This 2016 Polaris RZR Turbo is built to
safely navigate rough, fast destination
trips like our day in the low desert.
We wanted a car we could drive hard,
could stay comfortable in for 100-plus-
mile days, would be safe, guaranteed
reliability to get to the destination and
back, and that would look cool while
doing it all.
Building an adventure car means
you will be going places where you
won’t have any help to bail you out.
You must be self-sufficient and be
self-contained. It also means spending long days in the seat, so dialing in
comfort is a must. The RZR XP Turbo
is so quick on the trail that if you push
it to its limit, you better set it up for
beyond its limit. We had CT Racing’s
Allen Knowles prep and do some of the
testing on the car for us. Knowles has
a lot of seat time in UTVs, so he had
good info and feedback.
STEP BY STEP
Safety is the most important priority,
followed closely by comfort and
reliability. Our machine was built all at
once, but for this story we are assuming
that you will work in steps as budget
allows, and this is how Knowles and our
staff would prioritize the spending and
While factory seat belts have gotten
better and allow quick entry and exit
from the car, there’s nothing like the
security of being cinched up tight with a
race harness, so those are the first things
we installed. We used the Pro Armor
four-point, 3-inch-wide harnesses.
Next on the importance scale is a roof
over our heads. Aside from the obvious
safety factor, having the sun beaming
down on you all day is not good. We
went with a Pro Armor Asylum roof, as it
is made to fit the Pro Armor cage. Pro
Armor also offers roof options
for the stock cage.
LET THERE BE LIGHT
The RZR is fun to drive at night,
especially if you have good lights.
Good lighting encourages you to plan
night excursions, or, as in our low-des-ert ride day, you don’t always beat the
sun back to camp. We’ve learned that
there is a big difference between the
quality and brightness of LED lights.
Being water- and dust-resistant makes
a huge difference in durability.
We clamped on lights from the
masters—Lazer Star. We roof-mount-ed a massively powerful 42-inch light
for high-speed vision, along with
a grill-mounted 12-inch