UTV of the Month -April 2012
The Side x Side Outfitterz Polaris RZR XP 4 recently completed a 1170 mile journey down the length of Baja California from Calexico to San Jose del Cabo. The RZR XP 4 was nearly stock, with only a few changes for safety and comfort.
The RZR XP 4 played a support role during the General Tire NORRA Mexican 1000. The XP 4 was used for car-to-car video as well as getting to remote locations on the course. In addition to driver and co-dog, the XP 4 carried a videographer, easily 150 lbs. gear in the 4th seat (cameras, tools, etc.), 9 gallons of fuel, two spare tires and an ice chest. In all reality, the XP 4 was loaded beyond the manufacturer carrying capacity of 900 lbs. for the duration of the trip.
The entire trip down Baja was accomplished with only two minor issues. First was a puncture in one of the tires. This was plugged and the XP 4 made it the entire trip on the same four tires. The second was a blown belt on the first day. The trip was started with the original belt which had over 500 miles on it, including a section of rock crawling where the belt was smoked. Most often when the belt is abused in this fashion, it is just a matter of time before it lets loose. In hind site, it should have been changed before the trip started, but a spare was available, swapped out quickly and lasted us the rest of the trip.
For an overloaded UTV, in nearly stock condition, to drive 1170 miles through some of the most remote off-road locations in Baja over four days (two days were close to 400 miles!) with only very minor issues is an incredible feat. Factory suspension with Walker Evans Racing shocks did a great job soaking up the rough terrain. Not sure that any other UTV with such minimal upgrades could have accomplished this feat.
Polaris RZR XP 4 oaded with over 900 lbs. of gear during NORRA Mexican 1000
Polaris claims that the 2012 RZR XP 4 900 delivers the ultimate combination of power, suspension and agility to dominate in the dunes, desert and wide open spaces. With 88 HP, 3-Link Trailing Arm, 12.5 of ground clearance and Premium Walker Evans shocks it delivers razor-sharp performance and agility for 4 like nothing else can. After this 1170 mile journey down Baja, we agree!
The RZR XP 4 would be perfectly suited to race the NORRA Mexican 1000, and they do have a UTV class. Hmmm….
- 2012 Polaris RZR XP 4 900 LE
- Aluminum Doors – Pro Armor
- Soft Top – Pro Armor
- Seats – Pro Armor
- Harnesses – Pro Armor
- A-Arm and Trailing Arm Guards – Pro Armor
- Aluminum Front Bumper – Pro Armor
- LED Lights – Rigid Industries
- Tires – Pit Bull Tires
- Wheels – OMF Perrformance
- Dash – Side x Side Outfitterz
- Tire Rack – Side x Side Outfitterz
- Radios – Rugged Radios
- GPS – Lowrance Elite 5M
- Wiring and Prep – Side x Side Outfitterz
- ProStar 900 Engine 88 HP
- 3-Link Trailing ARM IRS
- Industry first standard 2.5 body Premium Walker Evans rear shocks
- 12.5 of ground clearance
- Polaris Industries
- Side x Side Outfitterz
- Pro Armor
- Pit Bull Tires
- OMF Performance
- Rigid Industries
- Walker Evans Racing
- Polaris RZR XP 4
- NORRA Mexican 1000
- NORRA Mexican 1000 Photo Album
- Baja Social Club