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POLARIS RS1 PERFORMANCE UPGRADES

— Walker Evans Racing build — Polaris is enjoying great success with its first extreme-performance single-seat UTV. The RZR RS1 has racked up several major race wins, and we’re seeing quite a few of them in the dunes and desert. We tested the long travel, HCR Racing RS1 at Moab for the September 2018 issue […]

HONDA TALON 1000R CUSTOM BUILD

— Rugged Radios sets it up right — Honda has finally made its dramatic entrance into the sport UTV revolution with the all-new Talon 1000R, 1000X and now 2020 Talon 1000X-4 and X-4 Live Valve. All four Talons sport the super-smooth Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) that launches out of the hole quicker than any other […]

PROJECT YAMAHA YXZ1000R

— Making it faster, stronger & more comfortable — This month we are highlighting a first-year Yamaha YXZ1000R build completed by Brian Carle. He is a classic example of the saying, “With age comes a cage.” The Yamaha YXZ1000R was an easy choice for the former dirt biker, now retired and enjoying a leisurely life […]

CORRY WELLER’S CAN-AM X3 TURBO

— What makes the champ’s X3 so fast? — Corry Weller won the 2018 Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series (LOORRS) Production Turbo UTV championship in her Weller/DragonFire Racing Can-Am X3 X rs Turbo R, and she is leading the 2019 Production Turbo class after four rounds with three wins. She is also the defending champ […]

POLARIS GENERAL CUSTOM BUILD

— A hot rod for the dirt — The Polaris General is the right machine for many people. It’s a good all around UTV for general usage, but with a proper amount of RZR sportiness. Its 100 horsepower motor provides some spirited acceleration and its 13 inches of suspension travel allows it to cover rough […]

CUSTOM NORTHSTAR EDITION

— Hitting the mud holes in maximum comfort — What we have here is a 2019 Polaris Ranger XP 1000 NorthStar Edition. As you may know, this particular model comes from Polaris with a cab and doors. An air-conditioner and heater are available as well. The one we see here was built by Andrew Rinehart […]

BEAU BARON’S RS1 WORCS RACERS

— Racing against the Turbos without a turbo — Beau Baron is the defending 2017 and 2018 Turbo Pro champion of the World Off-Road Racing Championship Series (WORCS), and he’s a longtime Factory Polaris pilot. For 2019, Baron has switched his racing program over to the Polaris RZR RS1, so he races RS1s in both […]

KAWASAKI TERYX ADVENTURE BUILD

— Testing a long distance do-it-all machine — We agree with the notion that less is more sometimes, but there are other times when we appreciate over-the-top builds, the ones that not only look great but are also designed to perform at a higher level than the stock machine could ever imagine. The potential to […]

TESTING THE YAMAHA XZ1

— Inside Nic Grandlund;s single-seater race build — The Yamaha YXZ1000R has been very successful in short-course UTV racing with CJ Reeves, Corry Weller and others winning national championships in the manual-transmission triples. Nic Granlund has been racing YXZs in WORCS Pro Stock 1000 and Turbo classes for years, and we featured his Packard-supercharged YXZ […]

CAN-AM X3 GETS A S3 MAKE OVER

— BUILT TO LOOK FAST AND GO FAST — Here is the 2018 Can-Am Maverick X3 X mr that belongs to Dustin Meaux. He had it modified and customized by the folks at S3 Power Sports. For extra protection and strength he went with S3 Power Sport’s custom cage, front shock tower brace and gusset […]

ASSAULT INDUSTRIES CAN-AM MAVERICK X3 X DS

— Making the X3 even better — UTVs have come a long, long way in what they come with compared to the first vehicles on the market, but it’s still surprising what you don’t get, even on high-end models. In many cases, stock machines have great power and suspension, but they still lack quite a […]

CAN-AM X3 TURBO MUD MAULER

— Ultimate build by Pocket Change Fabrication — Many Maverick X3 buyers go for the X rc rock-crawling models even though they’ll never go rock crawling. X rc X3s sport the new Smart-Lok front diff with four electronically controlled modes, high-end Fox Podium 3.0 RC2 IBP shocks, a 4,500-pound winch, front bumper, HMW skid plate […]

CAN-AM X3 BUILD BY GEISER PERFORMANCE

— The fastest UTV we’ve tested — When we spotted the trick Geiser Performance Maverick X3 at last year’s Sand Sports Show in SoCal, it was the intricate attention to detail, beautiful welds and craftsmanship that caught our attention; however, when we got behind the wheel, what was attached to the throttle pedal is what […]

FANTASTIC FUEL RS1

— Polaris single-seater gets the “go-fast” treatment — With a single-seat cockpit, great power-to-weight ratio and rear-mounted radiator right from the factory, Polaris’ RS1 practically begs to be raced. Fuel Off-Road’s Ryan O’Hara was happy to oblige and built an RS1 that makes the most of its high-performance platform. WHERE THE RUBBER MEETS THE OFF-ROAD […]

BUILDING A RZR RACER

— Wes Miller’s desert rocket — If you happen to follow UTV racing and the two big desert series in particular—SCORE and Best in the Desert—you may have noticed that the UTVs are getting as big as the Class 10 and Class 1 Unlimited cars. It’s crazy what people have created out of what starts […]