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Is this the best all-around family 4-seater? Comfortable, capable & affordable!

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FROM THE EDITOR An unlikely comparison…

March /April 2020 Edition

BY CASEY CORDEIRO PHOTOGRAPHY CASEY CORDEIRO

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e say it all the time, but this is an awesome time in the UTV industry. If you’re thinking about buying one, now is a great time to do so! Case in point – look at these two UTVs on the market: the Kawasaki Teryx KRX 1000 and the CanAm Maverick 1000R X RC. These two seem to be unlikely competitors, but they are actually pretty darn close. And, they represent two new vehicles that show you how far the industry has come as a whole. One represents the FIRST ever sport UTV for a manufacturer (Kawasaki…). The other, Maverick Sport X RC, is built off of a solid trail machine that now has 6 different variations to the SAME model. These two show the depth of a lineup from one manufacturer, being Can-Am, and the strength of the UTV industry to have Kawasaki now being a player in this category. I want to start by taking a look at the Kawasaki KRX, which, quite frankly, represents an exceptional first attempt at a sport UTV from a manufacturer that knows a thing or two about creating reliable, durable, and capable vehicles. If you haven’t driven a KRX yet, you should really get your butt in a seat of this beast. There is virtually nothing that can stop this machine on the trail. 2-3 foot rock climbs are easy-peezy-lemon-squeezy. Just put the optional UMHW skid plates on the KRX and you’re ready to tackle literally any terrain in stock form. It comes with 31” tires mounted on beadlock wheels from the factory, and it also has a frame that is more stout than seemingly anything on the market. Lastly, one of my favorite things is that Kawasaki thought about the little things and made the KRX easy to maintenance for everyone. Again, as a first vehicle, it is an exceptional effort from Kawasaki, and you’ll continue to see many KRX’s on the trail. The Can-Am Maverick Sport has only been around a couple of years, but Can-Am is pushing the bound-

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aries of “Special Edition” vehicles on the market by doing more than just adding accessories and putting different colors/graphics on vehicles. They are putting a complete set of engineering prowess together to develop the RC edition. The RC has different shocks and suspension settings, tires/wheels, and an upgraded front differential. Compared to the stock Maverick Sport, which is still extremely capable (you can read our long term review elsewhere in this issue…), the RC is built to literally tackle any trail. Especially when you factor in that the RC comes with a lot of foresight and great accessories built in from the factory, including a winch and full skid plates. I don’t know about you, but the evolution of the UTV industry is phenomenal, and these two machines from Kawasaki and Can-Am show just how steady the industry is to be able to support these vehicles. On one hand, you have a manufacturer like Kawi with only one sport UTV but a great one at that. Then, you have Can-Am in the mix with over 50 different sport UTV variations in their lineup of vehicles. Who knows how far these manufacturers will go?! We’re excited to be on the ride with you… Be safe out there, and we’ll see you on the trail!


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FULL TEST OF THE

2020 POLARIS

RZR PRO

XP 4 All-new from the ground up, is this new RZR still challenging for the best all-around family 4-seater? STORY & PHOTOS: CASEY CORDEIRO

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ometimes when manufacturers say “all-new” about their latest vehicles. It’s a bit of marketing fluff. You know this, we know this, they know this. So, it’s truly surprising when a vehicle comes around that is “all-new” from the ground up. Let’s just get this out of the way right from the start – the 2020 Polaris RZR PRO XP lineup is truly “all-new” from the ground up, and that is a wonderful thing. Let’s dive in and see what the PRO XP 4 is all about…

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Highlights: To get you started, let’s go over some of the most important features of this new RZR PRO XP 4: • NEW one-piece frame that is no longer bolted together. From the driver’s seat, it feels more rigid. • More power – same ProStar twin cylinder turbo engine layout, but it has 181 horsepower now. Engine internals have been beefed up to handle the extra power. • Better clutching – all-new primary clutch ditches the problem-child bearings that can wear out. We have tested this new PRO XP clutch over 1000 miles now and it is superior in every way compared to past generations. Oh yeah, we are still on the original belt, too. • The best Polaris drivetrain – the massive Turbo S front differential is present on the PRO XP lineup. No more rattles are heard from the carrier bearing in the middle of this 4-seater (yes!!) either. Upgraded axles and driveline components are found at all 4 corners. • More refined – there has never been a RZR this refined. It doesn’t squeak. The seat sliders work every time. And, the bolts really do stay tight.

• Interior – it’s the most automotive style interior in the industry with great plastics, much better layout than before with plenty of room for accessory switches, and more. Plenty of room for all 4 passengers. Polaris still has some work to do on quality, though (more on that later…) • Full doors for front and rear passengers – finally! • Great visibility out the front and sides for all passengers, especially the driver. • Maintenance is easier than ever with a complete cargo bed tray that removes with 4 bolts. The CVT belt cover retains the screws when you take it off, too. Last but not least, the plastic covers behind the rear seats come off for easy access to the front of the engine. • PRO XP 4 has an ingenious fold flat seating system in the rear that allows you to have an incredible amount of storage capacity. If you want an adventure machine, this is a phenomenal option! • Full under belly skid plates are found from the factory. • In a nutshell… the RZR PRO XP has a bit of everything mixed in – a bit of YXZ1000R visibility and handling meet Maverick X3 seating position meets almost Talon refinement. Could this make the RZR PRO the best UTV out there?

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The PRO XP lineup, which currently measures out to be 64” wide and is available in either 2- or 4-seat vehicles, is the so-called “third generation” of RZR. The aforementioned features are the highlights of this new PRO XP 4 that we are reviewing.

ENGINE

Some people will say that the incremental jump to 181 horsepower isn’t enough to really “feel” while out on the trail, especially when we say that it’s competing with the 195 horsepower Maverick X3 lineup. From our seat-of-the-pants testing over the past 1000 miles, I can clearly say that this PRO XP 4 has plenty of power for 4 people and all of our stuff inside. The sound is still intoxicating from this RZR ProStar engine, and it has no hint of turbo lag. The power is linear and smooth if you want it to be, yet it hits hard if you really get on the throttle. Speaking of the throttle, the throttle-by-wire system has no lag to it, and this is something we really appreciate. Does it need more power? Those who really want

to give it “the beans” will surely want a bigger HP number under their right foot, but, in reality, there is no need to have more power. This thing flat out rips!

TRANSMISSION/DRIVETRAIN

As I mentioned in the highlights, the driveline has all been upgraded with bigger axles, reimagined CV joints, and more refinement than ever. I’m continually impressed that even after 1000 miles in this RZR PRO XP 4, the driveline is all quiet and tight. In past RZRs, you would hear the carrier bearings start to wear and make more noise, and you’d hear the differentials make noise as well. The new PRO XP is truly an upgrade with no differential or driveline noise. One thing that I still don’t like is how you can’t put the machine in 4wd at speed. That is just silly since the front differential is auto locking anyways. Every other manufacturer allows you to put the machine in and out of 4wd at speed, so I hope Polaris makes this change in the future. UTV OFF-ROAD MAGAZINE 15


SUSPENSION

There are 3 models in the PRO XP 4 lineup – base, Premium, and Ultimate. The base and Premium models come with non-electronically adjustable suspension, but the Ultimate version comes with Dynamix active suspension system that is co-developed by Fox and Polaris. These Fox shocks give you 3 different modes of suspension adjustment that are selectable from the driver’s seat – Comfort, Sport, and Firm. The great news is that Polaris’ latest adjustments to this Dynamix system have truly made all 3 modes usable. Firm used to be basically unusable. With this latest system, it is pretty amazing how far the Dynamix system has come in an effort to give the driver ultimate control and confidence of the vehicle. Taking on big G-outs, long whoop sections, or just choppy terrain is easily accomplished with 1, or 4, people strapped in the vehicle. The steering wheel controls allow you to change the shock settings on the fly, and you also have access to the red button. This Dynamix red button is utilized when you see an obstacle coming that needs full stiff suspension to tackle. Simply press and hold the button to activate the shocks to be in full stiff mode, giving you bump absorption and incredible control over the vehicle. If you thought the previous Dynamix system was useful, this is the real deal, and it is incredible! All of these good things highlight the latest Dynamix system. However, I still wish it came with a true dual rate spring setup that included crossovers for ultimate adjustability.

