UTVUnderground.com Number One in UTV & SXS News and Information 2018-05-22T10:00:56Z http://www.utvunderground.com/feed/atom UTVUnderground.com http://utvunderground.com <![CDATA[WIN A POLARIS GENERAL + BFGoodrich TIRES + SKELETON OPTICS]]> http://www.utvunderground.com/?p=59200 2018-05-21T18:27:57Z 2018-05-22T10:00:56Z

To help celebrate the launch of the all-new line of BFGoodrich KM3 Mud-Terrain tires, UTVUnderground.com has partnered with BFGoodrich, Polaris, and Skeleton Optics on a massive giveaway contest and its EASY TO ENTER!

By entering, you will have a chance to win a brand new 2018 Polaris GENERAL 1000 EPS Deluxe, free BFGoodrich® Tires (set of 4), or a pair of Skeleton Optics Sunglasses, just in time for summer!!

ENTER TO WIN: CLICK THIS LINK

13 winners will be selected so don’t miss your chance at one of these amazing prizes including the grand prize of a new 2018 Polaris GENERAL 1000 EPS Deluxe!

Open to US adults, see terms and conditions for full details by CLICKING HERE

Stay tuned as UTVUnderground heads to the Rubicon Trail with BFGoodrich next month to test the all-new KM3 Mud-Terrain tire! Rumor has it, a KM3 for UTVs will also be released and we can’t wait to test this new tire on one of the countries most rugged 4×4 trails!

 

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UTVUnderground.com http://utvunderground.com <![CDATA[Shock Therapy RZR Turbo S Testing = SUSPENSION PORN]]> http://www.utvunderground.com/?p=59197 2018-05-17T17:09:08Z 2018-05-17T17:09:08Z

Without a doubt, Shock Therapy has quickly become the authority in aftermarket UTV shock tuning, and suspension & handling component development. Watching a video like the one above showcases how they push the machines to get to the point of making your UTV suspension better. As customers of Shock Therapy, we can attest to their suspension improvements as we recently put hundreds of rough miles on our RZR Dynamix with Shock Therapy’s internal Ride Improvement System and dual rate spring conversion. What resulted was the best handling UTV we have ever built.

We are excited to see what these shock masters will do to improve the RZR Turbo S!

Shock Therapy has a deep catalog of great content on their YouTube channel, so make sure to SUBSCRIBE!

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UTVUnderground.com http://utvunderground.com <![CDATA[A Legendary Family Adventure Off-Road in Baja]]> http://www.utvunderground.com/?p=58809 2018-05-17T02:40:52Z 2018-05-17T01:53:12Z

A Legendary Family Adventure Off-Road in Baja
Words by: Joey DiGiovanni // UTVUnderground.com
Photos by: Vincent Knakal // Mad Media – UTVUnderground.com

It all started for me in the year 2000 for the now infamous SCORE BAJA 2000 race event. That trip hooked me on Baja and since that time I have always had dreams of racing in what many would consider mecca for off-road racing. As I grew up and life got in the way, I realized that owning my own racing program to compete in Baja was probably not feasible, and while I have been fortunate to actually compete and race as part of a team in Baja, and have worked as a crew member for many teams south of the border, I have sought other ways of getting my off-road fix while in Mexico.

I began taking off-road adventures to Baja not much longer after my first trip in 2000, pre-running with co-workers and friends and learning the ropes of traversing off-road in Mexico. For a newbie it can be very intimidating to travel to Baja, let alone head off into the unforgiving trails that sometimes head to no where. So I was very fortunate to be mentored by some experienced people in my early 20’s and learn what to do, what not to do and how to always make it home safe. Back then we didn’t really have all of the different companies hosting regular trips south of the border so you had to know someone or have enough income to buy your way in. In addition, GPS technology was very new so you had to be with someone with some decent experience to ensure you made it to your destination without running out of gas or getting lost. Not that GPS or experience ever really prevents that anyway…

Joining a race team was and still is the best way to affordably learn the ropes, but with the emergence of the UTV platform and the ever growing business of off-road tours, today you can now take regular adventures south of the border safely and affordably all while being guided by experienced individuals who now have trails and trips marked and down to a science making Baja less intimidating and a more regular way of getting your fix. Nevertheless, Baja isn’t to be taken lightly and despite todays technologies, it is still very easy to get lost and turn your planned trip into an unwanted adventure.

After years of pre-running in buggies around Northern Baja and chasing races, it wasn’t until 2008 when we decided to take our first UTV only ride with a group of friends. We used a traditional way of marking the course by lead motorcycle with colored ribbons tied on bushes and we did have a lead vehicle who had a GPS course map for back up. Most of the UTVs had some level of a race radio on board as well. We did somewhere around 400 miles that trip and learned a ton about our UTVs. For me, it was my first time popping a belt, but overall I remember coming home and being even more in love with my Yamaha Rhino, and of course Mexico. We had around 20+ UTVs on that trip and the writing was on the wall that this very well could become the future of off-road exploration in Baja. Fast forward to 2018 and UTVUnderground owns a tour company that hosts regular rides in Baja. Who’d have thunk it…

A lot has changed since 2008. The UTV platforms have turned into some of the most capable off-road vehicles ever developed for regular enthusiasts to purchase right out of a dealership. Roll cages, tire carriers, navigation, communications, lights, wheels, and tires are all readily available to bolt onto your ride and literally within a day you can be Baja ready, making the demand for travel to Baja even more desirable and attainable. This is why my partner Matt Martelli dove head first into creating The UTVUnderground Legends Rally tour event / company. Enthusiasts are hungry for adventure and are looking to break out of their “normal” ride trips and put their UTVs to use in more versatile ways. Like I mentioned earlier, Baja is mecca and for many it is a top bucket list destination to go and explore. Now you can do it safely and take all of the guess work out of the equation with The Legends Rally as your guide!

I will admit, while I have clocked thousands of off-road miles in Baja over the years and absolutely love traveling there and riding, the past few years I have spent very little time in my own off-road vehicle in Mexico despite attending the Baja 500 & 1000 almost every year since my first time in 2000. The Legends Rally is Matt’s baby, he spends time every month in Mexico working on new trails, exploring, filming and then bringing that knowledge back to The Legends Rally to apply to future adventures. I on the other hand tend to center my Baja trips these days around races and vacations. I made it a priority to join the team on the next Legends Rally run, and I am glad I did.

I have only taken my family to Mexico with me a couple of times for vacation and race purposes. With my kids now at ages where I feel comfortable taking them to Baja to play around I decided to bring them along for this adventure. The plan was set for my wife and three kids to join me for The Legends Rally Guadalupe Canyon run which would be headed up by our guest Legend, Larry Roeseler. We call it The Legends Rally because the premise was to always have an off-road Legend join us as a guest guide for the trip giving clients a chance to see Baja alongside some of our sports most experienced and accomplished icons. Roeseler has more Baja wins then any active off-road racer and will forever go down as one of the greatest racers in the history of the sport. What a treat to be able to hear stories and follow this “Legend” through some of the countries most historic trails. He is the definition of the old saying “he has forgotten more about Baja then we will ever learn.”

THE RZR’S

For the trip I prepared two new 2018 Polaris RZR XP Turbo Dynamix units. Both were properly set up for Baja and sported navigation & communications amongst all other safety features such as seats, harnesses, roll cages, fire extinguisher, and more. The 4 seat machine would be piloted by my wife & 14 year old daughter with one of my boys in the back. I would pilot my two seat machine with one of the kids with me at all times. Both machines run on 15″ bead-lock wheels with new 32″ BFG KR2 BAJA T/A UTV tires, a great tire for any type of off-road adventure but ideal for Baja due to its durability and size. The added ground clearance is great and knowing we would have some highway time, having a tire I am comfortable pushing on blacktop is neccesary. Having communications is a requirement and both vehicles are equipped with PCI iCom 50w radios & intercom systems. We require all attendees to have radio communications. In addition I brought a full size spare for each car, luckily neither needed their spares on the trail, thank you BFG. Both cars had storage bags that carried basic tools, two spare belts, tire repair kit, 12v compressor, various items such as zip ties, tape, flash lights, lighter, etc, and of course snacks! I learned long ago, when you travel off-road in Baja you need to be prepared to be your own mechanic, your own restaurant, and be ready to spend the night on the trail which means having a jacket even if it is 100 degrees outside. Both machines had proper preps ensuring the belts & clutch were clean and inspected, fresh fluids and air filter and all hardware checked.

You NEVER want to travel to Baja with a machine that is not prepared to go off-road and you should always have basic understanding of your vehicle. You may be able to get away with a “used up” machine when you are only riding a few miles away from help and have constant cell reception, but when going to Mexico or any big adventure ride you need to make sure your equipment is up for the task. In addition, you need to learn the basics of your vehicle such as where the battery is located, what types of fluids it requires, and in the case of UTVs its good to know how to change a belt properly, how to replace an axle, and of course; how to change a tire!

