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  • Riding A Polaris RZR In Florida

    Known around the world for its theme parks, swamps, oranges, and sunshine, there’s more to Florida than mega yachts, alligators, and the Miami club scene. Where Polaris RZR owners are concerned, the state boasts many great places to rip a side-by-side. Be it in one of the many UTV parks, at a number of National Forests, or even on some municipal roads, enjoying the Florida weather can be a blast in a Polaris RZR.

    Riding RZRs At National Forests In Florida

    Ocala National Forest

    A popular UTV hotspot for many Floridians — especially for those living in the Jacksonville area — is the Ocala National Forest. The Salt Springs Campground as well as the wider Salt Springs Recreational Area draws many weekend RZR riders for the lush tropical scenery and great camping / RV facilities. 

    Like the Salt Springs Recreational Area, the Big Scrub Campground also offers direct campsite-to-trail access for UTV riders. It is one of the primary entrances to the Ocala Centennial Trail system, which includes may great springs — such as the Blue Sink Spring — in which riders can swim and cool down after a hot and grueling stretch in the Central Florida heat. 

    Lake Delance is another prime place to ride an RZR as the trails are a bit wider than the ones in the south of the park. You can ride the Yellow Trail 25 mile Loop & take the Salt Springs Connector trail that dead ends into a parking corral to walk across to the plaza for lunch at The Square Meal. Delancy Loops are specifically for motorcycles and quads, but if you have the Polaris Ride Command App on your phone or a Voyager Pro GPS unit, you can find a couple more trails in the area for side-by-side use. Take note that Deer Season opens 11/10, so after that date you will likely see hunters in the area. 

    Apalachicola National Forest

    The Apalachicola National Forest is another good-sized area in which one can ride their Polaris RZR. Similar to Ocala National Forest, there are some trails for motorcycle use only. But many trails — such as the Silver Lake OHV Trail — allow UTVs. 

    Riding RZRs On Private Land In Florida

    Public land isn’t the only option for UTV riders in Florida. Both OHV parks and other private land holdings provide vast swaths of land for explorative RZR owners. River Ranch, for example, has over 50,000 acres ready to be ripped. The terrain is mostly flat, sandy with some serious holes to be had. Although not super technical or hilly, River Ranch is a great place to get muddy. The only caveat to River Ranch is that a riding deed is required to use the land. Alternatively, you could buy property in the area to become a part of the owner’s association. 

    Although not the biggest UTV park out there, St Mary’s Shoals Park has some decent trails and mud riding. The hard-pack trails shoulder both the Cedar Creek and St. Mary’s River, so if you want to drop a line in and do a little fishing while you’re out there, the option is there. 

    For hill climbs and rock crawling, the Hard Rock Off-Road Park is the ideal location, and for a muddy good time, the Hog Waller Mud BOG & ATV park, the Iron Horse Mud Ranch, as well as the Readneck Mud Park are all a blast — great for both riding and fun. And with annual events such as the Redneck Yacht Club Fall Classic, the Floridaz Super Pull, and bounty holes at the Tin Buckle Ranch, you can put your machine to the test and hang out with likeminded individuals who are passionate about UTVs. 

    We can’t talk about UTV riding in Florida without mentioning the Marion County Speedway and their Battle at the Bullring racing series. A few other honorable mentions of good RZR-riding locations in Florida include The Swamp Offroad Park in Chipley Fl. just north of Panama City and the Oasis Center. Although the latter requires you to pay and take a class, there are a lot of miles to ride in the surrounding Everglades. Just note that if you're riding in the rainy season, you're going to want a taller vehicle, so RZR lifts are advised.

    Legally Riding Your RZR On Florida Roads

    You may have seen people riding around golf carts on Florida streets and thought you could do the same in your RZR. However, the law regarding golf carts vs. RZR's is very different and confusing in Florida. According to the statute, Florida says an LSV (low-speed vehicle) is defined as a four-wheeled electric vehicle whose top speed is greater than 20 MPH but less than 25 MPH. LSV’s require a regular operator license to drive and need to be registered at your local DMV with a tag, and by Florida law must be insured like a regular vehicle.

    RZR's are technically UTV's under Florida law. Florida refers to a UTV as a recreational off-highway vehicle or ROV. It defines an ROV as a motorized recreational off-highway vehicle under 60 inches (check out these dimensions because lots of UTVs are wider than 60 inches) in width that travels on four or more non-highway tires, and has non-straddle seating and a steering wheel.

    Some counties and municipalities have written local ordinances to allow UTV's on their public roads (under 35 MPH in most cases, under  MPH in rare cases). However, almost all of those require turn signals, mirrors, brake lights, etc. and PIP insurance. If you’re in a rural area and are on the shoulder driving slowly and safely, you might not get messed with. Drive fast, drive recklessly, or do something questionable, however, and you will surely get a citation.

  • Fixing And Modifying Your RZR With The Right Tools

    Most Polaris RZR owners have that since of rugged individualism that is common not only in the UTV world, but the broader power-sports scene in general. The yearning for freedom and independence that tempts people to buy Razor UTVs is the same characteristic that leads many RZR owners to do the lion’s share of their own UTV work and maintenance. This, however, requires further investment in tools and equipment. But if you’re in it for the long haul, getting the right tools and doing your own work pays off in spades. 

