Archive for Buildup: Polaris “RockCrawler” RZR

RockCrawler RZR, Pitbull Rocker XORAs I’ve noted previously, any idiot can purchase new tires, put them on their rig, and give glowing reviews about how well they work.  “Hey, look what I bought, and look how well they work the first day!”  Now, let them sit in the sun for a few months…let them get scarred and gouged on the trails…let the edges wear down and the rubber harden a bit…THAT’s when you toss out your opinion on your tires.

Here is mine on the Pitbull Rocker UBER XOR Extreme Offroad Radials – these tires suck!! Read More→

RockCrawler RZR Videos

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

September 21, 2010

Had the opportunity this past weekend to put the RockCrawler RZR thru it’s higher speed paces.  A friend has 500 acres with a private lake in northern Wisconsin, and parts of the property includes trails for their ATV’s.  We made a few hot lap runs around the 1.7 mile lake loop.

The first video with shot with my buddy Goebs leading on his Honda 4-stroke…chasing the ATV added a bit of perspective to the video, and he was nice enough to keep his speeds down and mostly stay in frame.  Time on this lap was 3:25 and top speed was in the 45 mph range (forgot to reset the GPS…oops)

Video two is the same loop done in reverse, and at night.  Time was not taken on this one, but top speed per the GPS was 41mph.  Notice that around 0:33 in the video, I turned on the 30″ Rigid Industries LED light…major improvement over the dim stockers!

South Dakota, BHCC, Calamity CanyonAs we all know, OEM skidplates are lacking in true protection on any rig.  The plastic skids that come on the Polaris RZR are likely adequate for the casual user, but if you play at all, you’ll find them getting scarred and damaged quickly.  Serious protection and function means upgraded materials and an integrated system…Holz Racing Products does just this when you combine their Pre-Runner Front Bumper with their Skid Plate Kit.

The Holz system adds that serious protection for the underbody of the RZR by utilizing a combination of UHMW and aluminum.  The UHMW is 1/4″ thick and countersunk to use the stock mounting hardware and effectively mimics the stock skid, but adds the advantage of a slippery surface, no ridges to get hung on, and much greater durability.  Combine this with the solid protection of the 3/16″ marine grade 5086 aluminum wrap-around rockers, rear skid and integrated pre-runner bumper/skid and you’ve effectively covered all of the important parts of your RZR’s belly from expensive damage. Read More→

Lighting on any rig is important, for safety and visibility.  Seeing the trail ahead when rock crawling or watching the trail ahead when desert running requires a product that will withstand a great deal of abuse and offer both spot and flood capabilities.   The 30″ Rigid “E” Series Light Bar met all of these requirements…shockproof, combination spot/flood and low power draw.  By using the ATR Dash Brace, the Rigid LED mounts safely below the roofline and away from the front bumper, minimizing glare and potential damage….when you choose a light of this quality, you want it protected! Read More→

D&L Machine RZR Air Box

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

The Polaris RZR air intake system is notorious for not filtering well….the 2008 models had major issues with particles in the throttle body, and while the 2009-2010 models are improved, it’s nothing more than a band-aid over a machete wound.  Don Herman from D&L Machine outside Oklahoma City discovered this issue early on with his 2008 RZR and started hunting down a cure.  Not finding exactly what he wanted, his wife Liz finally told him what he needed to hear:  make it yourself! Read More→

ATR Dash Bar – RockCrawler RZR

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

If you play at all, you are going to flop your RZR…if you play hard, you are likely to do a full roll.  And if you’ve spent any time researching on the internet, you’ve seen the images of the RZR A-pillar bent to one side or the other following a rollover.  The stock RZR rollcage is not the strongest, and while plenty of high quality full replacement aftermarket options exist, there are improvements you can make to your stock cage that will greatly strengthen it and save some money…this is why I chose to install the All Terrain Research Dash Bar w/ V-Brace. Read More→

DSC_1390 (Small)MotoAlliance has built a nice reputation in the UTV/ATV market for their affordable yet high-quality winches…add on the two year warranty that comes stock with their Elite series, and you’ve got a great value.  But why add the winch so soon?  It may not appear to be a high priority, but bigger tires and more suspension only means you are stuck further into the boonies…self-recovery can be a requirement.

The Viper Elite EX4000 model was chosen for the synthetic line, remote control, snatch block and aluminum hawse…all included in the package.  4000# should be plenty for a 1000# RZR, and the snatch block is right there should more power be needed. Read More→

DSC_1387 (Small)Another major recommended addition for a stock or LE model RZR are “Chassis Ribs” from All Terrain Research.  Like the previously installed “Chassis Bones,” these help prevent the RZR chassis from bending during jumping/landing by tying the rear suspension mounts together.

(Yes, you will jump your RZR…and yes, it is fun…don’t kid yourself!)

The install is simple and easy, and should take less than :30 minutes.  Tools required are a 15mm combination wrench, a 15mm socket and short extension, a floor jack to take the weight off the suspension, a hammer, a tapered drift and a pry bar….and that’s it.  Short but sweet.  I barely even got dirty. (barely, since walking into my shop usually requires a change of clothes, even if I don’t touch a thing) Read More→

ATR Chassis BonesFirst on the project list were the items that would help keep the OEM parts from disintegrating after it’s first trip out. Did some online research and one of the companies that jumped out was All Terrain Research out of Tyler TX. The owner, Jeremy Bratcher, is an offroad enthusiast with a variety of addictions, the latest being UTV’s. The company has come out with some great products that are “must have” items when building a RZR. Read More→

2009 Polaris RockCrawler RZR

Saturday, February 27th, 2010

A new 2009 Polaris Ranger/RZR LE in Nuclear Orange has been added to the stable of rides…stay tuned in the coming months as this rig gets built into a capable trail machine!