Larger tires not only help with ground
clearance, they help climb over rocks
with ease. DWT’s 12-ply Moapa tires
were indestructible on this machine. We
even ran them without air and the lack
was hardly noticeable.
With only a little trimming, we were
able to still use the stock Polaris instrument pod in conjunction with the Fasst
Co. Flexx bars. The pair of 2-inch-tall
Rox risers helped us mount the 1 1⁄8-inch
bars to the 7⁄8-inch clamp.
The Dirt Wheels crew actually built
the first Scrambler using this chassis
back in 2010. If you search “2010
Polaris Sportsman 550,” you will see
a small video featuring that machine.
The project happened sort of by accident after we rolled the Sportsman
down a big hill and destroyed the
racks and instrument pod. There is a
video of that incident out there too.
So, we removed the racks, installed
Ogio rack bags and a small storage
box up front, along with a Warn
winch, handlebars, tires and more. It
This month’s project based off of the
2013 Scrambler 850 is a bit different.
First off, it started with a machine that
was in perfect condition. We had just
finished comparing it to the Can-Am
Renegade. You can read that article
in our June 2013 issue. This time we
wanted to try a few different ideas
with the Scrambler. Our main goal
for this build was to make the
machine bulletproof. We planned
several big rides with it and plan on
racking up some miles.
No matter if we are testing a
machine, bolt-on parts or riding gear,
flat tires come into our lives on a regular basis. DWT is the first major tire
manufacturer actively trying to eliminate them. Their Moapa-branded tire
is the first 12-ply utility product available to the general public. The military has been using a version of this
tire for well over a year. DWT does
have sport quad tire sizes in the
works as well.
The smallest Moapa size DWT had
available for us to test were 28x10-
14s, so this moved our build in the
direction of a monster quad. It’s not
like this concept is anything new.
Guys down south have been build-
ing big mud quads for years, and
other folks across the county are start-
ing to build these monsters for rock
crawling and such.
We wrapped the Moapas around a
set of DWT’s Rok’N Lock beadlock
wheels. The 4/4 offset made the tires
stick out 3 inches wider per side. The
package gave the Scrambler a very
aggressive look. The tires are heavy,
and you probably wouldn’t want to
run them on any machine with less
than 500cc. They do put a big load on