TIRES/WHEELS/BRAKES

Putting a different spin on tire choices compared to past RZR vehicles, the PRO XP has 30” Maxxis Carnivore meats mounted on 14”, non-beadlock aluminum wheels. Not putting beadlocks on a machine of this caliber is a mistake, but Polaris did get the tire choice right. Some of you will contradict that statement and ask why 32” tires aren’t included from the factory, but the 30” tire size offers great rollover on obstacles, great traction with an open tread pattern, and predictable handling with a flatter top profile of tire that doesn’t bite too much when the 16 UTVOFFROADMAG.COM


2020 POLARIS RZR PRO XP 4 backend comes out. This tire makes the PRO XP 4 a very predictable handler, and the light weight of this tire/wheel setup allows the PRO XP 4 to have less unsprung weight. As far as the brakes, there is no issue stopping this 2026 lb vehicle. Yes, it is heavy overall, but it handles its weight very well and stops very well.

INTERIOR & EXTERIOR

The exterior of the RZR PRO XP 4 has been elongated in several ways. The wheelbase has gotten longer and now totals 125”. From behind the wheel, I was surprised to find that pushing this machine in tight, technical terrain is actually still very easy. The quick lock-to-lock steering is, dare I say, the best of the sport UTV world. It is weighted so well with great on-center feel, and it enables the machine to blitz between tight corners. When the speeds increase, quick adjustments are easily made with little flicks of the steering wheel. When you couple the quick steering with suspension controls at your finger tips, this RZR is a blast to drive! The positive driver feeling is expanded when you’re snugly tightened in the all-new driver’s seat. In fact, all of the seats are new, and I can finally stop complaining about the driver’s seat slider. The latest rendition is on par with others in the industry, finally. The steering wheel adjustment up & down, in & out is stellar, and this really completes the driver’s seating position. Look for more manufacturers to do this in the future, and great job to Polaris for innovating. Again, comfort of the seats is very good, but still not quite the best in the industry. Lower lateral seat support is great, but its the upper shoulder support is lacking a bit. I do wish the engineers left the seat belt to only 4-points instead of the 6-points. But, overall, the entire passenger area is more comfortable in this RZR for both front seat and rear seat passengers than ever before. Hard edges are still found in this RZR, and that isn’t always the best, but rear seat passengers will have plenty of room. I’m 6’3” and have plenty of leg room in the back with a great, stadium-style view over the front seats. The dashboard is very automotive style with a UTV OFF-ROAD MAGAZINE 17


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very well laid out design. The controls are all easy to get to. If you’re into mounting accessories, you will LOVE the Polaris Pulse bar in the interior for easy accessory hook up – that is one of the best features of this vehicle. The accessory position on the ignition switch allows you to use the full Ride Command system, Rockford Fosgate stereo, and all of the accessories on the Pulse Bar as you’re sitting at camp or at your favorite hangout spot with family and friends. Overall, there is no better factory integration of a GPS system into a vehicle than Ride Command. The 7” glove touch screen reacts quickly to your adjust18 UTVOFFROADMAG.COM

ments, and the screen’s different views allows you to easily see the machine’s different built in features. Last but not least, if you like long overnight trips, this 4-seater needs to be on your shopping list. First and foremost, the rear cargo bed storage is great and has virtually the same amount of storage as previous RZR models, and the bed now comes completely off with 4 fasteners. The rear seats also fold completely flat, giving you seemingly unlimited storage space in the back seats. I see many buyers completely ditching the rear seats and utilizing the space for all of their storage needs. This is truly one fo the best features of this vehicle.


2020 POLARIS RZR PRO XP 4 FINAL THOUGHTS

Circling all the way back around to what I originally said in this article, this 2020 Polaris RZR PRO XP 4 is truly an “all-new” vehicle that takes a RZR to the next level and has innovations sprinkled throughout the entire vehicle. I haven’t raved about a RZR in a while, but this PRO XP 4 deserves a lot of praise.

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Yes, there are still some downfalls and imperfections to this vehicle, but the sum of the parts make it a great option if you’re looking for this kind of UTV. It comes at a steep asking price at $32,299 MSRP, but I can positively say that it is well worth the money. Your local Polaris dealer should have them in stock, now.


LONG TERM REVIEW

1800 MILES IN CAN-AM MAVE SPORT DPS 10 Going from Colorado’s 12,000 foot mountains to the sand dunes to the vast desert trails. How does the Maverick Sport Hold Up? STORY & PHOTOS BY CASEY CORDEIRO

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HIGHLIGHTS

Being that the Maverick sport is 60” wide, this is really a trail machine that just dominates the mountain passes and east coast trails. The real highlights of this machine are the comfort from the Fox shocks, comfort from the very well executed interior and seats, excellent storage capacity and storage solutions, and powertrain system that enables this machine to pretty much go anywhere you want it to go. We took our 2019 Can-Am Maverick Sport DPS 1000R from sea level to over 12,000 feet in elevation, on

multiple 100+ mile rides, and used it to tow trailers, which it does very well with the included 2” receiver. Here are our thoughts on all of our experiences behind the wheel in the Maverick Sport DPS 1000R after the last 1800 miles…

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Can-Am's Rear Cargo Enclosure accessory is on of the best add-ons you could ever install on a Maverick Sport. ENGINE

Fire the Maverick Sport up and the first thing that makes you smile is that signature Rotax V-twin sound. That just never gets old. Personally, I like the Sport’s engine tune better than the X3’s high pitch wine behind your head. We tested the 1000R version for 1800 miles, and this hearty V-twin has only required one fill of the oil before the 1500 mile main service mark. I also really appreciated how the engine has plenty of heat shields on it to minimize the heat transfer into the cab and into the enclosed cargo area (see “Final Thoughts”, below, for more info on accessories…). The vehicle stays cool in the hot weather and gives you a great riding experience, no matter the temperature outside. Also, the all important battery has been great the entire time providing confident starts, hot or cold. Power wise, this 976cc V-twin engine in the 1000R version has plenty of power for all kinds of different

riding terrains. After all, 100 horsepower in a 1405 lb UTV is plenty to get you up the steepest hills. In the sand dunes and wide open trails, you might notice how this engine signs off in the power department at the very high RPMs. This Rotax engine is made to grunt down low and put out a ton of V-twin torque. It definitely doesn’t have X3 top end power, but it isn’t made to be that kind of engine. This is a trail machine, and it has all of the power you need in a UTV with these compact and nimble dimensions. Since we’re on the subject, I have driven both the 75hp 1000 version and the 100hp 1000R version, and the 75hp version has plenty of power for those of you who are going to “cruise” more than get up on the wheel and drive this Sport hard. You’ll definitely notice a big jump in acceleration though with the 1000R version, and I would recommend getting the extra power if it fits within your budget. There is nothing wrong with getting a bit of extra growl for those “just in case” moments. UTV OFF-ROAD MAGAZINE 25


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Plenty of clearance means a tight turning radius.

TRANSMISSION/ DRIVETRAIN

The CVT transmission has been bulletproof over the past 1800 miles. I carry a spare belt with me all the time (you all should!), but I am still running the original belt on this vehicle. It has been solid, and I’ve only taken the cover off once to clean out the dust in the clutches and check the belt over. Overall, the clutches and entire transmission have been flawless with no weird gear anomalies. After this many miles and driv26 UTVOFFROADMAG.COM

ing the vehicle up to over 12,000 feet in elevation, the clutches are really well put together in regards to the weights. It is just dialed in. If you want to tackle any gnarly trails, then we’d advise you to purchase the XC version of the Maverick Sport, which comes with a Smart-Lok front differential. This differential makes a huge difference when we compare it to the mediocre “auto-locking” front differential found in the standard Maverick Sports. When it comes to traction on muddy climbs and

Spring setups are soft all around, making for a very comfortable ride.

rock faces where you need to get up and over obstacles, the standard front differential just doesn’t lock up fast or complete enough to get you up and over the really tough obstacles. This has become one of the biggest things that I notice when we are out on the trail with the standard Maverick Sport, I just wish it had a better front diff. Luckily, the XC version has the better front differential, and it has beadlocks and better suspension, too. If you don’t plan on tackling hillclimbs or real rocky


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Great fuel mileage means you can find rad destinations in the Mav Sport! sections, then the standard differential will be just fine. As with any vehicle, it is smart to put a winch on the front of the vehicle for those “just in case” situations.

