SSR SRU170RS

— Testing a mini UTV for young off-roaders —

Manufacturers don’t need to make youth UTVs more exciting to get kids interested; they’re crazy about them already. SSR did it anyway. Cool stying, aluminum wheels, LED lights, big bumpers and useful features like a spare tire, mirrors and instrumentation make the SSR SRU170RS stand out. We tested one to see if its performance is as impressive as its looks.

With a wheelbase 7 inches longer than a RZR 170, the SSR has more room for larger kids or adults that want to join their young driver.

HOW DOES COST COMPARE?

The SSR SRU170RS is $3949. An upgraded version with restyled headlights and taillights, a bumper-to-cage reinforcement bar and improved nets is also available for $4199. The Polaris RZR 170 is $5299. The Polaris Ace 150 is $3999. Hisun’s Strike 250 is $5199.

The SRU170RS has a swingarm rear suspension with 7 inches of travel. The spare tire and wheel are standard equipment.

WHAT POWERS IT?

A carbureted, 168.9cc, single-overhead-cam, air-cooled, two-valve single-cylinder engine. Fuel injection has become common on youth UTVs, but the SSR’s carburetor has an automatic choke that makes starting just as easy. Carburetors are simpler for most home mechanics to service, too.

WHAT KIND OF TRANSMISSION AND DRIVETRAIN DOES IT HAVE?

The SSR has the same setup as most youth UTVs, a  fully automatic, belt-type, continuously variable transmission with forward, neutral and reverse. The machine has chain drive to the rear wheels only and a solid rear axle.

The SSR has a real speedometer, a gas gauge and a 12-volt power port.

HOW FAST IS IT?

The SRU170RS’ speed and acceleration is impressive. It’s one of the stronger-running 170cc youth UTVs. Parents can adjust the amount of power with the adjustable throttle limiter on the gas pedal.

HOW IS THE POWER DELIVERY?

The 170 is powerful and responsive enough to be fun for skilled kids without being intimidating for learners. It can follow full-size UTVs on average trails and in sand, and there’s enough performance on tap for aggressive drivers to get the machine sideways and tackle hills.  

When removed, the passenger grab bar can be used as a T-handle lug wrench to install the spare tire and wheel.

HOW IS THE SUSPENSION?

It’s fine for having fun on trails. Many youth UTVs use single-A-arm front suspension, but the SSR has double-A-arm front suspension like a full-size UTV, so the machine’s steering is more precise in bumps. The solid-axle swingarm rear suspension is similar to what most youth UTVs use. It isn’t as plush as the independent rear suspension full-size UTVs have, but it works well for the small, light 170. There’s 7 inches of travel front and rear, enough to handle a decent pace on rough trails, and it rides comfortably. Performance-minded drivers can upgrade to King shocks from SSR for $1499.

The carbureted-fan, air-cooled engine has an automatic choke that helps it start quickly cold or warm.
Double-A-arm front suspension with spring preload-adjustable shocks give the SRU170RS 7 inches of travel.

HOW DOES IT HANDLE?

It’s easy to handle for kids, and the SSR’s predictable cornering and stability make it surprisingly like a big UTV, just scaled down, and that’s good.

While we were testing the SRU170RS, SSR introduced an upgraded model for $4199 with a front reinforcement bar, restyled lights and improved nets.

HOW ARE THE DETAILS?

With a wheelbase 7 inches longer than a RZR 170, the SSR has more room for larger kids or adults that want to join their young driver. A fabric roof is standard, the seats are comfortable, the driver’s seat slides to adjust, and the steering wheel tilt is adjustable. There’s a speedometer with a gas gauge, and the fuel valve has a reserve position you can use if you ignore the gauge. Daytime driving lights make the SSR more visible, and the headlights and rack-mounted LEDs make night rides possible. Rear-view mirrors add safety, and aluminum wheels give the SSR extra style. The passenger grab bar works as a lug-wrench handle if you need to install the spare tire, which is standard equipment.

Strong, controllable engine performance makes the SRU170RS unintimidating for learners and fast enough to be fun for skilled drivers

WHAT IS OUR FINAL ANSWER?

SSR’S SRU170RS proves that less can be more. It’s more than a thousand dollars less than a RZR 170, and it delivers impressive performance, handling and comfort, as well as a long list of useful standard features.

SPECS:

2019 SSR MOTORSPORTS SRU170RS

ENGINE/TRANSMISSION

Engine type Air-cooled, OHC, single-cylinder 4-stroke

Displacement 168.9cc

Bore x stroke 61 x 57.8

Compression ratio 9.2:1

Lubrication system Wet sump

Additional cooling Auto fan

Carburetion 22mm

Starting/back-up Electric/none

Starting procedure In any range, turn key with brake on

Idle adjustment On carburetor

Air filter:

  Type Paper

  Access Remove airbox cap

Transmission CVT w/ reverse

Reverse procedure Move range selector to “R”

Drive system 2WD

Final drive Chain

DIMENSIONS/CAPACITIES/WEIGHTS

Fuel capacity 2.9 gal.

Wheelbase 72”

Overall length/width/height 98”/48”/60”

Ground clearance 7”

Dry weight 540 lb.

Bed capacity N/A

Hitch No

Towing capacity N/A

ROLLING CHASSIS

Frame Steel tube

Suspension/wheel travel:

  Front Dual A-arms, preload-adjustable shocks/7”

  Rear Swingarm, preload-adjustable shocks/7”

Brakes/actuation:

  Front Hydraulic discs/left pedal

  Rear Hydraulic disc/left pedal

Parking Lever on console 

Tires:

  Front 21×7–10

  Rear 22×10–10

DETAILS

Instruments Speedometer/odometer, trip meter, clock

Lighting:

  Front Daytime running lights, LED lights

  Rear Tail/brake lights

Colors Matte Blue, Matte Black

Minimum recommended operator age 12

Suggested retail price $3949 

Contact SSR, www.ssrmotorsports.com/store/sxs

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