground, because items tend to fall out. To the left of the steering wheel there’s an automotive style rotating switch for your low and high beam lights. In the center of the dash, Honda has chosen gated shifters for the forward, reverse, and neutral in addition to the 4wd system. We’ll talk about the drive system Honda has chosen along with the 4wd system a little later, but the actuation of both are very simple and smooth. Last but not least of the in-cab ergonomics, Honda uses a simple self adjusting parking brake situated in the center console. And, right next to it is the waterproof accessory socket, as well. Most UTV parking brakes do a mediocre job of holding the vehicle on a hill, let alone if there’s any weight in it. Honda chose to provide a parking brake capable of not only holding its own vehicle weight, but that of a maxed out trailer and full bed. Nice work! When we step outside the Big Red, one of the first things we need to know is how easy it is to service it, right? Honda’s philosophy is the simpler and easier it is to reach vital items, such as the air filter and the oil and filter, the more likely someone is to check it and perform regular maintenance. This helps the consumer and Honda from having to do costly repairs in the future from lack of proper maintenance. So, for starters, with a simple lift of the bed 56
from either side of the vehicle, you’ll immediately notice the center mounted air cleaner box. Pop four clips at each corner, and there’s a nice large foam filter. Lower the box and lift the driver’s seat cushion, and you’ll find the oil dipstick and fill locations within easy reach. They even have a unique extended fill cap, making it easier to reach and unscrew. Moving to the bed, there’s a couple of things we noticed right away. Honda has finally perfected the optimum location of the pivot point in combination with their progressive strut to make raising and lowering the bed a cinch. The bed is also modular, so if you happen to damage one of the side rails, you can replace just the one piece and not the whole bed. Secondly, there are no protruding fender wells in the bed, so you can actually slide a fullsized pallet in from the back. I’ll be honest that I would have liked to see a higher capacity for the bed than 500 lbs for such a large MUV, but it appears to me to be much stronger than most. In addition, with the tailgate down, you can literally hang off of it without the least bit of deflection. That’s because Honda has rated it to hold 400lbs, which is way more than any competitor. Last, but not least in the bed area, there’s the normal tie-down hooks at each of the four corners of the bed to secure your cargo. Moving up to the front of the Big Red, you’ll pop the hood by pulling two rubber latches similar to those on most UTVs. If you’re an accessory kind of guy, you’ll be happy to know Honda planned it all out for you ahead of time. In one neatly organized box in front of the passenger, you have your battery and all the room you’d need to add additional wires and relays for your accessories. In addition, if you really want to run a lot of stuff, Honda has an aftermarket battery and/or storage box that are perfect for handling additional lighting, GPS, radios, etc. Outside of that, it’s easy to fill the radiator, and there’s tons of room between the front grill and the radiator. My guess is that Honda has moved the radiator far behind the front grill to minimize mud buildup.
The 4wd system of the Big Red is similar yet different to anything on the market, as well. With the gated shifter in the center of the dash, you can select from 2wd open rear differential, 4wd locked in the rear only, and 4wd locked front and rear. Although we love how its open differential won’t tear up grass when making turns, we sure would have liked to see a 2wd locked in the rear mode too for those that need the extra traction, but don’t want the extra steering input required of running in 4wd. Of course, running in 4wd locked in the rear only, there’s not much additional steering input needed. And, while in 4wd locked front and rear, there seemed to be less input needed than some of the competition, which was a nice surprise, as well. Overall, we feel the engine and transmission combo of the Big Red will get you where you need to go and get you back, as well.
So, there you have it! Honda has truly gone out of their way, but in normal Honda fashion, to provide you the most ergonomically advanced UTV/MUV on the market. Now, let’s move on to the engine and drivetrain. ENGINE & DRIVETRAIN We’re not going to spend a tremendous amount of time on the engine, because there’s more exciting information in regards to the transmission. But, the things we noticed on the engine that are quite a bit different than the competition are the following: • The camshaft is adjacent to the head with pushrods to actuate the 4 valves to reduce overall engine height • There’s an oil cooler to keep engine temperatures in check in any condition and help with cold starts, as well • The ECU automatically shuts the fuel off in the event of a rollover • The engine and exhaust combination provides the quietest ride of any UTV/ MUV on the market Those are the key differentiating characteristics of the new Honda Big Red. So, now let’s talk about one of the major differences and possible advantages it has over the competition, which is the automotive style transmission. As most know, the typical type of transmission in UTVs is the CVT clutch mated to a gearbox providing forward, reverse, low gear, and maybe a park. For the Honda Big Red, they utilize a totally different technology that’s very similar to the cars we drive down the road. Instead of a belt that wears out, needs alignment adjustment, and slips when wet/muddy, the Honda 3-speed automatic transmission mimics driving a car with firm shift points and excellently chosen downshift points. In fact, when driving it, it’s so different than the rest of the playing field it’s kind of exciting to drive it. Of course, you just press the gas and go just like the rest of them, but it’s how it achieves forward momentum that’s so different. Plus, in talking with the Honda engineers, their transmission should never wear out, which is a nice added feature to having to replace CVT belts at $100 a pop. Although I can see great advantages to this style of transmission for longevity and durability in adverse conditions, there are two downfalls I see. There’s no low gear, which every other UTV on the market has. Although we didn’t get to test it, it will be interesting to see if the 3-speed transmission can turn the tires in the deepest of mud and steepest of hill climbs. Although we had no trouble climbing hills during our testing, add a load and some slow speed rocks to traverse, and I’d be very interested to see how it performs. Lastly, although there’s some engine braking, for this big of a vehicle we’d love to see more. Outside of that, we believe this transmission will hold up and perform in any condition it’s faced with long term.