SUSPENSION

Talk about buttery smooth suspension – the 1000R DPS model of the Maverick Sport has nonadjustable Fox shocks on it, but it is still extremely smooth straight off the showroom floor. It blows away comparable vehicles in the suspension category. Frankly, if

you want the smoothest riding UTV on the market from the factory, it is really hard to beat the Maverick Sport. The suspension just soaks up all the small chatter bumps and medium sized hits like they aren’t even there. It is so comfortable that we regularly came back from 100 mile rides ready to go again. It is just that comfortable! After prolonged use, we did notice that these non reservoirequipped shocks fade after about 15 minutes of consistent wash-

board roads. The ride doesn’t get unstable or too harsh, it just stiffens up a bit. QS3 reservoirequipped Fox shocks would be a nice upgrade. Luckily, the XC version has these shocks. The only time you’ll say that this suspension is “too soft” is when you’re really pushing the machine fast. It tends to blow through its travel when hitting large square-edged bumps at speed (anything over about 10” tall). The bottom out isn’t vicious in any way; the machine actually UTV OFF-ROAD MAGAZINE 27


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Bighorns are still one of the best stock tires. Go anywhere, do anything!

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Carry as much as you can fit in the back!

Sealed full half doors are the best on the market. soaks up the big hits well. However, compressionadjustable shocks would be really nice. Again, the XC model has QS3 shocks that are adjustable, so this is the solution. You might just have to spend a bit more money on this particular model of the Sport.

TIRES/WHEELS/BRAKES

The stock tires on the Maverick Sport were extremely surprising to use over this long of a period. The Maxxis Bighorns have been known to wear out pretty fast with their widely spaced lugs and plenty of “sea” space between the tread, but this particular set of tires has been on the machine since it was brand new, and they still have plenty of tread on them. Even through the mountain passes/tree lined trails and rock-fill deserts, these tires have been bulletproof. I haven’t had any flats whatsoever or issues with the rims. The brakes on this Maverick Sport bite a bit abruptly when the pedal is pressed, giving you a non-linear feel. However, there was never an issue stopping this machine, even when putting it through laps on a tree-lined track in the mountains at fast speeds. The confident brakes allow you to hustle this thing into corners with confidence. 28 UTVOFFROADMAG.COM

INTERIOR & EXTERIOR

While the interior is very functional but also bare bones, the one thing that really sets the Maverick Sport apart from every other UTV In the industry (except the Maverick Trail, obviously…) are the superior side doors. These are the best in the industry because of their complete half door build and stock rubber seal from the factory. These keep the elements out, and you can still see over them for great visibility. Speaking of visibility, the well bolstered seats sit you up in a comfortable and medium height position, which allows the driver and passenger to have a great view of the trail ahead. The front fenders are a bit long on this Maverick Sport, and this somewhat impedes your view directly in front of the vehicle. However, the seating position is very comfortable for long trips, and the driver has easy access to all controls. If you’re like me and like a middle ground between fully tech’d-out with gadgets from the factory and bare bones, the digital dash in the Sport is a bit bare bones. The upgraded digital dash in the XC, MR, and RC models should make its way down to the standard models soon; this would be a great addition. Otherwise, you can hook up accessories to the power point under the front dash easily, and there are plenty of open switch spots in the dash.


When it comes to technology that gives you the performance edge, nothing can touch the Honda Talons. Features like our exclusive 6-speed Automatic Dual-Clutch Transmission and our I-4WD system that provides confidence-inspiring traction in a wide variety of terrain. Our 999cc Unicam® engine offers the reliability and build quality that only comes from Honda engineering. And our Talon line just keeps growing, with two- and four-seat models, a choice of suspensions, and a huge line of accessories. One ride and you’ll see how life is better side by side. powersports.honda.com Honda SxSs are for drivers 16 years of age and older. Passengers must be able to grasp the grab bar with the seat belt on and both feet on the floor. For your safety, drive responsibly, read your owner’s manual, wear a helmet and eye protection, always wear your seat belt, keep the side nets and doors closed and never drive after consuming drugs or alcohol. Talon™ and Unicam® are trademarks of Honda Motor Co., Ltd. ©2019 American Honda Motor Co., Inc.


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Do yourself a favor and definitely get the DPS (Dynamic Power Steering) model over the standard edition. This machine is so comfortable on long rides that you don’t want to ruin your arms by not getting power steering. Plus, in my opinion, this DPS system on the Maverick Sport/Trail is the best DPS system that Can-Am makes in a sport UTV. It has better on-center feel and more consistent dampening throughout the entire lock-to-lock steering system than the tri-mode unit in the X3 lineup. Other great items included in the interior are the massive glove box on the passenger side, plus the convenient small storage area on the driver’s side. I really enjoyed how there are 2 pre-made spots on the center, upper dash for mounting Ram ball mounts. This was a great addition by the Can-Am engineers, and I enjoyed having our GPS systems mounted to this area. It allows you to put other Can-Am accessories, like windshields and other items, on the vehicle without having to figure out where your GPS systems and mobile devices will mount on the exterior ROPS system.

With plenty of power and a fantastic engine sound, the fun is around every corner in the Sport!

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FINAL THOUGHTS

There are 2 accessories that you should absolutely have when buying a Maverick Sport. The first is the sport plastic roof for sun protection. The second is the All-Terrain Trunk Cover, which is quite possibly one of the most usable accessories in the UTV world. It is SO simple to install and keeps all of your items secure in the adequately sized cargo area. It also keeps everything out of the weather. Other than that, the Maverick Sport absolutely earns two thumbs up from us for longevity, fun drivability, and comfort on the long haul. This is a machine that is built to take on any trail and do it comfortably for an entire day of riding. I have grown to love the Maverick Sport, and it has become the go-to family vehicle for us. Plus, the price of the Maverick Sport is absolutely reasonable and justified where it starts – $16,999 MSRP. Be safe on the trail, and we’ll see you out there!


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FIRST DRIVE:

2020 FORD SUPER DUTY 1050 lb-ft of torque. 37,000+ lb towing capacity. 10-speed automatic transmission. Tremor off-road package. Need we say more?! STORY & PHOTOS BY CASEY CORDEIRO

2020 is all about power train updates for the Ford Super Duty lineup, and that is not a bad thing. If you’ve been following the Super Duty model progression, this is essentially with a small mid cycle refresh. While the powertrain did get the bulk of the improvements, the interior did get some material refinements, too.

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"And, possibly even more significant is the fact that you can still get the Power Stroke diesel with the Tremor!"

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FIRST DRIVE: 2020 FORD SUPER DUTY When first looking at the new trucks, you’ll notice the front and rear headlight changes the most. They are very clean and easy on the eyes compared to the blocky front end that Ford has used the past 3 years. The sides of the truck have been kept nearly the same, and the tailgate has been smoothed out to match the rear taillight modifications. Overall, the outside of the truck is clean and definitely a good looking vehicle. More importantly than the outside looks of the new Super Duty, this 2020 truck now includes the fully refreshed third generation of the Power Stroke 6.7-liter diesel engine. It now has 475 horsepower and 1050 lb-ft of torque. Yes, those are class leading numbers. Plus, virtually all Super Duty trucks will come with the all new 10-speed Torqshift automatic transmission. The 6-speed automatic is still the base transmission, but you’re going to want the 10-speed. Keep reading… The notable engine addition to the Super Duty lineup for 2020 is the “Godzilla” 7.3-liter Gas V8. This power plant is rated at 430 hp and 475 lb.-ft of torque. It has a cast-iron block with large four-bolt main bearings that are cross-bolted with a forged steel crankshaft. Other features include port injection, in-block cam with variable timing, stainless exhaust manifold, and a variable displacement oil pump. Overall, this is a great engine option and saves the buyer thousands of dollars compared to the Power Stroke diesel engine (the Power Stroke is a $10,495 option compared to the base V8 engine setup). Pair the 7.3L with the 10-speed automatic and you have a very competent engine option! From the drivers seat, the new Super Duty is incredibly quick off the line. We didn’t get to sample the 6.2L V8, but the Power Stroke and Godzilla engine options just keep pulling and pulling from the moment you crack the throttle. Credit the new 10-speed automatic for incredibly smooth shifts and always being in the right gear. It is an intuitive transmission, and I loved having a trailer behind me going up a steep 6% grade while still being in 6th gear. That just means that this transmission is always in the right gear to give this truck maximum power. UTV OFF-ROAD MAGAZINE 35


