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Yamaha Rhino - Bolt-On Long-Travel Kit

Custom Rhino
Jerrod Jones | Writer
Posted April 10, 2008

Well-Hung Rhino

There's no doubt about it: side-by-sides are here to stay, and they're going to be gaining an even bigger chunk of the off-road market as time goes on. Though Yamaha's Rhino wasn't the first, it was the UTV that would break into the performance off-road market and spur the creation of thousands of aftermarket products. Now companies like Polaris, with its new RZR, are joining the performance UTV market. These might very well go on to be just as big of a craze as Jeeps. Even big-name suspension manufacturers such as Fabtech, Rancho, and CST are jumping on the side-by-side wagon and producing some bolt-on long-travel kits.

Though we've driven many Rhinos, we hadn't yet tried out one suspended with a long-travel kit. When Brent Riley offered to put us side by side (jeez, terrible pun, sorry!) in his long-travel Rhino next to a stocker, we asked, "When and where?"

The difference between the two was amazing, and we cannot properly express to you how much a Rhino actually needs a long-travel kit until you experience it for yourself.

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Our biggest beef had to be with the steering. Due to the design of the steering system, Rhinos' steering starts to suck when you throw on a long-travel kit. We have been told that there are aftermarket steering specialists making rack-and-pinions to upgrade your Rhino with, and this should address the poor steering.

Other than the steering, we loved how the long-travel Rhino drove and were amazed at how much faster we could come through rough sections. If you're using your Rhino for more than hauling in the trash cans, then you should check out one of these kits.

FABTECH ’05-’07 RHINO LONG-TRAVEL KIT
CLAIMED SUSPENSION TRAVEL
(FRONT AND REAR): 13 in
SHOCKS: 2.0 Dirt Logic coilovers
ARMS: {{{Eight}}} new chrome-moly A-arms
TRACK-WIDTH INCREASE: 12 in
WHEELBASE INCREASE: 4 in
HEIGHT INCREASE: 3 in
OTHER EQUIPMENT: Four new axles
OPTIONS: Front and rear bumpers
MAX TIRE SIZE: 26x9x12 front, 26x12x12 rear

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Sources

Fabtech Performance Suspensions
Brea, CA 92821

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