shocks on all four corners. These new
shocks have a big-bore 2-inch body
and preload adjustability. The Fox
Podium X shocks are compression,
preload and rebound adjustable.
Only the preload can be adjusted on
the Sach shocks.
The Sachs provide the same 12
inches of wheel travel in the front and
rear, and for $1500 in savings, the
Sachs worked very well. The ride
was plush, and not once did we bottom out. Even on hard landings and
pounding through rocky trails, we
came away pleased with the Sachs
The wide chassis handles high-
speed cornering better than any UTV
on the market. The 12 inches of front
wheel travel allowed us to fly
through large desert-style whoops,
and there is enough speed to fly over
large obstacles. The new suspension
soaked up the hard landings nicely
as well. Even with the low center of
gravity, the RZR S offers over 12 inch-
es of ground clearance. This is great
for slamming rough desert obstacles
The roll cage on the RZR S is sturdy
and will be solid in case of a rollover.
There are also plastic fender flares
that work great to deflect mud flingin’
from the long-travel suspension.
The interior of the RZR S is
equipped with a trick digital gauge,
which offers a speedometer, odometer, tachometer, trip meter, hour
meter, gear indicator, fuel gauge, hi-temp/low-battery lights, and DC outlet. Other cool cockpit features
include adjustable bucket seats, a
heel pocket for better throttle control,
a tilt steering wheel, standard side
nets and an adjustable passenger
The cargo bed is not very big at 42-
by- 22 inches, but it is large enough
for a tent, cooler and other small
goodies for a camping trip, or even a
spare tire for the trail. Together, the
rear compartment and roll cage will
hold a total payload of 300 pounds.
Plus, there is a 1500-pound hitch towing capacity.
Polaris also offers a full line of cabs,
windshields, custom rims, boxes,
The 2011 RZR S also made a tire
swap. The 26x9-12-front and 26x12-12-
rear Maxxis Bighorn treads were
replaced by ITP’s 900 XCT sport-per-
formance tires mounted on 12-inch,
eight-spoke aluminum wheels. The
RZR S is the first OEM UTV to feature
these tires. From mud, sand and
hardpacked terrain, this ITP setup
was just right for the Ranger RZR S.
Bringing the RZR S chassis to a halt
are four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes.
These brakes are at the top of the SxS
class. Slowing from full acceleration
is quick and smooth.
The front body styling was
redesigned for 2011. The front-end
nosepiece offers a cool, more aggressive look and, more importantly,
increased the cooling airflow area to
the radiator by 29 percent. This will
keep the RZR S running cool, even in
100-plus degree weather. The enthusiast looking to modify the RZR S to
the max will also be thrilled with the
This UTV is a blast to drive! It’s wide and stable, and has more than enough power on tap.