The Legends Rally is a group ride, and like any group ride, your machine can affect everyone’s experience if you are having regular issues that could have been prevented by performing basic service. But some vehicle failures are unexpected and can come strait from the unforgiving terrain. Luckily for attendees of The Legends Rally we are partnered with Horsepower Adventures who provide on the trail service for those who do have a mechanical while on the ride. These guys allow the group to carry on while stopping to assess and repair almost all failures. Its amazing to see these guys in action. We saw them repair radius rods in minutes, change belts just as quickly, tow machines for 10’s of miles, and even turn their own rental vehicles over to the broke down attendee so they could keep on the trail while they stayed back to repair the wounded machine. This service is all included (replacement parts come at a cost) as part of The Legends Rally adventure.

THE RIDE: DAY ONE

OK, with that out of the way it was time to get it on! The Legends Rally makes it easy to cross the border. Our team gives you information when you sign up that allows you to have all of your paperwork sorted to make crossing the border a breeze. A meeting point is set on the USA side and the group crosses together making travel to Horsepower Ranch (HPR) simple and safe. Horsepower Ranch is a very popular off-road destination located just outside of Ensenada. Comfortable accommodations, great food and an awesome atmosphere make it the perfect place to base our trips out of. It takes about two hours to get to HPR from San Diego and the ranch has plenty of secure room for trucks and trailers of all sizes. There is a variety of rooms available and we had a room with 4 beds giving my entire family a very comfortable stay. It had been 10 years since my last stay at HPR, it was great to see the place looked exactly the same due to the fantastic maintenance and upkeep of the property.

We got into HPR and were greeted by the very courteous staff, given our room key and supplied some great gifts from ride sponsor Rockford Fosgate. To top it off, we supplied all attendees with a Legends Rally shirt & hat. After getting situated we all boarded a bus and were taken to Legend Rally Chef, Drew Deckman’s amazing restaurant aptly titled “Deckman’s”.

The Legends Rally is an all-inclusive vacation. Your per person fee covers all meals, accommodations and more. What separates it from the regular type of off-road tour is its unique trail selections for riding and its food. Matt is a bit of a foodie you could say so he has gone over the top as it pertains to making sure people don’t just get a meal, they get an experience. Chef Drew Deckman is a Michelin Star Chef, that basically means he is amongst the best in the world and not only is his food insanely good, the setting for his restaurant which is located in Baja’s “Valle de Guadalupe” Guadalupe Valley wine country is as beautiful as any place you could ever dream of dining at. It was the perfect way to kick the trip off and get to know the group. For those who were still a little hungry, a quick stop by El Trailero, one of the best taco shops in Baja, was made on the way home.

We settled back into our room for the night and got rested up. We would hit the trail at 9am on Saturday morning and the first day would have us clicking off about 140 miles. We split the group of around 30 UTVs into two groups. Larry Roeseler would lead everyone but each group had a lead and sweep vehicle as well as a couple HPR chase cars. In addition we had two chase trucks shadowing the ride via the highway. They would act as support when neccesary, carry the larger luggage items, spare parts and fuel.

We pulled out of HPR and made our way north east towards Ojos Negros. Our first planned stop was at La Huerta, an old native camping location surrounded by trees, a creek and very cool (modern) bridge. It was the perfect place to get out of the sun, grab a cold drink and stretch the legs. From there we made our way up and through the “Pine Forest” towards the town of La Rumorosa (just outside of Tecate) where we would have lunch at a restaurant in town. After an amazing and very filling lunch, we made our way to the top of one of Baja’s most infamous trails. The La Rumorosa Grade was built over a hundred years ago by hand and features a massive switch back trail just wide enough for a full size vehicle. The trail is packed with amazing views but is listed as one of the worlds most dangerous roads. Its not for the faint of heart. Its rocky, at times very slow, and one mistake could send you down one of its many very steep drop-offs. My daughter drove our RZR XP4 Turbo with my wife navigating and she did amazing. At 14 she has quite a bit of seat time, but after making it down La Rumorosa Grade, she should instantly be awarded a drivers license!

La Rumorosa dropped us down into the top of Laguna Salada, one of the harshest and hottest places in all of North America. My first Baja pit experience was in Laguna Salada, come to find out, thats usually where teams send the rookies, because it sucks there! Its hot, desolate, and usually the furthest drive from Ensenada when racing. This time of year is usually pretty mild but the temps increased to over 100 degrees as we made our decent. With that, our speeds also increased! Once we hit the valley we were able to jump on some very familiar race course terrain and get our machines opened up over some very big but fun whoop sections and trails. We all spread out a bit and ran wide open for the next two hours as we made our way back south to Guadalupe Canyon Oasis which is where we would end day one.

Guadalupe Canyon Oasis is truly an oasis tucked right up against the beautiful Guadalupe Canyon mountain side. The Oasis has been operated as a camping resort for well over 100 years by the same family. Despite the government trying to take it over, the family has maintained its ownership and entertains guests year round. The resort plays home to an assortment of both natural hot & cold springs giving each camping area its own selection of hot & cold pools to relax in. Mexican fan palms surround the entire Oasis giving shade and a very tropical and unique ambiance to the resort. Its only accessible off-road which makes it the perfect destination point for The Legends Rally.

Upon our arrival we were greeted with a cold beverage and the HPR crew immediately jumped into action refueling all of our machines. A little side note, the RZR XP Turbo is good for about 117 miles of range on a stock fuel tank. I know that because thats exactly the mileage I had when I ran out of gas on the highway on the way to lunch. Luckily the HPR chase truck was right there and had me and others topped off and on our way in minutes!

With our machines being tended too, we were all given a campsite number where we had a brand new tent, cot, sleeping bag, pillow and flashlight waiting for us! My family had two tents and were positioned beneath the palm trees making it a picturesque and beautiful setting. We jumped into our swim trunks and hit one of the many rock pools to clean up while others were enjoying some amazing appetizers and cocktails being made by Chef Deckman who traveled early in the day to Guadalupe Canyon to prepare food for our arrival. Following appetizers came one of the best meals you could ever enjoy on an off-road excursion. Not one, but four pigs were being roasted over an open fire, fresh farm raised striped sea bass, ceviche, oysters, clams, chips, salsa, salad, quail, and more were all on the menu and no one went to bed hungry!

THE RIDE: DAY TWO

The hot desert sun, and some anxious mechanics woke us up at about 5:30am as they finished prepping cars for the days ride back to HPR. It was supposed to be a long morning, sleep in, eat a late breakfast and get on the trail around 11am. But with the early wake up call everyone jumped into action and the decision was made to get on the trail by 9am. This was a good call as it was calling for even warmer temps in the valley and we all wanted to get back up into the mountains. We pulled out of the oasis after another amazing Deckman’s meal, and headed south towards Cohobuso Junction. From there we began our climb over the Sierra de Juarez mountain range. The desert run to Cohobuso was a lot of fun but at times the whoops were massive because we were running on regularly used race course lines. It really tested our suspensions and the machines ability to cool itself off. Group 1 skated through, while group two had some early vehicle casualties slowing it down a bit. Nevertheless we hit the Sierra de Juarez trail and headed back west!

The climb into the mountains was slow and technical. We ran in LOW for most of the climb and it reminded me a lot of trails I had done over the years in Moab. Very rocky but like La Rumorosa, once you start hitting elevation, the views really come alive! We made a few stops along the way to keep the group together and to take time for a photo. We made our way back into the “Pine Forest” which for me houses some of the absolute funnest roads you will ever drive in Baja. Fast, twisty and full of high speed rollers make for one epic time. The RZRs are ideal for this type of riding and both my wife and I were having a blast dicing it up, sliding the corners and catching air any chance we could.

We met back up with the chase truck around KM79 off the side of HWY3 to fuel up. From there we charged further west to Ojos Negros where we would ceremoniously end our trip at La Cava de Maecelo AKA The Cheese Cave. The Cheese Cave is a 100+ year old dairy farm that produces some of the worlds best cheese. An underground bunker called the “cave” or “cava” is used to cure this cheese and the property hosts tours weekly. We enjoyed an amazing dinner that consisted of portobello tostadas and rib-eye steak to name just a couple. Local wine was served alongside fresh bread and the stories of the days adventure were shared. We all toasted to the trip and watched the sun go down before saddling back up for our quick jaunt back to HPR.

VAYA CON DIOS

My family and I were super excited for our beds when we arrived back at HPR. While others stayed up, we cleaned up and hit the sack. We woke up at our leisure on Monday morning and decided to head back to California on our own. There were two planned departures so that the group could also navigate the tricky border as a group, but we had other plans. We set off back North west through Ensenada and headed to Puerto Nuevo, AKA “The Lobster Village”. This is one of my favorite places to visit and to eat in all of Baja and is one of the first places I had a true meal in Mexico beyond the average taco of course. I have many stories from there, most good, but one very scary that I will save for another time. But after a fantastic lunch with my family we made our way back home.

Mexico, and specifficly Baja is indeed a special and magical place. Those who know, know… Those who don’t, need to experience it to understand. The people, the food, the culture, the scenery and landscape make up for one of the worlds most special places. As an off-road fanatic, one trip to Baja and you will understand why we call it off-road heaven.