    Quality Torx Sets And Allen Keys To Use On The Polaris RZR

    A good Torx set will go a long way when modifying and repairing your Polaris RZR. While Snap-On and Craftsman Torx sets are among the more well-known tool brands, they aren’t necessarily the best. It’s definitely worth paying the extra money for a durable Torx set that will last, but just because it’s expensive doesn’t mean that it’s good. 

    For both Allen and Torx bit sets, places like Napa, Home Depot with their Huskey brand, and Menards with their Masterforce brand offer lifetime warranties. However we’ve spoken to a few people who work at Polaris dealerships who swear by Cornwell Torx sets. After all, you’re not working on Tonka toys, and the larger Torx bits are going to get wrenched on pretty hard. 

    Craftsman and Gearwrench sets are reasonably priced, and more than fine for hand tools as well as low torque ratchets — perfect for DIY settings. That being said, Mac tools and Bluepoint also come highly recommended. After all, it makes little sense paying $200+ for something that you’re not going to use daily or even weekly. At the same time, however, you don’t want something that’s going to bend, break, or strip. 

    Bondhus makes arguably the best Torx sets according to our research, and the same goes for their Allen wrenches — whatever they are doing with the steel is spot on. We’ve talked to machinists who have tightened a lot of bolts to extremely tight torques — we’re talking 3’ Cheater pipe stuff — and have yet to break, strip, or round a Bondhus-made tool. 

    Tools For Changing The Belt In The Polaris RZR

    The RZR toolkit that came with your machine should have come with a belt-changing tool. However if you lost it or you bought your RZR used, replacement tools are available. For the Polaris RZR Turbo / S / RS1 in particular, changing the belt can be a bit tricky without the specialized tool. A 1/4x20 bolt will work like a charm. Get it in stainless so it doesn’t rust and you can even file the end down smooth so it doesn’t dig in. The 4” bolt is great but even a 3” bolt is plenty long. Just use a socket and you’re off to the races. 

    Even if you still have the belt tool, if you took your machine to a mechanic who tapped it with a different thread pitch, you still might need to use a bolt to get it out as well as a clutch compressor tool. Just thread that bad boy into the secondary to change the belt. Why waste your money on some fancy tool when a simple and cheap solution works just as well. 

    RZR Wheel Bearing Tools

    A bearing separator tool set comes in handy when removing the hub bearings in the front differential. These can obviously be used to swap out wheel bearings, but they are also necessary for changing he sprague, armature and seals. Changing these components is important as it helps to prevent cracking — and thereby negating the need to open them up again at a later point. The stock sprague is a disaster waiting to happen. You’d amazed at how much it flexes by hand due to the ring design Polaris used to hold it together. 

    Speaking of RZR wheel bearings, RZR bearing press tools like the one by Quad-Logic come in handy not only for replacing bearings, but pumping grease into them as well. If you don't pack grease in your new bearings before you put them in, then you might as well leave the old ones in and not change them at all. 

    A lot of riders think that you should pump in grease until it starts to ooze out. But you have to be careful as you don’t want to bulge the seal. The amount pumps you should do will depend on your bearing type and even RZR model. Eight pumps will work for the 2018 turbo, wile some 800 RZR models might take 20 pumps. 

    Holy Tools also makes a good greaser for Polaris RZR bearings, and people like them because they go over the axle and can be used with tier hub-holding tool for torquing the axle nut. The Tiger Tool Greaser is cheap and easy to use, but it only has one grease port, which means you have to move it a lot. Multiport greasers like the ones by Two Guys make things easier, but they’re not required by any means. At the end of the day, buy the bearing greaser that you like and keep your bearings greased. You’re still going have to replace bearings because big tires and constantly bouncing off things is hard on bearings. But not greasing your bearings makes it worse. 

    Closing Thoughts

    From plastic body rivet pliers to Torx bits, breaker bars, and spider shaft nut sockets, there are few things more satisfying than working on your own machine. Ripping your RZR is fun no doubt, but if you were the one who personally modified it, every ride is that much more fulfilling. So fill that tool box and keep doing what you love both on the trail and in the shop!

  • Getting The Right Trailer Setup For Your Polaris RZR

    Single-Axle Vs. Double-Axle UTV Trailers

    There are plenty of opinions out there about which type of trailer is best for towing a Polaris RZR. Some argue that double-axle trailers are a must for hauling side-by-sides. They argue that that many single-axle trailers have blown tires and flipped on the freeway, so why even take the risk. After all, 80 mph on the highway is quite unforgiving, causing many single-axle trailers to sway back and forth. With a multi-axle trailer, you also have an extra tire to help get you to your destination in the event of a flat. Further, if you’re hauling multiple UTVs or plan on using your trailer for other purposes, a tandem-axle may prove to be the better choice. 