It was only when we maxed out the load of an F-450 with 35,000+ pounds that the Power Strokeequipped truck “struggled” to maintain 40 mph up our 6% testing grade. I say “struggled” lightly because it really didn’t even slow down that much, and the truck had been easily conquering the towing grade time after time for all of the editors in attendance. We came down to normalcy for a bit and hooked up more popular fifth wheel and bumper pull trailers to F-350’s and F-250’s for additional towing tests. Again, when I said that 2020 was all about power train improvements for Ford, I really did mean that. These trucks tow with the upmost in confidence, easily pulling an 18,000 lb fifth wheel up the 6% grade. Again, with the diesel in an F-350 mated to the 10-speed auto, the transmission was typically in 6th gear while pulling up this grade, giving the driver just the right rpm for max power output. That’s the real magic of this transmission - it’s always able to be in the right gear so you are getting max power to the ground. No matter if I was towing with a long bed or short bed setup, the truck was always confident, too. The 7.3L gas engine is definitely louder going up these grades with the increase in RPM of this engine. And, it doesn’t keep up with the Power Stroke in terms of pulling power. However, for a gas V8 engine, it has plenty of power to handle up to 21,200 lbs of fifth wheel or conventional towing. Here’s the winning question: do you spend the extra money to get the Power Stroke diesel? Or, do you go with the 7.3L V8 gas engine? After towing with both, I would highly recommend that you decide what you’re primary goals are with the truck. Will you be towing regularly and pushing the truck with heavy loads? If so, the answer is a no-brainer – get the diesel engine. You will be so happy you did, especially when you pass everyone going up the mountains “cruising” at 70 mph with your 20,000 lb trailer in tow… If you’re going to be using a Super Duty for a mix of around-town family fun and a bit of light towing, the 7.3L gas V8 engine is the right choice for you. It will cost you significantly less up front, has less maintenance costs (it’s a simple V8 after all!), and still tows like a champ. It 36 UTVOFFROADMAG.COM

won’t get up the hill as fast as the diesel, but it will still easily get you to your destination. Other significant towing features available on all Super Duty trucks are the power mirrors, multiple camera viewing angles (even on the back of your trailer if you want) that are afforded by the technology packages on higher end models, and pro trailer backup assist, which is handy if you’re a newcomer to the trailer backup game. If you’re confident backing up a trailer, then you won’t need this feature. But if you want extra assistance, this is a great system that makes it easy to back up a trailer by just spinning a dial on the dash. The truck literally does the rest for you. The dial allows you to turn the trailer in the direction you want it to go, easy and effective.

The new front fascia design of the Super Duty is cleaner yet still instantly recognizable as a Ford, no matter which F-Series you are looking at.


FIRST DRIVE: 2020 FORD SUPER DUTY So, you’ve also heard about the all-new Tremor… The Tremor is significant because it retains all of the Super Duty’s capability while still being off-road worthy. And, possibly even more significant is the fact that you can still get the Power Stroke diesel with the Tremor! If you’re a Ram Power Wagon fan, then you will definitely notice the Tremor because it has more towing capability, and the option to have that Diesel engine. The latter fact is significant since the Power Wagon is only available with a Hemi engine. While the Tremor probably won’t off-road better than a Power Wagon in the real gnarly stuff (it doesn’t have a disconnecting from sway bar like the Power Wagon does), the Tremor is still very capable. If you’re savvy with handling dynamics, you’ll feel

the extra weight of the diesel engine up front when you’re off-road. If you want a bit more capability off-road, then you’ll want to go with the Godzilla V8 engine. If you don’t mind the additional weight, get the Power Stroke. Even with the Tremor’s factory lift and 35” Goodyear Duratrac tires, you’ll be able to tow up to 15,000 lbs with a conventional trailer, or up to 21,900 lbs with a gooseneck. You’ll also be able to ford up to 33 inches of water, enjoy the best approach (31.65 degrees) and departure (24.51 degrees) angles of any Super Duty every made, enjoy the benefits of trail control with automatic “cruise control” for off-roading, and use the locking rear differential and new Dana limited slip front differential. Crawl ratios are 53:1 with the V8 engine and 44:1 with the diesel engine. Plus, you can get a 12,000 lb

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The driver has easy access to all controls in the Super Duty's interior. It's functional, but it's just not quite as luxurious as the Ram. Warn winch from the factory! As a complete package, that is pretty darn incredible if you ask me. I was able to take a Platinum F-350 single rear wheel Power Stroke diesel truck (mated to the 10-speed) on an extended road trip during this drive, and here are some notes from my drive time… The quality of the inside is really nice with small upgrades for the 2020 model year, but there is no need for those massage seats. For comparison, the Ram Heavy Duty interior is still better laid out with more space for all of your stuff, more space in the front center console, and it seems a bit quieter inside than the Ford. The Ford does have lots of space in the back seat, plenty for an entire family. The 10-speed transmission is tuned exceptionally well for on-road driving. Man, this transmission is worth the price of entry by itself! It is smooth through all gears, and it can skip gears when you downshift. The power from the Power Stroke is also 38 UTVOFFROADMAG.COM

very exceptional – freeway on-ramps are now an adventure in speed control with this much power. Suspension is tuned equally well for on-road compliance – the Ford rides smooth enough without being overly harsh. The on-center steering feel is great. There is no jumping when the road gets rough. If you’re looking at the esthetics, the grill on the single rear wheel truck is different than the dually. The dually has a grill that has more airflow for the increased capability of the truck. To top this all off, I managed to get 20.4 mpg with the Platinum F-350 Power Stroke diesel (10-speed auto equipped) on a loop that consisted of highway driving and a bit of city stop-and-go for about 175 miles. That was in a truck that only had 3500 miles on it – pretty incredible! The one place the Super Duty falls a bit short is this… The interior of the Ford really needs an upgrade. Yes, it still includes a full technology suite


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The seats are fairly supportive for a long day in the saddle, and there is plenty of storage in the console. Again, the Ram beats the Ford on functionality though.

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that does anything you need it to do. However, the screen and general dash layout just isn’t quite on par with the Ram Heavy Duty trucks. The seats are still comfortable, and there is plenty of room in the back seats for 3 people. Leg room galore, actually. The real story behind this all-new Super Duty lies in the 2020 power train package, which sets the bar for output numbers in a heavy duty truck. The good news is, the Super Duty actually puts those big numbers to work for every Ford truck buyer. If you’re a blue oval diehard fan, you’re going to want the new 10-speed tranny to pull your trailers; it is really that good. The diesel engine power doesn’t hurt either, and it is significant enough over the 2nd generation Power Stroke that you’ll feel the difference. And, if you want all of that capability in an off-road

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package, then the Tremor is for you. A factory lift and bigger tires sell the looks of the truck while the huge capacity numbers let you know that you can still tow that big toy hauler down the road. Pricing for a popular F-250 XLT starts at $38,485. Lariat models will start at $46,600. F-350 trucks with a single rear wheel will start just about those prices at $40,010 for the XLT and $48,120 for the Lariat. If you’re curious, yes, you can spec a Ford Super Duty to over $100k now – wow! The Limited F-450 starts at $90,530, but you get a whole lot of truck for that price. Great job Ford, the all-new Super Duty is a fantastic buy for 2020. You can check out the Super Duty trucks at your local Ford dealership now.


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The Tremor shows us that luxury features (look at that sunroof) are in complete harmony in an off-road truck. The Tremor will make you want to take the road less traveled!

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E H T F O G N KI

S R E M M HA P A C E R E C 2020 RRACAN-AM! FO THE YECAASER Y CORDEIRO BY STORY & PHOTOS

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peed. Brutal. Towering. Boulders. Impossible. These are just some of the phrases that come to mind when King of the Hammers (KOH) comes up in conversation… King of the Hammers is one of, if not THE, toughest one day off-road race on the planet. You have to be ready for everything – high speed desert, mountain passes, whooped out nastiness, massive rock climbs, broken cars blocking your path, and everything in between. Rod Hall’s famous saying of, “You much first finish to finish first” has never been more true. Oftentimes, it’s the 42 UTVOFFROADMAG.COM

team that drives at 80% the entire race that finishes at the head of the pack. These are all things that make King of the Hammers one of the most brutal and fun races for teams to tackle anywhere on the planet. The question is, who would end up first this year?! Let’s start from the beginning… Months ahead of this race, followers on social media could see that many of the factory teams were training out in Johnson Valley, CA specifically for this race. While the official course wasn’t released, the Can-Am, Polaris, Yamaha, and Honda factory efforts knew they were going to have a battle on their hands


Hunter Miller led a crowded pack of racers from the start. The close action was a spectacle to see!