I want to send a special thank you to Rockford Fosgate for sponsoring this years Legends Rally Guadalupe Canyon ride. It was a lot of fun having them along for the ride and keeping the party rocking at every stop. I also want to thank Larry Roeseler for not only guiding the trip but also helping mark this fun and challenging course. A big thank you goes out to the staff at Horsepower Ranch for their amazing accommodations and even more amazing support on the trail. Those guys worked their butts off to keep everyone up and running smoothly and quickly! Of course we have to thank Chf Drew Deckman for cooking his tail off and feeding us some of Baja’s most special cuisine and for hosting us at his amazing restaurant. To all of the attendees, thank you for joining us and for riding alongside, sharing your stories and just being awesome! Lastly, thank you to Matt, Kilian, Izzy, Vinny, and Chris at The Legends Rally for all of their efforts putting this ride together and for representing UTVUnderground.com in Baja like they do! It takes a lot of work to put an event like this together and your efforts do not go unnoticed.

Enjoy all of Vincent Knakal’s fantastic photos of the trip in the gallery below and make sure to join us for The Legends Rally in October when the team leads us all down the pacific beach coastline!!

Until next time….

Joey D.

Join us for the next Legends Rally called “Sea To Sky” by CLICKING HERE

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Caleb Mings http://utvunderground.com <![CDATA[Stay Connected Anytime, Anywhere: Satellite Phone Store]]> http://www.utvunderground.com/?p=59187 2018-05-17T01:30:20Z 2018-05-17T01:30:20Z

Imagine a world where you use your phone or tablet seamlessly to talk, text, access the internet and your apps, independently of cellular and fixed networks. Well that world is here with IsatHub, our global smart device connectivity service. So now you can remain productive by having a constant line back to the office and stay in touch with your friends and family wherever you go.

The EXPLORER 510 satellite terminal is a global WiFi hotspot with Internet speeds of up to 464 Kbps to any in-range wireless device such as laptops, tablets and smartphones. What makes the 510 different from other BGAN terminals is it includes smartphone integration. The Explorer Control App gives total control over the 510, such as displaying signal strength, overall usage (in Megabytes), and allowing you to send or receive texts (including using your iPhone iMessage or other texting program). It also turns your smartphone into a satellite phone to place or receive phone calls from anyone in the world. The 510 is the most portable BGAN on the market and surprisingly one of the least expensive. It is ideal for all applications in remote or urban locations that require Internet and phone anywhere.

Attach the Addvalue Safari to the top of your vehicle and you’re a rolling WiFi hotspot. This terminal is great for those who want to use their laptops, smartphones, and tablets while away from the cellular grid. The antenna has the highest dynamic performance on the market and provides great coverage and data speeds. It plays well with others, too, through its fleet tracking and geofencing capabilities.

Satellite Phone Store proudly offers the most advanced high speed portable satellite internet terminal with one touch comissioning and unlimited bandwidth. The Cobham Inmarsat GX5075 takes only 10 minutes to set up and when powered on it automatically connects to an Inmarsat Global Xpress (GX) satellite to establish an internet connection with speeds up to 4mbps download/upload. The portable satellite internet unit comes as a quick assembly package well fitted in 2 luggage-sized pelican boxes for easy handling and transportation. Easily operated by a single person the Cobham GX5075 Fly-Away system can be transported via any airline as personal luggage.

The new Inmarsat BGAN Flex satellite airtime plan is designed to allow users to pay a monthly fee based on the internet usage for each month. There are 8 groups with the minimum plan including 20 Megabytes of data per month, if usage stays below this amount only the monthly fee of $65 will be charged. If usage goes above 20 Megabytes but below 100 a fee of $250 will be charged, if usage goes to 101MB to 250MB, $425 will be charged and so on. The top group allows full speed internet usage up to 30 Gigabytes and then the internet will be slowed down (throttled) until the next month but there will not be any additional usage fees.

 

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Caleb Mings http://utvunderground.com <![CDATA[Brightest Adventures with Vision X ADV LED Light Cannons]]> http://www.utvunderground.com/?p=59179 2018-05-17T01:21:07Z 2018-05-17T00:38:11Z

Vision X Lighting once again takes lighting to great lengths with the all-new ADV Adventure Series LED Light Cannons. Available in 8.7” (140 Watt, 14,980 Lumens) and 6.7” (80 Watt, 8,560 Lumens), each includes the superior lighting distance from Iris Reflector technology with the wide-spread of Elliptical optics to shine a powerful Combination/Driving beam. This Adventure Series mixed-beam light is perfect for igniting the night through winding mountain trails or long open terrain with light shining beyond 2,297’ usable light (ADV 8700).

ADV 8700 and ADV 6700 are engineered to out-style and outperform in the roughest conditions. The smooth back-lit halo provides on-demand DRL illumination and doubles as a near-vehicle Camp light. The robust 4-bolt steel powder coated trunnion bracket allows 45 degrees of aiming adjustment, making it ideal for bumper or upper roof rack placement. The slim 4” aluminum housing permits for greater placement options where a shallow mounting depth is a key consideration.

Like the original LED Light Cannons and CG2 LED Light Cannons, the ADV Adventure Series also accept the snap-on polycarbonate cover system to change beam color for various driving conditions in mere seconds to: Amber, Red, Blue or Clear protective.

Pricing starts at $379 for ADV 6700 and $499 for ADV 8700. Adventure Series is also available in Two-Light Kits, with a dual wiring harness, relays and lighted rocker switch for easy installation. Every ADV is also backed by a Lifetime Limited Warranty.

For more information visit visionxusa.com or call 888-489-9820.

 

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UTVUnderground.com http://utvunderground.com <![CDATA[Watch The Mint 400 TV Show Saturday May 19th on ABC Sports]]> http://www.utvunderground.com/?p=59174 2018-05-16T18:20:00Z 2018-05-16T18:20:00Z Mint 400 Logo

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Watch The Mint 400 TV Show Saturday May 19th on ABC Sports

What:  Mint 400 TV Show
WhenSaturday, May 19th
Time3pm EST / 12pm Noon PST
Where:  ABC Sports (As part of ABC’s World of X Games)

The BFGoodrich Tires Mint 400 powered by Monster Energy television show airs on ABC’s World of X GamesMay 19th at 3pm Eastern / 12pm Pacific. Watch 400 of the world’s top off-road racers wage WAR during the most grueling and challenging race of the year. See BJ Baldwin, Bryce Menzies, Rob MacCachren and more go door to door and battle each other and mother nature. You won’t want to miss this special program, the BFGoodrich Tires Mint 400 powered by Monster Energy.  Visit themint400.com or check your local listings for ABC Sports.

About The Mint 400
Known as “The Great American Off-Road Race™,” The Mint 400 is the oldest, most prestigious, and most challenging off-road race on the planet. This annual four-hundred mile marathon between the top off-road racers in the world includes over three hundred and fifty race teams in twenty-four different classes of off-road vehicles. Established in 1967, The Mint 400 is steeped in American lore. Thousands of racers and celebrities from around the world have attempted to tame the brutal Nevada desert, but less than half of them have ever finished the Mint. An entire week of events lead up to the famed off-road contest in and around Las Vegas, including a vehicle parade down the Las Vegas Strip, a drivers meet and greet, a pit crew challenge contest, the Miss Mint 400 beauty pageant, massive parties, a qualifying race, and a huge ten-block “contingency” gathering on Fremont Street East. Over forty-thousand spectators gather to watch the worlds best off-road race teams do battle at The Mint 400!

About Mad Media
Mad Media (www.madmedia.com) is a San Diego based marketing and creative agency, with in-house film and television production. We craft authentic, culturally engaging brand messages, and deliver them across print, web, photography, and film platforms. Mad Media has been leading the online content revolution since 1995 producing major commercial, television, online content and viral film projects such as The Gymkhana Series and XP1K Series.

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UTVUnderground.com http://utvunderground.com <![CDATA[MICHELIN® X TWEEL® Airless Radial Tire Now Available for UTV Market]]> http://www.utvunderground.com/?p=59165 2018-05-16T17:54:49Z 2018-05-16T17:54:49Z

MICHELIN® X TWEEL® Airless Radial Tire Now Available for UTV Market

Michelin Tweel Technologies, a division of Michelin North America, Inc., is introducing a new 26-inch airless radial tire with a four-bolt wheel-pattern hub designed for use on UTV’s that will initially be sold as a fitment for the replacement market. Originally designed for military special operations use on light-tactical vehicles, the MICHELIN® X TWEEL® UTV 26x9N14 airless radial tire is a single unit that replaces the current pneumatic tire/wheel/valve assembly. Once bolted on, there is no air pressure to maintain, thus eliminating the need to carry spare tires, tools or repair kits.

“UTV users operate these machines in arduous environments and extreme conditions where vehicles are exposed to rugged roads, jagged terrain and other hostile elements,” said Olivier Brauen, vice president of Michelin Tweel Technologies. “The MICHELIN X TWEEL UTV airless radial tire is a solution that will provide unmatched traction and uninterrupted vehicle mobility during long journeys or in remote areas where a flat tire can be problematic.”

