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Everything Polaris RZR Blog

  • Selecting the Best LED Side Mirrors for your Polaris RZR

    Having unrivaled sightlines all around your Polaris RZR is essential to have a safe ride every time you start up the engine. You never know when you’ll need to cast a glance behind you to check on your friends, and without side mirrors, how do you expect to do so? And what if you’re driving at night and the only thing to be seen behind you is darkness?

    No matter the case, side mirrors are essential for UTV riders. Whether you’re cruising down a public trail with your friends on your tail or ripping down private trails solo, retaining visibility while behind the wheel of a UTV is detrimental to your safety and the safety of others. Having side mirrors helps you keep an eye on those riding behind you or on the trail as it disappears behind you in a cloud of dust. Some mirrors even feature LED lighting that will improve your ride if the sun has already begun to set.

    So, what goes into choosing the perfect LED side mirrors? Everything from safety to the lighting and color of your side mirrors should be taken into consideration when choosing which product will work best for your UTV. 

    Of course, safety should be the top priority when selecting the best in lighted side mirrors. Rear lighting will keep you visible to other riders in the area. If you are travelling in groups, moving the light higher on the rear side will help trailing vehicles use it as an indicator to your location and the distance between the back of your vehicle and the front end of theirs.

    If your goal is to make your unit street-legal, compliance could become an issue depending on where you are riding; though the rules vary depending on state and location, having a “blue safety light” in the rear is standard for easier visibility to trailing cars.

    While the color of the light might seem more like a cosmetic feature, the color actually affects the function of the light quite a bit. For example, when riding through areas where clouds of dust will be kicked up, you must have light that is able to pass through the haze to alert others of your presence and proximity to them. If the light is unable to cut through the dust, riders may not be able to see one another until it’s too late. 

    Braking is always indicated by a red color, which has become almost universal for both powersports units and vehicles as the indication for stopping. Not having the signature red brake lights to signal a stop could lead to dangerous situations for riders and passengers.

    So where can you get some of these coveted side light mirrors for your UTV? The Polaris RZR Sector Seven Lighted Side Mirrors by TMW Offroad on Everything Polaris RZR will keep the party going long after the sun has set. These lighted side mirrors provide superior LED light coverage that will keep you visible for your friends while illuminating the way for you. Safety and fun go hand-in-hand with these mirrors, allowing you to be seen in the darkness while also keeping you at center stage as the life of the off-road party. The simple installation process ensures that you’ll be on the road and ready to go in no-time without having to worry about being out beyond sunset. The riding experience will reach new levels with these LED mirrors. 

    There are several options for Polaris RZR users looking to outfit their rig with the best LED side mirrors. Use good judgement when purchasing the side mirrors that are right for you, and keep in mind that different mirrors offer different functionalities and signals to other drivers. Make the decision that works best for you, and stay safe out there!

  • Agency Power: A leader in Polaris RZR aftermarket parts and accessories

    At Everything Polaris RZR, we pride ourselves on offering the best in aftermarket parts and accessories to our fellow Polaris RZR enthusiasts. Providing the highest quality products from top-tier brands helps us to give customers the ultimate experience during their off-roading ventures. 

    Of course, that goal couldn’t be met without the partnerships we have forged with several brands that are currently offered through our website.

    Agency Power hit the scene in 2003 as a manufacturer of racing products for cars ranging from Porsche, BMW, Ferrari, Subaru, Mitsubishi, Nissan and more. Starting with the manufacturing of sway bar endlinks for the Subaru WRX, Agency Power has risen rapidly through the ranks of aftermarket companies and has managed to secure a position as a reputable aftermarket parts company. Though still young, Agency Power has continued to make leaps and bounds throughout the last 17 years in the auto industry.

    In 2016, Agency Power expanded its offerings to include UTV products to its ever-growing lineup, and thus entered the powersports realm. In 2018, the company launched a line of its own off-road products to further service its ever-growing presence in the powersports market. 

