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Polaris RZR -Off-Road Rant

Posted in Features on May 1, 2008
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I just want to say thank you to everyone for all of the positive feedback we've been getting on the magazine. we've been working our asses off, and we really hoped you would like it. I realize that we can't please everyone, and I'm sure there are a few of you out there not liking our new format, but you few must be keeping your mouths shut because we've received just a couple of complaints and only one or two death threats.

I'm excited and honored to have the privilege of heading up this magazine as we try to keep up with and cover what's going on in the off-road world. In upcoming months you'll continue to see things progress further as we venture into new desert builds, rekindle relations with our off-road-racing roots, cover the most technologically advanced off-road vehicles, and dabble into different ways of inflicting pain on ourselves.

Speaking of new things in off-roading and inflicting pain, we recently had a Polaris rZr given to us for a year. when describing it, the word "fun" is an understatement. you know how when you laugh and smile so much that your mouth and jaw cramp up, and your stomach hurts? well, there was all that smiling and laughing stuff, plus I think my shoulder might have a crack in it, I've got the worst dead leg right now, my little brother has a wasted shoulder as well, and I'm just glad that we decided to wear helmets right from the get-go. the Polaris' body is basically destroyed (sorry Polaris), but the rollcage has held up well. In stock form, these Polarises (is Polari plural?) are as fast as anything their size, but they don't have a wide track width that allows for hard turns at high speeds. this, combined with the fact that we have been going crazy since we got it, has led to our rZr rolling more than a few times.

I hate to say it, but I hop in the RZR more than I do any of my trucks right now. Maybe it's just exciting to me because it's my newest toy right now, but I think there just might be something to this whole UTV market. In fact, there's so much to it, that some companies are making more money on UTV products than truck and jeep products. It seems like UTV s might've picked up the slack the truck market has let loose.

This month we got out of the office to shoot a lot of cool trucks and some good fabrication tech as well, but we really concentrated on getting a big UTV section together for you, as we've seen these little things growing faster than any other segment of the off-road market. If you haven't tried one out yet, then ask your buddy or go to a dealership and take a few hot laps. utVs are more fun than I'd ever thought they'd be. Maybe you'll be surprised too.

On sort of a related (but not really) topic, I'd like to dedicate this issue to welding. without some good welding, this month's issue wouldn't have gotten finished. I'd like to first thank Miller for fixing my desk chair, so I could sit down while finishing this issue. I'd also like to thank Fulcrum Fabrication for the late-night welding they did to get a lightbar fabbed up to test some lights this month. and lastly (but certainly not least), I'd like to thank Polaris for the welding they did on the rZr's rollcage.

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