The X TWEEL UTV is appropriate for use on construction, farm, landscape, recreation, quarry, mine, emergency service response, logging, parks, hunting, military operations, universities, beach patrol, camping, hurricane/tornado and other debris-laden areas where flat tires cause serious and extreme interruptions.

In the face of obstacles, the MICHELIN X TWEEL UTV product is designed to perform like a pneumatic radial tire, but with the durability and high damage resistance of an airless tire. The advanced spoke technology helps dampen the ride for enhanced operator comfort, while providing outstanding lateral stiffness for excellent cornering and side-hill stability. In addition, the low-pressure contact helps provides outstanding off-road traction performance. The X TWEEL UTV offers quiet performance, energy-efficiency over tracks and robust design to eliminate downtime.

With a 37-mph speed rating at a maximum gross vehicle weight of 2,860 pounds, the MICHELIN X TWEEL UTV is available immediately for online sale or through the MICHELIN TWEEL dealer network. Users may choose from three hub configurations that will fit 4×137 and 4×156 bolt patterns for a variety of machines, including:

BRP Can-Am Defender
Kawasaki Mule
Polaris Ranger

Additional hub configurations for John Deere, Honda, Kubota and Argo will be available later in 2018 and 2019. New distribution outlets specifically for this product are currently being explored. Commercially launched in 2012 with the MICHELIN X TWEEL SSL, the expanding MICHELIN X TWEEL product line includes airless-radial tires for skid steers, zero-turn mowers, stand-on mowers and golf carts. Michelin is the only manufacturer of airless radial tires and has been the recipient of multiple recognitions for the X TWEEL products in recent years.

About MICHELIN
Dedicated to the improvement of sustainable mobility, Michelin designs, manufactures and sells tires for every type of vehicle, including airplanes, automobiles, bicycles, earthmovers, farm equipment, heavy-duty trucks and motorcycles. Michelin also offers a full range of innovative services and solutions that help make mobility safer, more efficient and more environmentally friendly. To create unique mobility experiences, Michelin publishes travel guides, hotel and restaurant guides, maps and road atlases. Headquartered in Greenville, S.C., Michelin North America, Inc. employs more than 20,000 people and operates 19 major manufacturing plants in the U.S. and Canada. To learn more about Michelin Tweel Technologies visit www.michelintweel.com.

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UTVUnderground.com http://utvunderground.com <![CDATA[RJ Anderson NEW VLOG Series EP.1 & 2]]> http://www.utvunderground.com/?p=59160 2018-05-15T04:46:10Z 2018-05-15T04:42:30Z

RJ Anderson has dropped a new VLOG series on YouTube. Get an inside look at the life of RJ.

Stay tuned for more episodes here and on RJ’s YouTube Channel

We hit Chandler Arizona for the first race of the Lucas Oil Off Road Race Series. Catch all the shenanigans on the ride with us to and after the race.

Follow Us On Social Media RJ – https://www.instagram.com/therj37/

Ronnie – https://www.instagram.com/ronnieander…

Website/Merch https://www.RJ37.COM

Film – Daniel Schenkelberg / Scotty Corbin

Back to my roots, but this time in the new Polaris Rzr Turbo S. We make the trek out to a local race series (Dirt Series) to compete and have a fun day shredding the motocross track. After the race we enjoy the remainder of our sundaze on the water of Canyon Lake with friends.

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RJ – https://www.instagram.com/therj37/

Ronnie – https://www.instagram.com/ronnieander

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Video – Daniel Schenkelberg

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UTVUnderground.com http://utvunderground.com <![CDATA[Vivid Racing Project Can-am Maverick X3 Turbo Uncovered]]> http://www.utvunderground.com/?p=59125 2018-05-10T22:58:05Z 2018-05-11T15:00:35Z

Vivid Racing is well committed to the UTV market with a website packed full of parts, amazing tuning products, and even our very own Project X3 as we debuted here.  Our introduction article about our X3 was to announce our partners, purpose, and show how awesome this project will be.  With a plethora of parts to install, document, and share, we are now ready to show off our first film of our Can-Am X3.  In the background, installations have been underway.  So get ready to be blasted with some awesome content and more importantly, why and how these parts can benefit you!

CLICK HERE TO SEE VIVID RACING INTRO ARTICLE

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UTVUnderground.com http://utvunderground.com <![CDATA[THROWBACK: 2013 Jagged X Edition RZR #BLACKMAMBA]]> http://www.utvunderground.com/?p=59128 2018-05-10T23:16:26Z 2018-05-10T23:13:08Z We are THROWING IT BACK to 2013 to one of the most trendsetting builds of all time, #BLACKMAMBA!

UTVUnderground.com’s BREAKDOWN of their 2013 Jagged-X Edition RZR better known as BLACK MAMBA!