    Yes a double-axle UTV trailer will pull better than a single one, but many would agree that a single-axle trailer will pull just fine for an RZR or even an RZR 4. Just make sure that you get a trailer with the axle set back as far as you can, as the more tongue weight you have with a single-axle trailer the better it will track/pull. Dispersing more weight over the tongue of the trailer is advised as well, and if that means loading your RZR backwards, then so be it. 

    UTV trailers with only one axle are also much lighter, and therefore easier to move around by hand in your garage or driveway. If you often get in tight spaces and need to manually move your trailer, you’ll be glad to have a single-axle trailer as opposed to a double-axle one. And as far as blowouts go, we’ve known RZR owners who have had multiple blowouts at highway speeds without loosing control, but this might also depend on the truck you’re using to tow your RZR. 

    The type of RZR you have will also affect your trailer options. The RZR Turbo S 4 is 2,000 lbs alone. Not even counting the trailer weight, on that size you’re going to be well over 1,000 lbs (check the trailer weight sticker), that puts you at or very close to the gross vehicle weight rating of a single 3500 axle. Plus, many single-axle trailers don’t come with trailer brakes, which can be precarious on steep grades.

    So yes, a single-axle trailer may be a bit more squirrelly, bouncy, and unstable than a double-axle trailer, but the placement of the axle is crucial. If you do go with a single, it might be prudent to go with one that uses a 5,200 lb rated axle if the trailer is over seven feet wide.

    New Vs. Used UTV Trailers

    Choosing between a used or new trailer for your RZR is also something that deserves a bit of consideration. While new UTV trailers like the ones by Norco or Ramptek Trailers have great build quality and two like a dream, cheaper used options might be appealing to some RZR owners. In places like Kentucky, used trailers are a dime a dozen and everybody has them. The situation is a bit different on the eastern side of the US, where the supply of quality used trailers is limited. 

    The Importance Of Properly Strapping Down Your RZR To Your Trailer

    Riders that are new to the game might be fine with just putting their RZRs in park when towing them. After all, they might reason, unless they get into a wreck, it’s not going anywhere. And if they do get into a wreck, it’s going to be trashed regardless. We must say that this is extremely irresponsible. First of all, in most places, strapping your loads down is required by law. And it’s not just about the RZR getting trashed, it's about it coming off the trailer and through the back-glass of your truck in the event you rear-end someone.  Furthermore, If your RZR falls off the trailer and tumbles down the highway the likelihood that it will kill someone is not small. 

    E-tracks and tire straps are the most popular way to secure an RZR to the trailer, but other ways can work as well. If it seems like every time you tie your machine down with straps it becomes loose, make sure to pull a strap from front to back and a second strap pulling back to front. Pull horizontally, not vertically. If you are strapping vertically, when you hit a bump, the shocks compress and allow it to loosen. Further, if your RZR has Dynamix suspension, make sure that it is comfort mode before you strap your machine down. 

  • The Importance Of Treading Lightly And Respecting The Land

    When it comes to living the off-road lifestyle, there’s nothing that peeves an avid riders more than a trail being shut down or closed. And while many UTV riders and Polaris RZR owners alike choose to play the victim card — lamenting about trail and park closures, pushing for decriminalization, and blaming everyone from local legislators to landowners for restricting their riding range — it only takes a bit of introspection to identify a number of issues with the off-road lifestyle. 

    Nevertheless, off-roading is undoubtedly a great family activity that promotes the outdoors and gives children a sense of both freedom and responsibility. It teaches navigational skills, shows the importance of preparedness, and brings the idea of culpability to the fore — if you break it, you fix it. Not only does off-roading build strong character, it also encourages environmentalism. There are few people who love trees and the outdoors more than UTV riders. After all, the difference between riding in the wilderness and hitting curbs in your Polaris RZR on your way to the mall  downtown is pretty stark.  

    If you look into it, the people out there riding side-by-sides are typically the people who are actual assets to the community; the people paying the taxes, the business owners, the linemen, the fire fighters, etc. Yet you have many towns and communities catering to the people who are complaining about off-roaders, and these are the very same people who typically add very little real-life value to the community. 

    Many RZR owners believe that if the government supported their community instead of vilifying them, the USA would be a better place. That being said, however, one should always tread lightly and respect where they’re riding. If you abuse your rights, you’ll loose them. And this, unfortunately, has become all too common throughout the US. Sure, you don't see anyone closing McDonalds when somebody throws their trash on the ground. But people who eat McDonalds aren’t ripping up the ground either. 

    Why UTV Parks And OHV Trails Shut Down

    No matter the vehicle type, be it quads, four-wheelers, side-by-sides, or 4X4s, you’re always going to get a small number of riders who destroy trails, create ruts, disregard local rules, and dump garbage everywhere. As the saying goes, one bad apple spoils the bunch, and this is nowhere more salient than in the off-road community. More than a few riding places have been ruined by people who abuse them; the small few who don’t respect the property, use the land to dump trash or strip stolen cars, or think intersections are for doing donuts. Add people who ride where it’s specifically prohibited and those who rip down posted signage and it’s no wonder why more and more towns and landowners prohibit riding on their property. 