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UTV RACING when the green flag dropped. The effort was put in to make sure that each team would have a good chance of winning come race day. The team with the most to gain this year was definitely Can-Am. They have been title sponsors of this UTV race for several years now, have purpose-built vehicles for this type of terrain (named “RC” editions), and have a full fledge factory team that has grown significantly in the past several years. Can-Am even brought in racers who are only scheduled to race this race with the factory team and no other races all year. To say they were motivated is an understatement. Then, on the flip side of the Can-Am tent, you have the factory Polaris team, which is comprised of some of the most proven rock racers on the planet. Names like Mitch Guthrie SR, Mitch Guthrie JR, Branden Sims, Blake Van De Loo, Wayne Matlock, Kristen Matlock, and Bryce Menzies are all on the factory team, not to mention many more running RZR vehicles. Polaris’ history at the event is stellar with KOH victories year after year. Obviously they had a stellar team, but they also had the most to lose. Then you have Yamaha and Honda, both of which are racing with smaller overall factory efforts.

The scenery is one of the best parts of this race in Johnson Valley. Racers are treated to a bit of everything in this diverse terrain.

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With only a few obstacles left, CJ Greaves would break.

However, it is still awesome that they have factory efforts at all! Yamaha brought out some big guns with the Greaves family and Brock Heger, who has proven to be a young gun in the sport of off-road. On the flip side, Honda Factory Racing has launched a full fledged UTV racing program with two young guns themselves, including Christopher Polvoorde and Eliott Watson. Both Yamaha and Honda have a different thought process to their vehicles compared to Can-Am and Polaris, namely with the fact that they utilize transmissions that you have to shift, rather than belt-driven units.


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UTV RACING Last but not least, you have Kawasaki fielding one of their venerable Teryx KRX 1000 side-by-sides with the legendary Jeremy McGrath behind the wheel. There was no doubt that “Showtime” himself can read terrain and get through some of the gnarliest rock crawls KOH has to offer, but could he take the coveted win? The question is – who would ultimately come out on top?! The race would start out with several different manufacturers listed at the top of the qualifying order. Can-Am would hold the top spots with Polaris right in the thick of things. Yamaha was in the top as well, and then you had Honda and Kawasaki drivers running right there. The Miller brothers, who are Can-Am factory drivers and would start on the front row in 2 separate Maverick X3’s, would jump out to the early lead. It wouldn’t take long to realize that the Can-Am’s were gunning for the win. Kyle Chaney would make his way into the lead through the desert section on the first lap. Hunter Miller was literally right behind

him, and Phil Blurton was right there, too. Then you had the Polaris team roll in with Mitch Guthrie SR putting on a strong show in his new RZR PRO XP. I was at Backdoor watching the action at the tail end of the first lap as these drivers went through, and these front runners had a massive lead on the other competitors. Once the gap went by, then we had a long string of drivers show up, including CJ Greaves, Sara Price, the Honda Factory racing teammates, McGrath, and so many others. At one point, there

Wolff racing had a great showing this race and stayed right up front with the leaders.

McGrath showed us just how tough the new Kawasaki KRX really is. It's a beast, even in near stock form!

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This iconic obstacle, known as Backdoor, swallowed several more competitors this year. The good news was, all competitors had to go down it twice. If at first you don't succeed, try again! was a backup to get down the massive 6’ rock ledge that has made Backdoor so famous. Some made it down, some flipped over and had to be rolled back onto their wheels. With so much spectator space in this area, it was one of the hotspots to watch! After watching the competitors run through Backdoor, I made my way out to the end of the desert portion on lap 2, which was the final lap of the event. In total, the first lap was 78 miles, and the second was just under 65, bringing the total to 142 miles. Going down backdoor on lap 1 was one thing to accomplish, but it was lap 2 that was on a whole other level. The competitors would have to tackle several rock climbs and go up Chocolate Thunder, up Wrecking Ball, and still make it down Backdoor an additional time… I hiked into Wrecking Ball to catch the leaders as they passed by. I wasn’t even in the gnarliest rock section of Wrecking Ball yet when passed me hiking on the side of the mountain. He was absolutely flying in his X3. There was no one even close to him

on track, so it’s no wonder he would go on to take a huge win for Can-Am! In fact, I did catch most of the other competitors coming up that rock section in Wrecking Ball, and it was no surprise to me that Can-Am would sweep the podium after seeing all of the Maverick X3’s at the front of the pack. Kyle Chaney and Phil Blurton would take 2nd and 3rd place, respectively. Mitch Guthrie SR, who has the most crowns at KOH in the UTV class, would take 4th place just off the podium. He was one of two Polaris RZRs in the top ten, the rest were all driving Can-Am vehicles. To say it was impressive showing for Can-Am would be an understatement! They dominated this race, from prerunning to qualifying to race day. So, who will step up next year? Or, will the Hunter defend his crown?! You can bet there are plenty of other competitors who want to claim the title of KOH champion. We encourage you all to get out there and see the race next year. You can bet that we’ll be there to take in all the action! UTV OFF-ROAD MAGAZINE 49


J E R E M Y M C G R AT H ’ S

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PHOTOS BY ADAM CAMPBELL PHOTOGRAPHY

Seven-time supercross champ Jeremy McGrath, who has been

serving as a Kawasaki brand ambassador and Team Green mentor, took on the 2020 King of the Hammers event in his all-new Kawasaki KRX 1000 UTV. McGrath, along with co-driver Brendon Thompson, started 42nd and put their near showroom KRX into the 7th position. Bad luck over the final few miles push them out of the top 10, but they finished one of the world’s toughest off-road races in 29th out of 140 UTVs that started the event.

All-new from the ground up, is this new RZR still challenging for the best all-around family 4-seater? BY CASEY CORDEIRO PHOTOGRAPHY CASEY CORDEIRO

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ometimes when manufacturers say “all-new” about their latest vehicles. It’s a bit of marketing fluff. You know this, we know this, they know this. So, it’s truly surprising when a vehicle comes around that is “all-new” from the ground up. Let’s just get this out of the way right from the start – the 2020 Polaris RZR PRO XP lineup is truly “all-new” from the ground up, and that is a wonderful thing. Let’s dive in and see what the PRO XP 4 is all about…

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J E R E M Y M C G R AT H ’ S

KAWASAKI KRX 1000

BUILD SHEET PRP SEATS GT3: $925 PAIR

RUGGED RADIO KRX SYSTEM RPR660 & RM60: $1691.00

PRP BELTS: $125 EACH

LOWRANCE ELITE 7 TI2 GPS: $549

MPI JM2 STEERING WHEEL: $239

JM2/EXTREME CHROMOLY CAGE W/ ROOF: $2,250

RIGID 40” E SERIES LIGHT BAR: $1799

JM2/EXTREME 3-PIECE MESH GRILL: $149.99

RIGID 10” E SERIES FRONT BUMPER BAR: $550

JM2/EXTREME MODULAR ROOF RACK: $399.99

ICON ALLOY 15” BEADLOCK WHEELS: $239 EACH

JM2/EXTREME CURVED GLASS WINDSHIELD: $1,300

MAXXIS 35” CARNIVORE: $220 EACH

JM2/EXTREME LOWER VALANCE: $150

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JM2/EXTREME UPPER VISOR: $150 JM2/EXTREME CHROMOLY FRONT BUMPER W/ SKID PLATE: $424 JM2/EXTREME CHROMOLY REAR BUMPER W/ SKID PLATE: 499 JM2/EXTREME CUSTOM ALUMINUM DASH: $750 JM2/EXTREME FRONT SEAT SLIDER KIT: $150 EACH JM2/EXTREME SIDE MIRROR KIT: $119.99 JM2/EXTREME NERF BARS: $315 UTV OFF-ROAD MAGAZINE 53


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essential products for camping

What are you going to pack on your next trip?

Here is a guide to some of the best items on the market. STORY & PHOTOS BY CASEY CORDEIRO

Camping is a wonderful activity to do with your family, and bringing along the right gear is important to keep everyone comfortable and ready to come back for more. This list provides an overview of 15 essential items to have in your camping kit. And, you can rest assured that we have just tested all of these items on a 7-day, 710 mile UTV Adventure ride through deserts, mountains, rain, snow, sunny days, and everything in between… So, get out there and enjoy some starry nights with all of these essential camping items!