See all the specs and build photos on Black Mamba CLICK HERE

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Studio Photos by Vincent Knakal // Mad Media
Action Photos by Joey DiGiovanni // UTVUnderground.com 
UTVUnderground.com has been fortunate to have been a part of some of the industries coolest and most innovative UTV builds. Because of our build history when UTVUnderground sets out to build a new machine the bar is set high and the expectations of an over the top build are even higher. So when we began drawing up plans for our 2013 Polaris RZR Jagged-X Edition we knew we had to go BIG!
We knew right away we wanted to build a dual purpose UTV. Something that could be used for more strenuous pre-run adventures such as pre race running of the Baja 500 or 1000 all while still being a fun car to play with whether we wanted to take it to Moab or Ocotillo Wells. With out build direction laid out we now needed a build partner who could best help us execute this project. After some quick discussion, we selected to use for the first time at UTVUnderground.com, SDR Motorsports out of Riverside, CA.
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Tim Berendes and his team at SDR Motorsports are the leaders in custom Polaris RZR builds so it was a no brainer that at some point UTVUnderground.com and SDR would collaborate on a build of this quality. We dropped our machine off at SDR’s facility in Riverside and Tim assured me that they wouldn’t let us down. Not only did they not let us down, they completely over delivered, building us a machine that not only turn heads but it totally functional to boot.
While SDR took on the challenge of fabricating and assembling the new machine, we set out on rounding up all of the parts and accessories we wanted to include in the build. We began with the more important accessories that would benefit us on those long pre-run adventures. Lights, Communications, Navigation, Wheels and Tires topped that list with us reaching out to some of the industries best companies. Before we went too far we worked with SDR on a custom color scheme that would retain the factory flat back base color but then would utilize a never before seen “flat / anodized candy blue” color for the cage that in some light looks like a metallic purple. Now, every build needs a name, so after lots of thought we decided to settle on BLACK MAMBA for this build!
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The Build
Rigid Industries supplied us with more LED lights then we could have ever wanted and added some of their custom flare hooking us up with interior and rock style A-Series lights that were BLUE and helped accentuate our accent color. Tim and his guys mounted a blue A-Series light in each of the 4 fender wells to be used as rock lights and undercarriage accent lights. These lights not only look cool but also can help us in case of a night time tire replacement or repair. SDR then put the remaining 2 A-Series lights in the center roof bar to be used as dome lights. These blue accent lights really give the car a sweet custom look when fired up! A 30″ SR light bar would be custom mounted to the roof, surrounded by a custom aluminum shroud, the way SDR mounted this bright LED light looks super trick! We have no intention of bumping anyone in this car so we opted for no front bumper and instead installed a custom SDR front grill with a 10″ SR LED light that mounts directly into the factory bumper mount location. While the roof bar will give us that high throw light, the low mounted 10″ will give us that close to the ground coverage. From there we added 2 Dually D-2 LED lights on the a-pillars to give us that middle and side to side coverage. To say we have enough light is an understatement!! To top it all off, Rigid Industries also sent us 2-SRM blue LED’s that we mounted on the rear bumper behind a cool aluminum piece. These lights would act as our reverse lights which anyone who has ever ridden at night knows can really come in handy!
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For anyone who has ever ridden off-road and in unfamiliar territory, you know how important Navigation and Communications are. Our friends at Polaris supplied us with their new Lowrance 5″ HDS / XTR GPS which would be mounted into our custom Wally World fiberglass dash. With that taken care of, we reached out to Rugged Radios for their hot new communications set up.  Rugged sent us out their new Revolution Series RRP686 Intercom. This new high tech intercom works as a 2-4 place and can be expanded to be up to an 8 person intercom system! Of course for us, we just need it for driver / passenger communication but its a cool piece of equipment with lots of options! We love the way this intercom looks, in place of traditional knobs are touch membrane volume controls and on/off buttons that give the intercom a futuristic and custom look that fit our build perfectly. In addition we installed a Rugged Radios Vertex 50w race radio which SDR put on the passenger  side dash panel above the glove box.  The intercom was mounted just to the left of the steering column making it easy to reach for the driver.
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Wheels and Tires are an important decision for any build and to carry the theme of the build, we wanted to use products from site sponsors/advertisers. Walker Evans Racing wheels were an easy decision. 12″ WER beadlock wheels come stock on the Jagged X edition but we wanted to step up to 14″ beadlocks on out build so WER dialed us in with 5 of their popular 14″ race wheels. From there we decided on going with the extremely popular GBC Motorsports Kanati Mongrel tires. We debated over using 30″ or 28″ tall tires but after some discussion settled on the 28″ which to us looks the best and at full bump does not rub. Its hard to go anywhere these days and not see a set of these Mongrel’s being ran on a UTV. The GBC Motorsports Mongrel is also a DOT approved tire which gives us confidence when we are running at high speed on the highways in Baja!
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Comfort and Safety are a MUST for any build! We leaned on partners Pro Armor to supply us with a pair of custom seats that not only would look good in our Black Mamba but would also provide us with that long distance comfort. Pro Armor hooked us up with their XL Sniper seats with removable seat cushions which make for easy cleaning!  The XL Sniper seat is the perfect seat for big guys and offers a slightly deeper bucket in the seat. We have ran these seats in multiple builds and they always deliver on both comfort and style! SDR installed a set of Crow 5-Point harnesses to hold us in place but it was DragonFire Racing that would deliver the final touch for our interior safety. DFR hooked up the Black Mamba with their new suede sport steering wheel with quick disconnect and a sweet navigator grab bar with anti vibration clamp.  The steering wheel is perfect in diameter and gives us the look and feel we were after with this build. Both driver and passenger PTT buttons are installed on our steering wheel and navigator grab bar.
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We went all out on this build and one look at it sitting complete you can tell that we spared so expense and SDR spared no detail on the Black Mamba. Its the details that make any build and for us we have some of the coolest details included that deserve mentioning. The custom Wally World dash really makes our interior stand out above any other build we have done this far. It houses all of our custom UTVUnderground.com / UTVInc switches, our Polaris GPS, factory gauge and ignition. If you look closely you will spot some of the 5 SSV Works stereo speakers. The SSV Works system is a must for any build. There is nothing better than having tunes while you are cruising or hanging out on a ride. This 5 speaker Kicker system JAMS and is pretty much plug and play. SSV Works supplies the speakers with enclosures that are custom fitted to the contours of the RZR’s interior. Because of our custom SDR rear storage boxes, SDR had to build a custom enclosure for our rear pod speakers which are mounted directly into the rear firewall just between the passenger and driver seats. SDR told us that over 300ft of wire went into building this hot UTV, and we don’t doubt it one bit. SDR put resettable breakers on all of the accessories but one thing we will add is a backup battery! We are going to need it!
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When we picked up Black Mamba from SDR we were completely blown away. The look of the machine, the lines, the aluminum work, the wiring, the color scheme, everything just really worked together. SDR’s XPR-2 cage system coupled with their custom opening doors, rear aluminum storage compartments, and trick roof mounted light bar mount really set this car off. It was a shame to get it dirty but thats exactly what we had to do once Vincent Knakal of Mad Media was done shooting photos of it! We loaded Black Mamba up and took it to Moab, UT for the Rally On The Rocks event and to put the machine to the test! Not surprisingly, the machine did everything we wanted it to do. From pounding the whooped our dirt roads to overcoming the unforgiving rock trails, Black Mamba not only tore it up, it looked good while doing it. The taller wheels and tires make for a very smooth ride while the interior creature comforts are positioned in all the right places. It was a wise decision for us to add the Factory UTV UHMW trailing arm skids before heading out and they saved our arms multiple times!
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Huge thank you goes out to each and every sponsor who contributed to this build and especially SDR Motorsports for the amazing build and assembly of this machine. We also want to thank Polaris for the opportunity once again to build one of their amazing machines. We can’t wait to get Black Mamba back out on the trail!
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Owner: UTVUnderground.com
Builder: SDR Motorsports – XPR-2
Chasis: 2013 Polaris RZR Jagged-X HO (EPS)
Weight: 1529 lbs
Wheel Base: 107.4″
Track Width: 64″
Ground Clearance: 14.5″
Suspension: Factory Dual A-Arm Front (13.5″ Travel) Trailing Arm Rear (14″ Travel)
Shocks: Walker Evans Racing 2.0 Front / 2.5 Rear w/ Compression Adjustment Piggy Back Resevoir’s
Axles: Factory
Engine: Polaris Pro-Star H.O. 875cc 4 Stroke DOHC Twin Cylinder
Exhaust: SLP Factory H.O. Exhaust System
Intake: Factory
Wheels: Walker Evans Racing 14″ Beadlocks
Tires: GBC Motorsports 28″ Kanati Mongrels
Wrap/Graphics: Pro Line Wraps (TBD)
Seats: Pro Armor Jagged X Edition Replacements w/ SDR Motorsports Lowered Seat Bases
Safety: Crow 5 Point Harnesses
Window Nets: N/A
Brakes: Factory 4-Wheel Hydraulic Disc w/ Dual Bore Front & Rear Calipers
Wiring: SDR Motorsports w/ UTV Inc Custom UTVUnderground.com Switches
Navigation: Lowrance Polaris Edition XTR Color 5″ GPS
Communication: Rugged Radios 686 Intercom with 50w Vertex Race Radio
Lighting: Rigid Industries 30″ SR (roof) – 10″ SR (grill) – 2-Dually (a-pillar) – 2-SRM Blue (reverse) – 4-A Series Blue Rock Lights (wheel wells) – 2-A Series Blue (dome)
Skid Plate: Factory Belly Pan w/ Factory UTV UHMW Trailing Arm Guards
Fuel Cell: Factory
Stereo: SSV Works 5 Speaker KICKER System
Steering Wheel: Dragon Fire Racing Suede Sport Racing Wheel w/ Quick Disconnect
Navigator Bar: Dragon Fire Racing w/ Anti Vibration Clamp
Mirrors: Yoshimura Carbon Fiber Side Mirrors
Whips: Safe Glow Whips Blue LED Dual Whips w/ Billet Mounts
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Links:
Polaris Industries
SDR Motorsports
Rigid Industries
Pro Armor
Walker Evans Racing
GBC Motorsports
Rugged Radios
UTVInc
Wally World
Safe Glow Whips
Factory UTV
Yoshimura

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kilian <![CDATA[2017 Rubicon Trail Jeep Jamboree]]> http://www.utvunderground.com/?p=58810 2018-05-10T18:13:59Z 2018-05-10T18:11:46Z Words by Matt Martelli

As a person who lives and breaths off-road, I am pretty embarrassed to admit that last year was my first time on the Rubicon Trail. That being said, maybe it was for a reason.  Perhaps I am old enough and have explored enough to realize the true value of what Mark A. Smith and a host of other people have saved for us. Cliche or not, it is a little piece of off-road heaven. Take my advice.  Grab your family and friends and go explore this ruggedly beautiful trail through the Sierra Nevada mountains. Known as a Jeep trail, the vehicle doesn’t really matter, just get in it and go. You will thank me later.

I was invited Jeep Jamboree USA by Rusty Megois of Rusty’s Off-Road who had asked my content group Mad Media to begin producing a series of videos showing the best Jeep trails in the world sharing Rusty’s passion for Jeeping. Rusty is a real salt of earth type person who started making Jeep parts for himself and his friends because he couldn’t find quality parts at the time. The business grew over 30 years of building the best parts in off-road.  To this day, Rusty will not sell a part he doesn’t believe in.

Jeep Jamboree USA is the premier Jeep event group in the world. As a promoter and an event producer, I am hard to impress but these guys did a fantastic job of putting everybody at ease by handling every detail from safety to food to sleeping accommodations. Everything thing was meticulously thought through and executed perfectly. One of the things I was most impressed with was the spotters assigned to each group who walked the entire trail helping everybody find the right line, basically teaching them how to rock crawl and pick lines.

A good day for me is covering about 160 miles, so the idea that doing a 12 mile trail didn’t seem too exciting. But I should know by now that preconceived ideas are usually just false filing folders for your mind to simplify and stuff things away until you actually experience them. This experience didn’t just fill the folder, it overflowed the whole damn filing cabinet! We started at the Loon Lake side and began the rough and technical descent into the Rubicon Springs. I again naively assumed it would take us a couple of hours at most to get to the springs.

One of the ironies of the the trips is that we were not in Jeeps while shooting Jeep Jamboree USA.  We were in Polaris RZR’s. We had literally just got done doing 350 miles in Baja pre-running for our upcoming Legends Rally added skid plates from Factory UTV and loaded our three RZR’s on trailers. We had two 4-seat Polaris RZR XP 1000’s set up to carry our camera gear and camping equipment and one 4-seat Polaris RZR XP 1000 Turbo. All of them are set up with Cagewrx cages and tire carriers, Method Race Wheels, 32” Tensor Tires, PRP Seats, PCI Race Radios for communications, parker pumpers, and Assault accessories. Two things are critical before your tackle the Rubicon – 32” tires and a skid plate. We used them both frequently. The reaction from the Jeepers was most fun part.  They kept looking at our loaded down RZR’s shaking their heads offering up comments like, “I don’t think your going to make it on those little things!” usually as we passed by them in the harder line trying to get ahead to get shots. Again, it doesn’t matter what you enjoy off-roading in just go get out into the never, never and enjoy.

