|Kawasaki Teryx Rock Crawler
By Jon Crowley
This 2014 Kawasaki Teryx is actually our 5th Teryx build here at UTVGuide.net, and I would have to say it is the best of all of them. We wanted to build an adventure rig with an emphasis on rock crawling and the Teryx is an awesome platform for this.
In my opinion, the 2014 Teryx two seater screams adventure. The new design stretches the chassis for a better ride and more storage. The Teryx now shares the same frame as the Teryx4, but instead of four seats, it has a large bed and two super huge protected storage bins. There is plenty of room for camping gear when you want to camp out on the Rubicon, or ample space for spare parts and tools if you want to go rock crawling on extreme trails.
The Teryx v-twin has been updated from 749cc to 783cc to give it more power and torque especially in the low- to mid-range. Plus the updated engine is more fuel efficient so you can travel farther between fuel stops.
One of my favorite features of the new Teryx is their Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). The CVT features a centrifugal clutch assembly that works quickly and firmly so there is no belt slip even with 30-inch tires on some pretty gnarly rock trails. Plus the three-mode electronically selectable 4WD system that let’s me decide when to engage 4WD+Front Differential Lock mode when I want it and off when I don’t. And the CVT features an engine braking capability that works really well on steep descents.
We took the base Teryx and shipped it off to our friends at SDR Motorsports for a complete build. SDR Motorsports built us a new cage and bumper for increased safety and style. Then SDR installed a Muzzys Performance dual exhaust, SSV Works audio system, PRP Seats and Harnesses, Warn winch with new Custom Splice synthetic line, Rigid Industries accent and LED lights, Lowrance GPS, Axia Alloys mirror and Fire Extinguisher.
Factory UTV UHMW skid plates and rock sliders and HCR Racing long travel suspension was added to gain wheel travel, ride height and width. This allows our Teryx to go faster in rough terrain, and the added ride height let’s us navigate large boulders while rock crawling. The UHMW skids protects the underside when we are going extreme in the rocks. To give our Teryx more ride height and ground clearance, plus added style points, we mounted up 30″ STI Roctane XD tires on their newest HD5 Beadlock wheels. Then we added a DragonFire quick release steering wheel and finished it off with a full wrap from Diamond Wrap Factory.
We have taken our Teryx to Johnson Valley,Rally on the Rocks in Moab, on the Rubicon several times and to Prairie City SVRA and it is unstoppable in the rocks!
Big Sluice on the Rubicon Trail
Climbing the stair steps at the end of Cliff Hanger
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