Getting Muddy with Polaris at High Lifter Proving GroundsPosted in Utv Atv on October 26, 2018
The High Lifter Proving Grounds near Shreveport, Louisiana, is a muddy, mucky, and dirty place. Parts of its trails are like swamps—minus the alligators and other creepy creatures that typically hide in such unclear waters. High Lifter Proving Grounds is an off-road park for those who love to ride. In these parts, this terrain is known as “mudding.” The park features dozens of trails with deep mudholes and muddy water crossings. There is even a small man-made lake known as “Booty Beach.” The water here runs at least 5 feet deep in spots. This is the perfect terrain to run the Polaris High Lifter Edition through its paces.
Polaris has built two of the ultimate UTV mud machines for 2019 in a partnership with Shreveport-based High Lifter Products. High Lifter manufactures everything from snorkels to lift kits to radiator relocation kits—basically everything you need to make your UTV mud-ready. We are not talking about a small water crossing. We are talking about fording muddy swamps and deep holes.
The 2019 Polaris RZR XP 1000 High Lifter Edition is a highly capable mud beast. Drop it into 4-Lo, and it chews right through the slop. The machine comes with 29.5-inch High Lifter Outlaw tires. Should you get stuck, a 4,500-pound Polaris winch is mounted on the bumper to drag you out.
The 2019 Polaris Ranger XP EPS High Lifter Edition comes in two configurations. There is a two-seat model and a crew cab model that fits up to six people and all your gear with no issues. The seats flip up for adding coolers and other essentials. It comes with bumpers designed for fording swampy conditions. They are designed to let the mud flow right out when you open them. The driveline and transmission were reinforced and built stronger to power right through the terrain. Polaris accounted for the weight of mud that could get stuck to the UTV when they built the Ranger.
At High Lifter Proving Grounds, we suited up in waders and hit the trails for a day of playing in the mud. At “Booty Beach” the mud was up to our chests as we forded this mud-filled lake. The 2019 Polaris Ranger and RZRs we tested were more than capable of mud bogging. We may have brought several pounds of Louisiana mud back to California and spent the next several weeks cleaning mud out of our gear, but mudding at the High Lifter Proving Grounds was so much fun. We are ready to go back and do it again!