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Personalizing your Polaris RS1 with a set of aftermarket wheels is a great way to change the look of your ride. But running lighter aluminum or magnesium tires can also bring about a great deal of performance benefits, as less unsprung weight makes it easier to both accelerate and decelerate. Lighter wheels can also compensate for the added weight of bulky aftermarket tires, which tend to negatively impact the machine’s handling. This is primarily due to the higher rotational mass and inertia of the machine’s unsprung weight -- i.e the parts of the vehicle like the tires, brakes, rims, and other components that aren’t supported by the suspension system. The lower the unsprung weight, the faster the suspension can react to bumps and other unevenness in the terrain. And the faster the suspension reacts, the longer the tires stay in contact with the ground. During the moments where the tires aren’t touching the ground, you as the driver have no control. In terms of the benefits of running different size wheels, it is less likely to get rocks jammed in between the rim and the caliper with larger wheels, reducing the risk of a puncture through the side of the rim. However, many racers like to run as small of a wheel as possible, which is why many make alterations to the brake caliper, allowing them to run 12” rims.
Like weight and size, the offset of your RS1’s wheels is another factor that can affect its performance.The wider the vehicle’s stance, the more stable it will be. Running a 5+2 offset will put your machine at around 67” wide, and many riders go with this offset to minimize scrub radius issues. If your not concerned about width -- as some states like Wisconsin enforce a 65” wide restriction on UTVs -- a 5+2 offset works well in the rear. In the front, however, wider wheel offsets tend to develop bump steer, and the handling gets a little sketchy in fast and rough sections. This is why you see guys run a 5+5 offset in the rear, and something skinnier like a 4+4 in the front, making the vehicle extremely stable, able to drift nicely, and enabling it to do donuts like a champ. Beadlock rims are also popular because they create a better connection between the tire, wheel, and tube, allowing for a more holistic assembly that rotates as a single unit. Beadlock wheels also let riders deflate their tires more, which widens the contact point of the tire and creates better traction. Companies like MSA, Fuel, Method, And STI are among the top favorites, with Ultra rims being up there as well due to their superior strength and durability. So if you’re looking to invest in some aftermarket rims for racing purposes, for more control, or simply for that bling bling chromed-out look, at Everything Polaris RZR, we’ve got perfect wheels for you and your RS1.