    Trails on public land have also been closed for similar reasons. We’re the first people to encourage mud riding. But aggressive Polaris RZR mud tires should be used exclusively in mud parks or on tractors. Take them on trails and they’ll soon become trenched out and no longer ridable without getting hung up. Another problem is that many municipalities are opening up roads to ATV and UTV use, but a lot of RZR riders want to ride trails — and some go absolutely everywhere without checking if they are allowed and not even thinking about the damage they are creating.

    What Can Be Done To Keep Trails Open For Off-Road Use?

    We know that most off-roaders are great people, and it’s usually  the non off-roaders that dump trash and leave areas in a state of disrepair. But even still, people drinking and riding, then throwing their trash on the side of the trail is a surefire way to get trails shut down in a hurry. It’s easy to blame quad riders or the “other” for ruining the sport of off-roading, but frankly, we’ve seen riders from every style of toy disrespect a park.

    Taking ownership is the best way to ensure that trails in your area stay open for UTV use. Pick up trash, repair trails, and organize a local UTV club to affect change. Having your club mark illegal trails to keep people riding where they’re supposed to is a great gesture that can go a long way in a community. Your organization should also  nominate someone to run for council and commission positions to make changes from the inside.  

    There is little incentive to open trails for most land owners, as it often leads to noise pollution, destruction of property, and garbage being left behind. When governments give tax breaks or clubs give a little kick-back to land owners, there is sure to be more progress made. Clubs can also lobby logging companies, railroads, and governments to open their land for OHV use.

    In Louisiana, for example, the railroad pulled up 65 miles of tracks and gave it to the state. It is now a part of the Louisiana trails association. You can’t ride after dark due to it passing by houses, but it's great for the community. There are stores along the way to buy gas, drinks, or food, and you just have to pay 50 dollars a year to ride as much as you can. 

    Michigan has parts of old railways open for riding as well. Although the trail systems for snowmobiling are far more expansive, progress is being made. With a little ingenuity and organization as well as a stronger push to respect the land and tread lightly, we expect more and more places will open up for you to enjoy in your Polaris RZR. 

  • Taking A Look At The Polaris RZR Pro XP

    Some call it feisty. Others call it beast. And Polaris itself calls it the best RZR ever. There’s no doubt that this machine is cutting edge, and it’s praise and accolades from both riders and institutions alike give it a lot to live up to. It won the title of Vehicle of the Year for 2019 by SEMA Powersports, and those who have driven it will seldom disagree. Is this truly the best UTV on the market, and does it have any flaws? Well we looked into it, and here are our findings.

    Polaris RZR Pro XP Overview

    Many riders of the Polaris RZR Trail and Rock edition have decided to switch to the Polaris RZR Pro XP, while riders who have yet to switch are wondering if this vehicle is truly as capable as everyone says it is. From the riders we’ve spoken to who have switched the Pro XP RZR, the difference is huge. In terms of rock crawling, the higher gearing makes the Pro XP suboptimal. But what it leaves on the table with higher gearing, it makes up for with sheer speed. That being said, although the gearing is not near as low as the Rocks and Trails RZR, its quite a bit  better than than the old RZR Turbo S edition.

    The steering on the Pro XP is quicker than other RZRs, and the turning radius is similar to that of the Rs1. And while it is built for speed and agility on the trials and tracks, a few adjustments and modifications can make it perform better when rock crawling.By adding some true dual rate springs, raising the ride height a little, and throwing on 32” tires, you’ll be nearly unstoppable on the rocks and have a machine that is comparable to the T&S RZR.

    Unlike the RZR Turbo S, the RZR Pro XP doesn’t have the Dynamix Active Suspension Technology. But ask most Pro XP owners and they’ll tell you that the Pro is legit. It rides incredibly smooth and is so predictable and nimble. It's way more comfortable than other side-by-sides as well, with the power coming on so much better than, say, the Turbo S —  and it just pulls harder. 

    If you ride mostly trails and fire roads, you’ll find the Pro XP to be incredible. Both at wide open throttle and out of the hole the Pro XP is a white knuckle grabbing beast. Its raw power and acceleration is just breathtaking. Add a few aftermarket accessories and it’s simply unmatched. It’s no wonder the Polaris RZR Pro XP won its class at the Baja 1000. 

    Criticism Of The RZR Pro XP

    With all the praise we’ve been heaping on this great side-by-side, it’s not fair to overlook it’s cons — yes there are cons. One thing riders of the RZR Pro XP dislike are the doors and holes behind the seats in the cab where mud gets flung in from the rear tire. To combat this, lower door inserts and a front window help a ton in mitigating the amount of mud and debris that gets thrown into the cab. 

    The clutching is another issue that has only recently been figured out. Riders of the older versions of the Pro XP — even after spending quite a bit on aftermarket parts — still suffer from shifting slippage and excessive ware on the belt. After spending so much on a machine like the RZR Pro XP, it is disheartening, to say the least, to have to spend more to fix clutching issues. Over-shift and belt slippage can be fixed with an Aftermarket Assassin's tune and a stiffer secondary spring. 

