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Old April 28th, 2009, 07:05 PM   #1
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Wink Had to sell my RZR...

no need for it anymore with the new RZR S in the garage

I made the mistake of going into Monroe Motorsports a few days back to get the paddle tires mounted on the wheels that I just got for my RZR, and it just so figures that there was a brand new RZR S sitting on the showroom screaming for me to take it home...lol.


Well, after a few days of thinking it over, I made the decision to trade in my regular 08 RZR for an 09 RZR S.
I did take a little hit on the 08 because I owed more than what it was worth to the dealer, but the loss that I took wasn't as much as a new long travel kit that I wanted to buy for mine...plus now I have a brand new machine with a warranty instead of the 08 with around 1000miles, no warranty, and a few issues (see, I can justify spending money like a pro...haha).


So here is the before:

08 RZR 800...





on the dunes:







and here is the new 09 RZR S the day I brought it home, looks just like everybody elses...





all loaded up on the trailer with the quads on the first dunes trip (last weekend)...



and how she sits right now...a little "un-modding", I wasn't a huge fan of the graphics that were on it, so that was the first thing to do...plus I bolted up the paddles and smoothies from DragonFireRacing.








I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS MACHINE, I liked the old one...but I LOVE the S model....the long travel suspension, and H.O. motor make a really big difference, plus it has a better roll cage and stronger frame...which never hurts. Most of my riding is on the dunes, so the S is perfect for me. And the paddle tires make a HUGE difference, I could barely climb the big hills at the dunes with the old 26" terracross tires on the old RZR, and now with 2 people on the new one...I could stop at the bottom of the steepest hill and climb it without a problem. Did I mention that I LOVE this thing? :) After the first few rides on it at the dunes, I decided that some better seat belts were needed...something about hitting the whoops at 50+ mph with that stock seatbelt doesn't give you the best feeling, so I just ordered some 4pt harnesses from DragonFireRacing. I can't wait until the next trip to the sand, after a few hours on this...I'm considering selling the quads. It is so much smoother, and just as much if not more fun to ride.


Just thought I would share,

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Old April 28th, 2009, 07:16 PM   #2
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Very sharp!! Seen them at a shop in Gaylord had to turn around and take a look at them.
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What do those cost?
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MSRP on the RZR S is $13,999...and they are still selling pretty well, so most places aren't selling them for any cheaper.
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Old April 28th, 2009, 07:43 PM   #5
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MSRP on the RZR S is $13,999...and they are still selling pretty well, so most places aren't selling them for any cheaper.
Would you rather have that or a built Honda Pilot?
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Old April 28th, 2009, 08:00 PM   #6
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The only experience I have with the Honda Pilots was when I was a kid...my neighbor had one that we used to beat around on, and it was fun back then...but its hard to compare it now with the RZR, I dont remember a whole lot about it.

I love the RZR though, 60+ mph stock, long travel suspension, more than enough room and power for 2 people, and just plan and simple a ton of fun. I'm sure you could build a pilot to be just as fast if not faster, and put a great suspension on it, but are you still going to have a good all-around trail/dune/mud/crawling rig? IMO, the RZR (especially the S model) is the best side by side on the market, its not a work horse...but its not designed to be one either.
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Those would be fun in the big wide open area's but when you actually get into the trails they're to wide and you eat alot of sticks. Well at least when near Alpena, Kalkaska area.
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Dumb question, but aren't those four wheel drive?
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Dumb question, but aren't those four wheel drive?
2 wheel or 4 wheel, just the flip of a switch.
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I am going to sound naive, but can't you build a decent sand rail for $14k? Only going by the fact you only use this thing at the dunes, that is.

Not giving you crap - I can see where this could be more fun than a rail and definitely more versatile - but that's a lot of money. (can you tell I am cheap? )
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I was under the impression that the razr s were to wide to legally fit down trail?
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state trails are supposed to be 50" or under, but all of the ones I have been on do not have any way to measure, and you could drive a damn truck down them...so the RZR S will fit just fine (at least on the ones I have been on). With the stock wheels on, the S is about 60" wide...the old RZR with the new wheels and tires was 55" wide, so the difference isn't that big, other than the suspension travel.


Scooter, you could probably build a mini-sand rail for a bit cheaper, but like you said...it wont be near as versatile. I do ride a bit on my parents property, so the 4x4 function is nice to have. I did kick around the idea of going with a mini long travel rail, but for 15k or less, you wont find a whole lot that is comparable in function. Yes, you can get the VW powered standard travel dune buggys for a few grand and build off of that, but that wasn't something that I wanted...those are much larger and wont be much good for anything other than the dunes.
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Those things looks like loads of fun. Is there a reason to not run it in 4wd? Might wanna step up and get some paddles for the front then
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Those things looks like loads of fun. Is there a reason to not run it in 4wd? Might wanna step up and get some paddles for the front then
That's what I was thinking. paddles all the way around would be cool. Then again, nothing would be a challenge.
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No reason to run it in 4wd on the dunes...it makes it up every hill no problem in 2wd. I have talked to a few guys with paddles on the front, and all it does is make you eat a ton of sand. I did a lot of reading before I ordered the paddles that are on there (25" 7 paddle skat track extremes on the rear, 25" smoothies on the front), and from what I read...the guys running this setup made it further up the big dunes out in cali than the other guys who were running other paddle combos.

Last weekend, I stopped at the bottom of test hill on the tallest and steepest part with my girlfriend sitting shotgun, and we climbed it without a problem. On the old RZR (in 4wd) I had to get a full running start and more often than not, I wouln't make it up on the lowest parts of test hill.

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No reason to run it in 4wd on the dunes...it makes it up every hill no problem in 2wd. I have talked to a few guys with paddles on the front, and all it does is make you eat a ton of sand. I did a lot of reading before I ordered the paddles that are on there (25" 7 paddle skat track extremes on the rear, 25" smoothies on the front), and from what I read...the guys running this setup made it further up the big dunes out in cali than the other guys who were running other paddle combos.

Last weekend, I stopped at the bottom of test hill on the tallest and steepest part with my girlfriend sitting shotgun, and we climbed it without a problem. On the old RZR (in 4wd) I had to get a full running start and more often than not, I wouln't make it up on the lowest parts of test hill.
So the real question is, when do I get to drive it???
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How did you like the stock tires, they looked pretty meaty and had all kinds of side lugs, wre they a big difference from the paddles.
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The only place I have ran the stock tires was on the road, so I can't say from experience if they are any good or not. But they are fairly similar to the terracross tires that I had on the old one...and those were great for the trails and mud, but they dug in the sand pretty bad. The weight difference alone between the old tires and the paddles is enough of a reason to run them...each front smoothie and wheel was 11lbs lighter than the old tire and wheel, and each rear paddle/wheel is 18lbs lighter than the old terracross tire and 14" wheel, and the maxxis bighorns and 12" wheels that came on the RZR-S are heavier than the old setup.
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that thing looks badass
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Was that you parked next to me at the dunes on the 16th? I had a white gc, atk, banshee that wouldnt start and a raptor 660.
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