|Polaris RZR S Review
|2009 Polaris RZR||2009 Polaris RZR S|
What’s New for the 2009 RZR S:
Long travel suspension with Fox performance shocks
The Polaris RZR S comes from the factory with a +5″ long travel kit that makes it 60.5 inches wide (stock RZR is 50 inches wide).
Fox Shocks with piggy-back reservoir
Heel pocket for more controlled operation of the gas pedal
Improved air filter setup
Additional clip to hold the end of the housing in place
Bellows added to improve boot flexibility
26-inch Maxxis Big-Horn tires with 12 inch, eight-spoke aluminum rims
26x9x12 Maxxis Big-Horn up front and 26x12x12 Maxxis Big-Horn
The Bighorn is not only a great tire choice, but the larger 26″ tire also helps move the RZR up off the ground for better ground clearance.
New exhaust reduces exhaust noise and increases performance
The exhaust sound on the RZR S is about the same as the RZR, but you can really tell that the new headers flow much better than the headers on a standard RZR.
Performance headers flow much better than the normal RZR
Exhaust tip now has a 45 degree turn down.
The RZR S has some new heat shield near the exhaust to keep the plastic from melting.
Frame Gussets and Shock Mounts
Upper shock mount has been strengthened
Whip flag mount
Rectifier has been moved up by radiator for improved cooling
New tie down points in bed area
Plastic is now used instead of a net in the area near your shoulder
Other new stuff:
Covered, under-seat storage
Improved transmission shifting
A more durable shoulder bolster
Upgraded 800 H.O. EFI Polaris twin engine that churns out 55 HP and a 63 MPH top speed
Unlike the standard RZR, the RZR S does not have a front sway bar
The wider stance of the RZR S adds quite a bit of stability for carving bowls or power sliding in the dunes. And the combination of the long travel Fox shocks and wider a-arms make running over the whoops much more comfortable and safe as compared to a standard RZR.
The Fox Podium shocks do decent in average riding, but if you ride more aggressive, you will probably want to look into aftermarket shocks.
In completely stock for, and without even dropping air pressure in the 26″ Maxxis Bighorns, I was able to climb the hill at Patton Valley and Test Hill. Both of these hills are the steepest that you will find in the south part of the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area.
For pure hilling climbing in the dunes, the RZR S definitely has more power out of the box than the normal RZR and also more than the Yamaha Rhino or Kawasaki Teryx.
Our RZR S at the top of Patton Valley near Gordons Well, Imperial Sand Dunes
Our RZR S at the top of Test Hill near Gordons Well, Imperial Sand Dunes
I also did a few high speed runs down the drags at Gordons Well and was able to hit 51 mph on the GPS. Very respectable top speed in the dunes.
Although the heel pocket did help throttle control at low speeds, I did not like it for full throttle situations.
Foot position in heel pocket at low speed vs. high speed
I am not a fan at all of the RZR side nets. They are cumbersome to use, they are too close to my left hand on the wheel and the upper snap is hard to latch. The good news is they are easy enough to remove.
If you do remove them, you should look into a wrist restraint for your outside arm, and maybe a small door.
What would I change?
If I was going to buy a RZR S, I would make a just a few upgrades:
Swap out the stock three point seat belts for four or five point harnesses.
Get rid of the side nets and maybe add a half door.
If I really wanted to do some hard dune riding, I would also get a set of paddle tires and smoothies and maybe look into an upgraded roll cage.
I have got to say without a doubt that the Polaris RZR S hits it out of the park. Polaris made adjustments to fix some issues with the base 2008 RZR, then added a +5″ long travel kit that performs quite well right out of the box. If you are looking for a stock UTV that can really perform well in the dunes without much modification, then I would highly recommend looking at the Polaris RZR S.
Polaris Ranger RZR S Specifications:
Liquid-cooled, even-firing Polaris Big Bore 800 Twin EFI engine (760cc HO)
H.O. Twin Engine with High Output pistons & cams
Selectable 2WD/AWD with on-demand AWD
Gear range: Dual range (high / low) forward, neutral, reverse, park
IRS with 12″ of front & rear wheel travel
Front Suspension – Double A-arm (no anti-sway bar)
Rear Suspension – Rolled Independent W/anti-sway bar
+5″ Long Travel Arms
Chrome-Moly upper front A-arms
Suspension: Rolled Independent w/Anti-Sway Bar – rear; Double A-Arm w/Anti-Sway Bar – front
12″ Fox performance shocks with Podium reservoirs (compression and preload adjustable)
12.5″ of ground clearance
Weighs in at 1000 lbs.
Towing capability:1500 lbs. with 1 1/4″ receiver
Cargo bed rated for 300 lbs with lock & ride storage
7.25 gallon fuel tank (under passenger seat)
Width: 60.5″ (The RZR S supposedly will still fit in the back of a pickup)
Turning radius – 149.5″ (compared to 101.5″ for the standard RZR)
500 watt stator
- Front tire: 26 x 9 – 12 Maxxis Bighorn
- Rear tire: 26 x 12 – 12 Maxxis Bighorn
- Eight-spoke aluminum rims
Max speed – 63 mph (vs. 55 mph for the standard RZR)
Adjustable steering wheel
Adjustable driver’s seat
Adjustable passenger grab bar
Full skid plates
Wheel Bolt Pattern – 4X156
- Fender flairs and extended rear cab frame supports for sportier look
- MBL Clutch Belt
Turbo Silver paint
Starts at $13,999
Website: Polaris Industries
Polaris Ranger RZR Sport– Direct link to RZR on the Polaris website
Polaris Industries, Inc.
2100 Highway 55
Medina, MN 55340
With annual 2007 sales of $1.8 billion, Polaris designs, engineers, manufactures and markets all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), including the Polaris RANGER, snowmobiles and Victory motorcycles for recreational and utility use.