STEERING, SUSPENSION & BRAKES There are a few things to note in regards to the steering, suspension, and braking for the all new Big Red. To start, the shock absorbers on the Big Red are specially designed to provide a nice supple cushy ride, yet handle the specified payloads without bottoming, as well. The way they did this is in each of the shock absorber’s valve pack, there’s a section that’s a larger diameter than the rest of the surface area surrounding the valves. This particular area is the sweet spot where people will ride most of the time. By being slightly larger in diameter in this area, the ride quality is quite plush, but as soon as you compress the shock further, the dampening increases, preventing you from bottoming out. When driving the Big Red with two large riders, under most conditions, the ride was very plush and compliant. Once speeds increased, though, I would have liked to see either even more dampening near full compression or more spring rate to keep it from bottoming. Part of this could be also attributed to the rather low suspension travel numbers, as well. But, for the most part, the double wishbone 4 wheel independent suspension performed rather nicely. In the steering department, Honda chose to use an automotive style rack and pinion steering system, which works very nicely. In all drive modes, it seems to act the most like power steering with the least amount of feedback that I’ve seen out of a UTV/MUV. If anything could be improved, it would only be at higher speeds, which wasn’t attributed to the steering but rather the soft shocks. Outside of that, it steered very nicely at low speeds in all drive modes. The brakes seemed to have no problem stopping the Big Red, which was a nice surprise given the sheer size and weight of the MUV. As mentioned above, the x-linked brake lines and oversized rotors contribute to a safe and controllable ride in all conditions we put it through. And, Honda was smart when they picked their tires, too. All 4 tires are the same size with identical offsets, so carrying one spare tire is enough when out and about.
2009 HONDA BIG RED MUV 700
ACCESSORIES Just like the other OEMs, Honda definitely recognizes the need for factory produced accessories to complement their owner’s needs. We won’t run through all 30 of the accessories Honda has for this year, but we thought some were worth mentioning that we see will be very popular. Just as others have offered, there’s a full array of half windshields, full windshields, and two piece windshields for the ultimate functionality. Honda also offers hard and soft tops in both black and camo. They also offer a mesh and fabric rear cab curtains in both black and camo.
Unlike some we’ve seen, the aftermarket front grill guard would be a nice and attractive addition to the front of your Big Red. We’re glad to see front and rear A-arm guards as an option, as well.
OHV single-cylinder four-stroke
CD with electronic advance
Electronic Fuel Injection
7.9 gal. /including 1.5 gallon reserve
4.8 qts / 4.5 ltr
Honda has a great center console storage pouch.
Automotive-style with hydraulic torque converter
Three forward gears and reverse and three drive modes including 2WD, 4WD and 4WD with all-wheel differential lock
Direct front and rear driveshafts
We’d highly recommend the digital dash over the stock dummy lights.
Here is the universal cargo mounting system, which is very handy for securing irregular objects down along with both their hard and soft storage boxes.
So, there you have it! In every way possible, it’s definitely a Honda. From the excellent fit and finish to the best safety standards in the industry, Honda has introduced the Big Red in typical Honda fashion. We look forward to getting a long-term test unit in the near future so we can do some further testing in a wider variety of conditions. 58
Independent double wishbone
Independent double wishbone 7.1
5.9 inches of travel
7.1 inches of travel
25 x 10-12 / 25 x 10-12
Length / Width / Height
Front: 200mm hydraulic disc w/51.1mm calipers Rear: 200mm hydraulic disc with 30.3mm calipers
Load Capacity Box Dimension/Capacity
42x22 in. (107x56 cm)/300 lb. (136 kg.)