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Camp Stove – Camp Chef Everest 2X Camp Stove Price: $143.00

When assembling your camping kit, you want to be sure you have all of the essential cooking items, like silverware and plates, tables and chairs, propane bottles, and, of course, a camp stove to boil water and cook your food on. We have been really excited to use our Camp Chef Everest 2X camp stove, and the time finally came on this 7-day trip. The Everest 2X has 2-20,000BTU burners, giving the stove much more power to cook, boil water, and make coffee in the morning. We found it to be extremely useful on the trail with its compact size, available carry bag, and easy to use functionality. I love how the sides just fold in and also become wind barriers when folded out. This stove is really well thought out, and it also lights very easily with the matchless ignition, even in high winds that we experienced. Once the trip was done, the stainless drip tray is easy to clean. If you want to hook it up to a larger propane bottle, you can do that with an accessory gas converter. Overall, this Camp Chef Everest 2X works flawlessly and has a compact layout, providing easy storage on a big camping trip!

Go to: www.campchef.com

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Warm Jackets – FXR Mens Fuel Jacket 20 Price: $275.00

Staying warm on the trail, especially when the rain hits and the wind howls, is one thing that we are never going to take for granted. FXR has an incredible lineup of gear, and their history in making top notch snowmobile gear ensures that your off-road adventures will be warm and cozy. After using this jacket for 7 days on the trail, which was mixed in with rain, cold temperatures below 30 degrees, and warmer temperatures around 70 degrees, this jacket easily kept us all comfortable no matter what the weather through at us. When the temperature warms up, the inner liner removes so you still have a protective outer shell. And we had no problem staying warm cruising at 50mph in an open UTV with temperatures dropping into the 30’s. Plus, how can you go wrong with all of the available colors?! Overall, this jacket strikes a great balance between price and performance, and you’ll find that it will outlast your expectations.

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Klymit Sleeping Gear – Build a kit of Tents, Sleeping Bags, Sleeping Pads, and Pillows

Cross Canyon Tents: Starting at $199.95, KSB 0 Large Sleeping Bag: $299.95, Drift Camp Pillow: $39.95, Sleeping Pads: Starting at $44.95

We say it time and time again, but staying comfortable at night is imperative. A bad night’s sleep can ruin your entire trip, especially if it is smack dab in the middle of a multiple day camping trip. On our 7-day excursion, we used all of the Klymit products listed here, and we came away super impressed with how warm and comfortable we stayed even as temperatures dipped into the teens at night. The Klymit sleeping pads and KSB 0 sleeping bags are the money makers here – not only does it feel like you’re at home on a comfortable bed with the 2” thick inflatable sleeping pad, but the KSB 0 sleeping bag is warm when you need it be, but doesn’t overheat you on warmer nights. The latter fact is the reason I have been so skeptical with mummy-style sleeping bags (the KSB has more room than a traditional mummy bag, too), but the KSB doesn’t overheat you even when the temperatures are warm. Climb in on a cold night and the bag is warm within about 30 seconds. The Drift Camp Pillow is one of those innovative products that you take for granted, too. It folds up nicely and has an ingenious covering system to keep your pillow dry and ready to use night after night. The Cross Canyon 4-person tent has plenty of room to stand and fit 4 people; in our case it was 3 people and a pup. Yes, you’re spending more money on these items than simple Walmart camping gear, but the comfort, longevity, and superior build quality are all reasons to buy Klymit gear. I can tell you from first hand experience, these items are well worth it!

Go to: klymit.com

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Cooler & Reusable Water Bottles – Pelican 50 QT Elite Cooler & Portable Water Bottles

Price: $308.95 for the cooler and $24.95 for an 18oz bottle

On a 7-day trip, you’re going to want a cooler that you don’t have to fill up with ice every 2 days. During our 7-day excursion, we only had to re-fill this Pelican cooler once! The ice retention is exceptional, and this cooler was mounted in the back of a RZR PRO XP 4 right on top of the engine. I’ll say it again, the insulation is impressive, and all of us on the trip found that the secure latches, built-in handles, and rubberized non-slip feet made this cooler worth every penny of its asking price. The portable water bottles were much the same, and we enjoyed the secure lids when out on the trail. This bottle is one you don’t worry about because of its durable construction, too. Plus, you want reusable items when out on the trail so you don’t accumulate trash.

Go to: www.pelican.com

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Storage Bags – Keep Smiling Powersports JAB Tactical Adventure Bag Price: $119.99

While these bags don’t look like they are very wide, they actually hold a ton of stuff for camping! We love these bags for holding our Klymit tents, pillows, and sleeping pads in one space. A very well built bag, the JAB Tactical bag has massive zippers, which are found on the top and sides. Mounting solutions for these are plentiful, too, with built in straps on the sides of the bags. We ended up putting these bags on the back of a Honda Talon 1000X-4 and securing them with bungee straps. The system works awesome, kept all of our stuff out of the elements even in an overnight rainstorm, and provides a ton of storage or all of your goods. The thick outer shell and very well-made zippers are the two elements that put this bag over the top. Plus, how can you not smile when you see this bag?!

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Spare Tire & Carrier – Polaris Accessories for the RZR PRO XP Lineup

Price: $499.99

With the ability to move up and down, this spare tire carrier is one of the best we have used on the market. You still have full access to the entire bed in a Polaris RZR PRO XP, plus you can mount tools or other items to the underside of this spare tire carrier. Again, it still allows you full access to the bed, too. After 800+ miles of abuse, we found that this spare tire carrier is built to last and holds a 32” tire with ease. The included Y-strap holds everything in place securely, too.

Go to: rzr.polaris.com

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Portable Power, Jumper Box, and Air Compressor – Schumacher 1200 peak power

Price: $124.99

Yes, these items are more bulky than a small jump starter these days. However, if you don’t have a built-in air compressor mounted in your UTV, then this Schumacher doubles down as a very handy tool – it can start your vehicle in a pinch, and it can pump up your tires with ease. It also has an air mattress pump built in, and it can easily charge your devices when out on the trail. We used it to charge up phones and GoPros on a 7-day adventure, and the battery never went dead on us. It lasts a long time and can provide you and your family with the emergency jumpstart when needed. A built in power meter ensures that you always know what the charge level is at, and the LED light even came in handy for camp setup at night.

Go to: smile.amazon.com

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Off-Road Capable GPS system – Garmin Overlander Price: $699.99

We have heard so many riders say, “I know where I’m going, I don’t need a GPS!” Well, many of those have also told us that they have, indeed, gotten lost while out on the trail. So, do yourself a favor even if you are a world renowned navigator – buy a portable GPS system like the all-new Garmin Overlander. You can plot your own courses and even store it away while out on the trail. With a magnetic mount that easily attaches to RAM mounting accessories, this Garmin is a do anything and go anywhere GPS. It’s also weatherproof, so, like we did, you can leave it in the elements while you’re camping at night and come back to a fully functional GPS system. The maps are all high resolution, and we really appreciate how easy it is to track your rides and use all of the built in features. Plus, I’ve been using it for months for off-road navigating, and for street-based drives in my truck. The dual functionality and easy mounting makes this GPS system a winner.

Go to: smile.amazon.com

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Reusable cups, plates, and silverware – Wealers Complete Messware Kit

Price: $30.99

Creating a camping kit is all about minimizing the “stuff” that you bring. That’s why we’ve included compact items over big, bulky things. This place set is easy to use, easy to clean, and easy to store for 2 people and all of your eating needs on the trail. Just remember to bring a cloth or soap/sponge to clean these off after use. Stainless construction will ensure that they last while bumping down the road, too.

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LED night lights – Harbor Freight Braun 1250 Lumen Work Light

Price: $37.99

This particular night light is extremely bright, and it doubles as a portable battery charger for your small devices. Tools like these are very handy on the trail, and our camping group found ourselves putting this Braun night light up on our UTV roof to light up the entire campsite. They are also more compact than a lantern, and you can recharge them with a simple 12V plug in your UTV.

Go to: www.harborfreight.com

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Winch for emergency recovery – WARN Axon 4500 S

Price: $799.99

This tends to happen to all of us – once you get the camping bug, you’re adventures get longer and longer and you can’t help yourself. Pretty soon, you’re going to need extra fuel while out on the trail. The proven option for this is a Rotopax fuel container, which is leak proof and built to be jolted around on the trail. Rotopax has mounting solutions, and the aftermarket also has many different solutions for you. We recommend the 2-gallon for convenience and compact size, or you can opt up to the 3-gallon size, which we have personally used with great success.