The arrival at Loon Lake is nothing short of stunning.  You are immediately surrounded by the beauty of the Sierra Nevada mountains enveloped in their cool embrace. We got in line with our group of Jeeps we were focusing on. The descent into the springs from Loon Lake stated pretty easy with some flat rock as I thought to myself “What’s the big deal?” Well it wasn’t long before I found out.

Walker Hill was the first major obstacle and the trail immediately jammed up. The cool thing about all the trail jams is you gotta get out of your vehicle, talk to people, have a drink and bite to eat periodically. It was a relaxed atmosphere dotted with challenging obstacles. Intimidating at first sight, we slowly picked our way through Walker Hill with help of the spotters and kept moving. The trail switches back and forth between easy relaxing paths and challenging obstacles. It’s like being on a roller coaster ride with periodic stops at a spa.  As you round the corner to Buck Island Lake you are rewarded again with a stunning view the lake and island that looks like a postcard.

Approaching Little Sluice is a little intimidating, I am not going to lie. I was wishing I had 39” inch tires or bigger on but after sliding across a few rocks on our skid plates we were up and over. I was focusing on being easy on the equipment since we had one more day of crawling to do. The final descent down Big Sluice is gnarly and technical climbing down big rocks weaving in between massive pines but the guides from Jeep Jamboree were there to coach you all the way.

7.6 miles in you finally arrive at the Rubicon Springs, an oasis in the mountains. The first thing you do is park your rig and jump in the refreshing springs. Dinner and drinks are served just before dark and if you come as a VIP your tent, cot, pillow and sleeping bag are already set up for you. After a few drinks, I fought the exhaustion of the day for a bit and finally gave in.

The second day is a free day where guests can spend the day as they please swimming, hiking, exploring the various trails in your vehicle or just simply relaxing in camp. I woke up and shot some sunrises photos and video and hiked around for a bit then went for swim and headed back to camp for breakfast. As a part of the Jeep Jamboree USA, all food was provided.  Nobody was going to go hungry especially with Big Tom and his wife Carina in the kitchen. I quickly became friends with them both as they were very curious about our vehicles. The rest of the day we spent swimming and shooting some interviews with Rusty, Oscar from BFG, and Pierce Umlauf the man responsible for running the event and the Jeep Jamboree organization.

One of my other friends Tyler Ruby from Black Forest Gear was on the trip.  Black Forest Gear makes soft tops, vehicle fridge/freezers, and cargo slides. Fridges are clutch on trips like this because by day two you are out of ice and ready for a cold one! Their cargo slides also allow for organization and easy access to all our gear in the back. Now I just need to talk them into making some similar products for UTV’s, Trucks, etc.

Heading out of the springs is a straight climb out towards Lake Tahoe. It starts out relatively mild but starts to get rough and narrow approaching Cadillac Hill. The hill is rocky and rough, we took our time. The climb flattens out to a stunning look out called Observation Point that looks back over the valley and Sierra Nevada mountains. The rest of the trail out is relatively mild with more stunning views as you pass by a series of small lakes. We ended our journey by loading the Polaris RZR’s on the trailers and went for a swim in the cool waters of Lake Tahoe.  A perfect way to end an incredible journey.

Whether you participate in one of the events on trail or just run it on your own, get your friends and family together and go tackle the Rubicon Trail.  You won’t be disappointed.

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UTVUnderground.com http://utvunderground.com <![CDATA[2018 SCORE BAJA 500 MAP RELEASED]]> http://www.utvunderground.com/?p=58837 2018-05-10T21:41:45Z 2018-05-10T17:55:49Z

CLICK HERE FOR FULL RACE INFO

Race-record course of 542.12 Golden Anniversary miles

set for upcoming 50th BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 500  

141 entries to date from 23 U.S. States, U.S. Territory Puerto Rico;

host Mexico, Argentina, Canada, Japan, Italy, New Zealand

for Round 2 of four-race 2018 SCORE World Desert Championship;

more info at http://score-international.com/raceinfo/2018-baja-500/

 

     ENSENADA, Baja California, Mexico—In its continuing quest to bring quality, safe and memorable events to the motorsports world, a race-record course of 542.12 miles has been announced by SCORE International for the upcoming golden anniversary of the legendary BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 500.

Round 2 of the four-race 2018 SCORE World Desert Championship will be held May 29-June 3. The celebratory internationally-televised race will start and finish in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico, the seaside port on the Pacific Ocean, 80 miles south of San Diego.

To accommodate the much longer race course, SCORE has increased the time limit to be an official finisher and SCORE has also pushed back the start times on Saturday, June 2.

RECORD LONG COURSE

The Golden Anniversary course, designed and finalized by SCORE CEO/President Roger Norman and SCORE Race Director Jose A. Grijalva is an astounding race-record 542.12 miles. The course will run in a clockwise direction. The first and last 19.5 miles will be shared course outbound and inbound.

Starting and finishing once again in the heart of Ensenada in front of the Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center, it will quickly leave the pavement and head up the spectator-friendly Ensenada Arroyo for two miles as it heads out of town. Upwards of 50,000 spectators are expected to watch the race in that area alone.

The historic race course is another memorable example of all that Mexico’s Baja California has to offer, including high-speed dirt trails, sandy, rocky and silty natural terrain, majestic Baja washes and canyons, stretches along the seashore with elevations from sea level to over 3,000 feet. The course will be another jewel reflecting the mesmerizing, stark beauty of Baja California.

This year’s anniversary course will have four physical checkpoints—Checkpoint No. 1-El Chinero, (Race Mile 174.20), Checkpoint No. 2-San Matias (RM 260.72), Checkpoint No. 3-Vicente Guerrero (RM 368.15) and Checkpoint No. 4-Santo Tomas (RM 466.83).

Reflecting on the course, Grijalva commented, “This is going to be the roughest, toughest, longest and most spectacular SCORE Baja 500 race course in its 50 years of existence without exception. Reflecting Roger’s desire to have at least 500 miles on dirt we have a final course of 542.12 miles to ensure that and we extended the time limit to 22 hours as well as starting the two groups two hours earlier on June 2.”

“Because of the difficulty of this course, we are now requiring all Sportsman classes and Class 11 to miss a brutally-tough section of the route near La Ventana on the north side of Highway 3. This will reduce the total distance for those classes to approximately 473 miles while keeping the time limit for those classes at 22 hours.”

“For safety reasons all Sportsman entries and Pro Moto and Pro quad vehicles reaching a checkpoint after its closing time will be stopped and removed from the race as non-finishers.”

“After going up to Mike’s Sky Rancho and back around Rancho Meling, several new trails will be used to get over to the Pacific Coast near Vicente Guerrero.”

Among the other towns, areas and landmarks the course goes through or near are Ensenada Arroyo, Ojos Negros, the Goat Trail, Valle de Trinidad, Diablo Dry Lake Bed, Las Cuevitas Wash, Mike’s Sky Rancho, Rancho El Coyote, Rancho Meling, Camalu, Colonet, Colonet Wash and Erendira..

COURSE MAP

The official 542.12-mile course map is now available on the SCORE website at the following link…http://score-international.com/raceinfo/2018-baja-500-course-map/.

PRE-RUNNING

Official practice, or pre-running, on the official race course for this year’s BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 500 will begin next Saturday, May 19. Pre-running will start near race mile 38 and that section from the start to race mile 38 may only be run outbound on Thursday and Friday of race-week. For safety reasons new trails will be used for the race course in the Ojos Negros area.

DETAILS

Most the world’s best desert racers will be in action at this year’s celebration of the golden anniversary of one of the top 10 motorsports events in the entire world.

It is an elapsed-time race with staggered starts as the green flag on Saturday (June 3) will drop first for the motorcycles and quads at 3:30 a.m. (PDT) and approximately 8 a.m. (PDT) for the cars, trucks and UTVs. While the fastest vehicles are expected to finish in around 11 hours, all vehicles will have a 22-hour time limit from the time each starts to become an official finisher.

Over 350 vehicles, in classes for cars, trucks, utvs, motorcycles and quads, are expected at the start line with racers from as many as 30 U.S. States and 20 countries anticipated.

Race title sponsor BFGoodrich Tires has posted a US$25,000 contingency bonus to help commemorate this year’s race.

THE COUNT

The total of 140 entries to date have come from 23 States in the U.S.A., U.S. Territory-Puerto Rico along with host country Mexico, Argentina, Canada, Italy, Japan and New Zealand.

States among the field range so far from California, Washington and Oregon in the Pacific West, Nevada, Idaho, Arizona, Utah, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico in the Mountain West, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut in the Northeast, Illinois, Ohio, South Dakota, Kansas and Texas in the Midwest and North Carolina and Tennessee in the South.

Leading the early entries is the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck division for high-tech, 950-horsepower, unlimited custom trucks with 24 official entries as of today.

