with the group driving 50 miles on
a flat. OMFs are made in the USA
out of American-made aluminum.
You can get a cheaper wheel, but
not a tougher wheel. We chose GBC
Kanati Mongrels in the 30x10-14 size
for toughness as well. The Mongrels
perform while resisting wear,
pinches and punctures. They hook
up amazingly well on hard surfaces
and are surprisingly good in sand.
Most spare tire mounts are a
trade-off. Some hang off the back of
the car, and that certainly has negative effects on handling, but you get
more luggage room. Others stand
the spare up, allowing more room to
pack additional stuff, but they block
rear vision. The Buckshot is up high
enough to give you good access and
room to haul stuff in the bed, and
just low enough to give you a sight
line looking back in the mirror. It
uses a Dirt-Bagz Trophy Truck ratchet strap made to hold tires in place.
It is quick to loosen to access stuff in
the bed, and the tire stays put. Dirt-Bagz also offers a nice selection of
tool bags and wraps that will keep
your junk where you want it. Check
out their website for more info (found
in the “Parts List” below).
We opted for the Baja cage from
Pro Armor. It is constructed of off-road, race car-spec, 1.75-inch, DOM
steel tubing with a lower profile and
more rigidity than the stock cage.
More rigidity is better for the durability of the rest of the chassis. We’ve
had lots of cages we were prying
and pounding to get fitted up, but
not the Pro Armor. Conveniently, the
rear section unbolts, and this can be
important for working on the motor.
We’ve dropped cars off for warranty
work, and they want to charge you
for anything in their way that is not
The stock Polaris doors are nice,
but we went with Pro Armor’s complete door, which is nice looking and
offers lots of protection.
S&B Filters’ particle separator is
a simple device that has been used
on military helicopters in harsh
desert environments. Basically, the
air intake has a high-speed fan that
blows heavy dirt particles right out
the bottom, resulting in substantially
cleaner air reaching the air filter.
And, a motor breathing clean air is a
We saved the best for last, mostly
because it’s a lot of money and most
would do this upgrade last on the
list. Teixeira Tech high-clearance
arms do not change the geometry
or the suspension travel, but adding Walker Evans Velocity Series
shocks all the way around does
change the suspension action. The
stock Turbo comes with very good
Fox suspension, but there is room
This car is made to get to fun places quickly, and it works. The Walker Evans
suspension handled hard hits extremely well and added control to the handling
in the rough. Teixeira Tech’s A-arms look great, are proven strong and greatly
increase ground clearance. The small front light bar is aimed down so the driver
can see down the face of hills.
(Top) Buckshot Racing’s spare-tire carrier
places the weight of the tire and wheel in
an advantageous place for handling without
totally blocking vision to the rear. (Middle)
Pro Armor seats, harnesses and full doors
add a great deal to the feeling of safety in
this car. The harnesses have little pockets
to keep small items contained but easily at
hand. (Bottom) Velocity Series Walker Evans
shocks are very nice. We compared them
with production RZR XP 1000 Walker Evans
shocks. The Velocity Series shocks are better controlled at all times.
for improvement. We went with Walker
Evans 2. 5 Velocity Series. Companies have
stock shocks built making concessions
for cost and to make the handling suit a
wide variety of terrain and driving styles.
The Walker Evans Velocity Series is race
technology packaged for a RZR. You order
them with your car’s specifications, type of
use, etc. We sent in the information, and
out of the box these were most impressive.
We understand that the price of a full
set of quality shocks dialed in for your
machine and driving style is high, but so is
the gain in comfort, control and handling.