    Without tearing your clutches apart, there is a way to tell if your machine needs a clutch upgrade. Have a look at the build date on the sticker on your frame to see when your machine was manufactured. Your dealer can also tell you via the VIN. If your rig was built before October 7th, 2019, you’re going to need the heavier secondary spring. If was built after the seventh, you should be good to go.

    Closing Remarks

    The motor in the new XP Pro is very similar to the old XP turbo. A primary difference being that it has larger head bolts and an auto coolant bleeding system. This makes it an absolute rocket. An RZR Pro XP running on E85 with a tune from a company like Aftermarket Assassins can finish off at 215 RWHP — whereas the stock RHWP is between 145 and 150. Thats nearly a 60 RWHP gain in power over factory with a waste gate adjustment, 1200cc injectors, and all of their other bolt on’s. This goes to show that the potential for the Pro XP is vast, and by making the stock machine so powerful, the only way you can go with aftermarket accessories and adjustments is up!

  • Messing With And Modifying The Gearing Of A Polaris RZR

    There are various reasons why riders choose to replace or modify the gearing in their Polaris RZR. In particular, gear reductions are commonplace in the side-by-side world, giving the Polaris RZR a good deal more torque and allowing the machine to better handle large, aftermarket tires. Mud-specific UTVs as well as RZRs that are used for rock crawling and hill climbing will also benefit from gear reductions. But when it comes to gear reductions for the Polaris RZR, there’s more than one way to skin a cat. Be it a 27% reduction coupled with a Duraclutch for the perfect crawler or a 30% reduction with 4-inch portals for a beast of a machine in the mud, here’s the low-down on Polaris RZR gear reductions. 

    Gear Reduction Kits For The Polaris RZR

    As one of the go-to side-by-side companies for aftermarket Polaris RZR parts, SuperATV’s 25% gear reduction kit for the Polaris RZR is a good path to take if you’re a slow roller who uses the RZR to traverse rocks and ascend hills. This particular gearing is great for running 30-inch tires and above, with torque to spare. It might actually be too steep of a gear for many riders, blowing tires off on the rocks if you blip the throttle ever so gently. However, with a proper tune making the gear reduction less aggressive, this high-range gearing setup is absolutely wicked. And if your budget is tight and you’re looking to save a bit, you can order the OEM Polaris gears directly instead. 

    The REV 1 Crawling Kit is another gear reduction kit for the Polaris RZR that will make a big difference in your ride — knocking your machine’s low in half. It is pretty easy to install and works well with a decent clutch kit — like the Dalton Clutch — but can also work with the stock clutch. Other kits are available to attain a variety of gear reductions, such as 21% Low range only; 33% Low range and 12% in Reverse and High; 47% Low range and 26% in Reverse and High; and 47% Low range, 26% in Reverse, and 12% in High. Most of the kits will include the necessary gearing for the specified ratio's, an HD Reverse chain and sprocket, and one new bearing for the clutch side of the input shaft — which is one that is hard to R&R without damaging it.

    Swapping In OEM Polaris Gears

    If you want to do a gear reduction in your RZR by swapping in factory Polaris gears, start by comparing the transmission case on your buggy with the transmission case of the Polaris 570 or ACE. If both buggys take the same case, then the 570 or ACE reverse shaft and gears will work. Typically, the 570 is a 14% reduction and the ACE is 27% reduction. On the 2018 RZR XP4 there are two transmissions, while there is only one in the regular XP4’s and the Highlifter XP4. 

    The Highlifter XP4 has the same reverse shaft and gear as the 570. So that’s your reduction. The Regular XP4 rev shaft (part number 3235224) has twenty-nine teeth, while the gear (part number 3235229) has forty-four teeth. On the Highlifter XP4 and 570 XP4, the rev shaft (part number 3235380) has twenty-seven teeth, while the gear (part number 3235381) has forty-six teeth. Finally, if you want the 27% ACE 325 reduction, you’ll need the twenty-five-tooth rev shaft (part number 3235451) with the forty-eight-tooth gear (part number 3235450).

    No matter which gearing you choose to throw in your RZR, you will gain quite a bit more torque, which will increase your riding on steep trails and when rock crawling. Yes you might loose some top end speed in low gear (for example from 38mph to 30mph at the top of the rpms with the 27% reduction) but sacrifices are always involved when you modify a stock UTV. 

    If you go this route and just buy the gears, you might want to also go ahead and do the reverse chain and get a thicker pinion plate. And while you’re at it, an aftermarket clutch like the 3P will also benefit your rides. And even if you aren’t a hill climber, mudder, or rock crawler, a gear reduction will also help reduce ware on your belt and save your axles.

    Because the XP4 gears are 12.5% reduced, they will give you enough torque to crawl, but won’t hurt your top end too much so you can still rip it up at the dunes from time to time. The 24% reduction is great, and will make controlling the throttle much easer when crawling and improve the machine’s climbing ability, but your RZR will lose some off the top. For this reason, the 12.5% reduction is a healthy medium. The top speed will likely go down to 68mph from 72mph, but the benefits in the lower end will make a world of difference. 

