Fortunately, the 2016 General
Deluxe model comes with a winch in
case we get stuck in some mud or
on a sketchy bit of terrain. We often
ride with a buddy whose machinery
often breaks down, so we just didn’t
feel right about not having a helpful
system at the rear of our machine.
When he breaks down—again—
TigerTail has a retractable tow
system that can be mounted to a
hitch receiver. The TigerTail UT has a
12,000 pound-rated rope.
You never know what you may
come across on the trail. Giant
boulders, trees, thick brush and
more may stand in our way, so we
installed a Vendetta Motorsports
heavy-duty front bumper that covers
most of the front of the General,
protects the stock headlights and
has multiple mounting points for
extra lights. Slasher provided this
build with two LED pod lights with
a flood pattern that we mounted
on the new bumper and a 30-inch
LED flood- and spotlight bar on the
roof. Vendetta also provided a set of
heavy-duty rock sliders. At the rear
of our build, we went with a Polaris
Accessories rear bumper that we
mounted our Hi-Lift jack on.
Machine protection takes a
back seat to passenger and driver
protection. The stock seatbelt
system is fine, but we prefer a safer
five-point racing harness setup.
Assault Industries’ harness system
is fully adjustable five different ways
and keeps us planted in our seats.
The padding and strap covers are
removable so you can wash and dry
them separately from the machine.
We installed one product that might
not be an important safety measure,
but it does help with comfort and
protection from bugs or roost. Super
ATV has a flip-up windshield that is
specifically designed for the General.
You can have it fully closed, partially
open or all the way open. When the
windshield is propped all the way
open, it doesn’t flop or move much
TESTING & MORE TESTING
First things first, we wanted a Jeep-like UTV and we built one! It isn’t
lightweight, it has a lot of equipment
mounted on it and is ready for adventure. Even with all of the parts we
added to it, there is still plenty of cargo
bed space for camping gear for the
awesome overnight trail expeditions
we like to go on. Once we bolted on
all the extra weight, we knew suspension was going to be an issue. Walker
Evans set the shocks up properly for
the weight, and their shocks handle
better than the stock ones.
The bigger tires and High Lifter
high-clearance heavy-duty control
arms allowed the General to have
higher ground clearance and not get
caught up as easily on rocks, fallen
trees and trail debris.
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