directly to the stock head pipe and
supplies a deep, uncorked sound that
should make music in the woods as it
helps us put time on the competition
and reel in the other classes.
We have driven RZRs in lots of different disciplines, and in rally trim it’s
worlds different. We like the low nature
of the Elkas in keeping the car planted
and helping soak up all the potholes,
as well as the rollers. Rally is not a
rough sport and will not abuse the car,
which is one aspect we love.
The biggest difference in the driving experience was due to the tires.
The RZR literally feels like it’s riding
on rails. Instead of sliding the car and
steering with the throttle and rear
Even though RZRs have been competing in the Idaho Rally and similar
events for several years now, this RZR
might be the first to run proper rally-spec’d tires. Maxxis, Polaris’ OEM
tire supplier, carries rally tires called
Victra R19. This very hard-compound
tire has a unique, directional, right-and left-side-specific, 8-inch-wide
tread patch that will keep the XP Turbo
clawing forward in a straight line or
at full lock sideways. The tires are
grooveable, making them perfect for
all conditions, and they could be used
for a Supermoto setup as well. We
mounted the 25-inch-tall R19s on a
set of trick-looking15-inch-tall STI HD5
beadlock wheels powdercoated white.
To lower the RZR even more for the
twists and turns of rally competition,
we installed Elka Suspension’s latest
Stage 5 MX-spec’d shocks. They lower
the car almost 2 inches from stock and
add loads of adjustability. We want the
RZR to sit low and corner like it’s on
rails. Additionally, we hope for rough
conditions, because we know these
shocks can handle it. Even with the
lowered setup we will still have over
twice the wheel travel of cars, such as
the Subaru WRX and Mitsubishi Evo.
To light up any nighttime rally stages, we added a pair of Vision X’s
4.5-inch LED Light Cannons. The pair
will complement the stock lights well
and will not get outrun by the Turbo.
They put out 1000 feet of usable light
via 2500 lumens each. Colored covers can be used for protection or to
manipulate the light source.
The final piece of the project is
in the form of a dual-output Gibson
performance exhaust system. It bolts
The four-wheel-drive system on the RZR doesn’t let the rear end step out much, even on slippery corners. Instead, the front
tires grip and keep pulling the car towards the straights fast.
The rally tires have a very hard compound and don’t have a lot of cushion
to them. We could dial the harshness
out using the low-speed adjusters on
the Elka shocks. The ride is smooth and
We started with a set of Elka shocks
set up for MX and WORCS-style racing.
They lower the car about 2 inches over
a desert setup. The tires lower it another three.