There is no substitute for quality, and WARN winches are the top dogs when it comes to vehicle recovery. We have used and abused an Axon 4500 S for the past several months in everything from sand dunes to muddy trails to river crossings to wide open deserts. The pulling power is plenty and the synthetic line is very easy to handle. The compact and all-in-one design of the Axon series makes it worth every penny. And, installing this WARN was a cinch with no contractors to mount and minimal wiring. For the do-it-yourselfers like us, the fact that you can get a mounting plate from WARN is awesome as well. If you’re out on the trail and need to get out of the vehicle to winch, the digital corded remote is a very handy feature to have for this winch. Overall, we are very impressed with the compact package and fantastic build quality that this WARN Axon system includes!

Go to: rotopax.com

Go to: www.warn.com

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Spare Fuel Containers for extra mileage – Rotopax Fuel Container

Price: $69.95

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Electric Start Propane Torch (fire starter) – Harbor Freight Price: $19.99

Fitting onto a small propane canister with the simple screw-on design, this propane torch is compact and easy to take with you on a camping trip. You have to bring small propane canisters for your camp stove anyways, so why not bring this torch as well. The push button start keeps your hands away from the flame, and this tool became our go-to fire starter over our recent 7-day adventure. No alternative fuels needed, this lights the wood with ease and also gives you a good heat tool just in case you need it on the trail for broken parts.

Go to: www.harborfreight.com

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Tool Set in a tough container – Craftsman 150-piece Gunmetal Chrome Mechanics Tool Set Price: $149.00 (25% off price)

We see it more often than not – UTV drivers don’t have the proper tools with them when on the trail. They break down, then what?! Having a tool set that has all of the sockets, screw drivers, allen wrenches, and Torx bits that you could possibly need is imperative, and this kit has all of that. With a lifetime warranty, you don’t have to worry about getting dust or mud in the tools either. We have abused this kit the past several months on over 1000 miles of riding. The exterior box has held up beautifully, and the interior contents all stay in one place with the included divider. This kit is highly recommended! In addition to a kit like this, you should also have at least a recovery strap, duct tape, spare fuses, bailing wire, gloves, and other pertinent tools with you.

Go to: www.lowes.com

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Camp Chair – Ozark Trail Quad Chair Price: $39.95

I don’t know about you, but I’ve tried all of the camp chairs. From the big ones from Costco to the smallest camp chairs that fold out just big enough for your bum, they all have their pros and cons. That’s why we ended up buying a couple folding camp chairs from Walmart before our last trip. They are easy to store with a compact folding design, easy to use when you get them out on the trail, and they lasted just fine on our 7day adventure. With colors galore and availability everywhere, these are an easy item to through in your camping pack.

Go to: www.walmart.com

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OFF-ROAD TECH GUIDE WORDS: LANCE SCHWARTZ PHOTOS: LANCE SCHWARTZ & MANUFACTURERS

PANAVISE BarGrip XL: $35

Are you a tech nerd who also happens to be an off-road motorhead? If so, there are so many cool gadgets out there to make your adventure and off-road experience so much more satisfying. Whether your boat is floated by the latest camera gear or the most trick new tool, our Off-Road Tech Gear Guide has you covered!

Being able to mount an action camera to a UTV rollcage has never been easier than with the addition of the PanaVise BarGrip XL. We’ve mounted our cameras to cages, bumpers, and suspension parts with excellent results.

GO PRO

SONY

Hero 8 Black: $400 mounting kit Being able to document your adventure, no matter the elements, is a modern day innovation. Go Pro’s recently launched Hero 8 adds to their lineage of excellent action cameras. A new build-in mount, increased image stabilization technology, and the ability to add external mics and lights are just a few of the reasons that the new Hero 8 is legit.

RX100 VII (aka Mark 7): $1100 This little camera is absolutely amazing! The video autofocus capability is second to none, and a 70-200mm 2.8 optical zoom lens is incredible. An external mic plug delivers the capability to attach your favorite microphones. And...it’s small size is absolutely perfect when hitting the trail and space is at a premium.

SMALLRIG

SMALLRIG

The perfect compliment to your GoPro Hero 8 is this killer cage from SmallRig. In addition to providing cold shoe mounts and numerous ¼”-20 holes for accessory mounts, it also provides the GoPro with the ability to accept 52mm filters.

The perfect compliment to the Sony RX100 VII is this cage. Numerous ¼”-20 holes to mount accessories and cold shoe mounts abound. Plus...the wooden handle makes handling the Mark 7 easier...especially with gloves on!

GoPro Hero 8 Vlogging Cage and Mic Adaptor:

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Cage for Sony RX100 Mark 7: $69


RODE

DJI

If you’re doing a little off-road content production and need to have great sound from your talent, the Wireless Go from Rode is about as dope as it gets. Wireless transmission and excellent sound quality are great traits. However, the big deal is just how quick and simple setup and teardown is, allowing you to run and gun your content collection.

At just 249 grams, the Mavic Mini is small enough that registering it is not required. That means less hassle from the man! The tiny size packs plenty of tech, with a 3 axis gimbal capable of capturing incredible content that only a drone can capture. The Flymore combo adds a case, extra batteries, rotor guards, additional props, more doodads and extra gizmos that make the extra $100 it fetches worth it.

RODE

GAIA

Wireless Go: $199

Video Micro: $59 Lots of portable electronics have built in audio. Unfortunately, those mics typically suck. The Rode Video Micro is an outstanding bargain. Not only is the sound light years ahead of most every internal mic we’ve used, it doesn’t require any batteries to operate. Operation is simple, easy, and sound quality is excellent.

DJI

Osmo Pocket: $399 There are certain situations where smooth video is imperative. One of the best ways to accomplish this is with a gimbal. Unfortunately, until now most have been big and bulky. The DJI Osmo Pocket is the perfect companion to throw in your gear bag and roll. While the size is tiny, its capability is massive!

Mavic Mini Drone Flymore Combo: $499

GPS Software: Free (limited access), $40 year (full access) Imagine having access to all of the motor vehicle use maps, public and private land maps, precipitation forecasts, wildfire maps, and USFS and USGS topography maps. Additionally, all of this conect is accessible without the need for a cell phone signal on devices with GPS chips.

RUGGED RADIO

2 Piece Intercom/60 watt Radio/ Alpha Audio Helmet Kit: $1508 These kits provide the ability for passengers to talk to one another, vehicles to communicate with one another, and for music to stream wirelessly through the system.

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OFF-ROAD TECH GUIDE SPOT

AIM

With a minimal purchase and a very low monthly fee, your family and loved-ones can track your location when you’re out in the sticks and out of range. On only four AAA lithium batteries, the device can send up to 1250 “check in” updates or custom messages to the custom contact list. Plus, in emergency situation, the SOS feature contacts 911 and delivers the GPS coordinates to send help.

This unit pulls information from your UTV’s ECU. With an included infrared sensor, transmission belt temperature is no longer a mystery. GPS data like speed, position, lap times, etc… are all built into the design.

Gen 3 Satellite GPS Messenger: $150

Electronics UTV Dash: $599

JACKERY

Explorer 500 Portable Power System: $499 Check out one of the lightest and most powerful portable charging systems on the market. It features three USB ports, an AC outlet, and a 12v output. The Explorer 500 can also be charge with an AC outlet, a DC outlet, or through an optional solar charger. This unit provides power to charge your smartphones, GPS devices, tablets, cameras, drones, etc…..

PCI

RaceAir Mini: $225 If you’re looking for fresh air to breath on a dusty trail, the RaceAir Mini is an awesome option. Available with a built in battery pack, this unit is essentially plug and play!

FLASHTORCH

Mini: $159

Can you imagine a tiny flashlight so damn bright you can start a campfire with it? 2300 lumens makes this bad boy next thing to a light saber!

S&B

Particle Separator: $399-$435 Have you ever imagined an air filter for your air filter? If not, you’re missing out! If you ride in dusty terrain, this is a must-have item to help protect your engine while also maintaining maximum power output!

TRAILTECH

Belt Temp Gauge: $46

The kryptonite to your CVT belt is heat. If you monitor the temperature of the belt, the likelihood of overheating and ultimately destroying it is greatly reduced.