Body Color options
Red, Natural Gear Camouflage
1 year fully transferable unlimited mileage
BY CHRIS RADEMACHER // PHOTOS CHRIS RADEMACHER
“THE PROWLER XTZ 1000 STARTS TO GAIN TRACTION AT 30 MPH”
2009 ARCTIC CAT PROWLER XTZ 1000 There has been a tremendous amount of new and exciting products and UTVs hit the market over the last few years, but we’re just now starting to see what we believe will be the wave of the UTV future. Welcome the emergence of really big bore UTVs and UTVs that are more versatile well rounded machines. For this year, we headed to Rapid City, South Dakota to meet up with the Arctic Cat team to see just what they had in store for us for 2009. Like you, we’ve been hearing rumors of a Thundercat equipped Prowler and a brand-new stake bed model, so we were excited to see what Arctic Cat had in store for us. This issue we are going to give you the details on the new Prowler XTZ 1000 H2 EFI. PROWLER XTZ 1000 H2 EFI When we originally heard through the rumor mill that Arctic Cat was considering putting the same 951cc motor from their Thundercat ATV into a UTV platform, we were very excited to see what type of layout it was going to be in. Was it going to be something similar to the Polaris RZR in size, or the same platform as the current Prowlers? Well, they put the amazing motor into the same platform, but with some noticeable twists. But, before we get into how it drives, let’s talk about the few items that are different on this machine from the other Prowlers, most notably the 700 XTX. • It sits 2.5” lower for a more stable stance • There are nice low-hanging foot rails for easy entry and exit • Nice looking bed rails come stock • Ryde FX Gas charged shocks • No tilt steering wheel • 3-point seatbelt with shock absorption • A whopping 256cc’s more than the 700 Prowlers • Spike load dampener to reduce driveline failure under extreme jolts such as jumping and landing with your foot mashed on the accelerator • Retail price that’s the same as a Polaris RZR S of $13,999 & only $2271 more than the popular Prowler 700 XTX
So there you have it…end of story! But, like most, you’re probably wondering if it’s worth the extra coin, right? Does it really wake it up? Can the chassis really handle the extra power? Wonder what the top speed is? Can it spin the tires on pavement? Does it smoke the competition? Yeah, yeah, we hear ya! Are you sure you really want to know? Because my guess is it’s not going to make you happy. Well, okay, I guess we’ll tell you as much as we know for now. But, before we do, I guess I ought to tell you that the paint scheme and sweet hood scoop are what did it for me, that’s for sure. So, how does it ride, huh? Well, needless to say, we spent a lot of time in the new Prowler XTZ 1000, and it’s nothing short of amazing. Step on the accelerator in 2wd and it feels no different than the Prowler 700’s, but did I mention that’s because the tires never gain traction till 30+ mph? Step on the gas from a stop in 4wd, and there’s not a UTV on the market that even comes close to the performance of the XTZ. You can literally feel the torque lurch it forward, and now the only question is will it stop. Well, the brakes are just as good as the power department. The 951cc fuel injected motor is simply amazing. No matter if you’re started from a stop or going 60 mph, stab the gas and you can tell there’s plenty of motor there to do whatever you want. So, it was off to the races, or so it seemed for me. My goal was to put the XTZ through its paces just as I’d assume most power hungry junkies would, so Arctic Cat’s course was perfect for my race. Now, the dust was bad, but I had a fellow expert quad rider with me, and my goal was to keep him from catching me. The course consisted of the same banked turns, long sweepers, steep climbs and descents, nice whoop sections, jumps, you name it. The only thing we didn’t have was mud, so it was off to racing my buddy on the Thundercat. Arctic Cat…close your ears, because hear we go! Well, I personally own a fully modded Polaris race RZR with long travel suspension and about as many modifications as you can do reasonably, I’d say it would have been hard to go through this terrain much
FIRST DRIVE faster in my RZR. Of course, the next best thing would have been long travel, but in reality, even as high as you sit in the Prowler, the 2.5” lower stance of the XTZ made a substantial difference in cornering stability. And, to my surprise, I looked back and the Thundercat wasn’t on my tail. Now chock that up to the dust, riding ability, or whatever you want, but I think it was merely due to the downright surprising performance of the new XTZ, honestly. There was one time I got it on two wheels around a corner, a couple of times I bottomed it out in some g-outs, but all in all I couldn’t get over the power it had. The first thing I’d do is take off the side steps too, because I dragged those a few times in hard rough corners. No need for the granny steps, right? The reality is that the Prowler XTZ has enough power and more, which means to me that for most people it’s going to be perfect for the dunes, perfect when loaded to the max, and perfect when you just want to go as fast as possible. And, this brings me to another unanswered question, which is how fast does it go? Well, I’m not sure Arctic Cat wants it disclosed officially, so the unofficial word is 80+ mph in stock form. Now, don’t get me wrong, you’re going to need a long straight away to get there, but you’ll get there, no doubt about it. After about 65mph, the rate of acceleration definitely decreases, but it’s still pulling. In fact, I’m guessing with some larger tires you might see 90+ mph out of this thing, if that’s something you want to achieve. Do we recommend it…probably not, especially with the stock safety items in place. But, slap some 5-point harnesses and a good racing cage on it, and it’s time to party.
