Side-x-Sides

The 2013 John Deere Gator RSX 850i

Three New Sporty Gators for the Track and Trail

It’s official; John Deere is releasing not one but THREE all-new versions of the sport inspired Gator RSX 850i Side x Side and ATV Illustrated was on hand to see what the new machine is made of.  From our first official look it’s clear this machine is designed to carry Deere much further into the sport segment than they’ve ever been before. 

EMP Introduces the White Polyethylene RZR Top

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Fits: RZR 800, RZR-S, RZR 570, and XP900 (will not fit four seaters)

P/N: EMP-11650

Thermoformed from 3/16 inch thick White Polyethylene insure a very strong and durable top.   Attaches to the stock cage with rubber coated straps provided.  The sides are straight giving more coverage than the stock tops.

Polyethylene is the same material ATV fenders are made of.  It will not easily crack or break like ABS and other plastics.

White- Polyethylene.

RZR Report Card - Passed!

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2011 Polaris RZR 4 LE Long Term Review

The RZR 4 is one of the most fun, all-purpose side by side vehicles we have ever driven.  When given the chance to put some miles on it and really see what the RZR 4 LE is capable of, we couldn’t get it on the trail fast enough.  With just over 4000 trouble free miles logged on our 2011 RZR 4 LE, you can bet we had a chance to ride in many different conditions, and it met or exceeded our expectations every time.

Ride Tested - Polaris RZR 800 Suspension Upgrade

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We Install a Set of Walker Evans Shocks on our RZR 800

SXS vehicles are like dandelions… new models are popping up all over the place.  Almost every major manufacturer now has at least one model on the market, each with its own design, style, features, and level of performance.  But even bigger than the explosion of SXS vehicles into the off-road market is the explosion of OEM and aftermarket performance parts and accessories.  From the off-road parks to the trails or the sand dunes, it’s hard to find a SXS out there that hasn’t been modified in some way.  

Ride Tested - Durablue UTV Wheel Spacers

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Are you looking for a little more stability and flatter cornering from your UTV?  Don’t want to spend thousands of dollars on longer A-arms, axles, and shocks?  If so, Durablue has the hook-up for you.  

Accessory Items - Trick Kitty

Parts Ready To Go from Arctic Cat

One of the most popular vehicles ever for customization is the modern Side x Side.  Not since the 60’s have people so willingly applied parts and paint to their vehicle, creating machines that reflect their personal taste while increasing functionality, and in some cases ending up with  rolling works of modern art.  Visit any dune riding area and you’ll quickly see what we mean.  It won’t take you long to find an owner who has given their vehicle a name, and to him - or often her -  it’s more than a simple sand toy; it’s part of who they are.

Special Edition - The Elite

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Can-Am's Limited Edition Models Deliver Off-Road Luxury

CAN-AM is a company on the move.  Last year they introduced an all-new chassis in their top of the line ATVs and this year we expect the second generation chassis to make it on almost every other Renegade and Outlander model in the lineup as well.  Their special edition models come with over-the-top features that make them the luxury vehicles of the off-road world, but they’re much more than just a pretty face.  The first mandate for any Can-Am ATV or Side x Side is that it must perform and these are the models that really put them over the top.

Can-Am Commander Side-By-Sides take 1st and 2nd place at the 2012 Mint 400

The Can-Am Commander Side-by-Sides of Murray Motorsports and Desert Toyz took 1st and 2nd respectively at the 2012 Mint 400 in Las Vegas. Racers Jason and Derek Murray drove their Murray Motorsports Commander to 1st place while Cory Sappington brought home the Desert Toyz Commander in 2nd. Watch their awesome run to the finish line!

First Ride - The Polaris RZR XP-4 900

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More Power, More Suspension, More to Love

We spent the better part of last summer running around the north woods on the friend and family friendly, four seat sensation called the Polaris RZR4.  Regardless of whether we were in the driver’s seat or the back seat, it’s impossible not to have a great time on the RZR4 thanks to the long wheelbase, super stable platform, and silky smooth, stock FOX shocks.  It’s a blast to cruise down the trail on the RZR4, but we always felt it could use a little more power.

Race Report - Desert Cat

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The debut race for the Arctic Cat Wildcat 1000i

To say the King of the Hammers event is a tough race but might be a fun challenge is a little like saying a Badger has a slightly intolerant disposition but would otherwise make a fine family pet.  To even enter the event raises a whole host of questions, especially when you consider that almost 60% of those who start the race never finish, and in some classes the attrition rate is much higher than that!

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