    Since beginning a partnership with Everything Polaris RZR, the brand has continued to make a name for itself within the powersports market as a recognized and reputable brand to RZR fans everywhere. Currently, the brand offers a slew of products to RZR fans, 73 of which can be found on everythingpolarisrzr.com.

    The American-based brand has continued its reach by extending beyond US borders. With a home base in Gilbert, Arizona, Agency Power’s reach has extended far beyond the market within the United States to Polaris RZR fans across the globe, including those who reside in Singapore, Canada, Australia, South Africa, Russia, the United Kingdom, and various parts of the EU. 

    Still don’t believe us? Take a look at one of the products offered on Everything Polaris RZR so you as a customer can have a glimpse at what makes Agency Power such a reputable brand for Polaris RZR users everywhere.

    Take, for example, the Passenger Grab Bar with Lug Wrench by Agency Power. This passenger grab bar by Agency Power has been designed as the ultimate accessory for your Polaris RZR. Also known as the “OSB,” the grab bar has been designed as a high-quality and stylish grab bar that will have any Polaris RZR owner doing a double take. The look has been inspired by BMX and motocross, with the clamping system designed to closely resemble that of bike handlebars. Each bar has a set of black motocross style grips that have a 1-inch inner diameter. Don’t worry if black grips aren’t your preference; these standard size grips allow you to swap to any size grip that you may desire.

    Though still a young company across the board, especially in the powersports segment, Agency Power’s relationship with Everything Polaris RZR has proven its worth both to us and our customer base. From side vent covers to passenger grab bars, Agency Power offers a wide variety of aftermarket parts and accessories that are built to enhance and optimize the performance of any Polaris RZR product to provide customers with the ultimate off-road experience.

    At Everything Polaris RZR, we are proud to work with such a distinguished up-and-coming brand that has earned a stellar reputation among the racing and UTV communities, along with a renowned standing with our RZR customers and users in general. Don’t just take our word for it; head over to Everything Polaris RZR right now and check out all-things Agency Power, and you’ll see for yourself what the hype is all about!

  • Upcoming UTV Events

    As we move into the spring months of 2020, several opportunities to get outside and enjoy the UTV world are popping up around the country. For those of you looking to get your Polaris RZR out on the trails and enjoy the spring weather, here are some upcoming events that will bring UTV enthusiasts together for some off-road fun. Click on any of the below events to get started finding your next big adventure!

