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Polaris RZR XP 900 Review at Sand Mountain
Polaris RZR XP at Sand Mountain, NV
My buddy Dave and and I loaded up our brand new Polaris
RZR XPs and drove out to
Mountain for a quick day trip. Both of our RZR XPs have completely stock
engines (intake, exhaust, etc.) and suspension (Fox 2.0 shocks). The big
change we made from stock are tires for the dunes.
I absolutely love this paddle tire and wheel from
Fullerton Sand Sports and
OMF Performance. STU Blasters
in the rear with smoothies up front mounted on OMF billet center beadlock
wheels. The float provided by this setup is incredible and the XP's power
was able to pull the tall tires without much effort. And beyond the
performance, this setup just looks awesome. Really makes the XP look
We started out cruising the baby dunes to get a feel for the
cars and to see what the mountain looked like after the recent storms
(always a good idea to check the area for new drop offs and holes before
going real fast). I had my friend Miguel in with me and Dave was solo.
After playing for 10 minutes or so, we had worked our way around to the back
We got to the bottom of the back side and I figured we made
a run up the back along the ridge which is very steep, but not quite as hard
as straight up the back. WOW! We made it right up without hesitation.
Even with two of us in the car. The sand was wet so that helped, but I
have never made it up the backside in any UTV that is so close to stock.
We turned and headed back down to try a straight shot. To my
amazement, once again we made it up with room to spare. Incredible! I
dropped Miguel at the top so he could take a quick video with my phone.
Polaris RZR XP climbing the backside of Sand Mountain - Driver Only
Polaris RZR XP climbing the backside of Sand Mountain - In Car with driver
After checking out the rest of the mountain, I decided it
was time to get some air in the XP. I am not a big jumper, but the RZR
XP makes it easy. The long travel suspension with Fox 2.0 shocks soak
up the landings with ease. I had to remind myself that this was for
the most part a stock machine.
The RZR XP jumps well and the suspension soaks up the big hits with ease.
The wind had recently blown pretty good at Sand Mountain, so there were
lot's of sharp ridges. I absolutely love to transition sharp ridges in the
dunes, so I was anxious to see how the RZR XP would handle it. The
XP's wide stance and ample ground clearance made the cross over ridge lines
smooth, stable and predictable. The handling reminded me of being in
my old mid-engine V8 sand car. And the torque provide by the twin cylinder,
88 HP Prostar engine added a nice level of control. It was easy to
feather the throttle and still have instant power available when needed.
After about five hours of playing in the dunes, we loaded up and headed
home. Everyone was thoroughly impressed with the new RZR XPs.
Can't wait to get back out in the dunes for more!
Besides the sand tires and beadlock wheels, we have added
just a few bolt-on accessories to our RZR XP.
Aluminum Rock Sliders
Aluminum Trailing Arm Guards
These two items are too important for dune riding, but I plan to
take the XP on some rock crawling adventures and want to make sure
things are protected.
Overhead Audio System - SSV
Works iPod Weather Proof
audio system for the
Polaris RZR, RZR-S and RZR XP provides Hi-Def stereo sound. The
system clamps in overhead to your stock cage, installs in 15minutes
with a simple 2 wire hook up and is totally weather proof.
Billet Side Mirrors - Fully
adjustable billet race mirrors clamp to your roll cage. Increase your visibility for safety. Available black anodized