They say “Some Times the Road Less Traveled is the Best Path” and Tex is determined to see if that is true!
Back in May, Tex and I bought a 2016 Polaris RZR 900 EPS Trail Edition. We bought the RZR with plans to use it every day when we spend our winters in Gold Canyon, Arizona beginning in November 2017 and to take it with us whenever we plan to be near trails such as in Utah, Colorado etc. Since we have a yearly lease at a campground in Gold Canyon, we plan to put a storage unit on the lot and will be able to leave the RZR there when we don’t want to take it with us.
And, as with any vehicle in our household, Tex has to add a ton of mods and upgrades to make it to his liking. Over the past 3 months, we have been hard at work installing the upgrades. We aren’t quite done but we have most of them completed. We probably would be done by now but since Tex had back surgery in September, he can’t bend, twist or lift until the end of the year, so mods are stopped for now.
I wanted to post about each of our mods but first, I would like to talk a little bit about the dealer we bought it from. Clem’s Enumclaw Powersports in Enumclaw, WA is amazing! I don’t think there is a better dealer in the Country. We got an amazing deal on the RZR but that isn’t the most important part. The staff at Clem’s is just superb. Clem’s has been family owned and operated since 1974 and they take great pride in their work. Their customer service is outstanding! They have a vast selection of all types of powersports and they stand behind their products! Their service department is very knowledgeable and they will go out of their way to help you.
We want to especially Corey Tuscherer, who sold us our RZR. His dad Clem started the business and he and his sister are in the process of taking over. Corey was so patient with our thousands of questions and multiple calls and visits and we can’t thank him enough. His dad Clem still comes to work every day and he and Tex had a great time talking about Clem’s days in the Navy many years ago. I think Clem and Tex could have talked for days – they talked for hours one day when we were there and could have gone on forever!
So now about the mods we have completed.
When we purchased the RZR, we knew we wanted a few Polaris brand parts for our first upgrades so we also made a deal with Corey to purchase these at the same time. Those first upgrades included:
- Polaris Lock and Ride roof to provide us some shade.
- Polaris Lock and Ride full front windshield and the full rear windshield to help keep the dust and engine exhaust fumes down.
- Polaris Extreme Kickout rock sliders. We bought these thanks to the advice from our friends Jerry and Susan and Bob and Jan who have RZRs and use them in Gold Canyon where we plan to be.
- And knowing we were going to need a spare tire, we also bought a matching extra factory rim.
Safety and Performance
Based upon our friend’s advice, we removed the four stock 26 inch, 4 ply tires as we were told that they would not hold up where we plan to ride the RZR based on the terrain.
We chose this size and not larger because it didn’t require us to re-clutch the RZR. These tires will provide a smooth ride on pavement, as RZRs are street legal in Arizona, and will also provide the necessary all terrain traction needed when riding on the trails.
Because Tex had major back surgery in September, I am proud to say that I was able to remove all four tires from the RZR by myself. Tex talked me through it and taught me how to jack it up and remove the tires.
I then took them and the new tires to Big-O in Issaquah and had them re-mount the wheels on the new tires. I then came back home and installed the new tires on the RZR by myself! I have never done any car work or maintenance as Tex loves to do that stuff but I was proud of myself that I was able to do it and know that I can do it if needed in an emergency.
New Seat Belts
We removed the factory seat belts and replaced them with 4-point harnesses with 3” factory pads from Pro Armor. These harnesses with a 4-point system are much safer in the case of a crash or rollover accident.
Because we installed different safety harnesses, we also had to install a Harness Override Plug by Inner Demon Motorsports. This is because if you do not use the factory seat belt, the ignition interrupts and limits you to 15 mph. This Override Plug closes the loop and lets the factory computer know that you are buckled up.
Backbone Extension and Spare Tire Carrier
We installed a 3500 lb synthetic rope ATV winch and winch plate from Super ATV. This winch has a wireless remote as well. This will allow us to get us unstuck and out of any nasty predicaments we may find us in.
