but still, the 107 horsepower pushing
2000 pounds (loaded) does not make
you king of the sand dunes. We aren’t
sure, though, that we wanted paddles.
For any UTV, the belt is the weak link.
Yes, it is supposed to be sacrificial
to save the transmission for extreme
loads, but when we were driving
hard, we started to smell rubber, so
we backed off and let everything cool
down before hammering the throttle
again. You have to mind the belt
temps no matter what terrain you’re
in, especially with a four-seater. You
Back seat drivers get plenty of leg room
in the XP 4 1000. Drain holes make
clean up easy after the ride is over.
The compression adjusters on the
Walker Evans needle shocks are very
effective. We added two clicks for each
don’t want three people mad at you
when the belt fails. They won’t help
push, so remember to take it easy and
cruise through the soft stuff. We also
recommend carrying an extra belt in
any UTV, and make sure you have the
tools and know-how to change it.
When you are hammering the
throttle, the performance is more than
satisfying; it borders on addictive. The
handling is generally light and pretty
neutral. It is a long car, and it doesn’t
want to slide much in the sand. The
front will push through significant
roost, but you don’t really hang the
rear out in the breeze. For sure the car
turns well when there is actual dirt for
the tires to grab. The brakes are up to
the task of slowing this much power
down when you need to.
Polaris claims more ground clearance than the Can-Am. We could
drag it crossing sharp sand transitions, but it wasn’t an issue in the
dunes. It never even hinted that it
wouldn’t drive on through. We were
frankly impressed with how well the
RZR handled air time. We launched it
a few feet in the air in the dunes, and
it always settled back to earth nicely.
Like any UTV, keeping the front end
from dropping takes planning and
throttle, and with the long car that
trait is obvious. Still, it’s much better
than we expected from a car like this.
Anyone knows that there is no
smooth way to get out of the pop-