Be it the RZR 170, the ACE 150, or the Ranger 150, getting your kids into UTVs at a young age will not only prepare them for larger machines in the future, but it will also teach them basic vehicular operation and mechanical maintenance skills. Whether you’re kids are looking to enter the racing circuit, or you simply want them to have something to putt around it, Youth UTVs are becoming an increasingly popular option in the power sports community. So if you’re considering a UTV for your little one, keep reading, because we’re about to dig into the good, the bad, and the awesome vis-a-vis the RZR 170 youth side-by-side.
The RZR 170 VS. The ACE 150
When considering which youth UTV to buy, there are many factors to consider. Your child’s age, driving abilities, and where / how they ride all play a major role in determining the right machine for them. When juxtaposing the ACE 150 with the RZR 170, it is clear that there is tons of aftermarket support for the 170s, but not so much for the 150s. They both have about the same stock top speed, but the 170s have upgrades available to make them much faster.
The RZR 170s have 23" tires vs the 21" tires that come stock on the ACE 150, and about two-three inches more ground clearance — although the 150 has better front suspension. They both hold value fairly well, and many parents like the fact that the 150 has real gauges and not just stickers. Also, the ACE 150 has a neat GeoFence feature that allows you to set perimeters and adjust the speed control from your smart phone’s Ride Command App. If you want your children to only go 5mph around camp and then like 15 to 20mph after they get away from camp, you can set the GeoFence on the app so it limits their speed to those specifications.
Benefits Of Buying A Race-Ready Rig
If your mini-me is interested in racing, you might want to consider buying a race-ready RZR 170. Many riders are under the opinion that buying a race ready rig is cheaper in the long run — although a good one will still set you back anywhere from $8-$12k, and building it with your kid is half the fun. Throw on a parker pumper, a 5 point harnesses, quick change gear set, Cognitio long travel and adjustable arms up front, and whatever else you can afford to make a truly speedy machine. And there are countless other aftermarket modifications you can make to unleash the ponies and take the freak off the leash.
Aftermarket RZR 170 Mods
The sky is the limit when it comes to modifying and upgrading the Polaris RZR 170. With regards to the motor, you can get a big bore kit, a big valve head, and an aftermarket Hoca A10 cam upgrade. You can even drop in a yfz450 or a 232 stroker motor with a trench and epoxy case as well as a 4V head if you feel so inclined. These kinds of motors are perfect if your kid is used to riding machines like the KTM 50sx dirt-bike or a drr90 race quad — both of which are 2 stroke, so if they are used to that 2 stroke power when it gets on the pipe, these racing engines are the perfect fit to max out the power while still being able to race in the <250 class.
Even with a bore kit, to get the absolute max power out of any RZR 170 with motors up to 232cc , an Aracer standalone ECU is a must — especially when you combine it with the auto-tuner. Further additions like exhausts, clutch kits are also important. You'll need the exhaust to be able to flow more air, and an EFI tuner to add fuel. Before adding an EFI tuner to your rig, you’ll likely fid that it runs like crap because It is starving for fuel. Additionally, the Vent racing air box delete is also suggested as well as an Air Cleaner to gain maximum horsepower and mph.
If you’re kid isn’t racing but has outgrown his lower-cc UTV, it might just be time to upgrade to an RZR 570. A bigger vehicle will provide more power, without breaking the bank. On the other end of the spectrum, if you child is a bit too small for his or her RZR 170, you might want to consider a pedal extension like the one by Lonestar Racing. Even with the seat all the way up, shorter children may not be able to press the pedal all the way down, which leaves a lot of power untapped. You can also take the slack out of the throttle cable, as there are several hundred rpm hidden there. Just move the little rubber cover and put the slightest pressure on the pedal, turning it till the rpms come up.
At the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter if you’re little hell raisers are cruising around in a Youth ACE, an RZR 170, or even (if it’s the absolute last option available) a Suzuki 50cc quad, as long as they are having fun and staying safe, that’s all that matters. If you’re wanting to introduce your kid to UTVs, there’s no better way to start than by putting them behind the wheel of a Polaris RZR 170!