Because the RZR doors do not fully cover the door opening, we purchased lower door inserts from E-Bay. These will keep some of the mud and dirt from getting inside the RZR when we are out on the trails.
We also installed a Tusk American Flag and 6′ flagpole with an American flag. This is actually a safety feature because you need to make sure you are seen by other riders when out on the trails.
We installed a 32”, 180 watt Cree LED light bar with Spot/Flood/Fog combo purchased from Amazon. However, we experienced great difficulty mounting it to the roof and if we mounted it to the windshield, we would have had to cut into it in order to modify it to work. This is where Tex’s extensive research was critical! Thank goodness for the Internet!
We used an E Support Car Blue LED Bar Light Toggle Switch from Amazon to install on the dash for the on/off switch for the light bar.
3×3 LED lights
We also added two additional 3×3 LED lights that are 18 watts each that we got from Amazon. These were mounted on the front bumper. We used a Lamphus Cruiser Off Road ATV/Jeep LED Light Bar Wiring Harness Kit to install the 3×3 lights. We also used an E Support Car Blue LED Light Toggle Switch for the on/off switch for the 3×3 lights.
The light bar, the two additional lights and the stock headlights should give us plenty of light if we find ourselves out after dark.
A rear cargo box from Super ATV was added in the rear of the bed to hold all the tools, tire repair kits and other necessary items. We chose this particular cargo box because of it’s flat top profile as it will allow us to stack an ice chest or anything else on top of it.
Additional Miscellaneous Storage
For behind and between the seats on the rear window, we added a Tusk UTV Cab pack from Rocky Mountain ATV. This will allow us to keep some small items in the cab with us and they will be safely stored for when we are on the rough trails.
We also installed an arm rest safe combo unit from UTV Giant. This safe will allow us to store our valuables or gun in a safe that is bolted down to the frame and the seatbelt receptacle mounting tabs. It is covered with marine grade vinyl with heavy duty zippers and a dense foam padding. By looking at it, you think it is just a normal arm rest. This arm rest also sits a bit higher so it allows a place for you to rest your arm as well.
With the additional lighting, we wanted to ensure that we had enough battery capacity to run all of it and not drain our battery. We purchased a secondary AGM battery from the AZ Battery Store. It is a Renegade RG30L-WS 12 volt, 30 Amp Hour Ultra Premium Wicked Start 600 CCA battery. This will allow us to run the accessories, such as the off road lights etc. We also bought a KeyLine Charger ISO-PRO 140 Amp Dual Battery Isolator for ATV/UTVs which will keep the secondary battery charged by the stator/alternator and not drain the main battery.
Blinkers & Horn
Because we wanted the RZR to be street legal, we installed a Tusk Horn and Signal Kit, a complete wiring system of blinkers in the front and rear of the RZR as well as a horn, which is required to be street legal. This kit was purchased from Rocky Mountain ATV.
We have already purchased a 2 inch lift for the RZR from UTV Pro on E-bay. However, it won’t be installed until Tex is fully recovered from his back surgery. We will probably install it next summer.
We also plan to purchase and install:
- 3/8 Tusk Skid Plate and A-Arm Plates
- ECM upgrade from 75 HP to 90 HP
- MTX Sound System
WHEW! What a list! I can’t believe how much we have done to this thing! Crazy! And if Tex had his way and money were no object, there are probably a million other upgrades he would like to do!
We can’t wait to get this out on the trails! HOWEVER, we can’t take it anywhere until we purchase a flat bed trailer. We will be getting a 22’ trailer that will have room for the RZR and the Jeep. When we leave the RZR at the RV park in AZ, we will also leave the trailer in our site and we will flat tow the Jeep.
How many of our friends have an ATV/UTV, motorcycle or any other power sport? Would love to meet up with anyone and go out on some trails together.