Prowler XTZ 1000 H2 EFI
V-Twin,SOHC, 4-stroke, 4-valve
Okay, okay, enough of the giddy power lovin’ side of me coming out, let’s talk about the real reasons someone it probably going to buy the Prowler XTZ, right? I mean, it does have that new sexy Sunset Orange color with the scooped hood and flames. Maybe it’s the redesigned latch to prevent the bed from getting flung open by a tree branch. Maybe it’s the huge 25-gallon storage bin up under the front hood. Maybe it’s because they updated and reversed the shifting linkage to make it engage smoother and more positively. On a side note, though, if you do own one currently, be careful to remember it’s opposite of what your current one is, seriously. You could stomp on the accelerator and accidentally have it in reverse when you thought it was in forward.
Bore x Stroke
Electronic Fuel Injection
Starting / Battery
Electric /12V - 30 AH
But in all seriousness, the real reason someone is going to buy the Prowler XTZ is they want the biggest, baddest UTV out there. If winning tug-of-wars, sled pulls, hill climbs, drag races, and mud racing is your top priority, then this unit is for you. Or, maybe you just have to have the most powerful whatever it is. If you’re wondering little things like does it have cup holders or not (it does), it’s probably not the machine for you. If you’re the type to not keep anything stock, too, the options are endless just as they are with most UTVs, so the sky is the limit. In fact, I know it sounds stupid, but there are already kits on the market that will further raise the power of the XTZ by 20HP without breaking the motor apart. Imagine that! So, all in all, the new Prowler XTZ lives up to the hype and deserves its place against the other sport-oriented UTVs without a doubt. It will be very interesting to see what folks do to them, especially in the dune and mud markets where power is king.
26 x 9-14 / 26 x 11-14
What you may not like about the XTZ is the seating height is higher than most sport UTVs like the Rhino, RZR and Teryx, but they did lower the suspension height by 2.5”. It may not have long travel suspension like the RZR S, but it is faster, that is, if you could even get a modded RZR S to go that fast. An LT suspension would easily match the price for a suspension upgrade. Besides, it has more bed capacity. Reliable Rhino motor upgrades won’t even come close to the power of the XTZ. As for a modified Teryx, it would be close. I guess it comes down to personal preference. All we know is they will have to up the allowed race CC restriction from 800cc to 1000cc. So, stay tuned, because we’re planning to have a long-term unit in the near future to do some additional testing. And, to answer the last question of whether it will spin the tires on pavement or not, my guess is as good as yours!
Automatic CVT w/EBS
Hi/Low Range & Reverse
2/4 WD + Electric Diff Lock
945 lb / 429 kg
10 in / 25 cm
Length / Width / Height
4 wheel hydraulic
Load Capacity Dry Weight
Box /Flatbed Capacity
Foot Rails, Cargo Box Rails, Gas Charged Shocks
Sunset Orange Metallic Paint
ARCTIC CAT PROWLER XTZ 1000
XTREME MACHINE & FABRICATION
E M E R
ON I T A RIC
AB F & INE
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XTREME Machine & Fabrication can build anything from race to play. Their Long Travel suspension kits are available for the Rhino, RZR and Teryx.
hat do you get when you combine an extreme group of machinists and fabricators? Xtreme Machine & Fabrication, of course! The guys at XMF started out as Xtreme Fab Works, building some of the finest hydraulic tubing benders and fabrication equipment in the business. If you’re looking for a great bender, whether you’re a do-it-yourself person or have a business, their bender is top notch. Not long after their start came the UTV boom. With their interest in the off-road market, they started building parts for the Yamaha Rhino. Once this happened, they were immediately bombarded with custom fabrication orders from various UTV companies around Arizona. They started by building parts such as roll cages, roofs, and billet accessories with safety and function in mind. Having prior experience in building race cars, XMF decided to fabricate a custom long travel suspension kit for the Yamaha Rhino. It didn’t take long for word to spread about the quality and performance of their new kit! Just as they had hoped, a few of the local UTV racers got a hold of this new long travel kit, and on the track, it was a winner! Not only did they have a quality product for the racers to go out and win with, but they also provide trackside support for their racers and customers. On numerous occasions, they’ve been seen helping other race teams and privateer racers out at the track with replacement parts and labor. Now, that’s what I call going above and beyond!
