Since the white RZR S 800 moved
into his spick-and-span garage, it has
lived a very clean life. Davis loves to
keep his equipment detailed to the
max, so it looks brand new despite
having clocked 2500 miles on it now.
Since he has owned it, he added rock
sliders and a front bumper, replaced
the stock headlights with LED units,
ordered up the cool custom wrap, and
just recently replaced the stock tires!
He has started carrying a new CVT belt
in the tool box, but the machine is still
running the same belt he bought the
machine with. He believes that his 800
is now worth about $12,000, and that
number looks close from what we see
in local classified ads.
Next on the list are some stiffer
springs and a suspension service.
Davis spends much of his riding time
LIFE IN 800 LAND
at Hungry Valley SVRA, and for the
somewhat narrow and twisty trails
there, he is satisfied with the 800 for
his style of driving. We spent several
days with the machine in the dunes
and in the desert, and it is easy to see
why he remains a satisfied owner.
Even though Davis has done only
minimal personalization to the 800, it is
very nicely equipped. Most notable is
the custom cage from Killer Off-Road
Fabrication in Simi Valley, California.
The company primarily does fabrication
and long-travel suspension for Chevy
2500 and 3500 trucks, but it made
the cage with a roof and intrusion
bars for this RZR S 800. The cage is
white, so when sourcing other protection products, Davis looked for ones
in white or had them powdercoated
white at Color-Tec Industrial Finishing
in Pacoima, California. The machine
also came with Pro Armor doors with
cutouts. After five years on the car and
plenty of miles, the doors still work well.
Not everyone has good luck with
PROTECTION & SAFETY
no-name lights, but the LED lights and
light bars on this 800 work very well
and have been reliable. The same is
true of the Whip Tech-lighted LED
whips. Honestly, the entire machine
works well still. Compared to 900cc
and 1000cc machines, the 800 with
its push-rod twin-cylinder engine is
not as potent, but it still has power to
climb and play in mild dunes. Twisty
and narrow trails are where the 800
is the most fun.
The car is well protected with the
rock sliders, bumpers and A-arm
guards. The passengers are held
firmly in the stock seats with the
Simpson harnesses. After years of
use, the harnesses still adjust easily
to fit different passengers. The 2012
seats are still nice looking but don’t
offer quite as much support as new
machines do. The S 800 is already a
60-inch machine, but 2-inch wheel
spacers make it 64 inches, just like
the modern XP 1000.
The Polaris Lock & Ride box has held up well. It carries
emergency supplies for on-the-trail repairs.
These mirrors are a three-piece set from Amazon, but they
work extremely well.