UTV Product Reviews

Polaris RZR 800 Long Travel Review

Long Travel Polaris RZR 800

Stock Polaris RZR - Before Long Travel Suspension Stock Polaris RZR - Before Long Travel Suspension Stock Polaris RZR - Before Long Travel Suspension Stock Polaris RZR - Before Long Travel Suspension
Stock Polaris RZR – Before Long Travel

   
Polaris RZR after Fireball Racing +6″ Long Travel


Information

After taking a Polaris RZR for a spin during the UTV Rally in Moab, I was could see what the hype was about. Then a friend bought a turnkey long travel RZR at the Sand Sports Super Show and I got to see it in action at Sand Mountain the following weekend. I was sold and soon was headed to Glamis to ride my new bone stock Polaris RZR.

I’’ve got to say that I was very impressed with the capabilities of the RZR in stock form. But after duning the RZR all over Glamis for the weekend, I had a good idea of what needed to be done to turn it into a vehicle more suited to my use.  First up was long travel which we’ll cover here, but look in future issues where we’ll cover roll cage, bumpers, lights, seats & harnesses and some performance parts.

Long Travel:

The suspension on the RZR has 9” of front wheel travel and 9.5” of rear wheel travel and does a pretty fair job for a stock UTV. The RZR is 50” wide as it comes from the factory, so it feels a bit tippy on side hills or when power sliding the rear end.

There are a few ways to approach improving the suspension and handling capabilities of your RZR:

  1. Aftermarket shocks: New shocks are a great way to improve ride quality. If you keep the stock arms, an aftermarket shock will not increase the amount of wheel travel, but will help smooth out your ride.
  2. Wheel spacers or offset wheels: Moving your wheels outward with spacers or new wheels is an easy way to increase track width for added stability, but they also put more stress on hubs and spindles.  They also increase the amount of force applied to your shocks and springs, so adjustments will need to be made.
  3. Long Travel: A long travel kit uses longer arms and longer shocks to increase the track width and the amount of wheel travel. The ride quality and capability is improved with aftermarket shocks – rough terrain is smoothed out, and getting air in your UTV isn’t quite as scary. The biggest downside to a long travel kit is cost.

Increasing track width is nice for stability, but remember that a +6” long travel kit will actually increase the track width by 12” – your RZR is now 62” instead of 50”. If you ride on ATV trails, your RZR will now be too wide to fit.

The areas that I ride in are open to full-sized vehicles, so I was not too concerned about increasing my track width, so I decided a long travel kit was the best solution for the type of riding I do.

After researching long travel kits for a while, I settled on a +6” kit from Fireball Racing. Fireball Racing has been building suspension and performance parts for ATVs since the 1980’s and they expanded into the UTV market a few years back with a mid and a long travel kit for the Yamaha Rhino.

Long Travel Kit Components:

  • +6 inch chromoly a-arms
  • +1 inch forward and +2 inch rearward – 80” wheelbase
  • 14 inches of wheel travel
  • 300m axles
  • Hardened steel heim joints
  • Extended tie rods
  • Rear upper shock mount gusset
  • Rear a-arm mount gusset
  • Braided brake lines
  • Bilstein aluminum shocks with Eibach springs

Ride Review

After the installation, we headed to Sand Mountain to test everything out. Wow! The RZR was fun in stock form, but this was big fun. I was able to drive faster and with much more confidence and comfort. The extra travel felt great after catching a bit of air. The shocks helped to smooth out the torn up dunes. And the steering geometry was very nice.

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Installation:

Installing a long travel kit typically does not require any special tools, but being mechanically inclined does help. The Fireball Racing kit installed easily with the exception separating the stock rear axles from the inner CVs. All the other CVs popped right off, but the rear, inner CVs needed more persuasion. But after that, the kit went in place very nicely.  The fit and finish of the arms was very impressive and the arms all slid into place with ease. The one big difference between installing a long travel kit on a Rhino versus a RZR is the RZR’s need all new extended brake lines. Figure on an extra hour or so to install and then bleed the brake lines, plus a little more cost.

Lift the RZR and take the wheels off

Polaris RZR - Front Hub Polaris RZR - Rear Hub

Remove cotter pin, large hub nut, tie rod end (front) and brake caliper from all four corners

Remove hubs

Polaris RZR - Hub removed. Axle and spindle still attached. Polaris RZR - Hub Polaris RZR - Rear hub removed

Remove spindles from arms

 Polaris RZR - Front spindle removed. Axle still in place. Polaris RZR - Rear Spindle

Remove Axles – They come out of the differentials with a little tug

Polaris RZR - Axles Polaris RZR - Rear Differential with axles removed

Remove Arms

Remove bands off all CV boots

 

Remove old axles from CVs – You can save and resuse old CV grease if RZR is fairly new

Polaris RZR - Saving original grease from CV. Most of the time, the CV will pop off the axle.

The CVs on the inner rear (differential side) may not come off as easily as the others.  If so, the only way to remove the CV is to get the balls out first, then pop the star with a brass hammer.

Inner rear CV may not come loose as easy as the others, so the only option is to pry the balls out of the CV. 

Install new axles, clean and install boots

 Grease the CVs - We used the original grease because my RZR didn't have that many miles on it. Clean CV boots before sliding over axle.

Band CV boots

Steering stop added to limit turning – Stock front axles bind under full turn

 

Install new tie rod extenders

Polaris RZR - Tie Rod Extender

Install new extended brake lines

Install new axles/CVs

Install new long travel arms

 

Install spindles

  

Install hubs

 

Install brake calipers

  

Attach tie rods

Install shocks

 

Install rear upper shock mount support

Install rear lower arm mount support bracket

Bleed brakes

Lube arm bushings

Set alignment

 


Contact Info:

Fireball Racing - Long Travel kits for RZR, Rhino & Teryx

Fireball Racing

Website: www.fireballracing.net
Location:  Prather, CA
Phone: (559) 324-9533

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