    Summing Up

    The terrain you ride will ultimate determine weather or not you need a gear reduction in your RZR. If you think you’ll need lower gearing and have yet to pop on an RZR, you should look into the Trail and Rock Edition low gear set. That with the throttle mapping tune for low gear and you’ll climb anything you point your RZR at. It comes standard on the factory unit. 55% is what it’s advertised, 20-25mph in low is tops. Add a tune for more throttle control in low if you feel so inclined, but you may not have to as Polaris really nailed it with this Trails & Rock Edition.

  • Michigan, A Land Of Wonder For RZR Riders

    From the valleys of Kalamazoo in the south to the wonderful wilderness of Ontonagon in the Upper Peninsula, the state of Michigan is home to countless backwood ORV trails, lakeside sand dunes, and miles upon miles of mixed-use OHV roads. Michagen’s beautiful fall colors, technical rocky terrain, and high-speed trail stretches attract side-by-side riders from around the country, while the untapped wilderness and myriad lakes / streams make it a perfect destination for both solitary fishermen and family-men alike. The trail systems in Michigan are very well taken care of, and the variety of terrain as well as scenery make it a can’t-miss destination for any and all Polaris RZR owners. Be it the sand dunes at Silver Lake or the 50” trails from Mio to St. Helen, if you’re planning a trip to this UTV friendly state, it’s hard to go wrong. And while there are enough riding location in Michigan to fill a full-length book, here are some top side-by-side destinations in Michigan sourced by side-by-side riders, for side-by-side riders.

    Best Times To Take Your Polaris RZR To Michigan

    Although year-round riding is possible in Michigan, many riders prefer to visit during the summer months due to the temperate climate. However, winter riding is absolutely possible, with restrictions from Nov 15-30 where trails are closed from 7-11am and 2-5pm. Further, there are certain snowmobile trails were UTVs aren’t allowed, or that should be left alone out of respect for snowmobilers -- such as groomed trails where side-by-side ruts can deleteriously affect sleds. Many trails in Michigan are mixed-use, and many maps exist that will tell you which ones are open for side-by-sides and which ones are off limits. Trails can also be closed for other various reasons throughout the year, so make sure to check the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) website before you embark.

    Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

    Both the Western and Eastern sections of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (UP) offer fantastic rides. In the Western UP, many riders like to stay at Twin lakes or Baraga State campground and ride up to Copper Harbor (CH) -- checking out the cool things to see along the way. You can ride from Mass City to CH in one long day or driving, stay the night at the Pines Resort in CH, then ride back the next day. You can also break off from the trail and ride over to the Gay Bar for food, hit CH for gas, then head over to Silver City. There is a bridge you must cross in Houghton which requires a police escort. If you are riding with a small crew, you have to go during the designated times. If you are riding in a large group, however, just call the police station when you get near, give them an ETA, and they will escort you across.

    The back side of the Upper Falls is another good ride. If you stay at Chippewa County SORVA, you can start and end in Strongs MI. The trail to get to the falls is gated, but SORVA has permission to unlock the gate. The south side of the Upper Tahqanemum Falls is another great place to ride. If you’re prepared for a long ride, you can head up and see the famous split rock.

    Other great places to ride in the UP include St. Helen, Atlanta, Indian River, Grayling, and Kalakaska, with many riders also enjoying the Munising and Paradise areas. Most of these areas are mud and dirt with some rocky and sandy areas, with few gravel roads.

    For riders looking for some technical trails, Drummond Island way up to the north is a good destination. It can be a bit muddy depending on the weather, and the trails can be quite tight in places. Even if it’s rainy, there likely won’t be much mud on the ATV trails, and the mud that is there can be traversed around at least 50% of the time. Furthermore, most of the mud puddles in the area aren’t too deep as long as you steer clear of the high clearance trails. An Arctic Cat 150 might struggle, but if you’re riding a Polaris RZR you should be fine.

    Side-by-Side Riding In Middle Michigan

    Further south you have Lincoln Hills, Little Mainstee, and Tin Cup in Lake County which are designated as “routes”, not “trails”. This great for riders with wider stances on their RZRs, as many trials are restricted for vehicles wider than 50”. You can also ride the open roads and state forest rods (not federal forest roads).

    Silver Lake in Michigan is another great place in central-western Michigan for riding UTVs -- and an especially great spot for sand riding. Although not the biggest in terms of area -- you could probably lap the whole thing in about 10 minutes or so -- there are many features to occupy an RZR rider such as trees to navigate around and a drag pit. Silver lake makes a great day trip, and it’s the perfect destination to test out your RZR and it's new sand tires in the fine-grain lakeside sand. From Silver Lake you can then head up to Traverse City. There are two-track trails and forest roads south-east of Traverse city just off of Nimrod road. Take Exit 222 on I-75 and you’re bound to find some great destinations to rip.