Included on the early entry list in SCORE Trophy Truck are former SCORE Baja 500 overall winners Rob MacCachren (1996), Robby Gordon (1989, 1990, 2005 and 2013), B.J. Baldwin (2007) and Andy McMillin (2010 and 2017).

SCORE Trophy Truck, in its 25th year as the featured racing division in the sport, have been the overall winners of the SCORE Baja 500 for the last eight consecutive years and 13 of the last 14.

Other classes with double-figure entries so far are Pro UTV FI (Forced Induction) with 19, Trophy Truck Spec with 11 and Class 10 with 10 entries.

ONLINE RACER REGISTRATION

Online registration, by class, for Pro and Sportsman entries, is ongoing through the SCORE website. Information on all SCORE races can be found on the home page under the Race Info tab.

For more info, visit http://score-international.com/raceinfo/2018-baja-500/.

Official entries received after the drawing will be given the next available starting position within their respective classes. Online entries will be accepted until 8 p.m. (PDT) on Wednesday, May 23.

GRAN HISTORIA

Following last year’s epic celebration of the 50th BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 1000, this year’s SCORE World Desert Championship spotlights the special tribute to the 50th BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 500.

The SCORE Baja 500 is one of the top motorsports events in the world. It was started originally in 1969 by the NORRA organization. Mickey Thompson and his SCORE International organization were invited by the Mexican government to take over the event in 1974. Sal Fish ran and later owned and produced the SCORE Baja 500 for 39 years until he sold SCORE to Roger and Elise Norman in December of 2012.

This year will be the 45th time the race has started and 41st time it will finish in Ensenada, the off-road capital of the world.

START ORDER/DRAW DEADLINE

The starting order within each class for this race will start with the finishing order from this year’s SCORE San Felipe 250, if the individual entry is received by Monday, May 21 and paid in full by May 23. For racers who were DNFs in San Felipe but enter by the deadline, a special drawing will be held for them prior to the other entries that come in for each class.

The deadline for those that raced in San Felipe to activate their reserved start position is 8 p.m. PDT on Monday, May 21. Deadline for all additional entries to be included in the drawing for starting positions is on 8 p.m. PDT Wednesday, May 23.  The results of the drawing, to determine the remainder of the start order within each class, will be held announced on Friday, May 25.

No new entries will be accepted after 8 p.m. PDT on Wednesday, May 23. Late, on-site racer registration will be held on WednesdayThursday and Friday (May 29-30June 1).

GRANDEST CO-GRAND MARSHALS

Legendary Hall of Fame former SCORE owner Sal Fish will join Hall of Fame retired racer Ivan Stewart as co-Grand Marshals for the 50th BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 500.

Fish, the ‘godfather’ of desert racing who ran SCORE from its Baja start in 1974 for 38 years through the end of the 2012 season joins the iconic ‘Ironman’ Stewart, who has 17 class wins (including 10 overalls) in the SCORE Baja 500, to share duties for the special golden anniversary race that they both have been such a major part of over the years.

     Fish, who turned 79 on May 2 and Stewart will turn 73 on June 4.

SCOREscope

Below is the four-race 2018 SCORE World Desert Championship schedule. For the third consecutive year all four races are being held in Baja California, Mexico. Here is the complete 2018 SCORE World Desert Championship schedule:

  • 32nd SCORE San Felipe 250, April 4-April 8, San Felipe, Mexico
  • 50th BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 500, May 29-June 3, Ensenada Mexico
  • Tijuana 22nd SCORE Desert Challenge, Sept. 19-23, Tijuana, Mexico
  • 51st SCORE Baja 1000, Nov.14-18, Ensenada, Mexico

SCORE SPONSORS…

Official SCORE Sponsors: BFGoodrich Tires-Official Tire and official race title sponsor, Monster Energy-Official Energy Drink, King Shocks-Official Shock Absorber, Polaris RZR-Official UTV, RACELINE Wheels-Official Wheel, VP Racing Fuels-Official Fuel, Wide Open Excursions-Official Arrive and Drive Company, Crystal Bay Casino-Official Casino.

SCORE Official Partners: PCI Race Radios, 4 Wheel Parts, The Satellite Phone Store, Satellite Del Norte, Instant Mexico Auto Insurance, CETTO Vineyards.

Additional SCORE Associate Partners: Proturismo Ensenada, Baja California Secretary of Tourism, Baja California Sur State Government, Baja California Sur Secretary of Tourism, Mexicali Ayuntamiento, COTUCO Mexicali/San Felipe, Cruz Roja Mexicana, Corporate Helicopters, McKenzie’s Performance Products, Advanced Color Graphics.

Tijuana SCORE Desert Challenge Special Partners: XXII Ayuntamiento de Tijuana, Baja California State Secretary of Tourism, Comite de Turismo and Convenciones, Comite de Marcadotecnia Turistica, Asociacion de Hoteles del Noroeste.

For more information regarding SCORE, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship at www.SCOREInternational.com.

50th BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 500

May 29-June 3, 2018—510 miles –Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico

Total Entries: 141 (as of 5/10/18)

(from 23 U.S. States, U.S. Territory-Puerto Rico and Argentina, Canada, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand)

(numerical order, by class)

Pro Cars/Trucks/UTVs

SCORE TROPHY TRUCK (24)

6 Larry Connor

11 Rob MacCachren

*12L Gustavo Vildosola Sr

15 Billy Wilson

16 Cameron Steele

19 Tim Herbst

23 Dan McMillin

26 Dave Taylor

27 Jonathan Brenthel

30 Robbie Pierce

31 Andy McMillin

44 Jayson Strachan

45 Gary Magness

50 Zak Langley

60 Cole Potts

72 Aaron Ciliceo

*72L Rob Reinertson

77 Robby Gordon

*81L David Westhem

83 Luke McMillin

85 Mike Lawrence

87 Dallas Lutrell

95 Victor Gruber

97 B.J. Baldwin

*SCORE TT LEGEND

CLASS 1 (8)

100 Brian Wilson

127 Brian Parkhouse

129 Brandon Bailey

139 Jeff Sanca

150 Morgan Langley

153 Brad Wilson

168 Shelby Reid

185 Justin Davis

TROPHY TRUCK SPEC (11)

208 Andrew Entwistle

210 Ted Moncure

212 Case Swenson

225 Brian Trotter

232 Chelsea Magness

250 John Langley

266 Scott Biernot

267 Hammond Meredith

269 John Lehman

273 Jordan Brenthel

295 William Hedrick Jr

CLASS 10 (10)

1002 Clay Lawrence

1022 Rafael Aguirre

1036 Corey Goin

1040 Matt Rusich

1062 J.J. Schnarr

1068 Cody Reid

1072 Karl Ebdrup

1073 Richard Glaszczak

1078 Augie Cortez

1088 Adam McCollum

HAMMER TRUCK UNLTD (1)

4422 Casey Currie

CLASS 8 (1)

852 Spencer Morgan

CLASS 1/2-1600 (5)

1605 Miguel Cortez

1609 J. David Ruvalcaba

1613 Dana Jussila

1625 Eric Pavolka

1644 Cesar Fiscal

SCORE LITES (6)

1202 Matias Arjona IV

1206 Matt Ferrato

1237 Jesus de la Torre

1238 Robert Illian

1240 Miguel Bonilla

1258 Jeremy Davis

CLASS 7 (2)

700 Dan Chamlee

709 Jeff Proctor

CLASS 5 (3)

501 Mark McNeil

507 Greg Sullivan

527 Dustin Gravowski

Pro UTV FI (19)

2900 Marc Burnett

2903 Juan Martinez

2906 Phil Blurton

2912 Tony Riggs

2918 Justin Lambert

2919 Brandon Schueler

2920 Dan Eckardt

2922 Aldo Salazar

2924 Lacrecia Beurrier

2931 Craig Scanlon

2936 Jacob Carver

2948 Matt Burroughs

2951 Robert Beuchat

2966 Rhys Millen

2971 Wayne Matlock

2975 Mike Cafro

2980 Rodney Pyburn

2981 Jesse Combs

2995 Daniel Parker

Pro UTV (6)

1906 Mark Levrett

1954 Kristen Matlock

1962 Dodge Poelman

1966 Steve Nottoli

1985 Adrian Orellana

1995 Kaden Wells

CLASS 5-1600 (2)

562 David Heredia

596 Mark Winston

VINTAGE TRAILBLAZER (2)

V129 Peter Alesi Jr

V911 Timothy Vail

CLASS 11 (4)

1111 Eric Solorzano

1149 Victor Esparza

1156 Art Penner

1164 John Marshall

 

1100 Dennis Hollenbeck

1117 Hector Maymes-1st RS

Sportsman

SPT UNLIMITED TRUCK (1)

1492 Mark Stevens

SPT UTV UNLIMITED (1)

1818 Jessalyn Farrington

SPT UTV STOCK NA (1)

3975 Torrey Rush

Pro Motorcycles

PRO MOTO UNLIMITED (7)