Extreme manufactures their own Hydraulic Tubing Bender that is Hossfeld die compatible • Bends ½” tube up to 2” x .120 • Bends 90’s in one pull 180’s in two pulls • Bushings on main pivot point 30” stroke dual action ram • 1½ HP electric dual voltage motor • 4 GPM hydraulic pump numbered holes for easy setup • low obstruction for compound angle bends
This year Xtreme Machine & Fabrication stepped up and sponsored a CORR race team which has been very successful. So far the team has been on the podium at every race, and has two cars in the top 4 in points. Talk about performance! Considering the popularity and success of their cages and long travel kits, XMF has kept up to date with the industry by also producing cages and suspension for the Polaris RZR, as well as the Kawasaki Teryx. Word has it that they are also in the process of fabricating a long travel kit for the new 1000cc Arctic Cat Prowler, which is going to be one of the most exciting UTVs of the year. Bottom line is they can fabricate anything you can think of with their knowledge and experience. We, as consumers, can all be grateful that they have chosen to stick with the UTV industry to build and expand their success. Keep up the good work, XMF! If you are looking for some great products or custom work for your UTV, check out Xtreme Machine & Fabrication at: www.xtrememf.com or call at: 623-465-9689
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TERYX 750 FI BY DON McNEILLY // PHOTOS DON McNEILLY & KAWASAKI
THE TERYX FINALLY GETS FUEL INJECTION!
2009 KAWASAKI TERYX 750 FI TEST DRIVE We were fortunate enough to be invited to the Kawasaki Dealer show in Dallas, Texas. As we all know, everything is bigger in Texas and the Dealer show was no different. Following the Kawasaki Dealer meeting, we had the oportunity to test out the new 2009 DFI Teryx. Many of the editors headed to a bus to be taken to a test track that Kawasaki set up in a pasture. They made the track one mile in length with lots of tight turns. There were a couple of areas where they piled rocks or 4 x 4 lumber to test the four-wheel drive. For the test, Kawasaki had their lime green Sport machines. As we received our instructions from the Kawasaki team, we couldn’t wait to see if the new DFI system made much of a difference. The person in charge of the line of Teryx Sport machines said we should keep the four-wheel drive engaged and go slowly around the course. Well, you can’t blame the guy, as he had all types of drivers and wanted to make sure everyone was safe. But when you put a bunch of editors in a brand-new machine, you can’t expect them to putt around the course. As soon as I left the staging area, I selected two-wheel drive and nailed the throttle. Wow, what a difference over the carbureted Teryx. There was absolutely no hesitation. The Teryx growled and leapt forward. (We have always liked the sound of the throaty 750 motor.) The Maxxis 26-inch tires were grabbing for traction as I slid through the corners. They did a good job of hooking up and shooting towards the next turn. On last year’s model, there was a noticeable hesitation at take-off that lasted until the machine was around 18 MPH. Thankfully, this has been corrected with the introduction of DFI (digital fuel injection). The course had very little straight-aways, but had very sharp turns so we couldn’t open up the Teryx at this time. Coming into the tight turns was a great way to test the brakes. They were just like the previous Teryx, outstanding! With its rear sealed breaking system, stopping has never been a problem for the mighty Teryx. Also pitching the machine into the corners as well as braking was a good way to get a feel for the excellent adjustable sport tuned Kayaba reservoir shocks. Once again, this is a feature we like very much. The shocks perform flawlessly. You may remember when we had a chance to air the 2008 Teryx out at Sand Hallow State Park where we were jumping the then brand-new 2008 Teryx 60 feet in length. The shocks were so good, the landing was almost Trophy Truck in feel. Even though we did not get a chance to air out this new Sport Teryx, you could feel the shocks help keep the side-by-side very stable. ALL MODELS Starting with the 2009 model year, all Teryx 750s now include a digital speedometer. In addition to speed, the meter has a clock, dual trip meter, a 2WD/4WD indicator that is easy to read, water temperature and a fuel injection warning lamp. This is a welcome addition to the entire lineup. When we tested the original Teryx our test units did not have a speedometer, and that was one of our complaints. It’s nice to see the manufacturers listen to input and make changes. In addition to these upgrades, Kawasaki now has steel engine guards for better protection. They also located the battery and electrical parts higher for better protection from harsh environments.