    Extreme Off Road Expo Side-by-Side Roundup

    We can’t talk about UTV riding in Michigan without mentioning the Extreme Off Road Expo Side By Side Round Up, which is an annual event with 2.5 miles of trails in the woods, a 20 acre mud pit, rock garden, and articulation area. They have side-by-side competitions such as Tugs, Dirt Drags, a Bounty Hole, and a Hill N Hole, with multi classes for the Bump N Hustle event as well. Usually taking place in mid to late summer, this event takes place in Lonia Michigan. 

  • UTV Riding In Utah: An RZR Owner's Wet Dream

    Whether you’re looking for family-friendly UTV events, sponsored rides, rallies, rock crawls, hill climbs, or simply the best trails to ride with unmatched beauty, Utah has something for you. Side-by-side owners and RZR riders alike flock to Utah. And while the rocks and trails of Moab are famous — and rightly so — among power-sports enthusiasts, Utah has much more to offer. Riders pack up and haul their RZRs thousands of miles to visit Utah, which is proof enough alone  that it’s worth a trip. But if you’re still not convinced or are planning a tentative riding trip to Utah and looking for advice, keep reading. These are the can’t-miss places in Utah for RZR riders looking to let loose!

    Moab’s Rally On The Rocks

    If you’re looking to watch some rock crawling action or trying to test out your new tires and suspension kit, Rally On The Rocks in Moab Utah is a great place to go. Even if you use a stock RZR, there are still many trails in the area that are more than doable. The Old Spanish Trail Arena in southern Moab is the headquarters for the event, but if your rig is street legal — with turn signals, a horn, mirrors, etc — you can ride from town, to the event, and beyond. Being held in mid spring, the weather in Moab during Rally On The Rocks is typically mild, ranging from the high fifties to low eighties. 

    UTV Rally At North Lake Powell — Ticaboo Lodge

    The UTV Rally At North Lake Powell is an off-road jamboree organized by Lake Powell Adventures. Using Ticaboo Lodge at the Henry Mountains foothills as a basecamp, the UTV Rally At North Lake Powell offers various trips for both experienced and novice riders alike. One of the three trips they offer requires a street legal RZR, but the others are strictly off-road. 

    Ride the cannons, explore old mines, and scour the ground for fossilized dinosaur dung. Rip through the Utah badlands, visit the Butt Canyon petroglyphs on Burr trail, and explore Hall’s Creek Overlook; on which you can see both Brimhall Arch and the other single as well as double arches that lie within Capital Reef National Park. With top-tier destinations such as Bastion Reservoir, Stanton Pass, and the Quaking Aspens, this rally alone only touches the surface of the great UTV riding in the area.

    Sand Hallow Park

    Located just outside of Hurricane Utah, Sand Hallow State Park is a great place to both ride and stay. With a mix of everything from double track trails to sand dunes, off-highway riders and RZR owners alike will find countless places to rip in Sand Hallow Park. The salmon-colored terrain of the Coral Pink Sand Dunes draws riders from all around, and the nearby Wasatch Mountain State Park is popular among winter riders.  

    RZR Riding In Maryvale And The Pauite ATV/UTV Trail

    Ride a section of the Pauite trail or attempt to accomplish the whole thing. Set up camp or go for a day trip. You can’t go wrong when riding the Paiute Trail. The trail system is well maintained, well market, and family friendly. In addition to the scenic beauty, it is also a great place for rock hounding and nature photography, with plenty of historic sites as well. If you’re riding in the area, Edna Peak might be closed due to snow, but other areas such as Miner’s Park will lead you to breathtaking heights, with plenty of waterfalls and wildlife along the way. Stop by Monroe for lunch then hit Mystic Hot springs and check out some old historical buildings! 

    Other Places To Rip An RZR In Utah

    If you’re riding your RZR in Utah, don’t miss the areas around Panguitch, Kanab, Circleville, or Richfield. There are so many cool places to ride in Utah, and even if you’re not at the “hot spots”, you’re sure to have a blast and meet other likeminded riders. If you’re going for a rally or during the busy months, be sure to book your hotel or campsite in advance, as they tend to fill up quickly. And if you’re making the trip from Parawan to Panguitch, be sure to take the turnoff to Yankee Meadows reservoir, where you’ll see this great beauty in Second Left Hand Canyon!

  • The Ultimate Colorado UTV Trail Guide For Polaris RZR Owners

    For all the flatlanders and rugged mountaineers alike, the high-altitude state of Colorado is a can’t-miss destination for any side-by-side rider. The scenery is breathtaking, the trails are fantastic, and there are numerous UTV-friendly towns that are great to stay in. Camping and RV options are also available, so there are no excuses for you not to hit the great Colorado outdoors in your Polaris RZR. Whatever you do, however, before you come to ride in Colorado, make sure you’re ready for some fun!

    You should also make sure that you have checked the basics on your machine —  like wheel bearings, u-joints, carrier bearing, bushings, cv shafts, the belt, etc. Local dealers should have these in stock, but it’s best to always be prepared. If you’ve neglected to fix or replace worn out components and parts at home, Colorado’s harsh terrain will almost guarantee that you’ll have to make a few component purchases while you’re there. 

