Rear Frame Gusset
We're four issues into OFF-ROAD's SideBySource mini-mag, and we're getting some good feedback. We've been learning even more about side-x-sides in the last year, and the more experience we get with them the more we like them. We've been having to work on a lot of other people's UTVs recently, but we've finally gotten our RZR back and in the dirt after a 6-month hiatus due to a crash. We almost forgot how much we love our little Polaris. It is so nice to be able to rally through all types of terrain, and then just lay some ramps down and drive our RZR into the back of our Super Duty.
Next month, we're going to look into some auxiliary lighting and a new rollcage to replace our already "overused" factory 'cage. But this month, we checked out All-Pro's new Rhino equipment, added some new seats to Stover's project Rhino, and found an RPM Fab frame gusset to keep our RZR's rear frame from folding in. We also got a special feature this month. Our man in Arizona, Jay Kopycinski, caught up with a special UTV: the sole survivor and winner of the Baja 500. And this isn't just any 1st-place win; this was a first-ever, no-one-has-ever-finished-the-500-or-1000 at all, 1st-place win. And we even got some tips on what it takes to finish a 500-mile off-road race in a RZR.
If you've got a Polaris Ranger RZR and you've been playing around in it for a while, then there's a good chance you've found some weak points in the frame. They are tons of fun, and are still the dominant stock UTV, but as you start getting braver, the frames often end up getting weaker. We've already addressed the front end of our RZR, but the rear was still left prone to bending in where the A-arms attach to the frame. To keep the frame from imploding, we added an RPM Fab frame gusset. It took about 15 minutes to bolt on and was already powdercoated with a black textured finish.