    March 2020

    March 6-7: UTV Rally Rocky Point, Rocky Point MX 

    March 3-8: The Mint 400, Las Vegas, NV 

    March 6-8: Muddy Bug Bash, Leakesville, MS

    March 12-15: Shamrock Shakedown, Oliver Springs, TN 

    March 13-15: Bounty Hole Bash, Roseland LA

    March 14: UTV Legends Poker Run, East Bernstadt KY 

    March 18-22: High Lifter Mud Nationals, Blevins AR 

    March 19-22: Rednecks with Paychecks Spring Break, Saint Jo, TX 

    March 21: Big Blue Road Ramble, Blue Rapids, KS

    March 21-22: SMR 2020, West Fork, AR 

    March 27-28: Riding for a Reason, Steelville, MO  

    March 26-29: Super ATV Mudd Mayhem, Jacksonville, TX

    April 2020

    April 2-5: The Legends Rally, Baja, CA

    April 3-4: Terry “Taco” Howard Memorial Trail & ATV Ride, Sparkman, AR

    April 3-5: Wicked Wildcat Weekend, Oliver Springs, TN

    April 16-18: Spring Shindig, Oliver Springs, TN

    April 16-19: International Mud Riders Convention, Sarepta, LA

    April 15-19: Rattle Snake Hunt, Waynoka, OK

    April 16-18: Windrock Park Spring Shindig, Oliver Springs, TN

    April 17-19: Arkansas Angels Benefit Ride, Atkins, AR

    April 23-26: JBS Spring Ride, Ghent, WV 

    April 23-27: Mudfest, Drakesboro, KY 

    April 24-26: Rally at the Mines, Farmington, MO

    April 25: Busted Axles UTV Poker Run, Gales Creek, Oregon

    April 25: Burden’s 6th Annual Mud Bash, Mount Olive, MS

    April 27-May 5: Busco Beach Mud Bash, Goldsboro, NC

    April 29-May 3: UTV Takeover, Grundy, VA

    April 29-May 3: Appalachian ATVenture Festival, Gilbert, WV

    April 30-May 2: Sand Outlawz 2020, Waynoka, OK

    April 30-May 3: Birthday Bash, Bedford, KY

    May 2020

    May 1-2: UTV Rally Mormon Lake, Mormon Lake, AZ

    May 2-5: Rangely OHV Adventure Rally, Rangley, CO

    May 12-16: Rally on the Rocks, Moab, UT

    May 14-17: Redneck Rave, Mammoth Cave, KY

    May 15-16: Doin the Dunes, Waynoka, OK

    May 22-25: Memorial Mudbug, Jacksonville, TX 

    May 22-25: Mudapalooza, Sarepta, LA

    May 28-30: Outlaw Jam, Vernal, UT

    June 2020

    June 5: Birthday/Foam Party at BMB Off-Road, Fulton, MS 

    June 7-9: High Lifter Quadna Mud Nationals, Hill City, MN

    June 8-9: Texas Off-Road Nationals, Boyd, TX

    June 11-14: Conconully ATV/UTV Jamboree, Conconully, WA

    June 24-28: UTV Takeover, Coos Bay, OR

    June 25-28: East Coast SXS Summer Slam, Central City, PA

    July 2020

    July 2-5: Let Freedom Ride, Sarepta, LA

    July 9-12: Rally in the Pines, Salmon, ID 

    July 13-14: Manti Mountain ATV/UTV Run Summer Event, Manti, UT

    July 21-26: Dunefest, Winchester Bay, OR

    August 2020

    Aug. 10-16: Full Throttle Saloon Off-Road Rally, Sturgis, SD

    Aug. 19-24: White Mountain UTV Jamboree, Springerville, AZ

    September 2020

    Sept. 4-7: Mudstock, Sarepta, LA

    Sept. 8-12: Eastern Sierra ATV/UTV Jam, Coleville/Walker, CA

    Sept. 11-13: Sturgis Off-Road Rally, Sturgis, SD

    Sept. 16-20: UTV Takeover, Sept. 16-20, Waynoka, OK

    Sept. 17-20: Rednecks with Paychecks Fall Mudcrawl, Saint Jo, TX

    Sept. 18-20: Sand Sports Super Show, Costa Mesa, CA

    Sept. 18-19: Manti Mountain ATV/UV Run Fall Event, Manti, UT

    October 2020

    Oct. 1-4: AIMExpo, Columbus, OH

    Oct. 8-12: National Trailfest, Gilbert, WV

    Oct. 8-12: Pumpkin Run Rally, Mercer, WI

    Oct. 10-11: Busco Beach Fall Bash, Goldsboro, NC

    Oct. 15-17: Windrock Park Fall Jam, Oliver Park, TN

    Oct. 17: Creepy Crawl, Mapleton, KS

    Oct. 21-25: UTV Takeover, Hurricane, UT

    November 2020

    Nov. 12-14: SxS Adventure Rally, Hurricane, UT

    Be sure to block off your calendar for some of the above events so you don’t miss out on the opportunity to connect with like-minded Polaris RZR enthusiasts. Don’t miss out on the fun- get out your riding gear, rev up the engine and get riding! 

  • Finding The Best Insurance To Cover Your Polaris RZR

    Your credit score, recent claims, driving record, as well as the amount of times you've switched insurance companies all play a factor in the cost it takes to insure your Polaris RZR. Although it can differ from state to state and country to country, most of the major insurers provide competitive policies for the RZR. Many let you bundle other things like RVs, ATVs, and boats into one policy, which should reduce the overall amount you pay to insure all of your toys. And you can even get policies that cover any medical expenses you may incur from accidents on the trail. 

