PROJECT TEST: ADVENTURE RZR XP 1000

In our January 2014 issue, we reported on how Allen Knowles of CT Racing set up his Polaris RZR XP 900 for comfort while exploring and getting to prime hunting and fishing spots. Scott Lee of Tri-State RV Supply, HCR Racing and MCXUSA Turbos had the same idea when he built this RZR XP 1000 for Karen Alstott so she could go exploring and rock crawling at Moab and Sand Hollow. Although he has access to all of the long-travel suspension of HCR Racing and 180-horsepower MCXUSA turbos featured in last month’s shootout against the Maverick 1000, Scott wanted to upgrade the ride comfort while retaining the stock width of the XP1K and outfitting the machine for camping and longdistance touring. With Utah passing a new state law allowing street-licensed OHV to operate legally on all Utah roads, except interstate highways, Lee can now connect his trails around the St. George/Hurricane area to the Paiute Trail System or visit the Bar 10 Ranch on the Grand Canyon’s north face. Here’s how Scott set up her XP1K to be an off-road limo armed for everything Utah and the desert southwest can throw at it.

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PROTOTYPE FOR THE 2015 DESERT EDITION?
Scott picked up this 2014 XP1K from Triple S Powersports and called on UTV Inc. for the roll cage, Expedition roof rack, Rigid Industries LED lights, doors and mirrors, PRP seats and harnesses, Hiper beadlock wheels, GBC Kanati Mongrel tires, and Kolpin Rotopax fuel tank. The SR-71 is UTV Inc.’s sleekest roll cage, and it’s made from 1.75-inch DOM steel for $1799.95. The Expedition rack comes with an aluminum roof, rear bumper, rear-view mirror bung and whip tab for $1899.95, but powdercoating is another $350. The 2-inch receiver is $64.95, the weldon mount for the Kolpin Rotopax fuel cell is another $79.95, and LED mount tabs take the Expedition’s base price of $1899.95 up past $2500.

Karen wanted plenty of lighting for camping, so he went with a dual-row, 40-inch LED from Rigid Industries for the front ($1234.95) and three Rigid 10-inch LEDs ($284.95 each). He drilled the UTV Inc. tubes for a very clean install with a custom switch panel under the aluminum roof. The cage and roof rack were finished off with a UTV Inc. rear-view mirror ($99.95) and 5-inch round billet side mirrors ($69.95 each), along with a GPS antenna mount by Holz Racing. The UTV Inc. opening doors ($659.95) are curved outward to provide more elbow room in the cab, and the quick-release fire-extinguisher mount is $159.95.

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As for armor, a Triple S Powersports skid plate protects the chassis and driveline, and UTV Inc. provided the four Hiper 14×8 (4+4) beadlock wheels for $1879.95 (lugs are another $21.95) and 30x10R14 GBC Kanati Mongrel DOT-approved tires. As part owner of HCR Racing, Scott upgraded the durability of the stocklength suspension with HCR Racing’s OEM XP 1000 stock replacement kit ($3499), which has boxed, heavyduty, high-clearance front A-arms; rear trailing arms; and boxed, highclearance link rods. Ground clearance is increased by 1.25 inches by the HCR arms, and an inch of wheelbase is added for better hill-climbing manners and stability. The Walker Evans Racing shocks are replaced by King Racing Internal Bypass Shocks (IBP); these 2.5-inch shocks have dualrate springs and damping adjusters. Fronts are piggybacks, while rears are remote reservoir with oversized, finned reservoirs. They’re $6200 for a set of four.

You need limo-like seats to match the off-road limo ride, and UTV Inc. installed PRP GT seats ($425 each) with 5.2 harnesses ($139.95) in the adventure XP1K. Other cabin luxuries include the PURE Polaris GPS by Lowrance, Classic Quad-Gear handholds, and extra leg and shoulder room provided by placing a PURE Polaris cargo box in the bed for spares, tools, fishing and camping gear. Scot installed a Polaris 3500-pound winch with a UTV Inc. mounting plate to get out of tight situations.

To handle all the extra weight and increase power to 2015 levels, Lee went with an SLP exhaust ($475 with 95.5 dB output) and the High-Load clutch kit ($327.90). And, we have no doubt that when IMS comes out with the auxiliary 5-gallon fuel cell for the XP 1000, one will find its way onto this adventure RZR XP1K. As is, the ride quality of the King Racing IBP 2.5 shocks and high-clearance HCR Racing arms is as smooth as the powdercoat finish on the UTV Inc. SR-71 cage and Expedition Rack, and the new SLP clutching and PRP seats also smooth out the ride for more adventure.

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