    Taylor Park is a popular area to ride, and Pitkin (just over Cumberland Pass from the Taylor Park area) as well as Silverton and Lake City are great, UTV-friendly, areas as well. Taylor Park and The Alpine Loop has trails for all difficulty levels, the former being slightly rocky. The Alpine loop is a county road with trails branching off, perfect for those searching for unbeatable scenery. 

    In terms of accommodation, Lake City has some nice lake houses. If you have a camper and can camp off grid, we would recommend staying outside of Taylor Park, as it gets pretty dusty the closer you are because of traffic. 

    Depending on where you are from, the Animas mountains in Silverton can be a bit nerving at first, yet places like Cinnamon and Engineering pass are great destinations — provided the weather is nice.

    As long as you’re over 18, wearing proper eye protection, and have a driver’s license — and of course obeying the traffic laws — you should be good to ride around the small tows without having to load up and haul your machine all the time. If you have passengers under the age of 18, make sure they’re wearing helmets or you’re likely to be ticketed.

    While many places like Taylor Park and Silverton are super UTV friendly, other places in Colorado, such as Ouray, are not so much. Because most of the trails in the Ouray area require driving on highway 550 — which is dangerous enough without UTV traffic — this area isn’t the best to ride into and out of. 

    Grand Junction is another area with a ton of good terrain, and it is more cost friendly. According to some riders, this area is the most epic place in all of Colorado to ride a UTV. 

    The summertime weather is usually quite beautiful in Colorado — with mid to high 60-70s during the daytime in the highlands and 30’s to low 40’s at night. That being said, the riding window is rather limited. It’s not uncommon for places like Silverton pass to not be open until late spring or early summer. July to September are typically the best months to ride.

    When planning a side-by-side trip in Colorado, take note that most of your rides are going to be in the 60-80 mile range per day. So bring food and drinks. Also, at the elevation there, the weather can be extremely varied, so bring layers and at least a waterproof shell of some sort in case you get rained on at high elevations. Be sure to drink lots of water as well, and if you feel anything out of the ordinary, get to a lower elevation a soon as possible, as altitude sickness is nothing to mess with. 

    Be it for the wildlife, the scenery, or the extreme terrain, Colorado is a destination that tops the bucket list of most Polaris RZR owners. So if you find yourself with a few days to spare in the summer, head on out, enjoy the fresh air, and have a blast riding the vast terrain and trail systems that Colorado has to offer!

  • Polaris RZR Trail Recovery Ideas To Get Your RZR To Safety

    Any good RZR owner knows to ride prepared. Before going out, packing along the proper tools as well as spare parts is always a must. But some times, unexpected accidents occur, ones that are unforeseen and unpredictable. So what should one do when in a situation such as this? Well, there are a few options, but it really just depends on what happened to your machine, where you are, and what you have at your disposal. So if you’re looking for some trail recovery ideas to get you back to camp with with broken a-arms, tie-rods or something else that broke to make the wheels not be able to rotate, here are some quick-fix solutions to help you get to where you’re going. 

    If you’re a solo rider, you should be particularly prepared for any situation that you may encounter. Never push your machine to the limits when you’re riding alone, especially if you’re deep in the back woods miles away from civilization. If you’re riding with a crew, however, you have a little more leeway when it comes to going hard and breaking things. 

    A friend of the site broke the front a-arms of his RZR when riding the OHV trails of the great Smokey mountains. Luckily, he came prepared with some basic tools and was able to take off both wheels, disconnect the shocks and a-arms, and strapped them up as high and possible. His riding buddy then tied a tow strap from the center lowest part of his front bumper to the highest center part of the back of his cage to keep the front end up as high as possible, which allowed his friend to tow him out to an easily accessible area for a truck and trailer to be brought in. 

    Broken tie rods are quite common, and there are a variety of ways to rig them up temporarily. Zip ties and hose clamps work great in a pinch, and can not only get you back home, but often times will allow you to keep riding throughout the weekend! There are almost endless ways to fab up trail crutches, and you’re really only limited by the scope of your imagination. Wrenches, straps, wire, whatever you have on hand could be used to make trailside repairs and enable you to limp back to the nearest garage for a permanent fix. Tie rod couplers are a handy tool to have for broken tie rods, and skid plates are sure useful if you need to drag your machine out without tires. 

    The old RZR mating mount is a classic trick to get your machine to safety, but you can also ratchet strap logs to the ports and radius rods and drag your rig back to your truck like some kind of military medic. A little influence from a hammer and a ratchet strap for the axel can go a long way in times of need. 

    If there’s any scrap metal near by — or if your desperate you can use your hood — slide your RZR up onto it and drag it out like a sled. If you’re lucky and have some strong friends, you may be able to get your RZR to safety with shear brute strength. But if you’re all by your lonesome and stranded without supplies, tools, or equipment, the only one you have to blame is yourself. You may have to hoof it a few miles to get help, or if you have cell service a quick phone call can be a life saver. CB radios and other UTV communication devices are also helpful when you’re in distress. Emergency position-indicating radiobeacon stations can be used as a last resort, but hopefully you’ll never need to use one. But as they say, it’s better to have it and not use it than need it and not have it. 

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