    The type of coverage you’re after will also affect how much you pay per month for insurance. Obviously, full coverage will cost more than partial coverage, and some policies — such as those by Foremost Insurance — will also cover your aftermarket RZR accessories. The year and edition of your Razor play a small roll in calculating the price of your insurance policy, but this is negligible compared to the aforementioned factors. Be it a big-name insurer or a small-time local outfit, a little research can go a long way to help you avoid exorbitant insurance policies for your Polaris RZR. 

    Using Large Insurers To Cover Your RZR

    Through a company like State Farm, Geico, Progressive, or Liberty Mutual, you should be able to get decent coverage on your RZR for less than $40 per month. A primary caveat to this, however, is your driving record. If you have a few speeding tickets or an otherwise poor driving record, traditional insurance companies will charge you an arm and a leg cover your RZR. 

    For those with clean records, these large insurers are a decent option. We know folks that pay $36 a month to cover their RZR XPT through Geico, and others that pay $37 a month to cover their 2020 Turbo S through State Farm. Liberty Mutual is around the same price, as is Progressive. However, like regular audio insurance, the amount you pay for UTV coverage will vary based on your age and the state in which you live. Younger drivers should  expect to pay more, and coverage for those living in states like California and New York will be higher than the national average. 

    Covering multiple drivers will also cost more. With Progressive, for example, you can get full coverage for two drivers on a 2018 XP 1000 for around $230 per year. And depending on what infractions you have on your license, you may still be able to get relatively cheap insurance. A long-time customer of Everything Polaris RZR from Colorado told us he pays $40 per month from Liberty Mutual to cover his machine — and he is a notorious speed daemon with the tickets to prove it.    

    Using Smaller-Name Insurers To Cover Your RZR

    There are many niche insurance companies that focus on particular states or on ATVs, side-by-sides, and other off-road toys. So if you’ve received an egregious quote from the bigger players, using one of the smaller guys may prove cheaper. Sled Insure is a company that covers cars, snowmobiles, ATVs, and other power-sports vehicles. They only cover 31 states in the US, but if you happen to reside in a state where they do business, they are a viable option for Polaris RZR insurance. 

    Some RZR owners get full coverage on both their Razor and their ATV from a company called Safeco for only $46 per month, while others get even better rates from companies like Country Financial, Erie, and American Family Insurance. Regarding the latter, it’s not uncommon to get base coverage for as little as $18 per month. 

    Just because you’re paying less for insurance, however, doesn’t mean that you’re getting more value. It all depends on the coverage options, what the insurance company is going to cover, the deductible, and many other factors. The Richmond Insurance Group is a popular option among Polaris RZR owners. In fact, because they specialize in off-road insurance policies, many riders end up switching all their vehicles over to them. 

    If you’re not located in Kentucky, Foremost Insurance is a good option. You can get a year of coverage with million-dollar liability limits and a max guest medical of $25,000 for only $183 — or just $100 for comp and collision deductibles. 

    Some RZR riders like to also carry uninsured motorist property damage and medical, which extends their limits to cover themselves, and other riders if they are uninsured or underinsured. A good number of RZR owners wouldn't dream of turning in a claim if they can fix the problem themselves. Even if you hit someone, doing all you can to pay out of pocket will help keep you claim free — which is important because insurance companies will always try to get you back in the long run through higher rates in the future. Similarly, choosing super high limits on coverage signals to insurance companies that you’re a responsible owner, and therefore much less of a risk than someone who rides around with state minimums.   