A COUPLE OF NEW SYSTEMS THAT IMPRESSED US DFI, Digital Fuel Injection This system is designed to automatically compensate for altitude and temperature changes. There are a mix of sensors that include throttle position, speed, crankshaft, air intake, water temperature and a vehicle down sensor. There is even a new fuel tank and fuel pump to go along with the sophisticated DFI system. Because of the addition of the DFI system Kawasaki changed the air box design slightly to increase the air intake. BELT PROTECTION SYSTEM Another improvement we like very much is the upgrade to the CVT. There is now a belt protection system that senses wheel speed, vehicle speed and engine speed along with a throttle position sensor. If you happen to be rock crawling, for instance, and you forget to put the vehicle in low and the sensor reads the clutch turning, the engine is revving but the wheels are not turning for more than 2 seconds, it automatically retards the ignition timing and a belt warning light on the dash comes on. This should be a great help in saving belt wear. OVERVIEW Even with the slower sales figures for the last year, Kawasaki continues to upgrade their machines. The Teryx is a formidable contender in the sideby-side market. With its work capabilities and its sporty ride, the Kawasaki 750FI is a real winner. With the addition of the new upgrades, this machine is an absolute blast to drive. It cuts through the corners with precision. With the addition of DFI, you rocket off the turns as well. We didn’t have the opportunity to test the four-wheel drive other than to engage it to pull through the corners, but we like the ratchet hand lever on the console next to the gear shift lever to engage the full locker. We have found this to be very convenient, and it works great. With the new improved power from the DFI system and the excellent handling characteristics, Kawasaki has a side-by-side that is worthy of a close look if you are in the market. All this and it will fit in the back of most pickup trucks.
Teryx 750 DFI Sport MSRP $11,899
2009 KAWASAKI TERYX 750 FI
KAWASAKI TERYX SPORT MONSTER ENERGY: The Monster Energy edition has all the outstanding features of the Sport model with a few notable additions. The paint scheme is right out of the racing circuits with the bright green roll cage and the monster energy logo on the hood, along with green accents on the shocks and front bumper. The body is made of a thermo-plastic Olefin like you would find on the sides of some automobiles. This provides a high gloss finish that is scratch resistant. (Kawasaki uses this same thermo-plastic body on all their models) They also include a special black aluminum wheel package to give you a rugged look. Monster Energy Model MSRP $12,199 NRA OUTDOORS EDITION: Along with all the standard features of the Teryx, Kawasaki has introduced a special hunters edition designed to get you out to your hunting grounds and back safely. The body work features the same scratch resistant thermoplastic material with the added Real Tree APG HD camouflage design. The colors are so vivid that you will want to mark where you park your machine on your GPS so you can find your Teryx when you walk out of the woods. They even have a camo dashboard, front bumper guard, and wheels to complete the package, along with a strengthened camo hard top cover. Since this unit will be used by hunters, the engineers even included a half windshield to help keep you warm as it directs the wind up and away from your body, as well as dual Koplin gun scabbards to keep your weapons safe and dry. NRA Model MSPR $12,149 68
There is also an LE camo model that has most of the features of the NRA edition but without some of the camo features. It comes in a Realtree Hardwood Green HD camouflage body. 750 FI-LE Camo MSRP $ 11,849
Teryx 750 FI-LE All the great standard features mentioned earlier with the addition of a sun top cover, along with a half windshield. There are also several new painted colors available. This should help you have a more individual look as you add your own Kawasaki accessories to your new ride. Colors are Metallic Titanium, and Sonic Blue Metallic. MSRP $ 11,549 Teryx 750 FI Even the base model comes with the full instrumentation package along with the upgraded transmission and sport tuned suspension package. All models this year also include a gas assisted strut tilting bed with a carrying capacity of 500 lbs that features tie-down hooks in all four corners of the bed along with a cargo net. We found this to be an excellent feature to make it easy to keep your cargo in place. MSRP $10,899 Look for us to do a full, in-depth review of the Upgraded Teryx 750 FI as soon as we get our hands on our very own test machine. Iâ€™m sure the editors will be arm wrestling to see who gets the pleasure of being able to feel all the power and performance this side-by-side can throw at us.
There are also several new painted colors available. This should help you have a more individual look as you add your own Kawasaki accessories to your new ride. Colors are Metallic Titanium, and Sonic Blue Metallic.
