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2008 Yamaha Rhino 700 - Project Built To Win

Safe Seating & Brighter Lighting

Jay KopycinskiPhotographer, Writer

If you've been following our monthly updates, you know we're headed towards giving away a tricked out '08 Rhino 700. Rigid Industries in Mesa, Arizona, has taken the bone stock Yamaha UTV and has been adding on suspension, drivetrain, and other cool goodies. We're bringing you more this month and they still have a few other surprises to be revealed before the build is complete.

All this puts us one step closer to giving this modded Rhino away to some lucky reader of our UTV specific mini-mag SideBySource. You can go to Rigid's website (www.rigidindustries.com) to fill out an online entry form. The winner will be drawn at random at OFF-ROAD Magazine headquarters on September 10, 2009. Limit one entry per household address.

The stock Rhinos come with useable, but not overly-accommodating seats. This month, Jay Gammage of Rigid installs a sharp set of Premier Racing Products (PRP) suspension seats. A suspension seat provides not only good looks and comfort, but offers enhanced rider safety in the event of a hard landing, when compared to a lesser seat.

We also like to play after the sun goes down and have found a quality set of lighting helps keep the trail and terrain more visible in the nighttime hours. As such, the Rhino lighting was upgraded to HID headlights up front and followed up with some cool LED taillights bringing up the rear.

Take a look as we add on to the build and come back next month when we'll be adding some new rolling stock and who knows what else. In any case, don't forget to enter to win the Rigid Industries built Yamaha Rhino! SBS

Rigid Industries and Off-Road Magazine are giving away a custom-built Rhino to a lucky reader!Simply go to www.rigidindustries.com to enter! No purchase necessary