    In Closing

    A high accident rate with UTVs as well as a growing number of insurance fraud schemes have inflated many insurance policies for the Polaris RZR and other side-by-sides. But you can avoid the amount you pay to cover your machine by using smaller-name insurance companies, choosing higher deductibles, or utilizing build-your-own-policy tools from companies like Progressive, Liberty Mutual, Farmers, and other ATV/UTV insurance providers. You might like to live on the edge and ride without insurance. But if you want to make your machine street legal or simply enjoy the peace of mind that comes with full Polaris RZR coverage, the right insurance will go a long way. 

  • The Best Sound Systems For The Polaris RZR

    The best type of sound system to incorporate into a Polaris RZR really depends on the owners budget as well as their current and future goals. Some riders are all about that bass, while others want simplicity in their RZR sound system. Something like a UTV soundbar would suit the needs of many riders, and they’re sure easier than wiring up a complete audio system equipped with amps, subs, and tweeters. But soundbars are limited in terms of both volume and sound-range capabilities. 

    If designed and installed correctly, a full Polaris RZR audio system shouldn’t take up too much space, and will produce a much higher sound quality than a soundbar alone. However, for those who prefer to dump their money into other aftermarket RZR accessories, a complete sound system may not be worth it. Sure you could wire up two 8" Rockville tower speakers, two kicker 6.5" rocker panel speakers, and a 10" kicker waterproof bass tube to a 2,500-watt acoustic marine amp and your RZR sound system will be full of bass and loud as hell. But the money you spend on that could have bought you a few more ponies with an aftermarket ECU tuner or a better ride quality with some aftermarket shocks

    It’s all about tradeoffs and finding your personal priorities. A roof stereo might be handy and out of the way, while a sound system with dash controls might be more convenient. Bluetooth is great, but what if you want a stereo with a radio receiver? While there might not be a one-size-fits-all solution for sound systems in the RZR, we can help you identify the pros and cons of each type as well as particular brands of Polaris RZR sound systems. 

    Soundbars For The Polaris RZR

    A lot of UTV riders love the JBL soundbars that they have installed in their side-by-sides. The music that comes out of them is very clear, with a high limit for volume output. Compared to soundbars like the Wet Sounds Stealth 10, the JBL Stadium soundbar produces a better sound and decent bass as well.

    Other riders go with MTX soundbars like their Mud41 edition, and Hifonics as well as NavAtlas soundbars are also liked by those who own them. However, in the opinion of some, the Powerbass XL 1200 blows all the others away. The Powerbass soundbar includes built-in, marine grade, poly cone woofers as well as full-range speakers and Mylar tweeters. The sound is unarguably spectacular for a soundbar, but with a price-tag that’s close to four figures, it’s up there in terms of expensiveness. 

    RZR riders like the fact that soundbars can tuck up under the roof and won’t block your view. However, if you don’t get a soundbar with a remote control, you’ll be reaching up to turn it on and off as well as to adjust the volume. While this might not be a huge issue if you mount your soundbar in the the front of your rig, if you mount it in the back, you’ll be forced to do the ol’ reach around every time you need to make audio adjustments. 

    Furthermore, due to their size, the quality of audio from soundbars will always be limited. Wet cannons, for example, sound way better, but this is because they take up more space. If you don’t mind how much larger they are, things like subs, boat speakers, and full surround-sound speaker systems can be used. However, you can still get good sound quality while optimizing for space with all your speakers and audio components integrated into your vehicle’s roof. 

    Roof Sound Systems For The Polaris RZR

    Mb Quart Polaris speakers can easily connect and play music in your RZR, and they pair nicely with machines that have Ride Command. But many riders aren’t impressed with these, and logically argue that two pods in the back just don't do the trick — which is where companies like ProTop, SidexSide Audio, and SSV come into play. You can get aftermarket roofs with a variety of speakers and pieces of audio equipment built in. You can also get roof sound system kits that install under your existing stock or aftermarket roof. 

    Like a full RZR sound system that a rider might put together themselves — which could include things like an MXT radio with a 10” Rockford sub, front speakers, and 8” Rockville towers — audio roofs for the Polaris RZR are typically more expensive than simple soundbars. But if you need to save the already-limited space available in your RZR for tools, equipment, spare parts, and outdoor or hunting gear, an audio roof is a good way to do it. 