Kawasaki Teryx Sport Monster Energy Specs
2009 KAWASAKI TERYX 750 FI
SOHC, four valves per cylinder
Bore x Stroke
2 x Mikuni 34 mm throttle bodies
Digital DC-CDI Electric /12V - 30 AH
Continuously variable belt-drive transmission with hight and low range, plus reverse, and Kawasaki Engine Brake
Hi/Low Range & Reverse
Selectable four-wheel drive with Variable Front Differential Control, shaft
Suspension Front Travel
Adjustable dual A-arm with aluminumbody gas-charged shocks with piggyback reservoirs, fully adjustable preload, and adjustable rebound/compression damping / 7.5 in
Adjustable Independent Rear Suspension (IRS) with reservoir-equipped gascharged shocks with adjustable preload and adjustable rebound/compression damping / 7.5 in.
Dual hydraulic discs with 2-piston calipers
Sealed, oil-bathed, multi-disc
Large diameter, thin-walled, high-tensile tubular steel
Maxxis 26 x 8-12 / Maxxis 26 x 10-12
945 lb / 429 kg
Length / Width / Height
Load Capacity Dry Weight
Cargo Box Capacity
(2) 40W headlights, (2) 8W taillight, 27W stoplight
Multi-Function Digital Meter with speedometer, fuel gauge, clock hour meter, odometer, dual trip meter and parking brake, R/N/P/4WD, water temp and oil pressure indicators
PAIUTE BY CHRIS RADEMACHER // PHOTOS CHRIS RADEMACHER
TRAIL WE CHECK OUT THE FAMOUS PAIUTE TRAIL SYSTEM, JUST IN TIME TO SEE THE MOUNTAINS CATCH ON FIRE WITH NATURE’S FALL COLORS.
he Paiute Trail System is one of those long sought out trails that everyone here at the magazine has been wanting to do for a while. We’ve been trying to plan a trip to this popular destination for some time now, and it wasn’t until talking with Shannon Bushman of XXX Offroad out of Marysvale, UT that we planned our trip. We were excited to not only ride the trails that they know so well, but also have a chance to see their operations in full swing. In addition, we had just heard that there was going to be a new UTV Jamboree held in Marysvale, UT at the famous Lizzie and Charlie’s Campground and RV Park. We also had a chance to meet up with Doug Meyer from ATV Television who also lives and runs his television show in this quaint little town, so we knew we were going to have some fun hanging out with some old friends, as well. Leaving Flagstaff, AZ, I headed to Marysvale, UT on Thursday September 25th, which ended up only being a little less than a 5-hour drive. Upon my arrival, I met up with Milo and Shannon for dinner. But, in normal Paiute Country fashion, we didn’t drive by car, we hopped in their UTVs and headed to the Big Rock Candy Mountain Restaurant via Trail 02, 22, and finishing up on Trail 74. Dinner was great, and I began to learn that the way of life in Marysvale is a little slower and relaxed than I am used to. This was great and just what I needed, the whole idea of riding your UTVs, ATVs, and dirtbikes anywhere you needed was a nice change of pace.
condition of the trail, because it used to be very technical. Unfortunately, they had bulldozed it so the majority of the rocks were off the trail. But, it was gorgeous riding on a 50” trail through the trees and panoramic fields. We took it to Trail 01 on the East side north to Trail 78 up to the top of Monroe Peak. We were a little hesitant to head all the way to the top of the Peak, because it had been raining off and on, but the views were well worth it. In fact, this was the location of where the photo on the official Paiute trail map was taken. By this time, it started to get a little cold as we headed down Trail 65 to Trail 24 back to Marysvale via Trail 02. Just as luck would have it, the weather had decided to let loose, and we were thoroughly soaked to the bone by the time we got back. On Sunday, we took Trail 02 west to Trail 01. On our way up, we happened upon a group of dirtbike riders that had an accident. Luckily for them Darin, of Bulldog ATV Racks, is an EMT, so he had her fixed up and on her way back down in no time flat. Trail 01 is known as the Joe Lott Trail, which took us to the Fremont Indian State Park. We took a quick tour of the park’s hieroglyphics, and then headed up Trail 13 to the Ghost Town of Kimberly. Then we rejoined Trail 01 down to Trail 02 and headed back into town. Overall, we couldn’t have asked for better riding experience, and the weather was fantastic this time of year. The leaves were spectacular in color, and we got to hang out with old friends and made new ones, as well. We’re looking forward to attending the UTV Jamboree hosted by Lizzie and Charlie’s Campground & RV Park on August 13-15th,
