❏ Lately we have featured some
highly modified 4x4s built for racing
the woods and in the mud. These are
the extremes of what can be done
with a big budget and the set direction for building up your machine.
We want to flip the coin and mildly
tune up our Polaris Sportsman 1000
4x4 and show how some simple products can improve your quad. Since
we started out with one of the fastest 4x4 machines, we didn’t have
to mess with engine performance.
Instead, we added creature comforts,
changed the tires and equipped it for
long rides in the woods.
We installed a set of $89.95 utility ATV footpegs and $179.95 Flex-Tec handguards from Rox Speed FX.
These simple and easy additions help
keep your feet planted on the floor-boards/pegs while riding in wet conditions. The handguards keep bushes
and other debris we encounter on
our rides away from our hands, and
they also help your hands stay dry on
those rainy days and warm during
the winter. We removed the stock
grips and installed a set of $10.99
Holeshot ATV grips from Torc1 Racing
for a better feel and comfort. The stock
grips aren’t bad, but on long rides we
wanted our hands to be more comfortable. For suspension we ordered
a set of Elka Stage 4 shocks to help
dampen the ride over rough terrain,
but they didn’t arrive in time for this
article, so we will do a test on those in
a future issue.
To help improve traction we
installed a set of 27-inch Duro Power
Grip V2 tires (27x9x14, $141.95;
27x11x14, $166.95) on the stock wheels.
These tires work very well in all types
of terrain—from hardpacked dirt,
sand, mud and rocks.
Easy upgrades on
By the staff of Dirt Wheels