    One caveat of roof speakers and overhead audio systems, however, is that they are limited for space on the horizontal axis due to the size of RZR roofs, and must therefore extend downward in the vertical direction. This shouldn’t impede with tall riders or those who ride with helmets on, but if you chopped your stock cage or installed a lower aftermarket cage, your headroom could be restricted.     

    In Closing

    Ask any long-time RZR owner and they’ll likely have their own opinion to proffer about the best stereo systems for the Polaris RZR. The Stereo Pod by EMP is a cheap option for those that aren’t picky about sound quality, and EMP's top / stereo combo isn’t a bad choice as well. You can never go wrong with a complete RZR sound system from Rockford, however a simple solution like a soundbar is more than enough for some. At the end of the day, you must consider what you value, what you can afford, and what you care to spend money on.  

  • Legalizing Your Polaris RZR For Street Riding

    Many Polaris RZR riders lament about the hoops they have to jump through for the government to make their rigs street legal. In places like Idaho, you can make your stock Polaris RZR street legal. They “recommend” riders to have a horn, one rear mirror, headlights, marker lights, and brake lights, but these are merely reconditions. In states like Utah, the recommendations are requirements, and a three-mirror kit, turn signals, and a lighted bracket for the license plate are also required. Add to this this the fact that different nations have different street legal laws, and the laws between different counties within the same state can also vary. So hopefully, we can clear up some of the confusion surrounding street legal accessories and riding a Polaris RZR on public roads. 

    Making Your RZR Street Legal In Non-UTV Friendly States

    In places like East Texas, riding your RZR on public streets is illegal and heavily enforced by the Game Warden. There is a particular hatred for side-by-side riders in Collin county, and the Game Wardens there have a chip on their shoulder agains RZR owners. However, there are still ways for Texas residents and individuals living in similar non-UTV friendly states to ride their Polaris RZRs legal on he blacktop.

    For example, riding you RZR on public pavement is legal if you mount a slow-moving vehicle emblem on it and own a farm or ranch that you’re en rout to less than 25 miles away. Sure this is only applicable to farmers and ranchers, but if you always make sure to carry some barbed wire, a couple sets of fencing pliers, or some irrigation or other farming tools / implements, your chances of being stopped will be slightly diminished. 

    Another loophole that many RZR riders take advantage of is non-resident registration in states that allow you to license a UTV. Multiple states allow non-residents to register their side-by-sides there. Most are out west, and South Dakota is notoriously easy to register a UTV as a non-resident. The process is super simple, but even though they don’t inspect your machine, they do make you sign documents saying that you have all the required street legal accessories and modifications, punishable under penalty of perjury. Although it is doubtful whether or not you’d ever be prosecuted, it could come back to bite you in the ass if you falsify these claims. 

    Furthermore, not all states have to honor another state’s plates, stickers, or agreements unless they have a reciprocity agreement. It may work in your situation, or it may not. Lots of people register lots of toys out of state for various “tax” reasons — it’s nothing new. But unlike expensive motorhomes or other already-street-legal vehicles, RZR’s are kinda iffy, as there are multiple reasons why any given officer in any given state could cite you if they wanted to — illegal solid rear axles as just one of many examples. In Texas, it’s up to the officer whether or not your receive a ticket; and they can still write you a ticket with a state plate or registration from another state.

    In Florida, many riders register their RZRs in Arizona. Obviously it has to pass all the DOT stuff, but once you’re done, you’ll get a title and an HOV sticker. In most Florida counties, the sheriff has bigger fish to fry than a glorified golf cart with big wheels, but again, not all counties are the same with regards to enforcement. 

    The best thing you can do to get your Polaris RZR street legal in your area is to petition your city council — especially if you live in a smaller community. The folks in Blanchard Oklahoma recently got street legal side-by-side legislation passed — with a $25 yearly permit and other restrictions vs being fully street legal — and other towns like El Reno / Weatherford have done this as well. 