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MILWAUKEE

PRO EAGLE

If you’re a Milwaukee tool fan (who isn’t?) and you already have the M18 battery packs, this light tower if perfect for around the shop, at the campsite, or in the pits! With 3000 lumens of multidirectional light that can operate either from a battery or an extension cord, this thing is lit! Oh yeah… and it doubles as a battery charger! You’re welcome!

This lightweight, portable jack is constructed of stainless steel and aluminum, with just over 2 feet of lift height. A super portable 25g CO2 cartridge is capable of lifting 2,000lbs twice!

RINSEKIT

POWERTANK

If you’re an overlander, having the luxury of taking a warm shower out in the bush is priceless. With an included 12v heater, hot water showers out on the trail are now a reality!

Tire repairs out on the trail are about as common a repair as they come. This kit not only has the tools and supplies to repair the tire, the tiny little tank has enough volume to fill up to five UTV tires on a single fill! For just a few bucks at a paintball shop, the tank can be refilled with CO2 at your local sporting goods store.

PELICAN

AGM

If you’ve got expensive gear that you can’t afford to get wet, crushed, dusty, or tossed around, Pelican’s R60 Ruck case is perfect to throw in your rig.

If you’re in the market for the baddest assed electric UTV jack on the market, the AGM jack is incredibly trick. Compatible with either Milwaukee or Dewalt batteries (your choice), jacking your UTV up is as simple as the push of a button.

Rocket Tower Light Charger: $198

Plus Outdoor Bundle: $190

Ruck Case R60: $65

Phoenix CO2 Air Jack: $400

Mini Power Tank CO2 Air Source: $176

Electric Jack: $1190

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LATEST UTV & SIDE-BY-SIDE

9 NEW PRODUCTS FOR YOUR UTV STORY: STAFF OF UTV OFF-ROAD PHOTOS: COURTESY OF THE MANUFACTURERS

HMF

Titan Series Dual Full Exhaust System

Fitment: Polaris RZR XP Price: $1039.95 Available in polished or matte black ceramic coating. The HMF Titan Series Dual Full Exhaust Systems from HMF Racing feature a 5-inch diameter and 16-inch stainless steel silencers and a stainless-steel downpipe that replace the entire exhaust system from the turbo back.  The downpipe includes a flex joint and custom laser-cut heatshield that mounts to the downpipe.  Available in both the Loud (XL) and Quiet (QS) options.

SUPERATV Portal 4” Gear Lift

Fitment: Most UTVs Price: $2900-$3,400 If you’re looking for a way to provide a lift on your vehicle while simultaneously providing a 15% gear reduction to turn bigger tires, SuperATV has you covered. In the 4” configuration, you’ll get plenty of lift to clear taller tires, while also remaining an appropriate height to enjoy both mud and trails with little compromise.

KLIM

Terra Firma Dust Suit

Fitment: Your body Price: $129.99 - $159.99 Available in sizes Small to 3XL in grey only. Drawing a line in between a full race suit and a shorts/t-shirt getup, KLIM introduced this UTV driving suit to the masses. It’s not made to race specs, but it is made to handle the harsh sand and desert environments with a tough outer layer design. The design is a full suit layout in an effort to keep all of the outside elements off of your body. Simply unzip it when you get home and voila, you’re ready for the campfire.

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ICON

Alloys UTV-Spec Compression / Bronze

Fitment: Can-Am, Polaris, Honda UTVs Price: $251.99 Available in size 15x7 only in both 4x136 and 4x156 offsets Known for their truck and SUV suspension systems more than anything else, Icon Vehicle Dynamics has been steadily making their way into the wheel space (for trucks and SUVs) over the past couple of years with their Icon Alloys brand. Now, they have just released a UTV-specific wheel. Two different bolt patterns are available to fit most of the latest UTVs on the market. Features true beadlock rings with grade 10.9 hardware, aluminum alloy construction and 1,600lb load rating.

KWT

Prefilter Particle Separator

Fitment: Polaris RZR 900/1000 S, RZR XP 1000, RZR XP Turbo, Can-Am Maverick X3, Honda Talon Price: $399.99 KWT might be new on the block, but the company has a rich history in manufacturing. Their new KWT prefilter particle separators are made to extend the life of your air filters while also precleaning dusty air before it ever reaches your air filter. With easy mounting and a fairly compact package, KWT is a go-to source for all of your particle separator needs.

SUPERATV

Maverick X3 Heavy Duty Carrier Bearing

Fitment: Can-Am Maverick X3 Price: $84.95 Available in Billet or Cast Aluminum Your factory Maverick X3 carrier bearing is notorious for premature wear, leaving you with an undesirable vibration that will lead to other drive train parts failures down the road. SuperATV’s heavy-duty carrier bearing is designed to go mile after mile, giving you a long-lasting and smooth ride. It features a self-aligning bearing, which unlike the factory bearing, it’s fully sealed and greaseable.

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LATEST UTV & SIDE-BY-SIDE

9 NEW PRODUCTS FOR YOUR UTV STORY: STAFF OF UTV OFF-ROAD PHOTOS: COURTESY OF THE MANUFACTURERS

HMF

Defender HD Front Bumper

Fitment: Polaris RZR PRO XP Price: $369.95 Available in Black, Indy Red, and Polaris Blue HMF has been making hard parts for UTVs for many years, and one of their latest products is a front bumper for the recently released Polaris RZR PRO XP. The HMF Defender | HD Front Bumper is built from .095” steel tubing and provides protection to the front of the machine. In addition, the bumper also includes a 3/16” aluminum skid plate with an integrated light mount that can accommodate LED light bars up to 9 inches, or (2) 4” LED square lights. HMF includes all necessary hardware and instructions. You can even color match your vehicle with several different color options on these HMF Defender bumpers.

EPI

Can-Am Maverick X3 Turbo R Clutch Kit

Fitment: 2017 to 2019 Can-Am Maverick X3 Price: Varies based on kit Many people ask, “why should I replace the stock clutch weights?” Well, the answer to that question is fairly simple. Can-Am engineers do a great job at putting together a clutch weight system that fits all kinds of terrains, but they don’t make them perfect for your specific terrain or driving style. The guys at EPI are clutch experts, and they have clutch kits that are made to better suit your driving style and individual vehicle setup. They have many different clutch kits for the Maverick X3 so you can choose from sand-specific, mudder-specific, rock crawling-specific, and more.

GBC

Kanati Terra Master Tires

Fitment: Most, if not all UTVs. Sizes from 26” to 35” Price: Varies based on tire size GBC has done something that no other tire company has – the Kanati Terra Master is the industry’s first UTV tire with an asymmetrical non-directional tread pattern. It’s specially engineered tread pattern gives you the benefit of two tires in one. With two distinctive sides to choose from, you can customize your tire set up to your vehicle application and driving style. Choose side A out for soft to intermediate terrain. If you’re driving on mostly intermediate to hard terrain, then Side B should be mounted outwards. The Terra Master’s profile is optimized for forward traction and side bite and features a light weight steel-belted radial carcass for a stronger core and greater wear resistance.

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YXZ ®1000R SS XT-R

YXZ ®1000R SS SE

PURE SPORT, ALL-TERRAIN

PERFORMANCE.

The YXZ1000R is the most focused, high-performance side-by-side, delivering an unmatched pure sport driving experience. The new 2020 YXZ1000R SS XT-R comes equipped with factory installed WARN® VRX 4500 Winch, Special Edition paint, color matched wheels and Yamaha-exclusive 29” Maxxis Carnage tires.

Visit YamahaMotorsports.com Professional riders on closed area. Side-by-Side models recommended for use only by operators 16 years and older with a valid driver’s license. Always wear your seat belt, helmet, eye protection and protective clothing. Read the Owner’s Manual and the product warning labels before operation. Avoid excessive speeds and never engage in stunt riding. Always avoid paved surfaces and never ride on public roads. And be particularly careful on difficult terrain. Never ride under the influence of alcohol or other drugs; it is illegal and dangerous. Some models shown with optional accessories. ©2019 Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. All rights reserved.

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UTV Off-Road Magazine Issue 81  

The March / April 2020 Digital Issue of UTV Off-Road Magazine features a UTV Review of the 2020 Polaris RZR PRO XP 4, a Long Term Review of...

UTV Off-Road Magazine Issue 81  

The March / April 2020 Digital Issue of UTV Off-Road Magazine features a UTV Review of the 2020 Polaris RZR PRO XP 4, a Long Term Review of...

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