On Friday morning, I met up with Shannon at XXX Offroad’s shop, and we headed up Trail 77 up Bullion Canyon to the miners park. One of the things we were so excited about was all the leaves were changing. I think we got lucky and hit it right at the peak to see the fall colors change. The colors were the most vivid I’ve seen, just absolutely amazing, to say the least. We snapped a few pictures of the old mining buildings, then turned around and continued up to the top of Marystop of Allunite Ridge, which is referred to as the Bradburn Saddle. There were some really nice sunset clouds in the distance and panoramic views in every direction you could see. I’m not quite sure how high we got to, but we were obviously above the tree line. On Friday afternoon, we took the same route we took on Thursday night, but continued up Trail 74 to Trail 01 to the top of the mountain. Talk about views! All I can say is wow! Upon our return, it was dark, so we chose to return the quick way via Trail 02, which was a screamer, but if you get going too fast and miss a corner off the cliffs, you’d fly. On Saturday we hooked up with Darin Bushman, Shannon’s brother; Doug from ATV Television; and Milo from Lizzie and Charlie’s for yet another great ride on the other side of the main highway. We took the Barney Lake Trail, which isn’t considered an official trail on the Paiute Trail System, but it is a designated forest service road #194. Everyone was interested to see the 74
2009. In fact, I’d highly recommend their facilities whether you attend their Jamboree or not. They have very clean cabins, around 100 RV spots, tents spots, trailers you can rent on-site, and even a fully furnished house you can stay in, as well. In addition, if you don’t have a UTV or ATV to ride when you visit, they rent a wide variety of ATVs and UTVs, including the Polaris Ranger Crew. They’re right in the heart of the trail system and served as the base camp for our stay on our trip. Right across the street, there’s also a great restaurant they run, as well, called the Prospector. But, don’t expect much else to be around. In fact, if you’re driving the speed limit, you can count to 30 and be through the main part of town. But, right from camp, you can get gas, buy groceries, clean off your vehicles at the car wash, and eat some great food. What else could you ask for on your vacation? If you are planning a trip here in your UTV and have heard that the trails are mainly for 50” wide or less, don’t worry, this is for only about 1% of over 2,000 miles of trails. We highly recommend going in fall when the leaves are changing color if you get the chance. If not, anytime from spring to fall is great unless you like the cold. For more information to help you plan your next vacation, visit the following websites: www.lizzieandcharlies.com • www.utvjam.com • www.atvutah.com • www.marysvale.org • www.atvtv.com
companyspotlight BY CHRIS RADEMACHER
X X X D A O R F OF I first met Shannon Bushman a few years back when he was an avid enthusiast with a passion for the UTV industry. Having been in the ATV industry for years, the UTV segment for Shannon was just as new to him as it was to everyone else. But, for Shannon, he caught the UTV bug like so many have, and since then, it’s been great to watch him grow his new company: XXX Offroad. But, unlike a large majority of UTV oriented companies that exist today, Shannon’s goal was to create a company focused on products that suit the majority of customers’ needs, priced right, as unique as possible, and with function in mind, as well. I had the chance to meet up with Shannon and his brother Darin in Marysvale, UT recently to observe their operations and spend time learning more about their company. Not only did we have a great time riding the famous Pauite Trail system, we installed their Bulldog UTV rack in our Project F-250, which will be featured in the next issue. Here are some additional products they make or sell, as well. Street Legal Kits If you’re not aware, Utah is now allowing UTVs and ATVs to become street legal, so Shannon and Darin jumped to the occasion by creating a slick and easy to install street legal kit. I bet they sell a ton of these in the future.
5 Gallon Fuel Tank w/ Bracket - If longer backcountry excursions are your thing, this might be the better bet for your RZR. Cooler w/ Bracket - With gas on one side and your cooler on the other, you should be good to go.
Cargo Box Bracket Running out of space to put everything in your Polaris Lock and Ride Box? Well, with this new bracket, you can load all sorts of additional stuff on top of it. We tested it by securing my Pelican Case I use for my camera equipment, and it held it perfectly.
Universal Cargo Bracket If the Polaris box isn’t your thing, having this bracket in the bottom of your bed is handy for securing whatever suits your needs.
Yamaha Rhino - Under seat 2.5 Gallon Fuel Tank w/ Bracket Because of the additional space that the Rhino affords, using the space under the seat to haul some additional fuel is a great way to utilize this space.
Tire Bonnets We’ll be testing these with our new rack from Bulldog Racks in the next issue, but I love the idea behind these, especially with high dollar shocks not having to be compressed for long road trips.
Overall, we had a great time spending time with Shannon, Darin, and the rest of their family in Marysvale, UT. Look for our article this issue on the Pauite Trail System, as well. You can find out more information about XXX Offroad and all their products here: http://www.xxxoffroad.com or call 866424-6349. Also, don’t forget to look for them at all most of the powersports shows/expos around your area.
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