    Abiding By The Local Laws

    Most places have at least some requirements to make a Polaris RZR street legal. Be it DOT approved windshields, eye protection, mirrors, turn signals, or a combination of them all, if you want to ride legally, you’re going to need some street legal modifications. But in addition to the proper street legal accessories, you’re likely going to need a drivers license, insurance, and a license plate — that is, unless your rig qualifies as a farm vehicle.  

  • Getting More Speed Out Of Your Polaris RZR

    Speed racer ain’t got nothing on the Polaris RZR. But for those looking for even greater top speeds and faster accelerations out of the hole in their RZRs, there are RZR mods for that. From big bores and aftermarket cylinders to head porting and bolt-on turbos, when it comes to giving your RZR a little more giddy-up and go, there’s more than one way to skin a cat. That being said, however, not all methods used to increase speeds are created equal. Some are more expensive than others, while others are too much for a stock RZR drivetrain to handle. Most, however, require an ECU tune at the very least. Whether you’re looking for more power for hill killing or need something to take your racing game to the next level, here are a few options to give your Polaris RZR more speed.

    Big Bore Kits For The Polaris RZR 

    Some people say that a big bore kit is nothing but problems, while others would argue that the best bang for your buck is going to be in head work, and that you won't see much out of a big bore alone. Still others would pontificate that a turbo is the only way to go. We’ll admit that at about 30 or 40 MPH, a turbo does kick hard and would pass many bored out RZRs, most big bore kits offer higher-compression forged pistons, giving you a big increase in torque and pulling faster off the line than a turbo. 

    The question of diminishing marginal returns also arises with regards to Polaris RZR big bore kits. The 1110cc kit for the RZR 1000, for example, is roughly an 11% increase in displacement. On paper that should give you about 11 hp increase. Which begs the question, is the cost difference between going stock and adding the big bore kit that only gives you an added 11 hp worth it to you? The 1065cc big bore kit by Sparks Racing is a popular kit for riders that want reliability and not too much of a boost. Their closed-deck design gives unmatched strength and rigidity, but unlike open-deck engines, heat can be an issue. 

    If you go with a big bore kit in your RZR, it should always have some fuel tuning to go along with. Regarding the RZR 800, these are particularly finicky with the TPS and idle adjustment, and its a bit of a technical process. But when done right, proper fuel tuning makes a big difference. That being said, we would still recommend some tuning for the added air/fuel ratio changes as well. 

    Head Porting And Valve Jobs For The Polaris RZR

    There are countless companies that you can send your head to for porting. Powerline Performance, Bikeman Performance, D&M Racing, Millennium Technologies, the list goes on and on. The stock RZR cylinder heads are not optimal in terms of intake and exhaust ports, so through porting your cylinder heads, airflow is enhanced. 

    With the increased airflow from a ported head, new cams will also pick your machine up quite a bit. It should be noted, however, that the XPT has a cam ground that is different than the XP, so if your rig is boosted, your 1k cams are more than capable. 

    Turbo Kits For The Polaris RZR

    For the money, many riders opt for turbo kits for their Polaris RZR. With an RZR turbo kit by companies like K&T or Packard Performance, you don’t have to tear down engine — simply bolt on to install. Flash the ECU and it’s a done deal. The RZR engines can take the boost load, and some turbo kits even come with clutch weights so that your machine’s clutch can handle the added power of the turbo. 

    While a turbo kit alone is good, combining elements from all three of the above-mentioned RZR modifications is a surefire way to have the fastest machine on the block. The Packard turbo works great with K&T cylinders and CP pistons with Carrillo rods. The 1065cc big bore with ported heads, ported throttle bodies, cams, big valves and aftermarket springs is another rock solid setup. Things like superchargers can also be added to the RZR, but we’ll leave that for another post!

  • 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. 

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