4x Santiago Creel

7x Justin Morgan

17x Wyatt Brittner

19x Scott Myers

66x Santiago Creel

69x Kenny Wilson

82x Tanner Dutton

PRO MOTO 40 (1)

402x Michael Wolff

PRO MOTO 30 (4)

300x Ryan Liebelt

333x Chad Thornton

360x Santiago Creel

377x Justin Hansen

PRO MOTO 50 (2)

506x Mark Adams

510x Giovanni Spinali

PRO MOTO LIMITED (1)

100x Santiago Creel

PRO MOTO IRONMAN (5)

714x Lawrence Janesky

722x Liz Karcz

730x Francisco Septien

775x Tanner Janesky

799x Tomer Tal

PRO MOTO 60 (2)

602x Oscar Ochoa

608x Eizaburo Karaswa

Pro Quads

Pro Quad (1)

1a Said Sanchez

Sportsman

SPT M/C (9)

210x Arturo Parada

213x Bradley Loveday

226x Jeremy Baker

235x Brad Baker

236x Tadao Ezure

237x Bobby Wilbanks

247x Michael Boge

250x Alimirio Amado

275x Eric Saltzer

SPT QUAD (2)

123a Ismael Hernandez

150a Richard Epperson

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UTVUnderground.com http://utvunderground.com <![CDATA[POLARIS RZR® FACTORY RACING CONTINUES DOMINANT 2018 SEASON]]> http://www.utvunderground.com/?p=58805 2018-05-10T17:15:07Z 2018-05-10T17:15:07Z

POLARIS RZR® FACTORY RACING CONTINUES DOMINANT 2018 SEASON CLINCHING VICTORIES AT VT CONSTRUCTION SILVER STATE 300 PRESENTED BY METHOD RACING WHEELS

Polaris RZR Factory Racing Swept Top Seven Spots in UTV Production Class and Took Five of the Top Eight Spots in UTV Turbo Class

Minneapolis (May 9, 2018) – Polaris RZR® Factory Racing’s remarkable 2018 season rolled on with another strong showing at this past weekend’s VT Construction Silver State 300 Presented by Method Racing Wheels. The team captured victories in the UTV Production and performed well in the UTV Turbo class after battling through 300 miles of the Nevada desert.

In the UTV Production class, Polaris RZR Factory Racing dominated the rest of the field, with the top seven finishers in the event. The team rounded out the weekend with another impressive performance in the UTV Turbo class as Branden Sims finished third, followed closely by his Polaris RZR Factory Racing teammates who took a total of five of the top eight spots in the class.

 “We want to congratulate our entire Polaris RZR Factory Racing team who competed this weekend,” said Matt Boone, RZR and GENERAL Marketing Director at Polaris. “Each and every race we continue to be amazed by what our team has been able to accomplish this year. It speaks to not only the talent of our factory drivers, but the hard work and dedication each of them puts in throughout the season to keep our team on top.”

Saturday’s victories are a continuation of the team’s incredible performance this season, which includes top podium finishes at every major race to date. The team has amassed 25 wins and 32 podiums over the course of the 2018 season.

The Polaris RZR Factory Racing team are gearing up to take on the field at 50th Anniversary SCORE Baja 500 on June 2.

More information about Polaris Off-Road Vehicles can be found at RZR.Polaris.com. Also visit us and join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

About Polaris

Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) is a global powersports leader that has been fueling the passion of riders, workers and outdoor enthusiasts for more than 60 years. With annual 2017 sales of $5.4 billion, Polaris’ innovative, high-quality product line-up includes the RANGER®, RZR® and Polaris GENERAL™ side-by-side off-road vehicles; the Sportsman® and Polaris ACE® all-terrain off-road vehicles; Indian Motorcycle® midsize and heavyweight motorcycles; Slingshot® moto-roadsters; and Polaris RMK®, INDY®, Switchback® and RUSH® snowmobiles. Polaris enhances the riding experience with parts, garments and accessories, along with a growing aftermarket portfolio, including Transamerica Auto Parts. Polaris’ presence in adjacent markets globally include military and commercial off-road vehicles, quadricycles, and electric vehicles. Proudly headquartered in Minnesota, Polaris serves more than 100 countries across the globe. Visit www.polaris.com for more information.

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UTVUnderground.com http://utvunderground.com <![CDATA[Logan Gastel Wins Silver State 300 In Can-Am Maverick X3]]> http://www.utvunderground.com/?p=58798 2018-05-10T17:01:36Z 2018-05-10T17:01:36Z

Logan Gastel Wins Silver State 300 In Can-Am Maverick X3 X rs Turbo R Side-By-Side Vehicle

· Phil Blurton Posts Runner-Up Finish To Take Over UTV Turbo Class Points Lead
· Can-Am Racers Currently Top Three in Points*

Can-Am Maverick X3 side-by-side vehicle racer Logan Gastel won the 2018 Best In The Desert Silver State 300 race this past weekend in outside Alamo, Nev. Gastel, who has been racing in the series for three seasons, notched his first career overall win in the series in a near stock Can-Am off-road vehicle.

Starting outside the top 10 at the 300-mile point-to-point BITD Silver State 300 race in Nevada, Can-Am / Rugged Radios / Summers Bros. / ITP racer Logan Gastel knew he had to run a nearly flawless race to find a spot on the podium, but was confident in his vehicle and his own abilities. Gastel has been steadily improved his game over his five total years of desert racing and three in the BITD series. The pro driver from Highland, Calif., who drives the No. 969 Can-Am Maverick X3 X rs Turbo R vehicle, put in a time 06:05:00.300 to notch his first BITD victory.

“Starting 19th we knew we had our work cut out for us, so we pushed the car hard to run down our Can-Am teammate, Phil Blurton, and to come out on top — still feels like a dream,” said Gastel. “Our Maverick X3 race vehicle ran flawless all day, like it always does. The Silver State 300 is like a mini Vega-2-Reno race. I really like racing it, as I always seem to do really well.”

Gastel, who moved all the way up to third place in the class standings after his win, runs a 2017 Maverick X3 X rs Turbo R side-by-side vehicle that he calls one of the most stock vehicles in the class.

“It’s really 99% stock, aside from the all the aluminum and mandatory BITD changes. By stock, I mean we run a stock drivetrain, stock clutch, stock ECM and even the frame underneath everything is stock,” he said. “It’s just so competitive and reliable, always giving us a chance to finish.”

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Can-Am / No Limit RD / XPS racer Phil Blurton, the reigning BITD UTV Production Turbo class champion, put his Maverick X3 X rs Turbo R side-by-side vehicle on the podium, taking second place. The additional points at this event also means Blurton took over the class points lead after the race. Derek and Jason Murray, Can-Am / ITP / Lone Star Racing / Murray Racing, finished seventh, but currently hold down second overall in the points race. That gives Can-Am the top three spots in the UTV Turbo ranks, not counting throw outs.

The next BITD event for Can-Am racers is the popular Vegas to Reno event, Aug. 15-18 in Nevada.

For more information about Can-Am off-road products, the family of championship-winning Can-Am Maverick X3 side-by-side vehicles and the Can-Am racing program, visit: https://can-am.brp.com/off-road/.

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UTVUnderground.com http://utvunderground.com <![CDATA[2018 BITD Silver State 300 Photos & Results]]> http://www.utvunderground.com/?p=58374 2018-05-09T17:03:31Z 2018-05-09T17:03:31Z

2018 BITD Silver State 300 Photos & Results

Congrats to all the competitors, finishers, and winners of the 2018 Best In The Desert (BITD) Silver State 300.

UTV Turbo
1 969 Logan Gastel Highland, CA CAM 1 06:05:00.300
2 944 Phil Blurton Loomis, CA CAM 1 06:05:22.773
3 913 Branden Sims Prescott Valley, AZ POL 1 06:06:23.835
4 964 Ryan Holz Lynden, WA POL 1 06:07:39.501
5 918 Justin Lambert Bakersfield, CA POL 1 06:12:43.696
6 974 Randy Romo Henderson, NV POL 1 06:18:59.869
7 917 Jason Murray Santa Ana, CA CAM 1 06:19:36.438
8 925 Ryan Piplic Las Vegas, NV POL 1 06:25:41.506
9 904 Cory Sappington Peoria, AZ CAM 1 06:28:07.620
10 936 Jacob Carver Prescott Valley, AZ POL 1 06:32:47.047
11 919 Brandon Schueler Phoenix, AZ POL 1 06:37:31.888
12 910 Dan Fisher Gilbert, AZ CAM 1 06:37:46.627
13 905 Marc Burnett Jamul, CA CAM 1 06:45:24.616
14 912 John Melvin Jr Queen Creek, AZ POL 1 06:52:28.444
15 965 Keenan Rogerson Bakersfield, CA CAM 1 07:18:46.760
16 992 Mark Atteberry Palm Desert, CA CAM 1 07:25:51.780
17 985 Russell Griffin Houston, MS POL 1 07:27:30.083
18 961 Nate Hale Draper, UT POL 1 07:28:51.219
19 978 Dustin Jones Bossier City, LA CAM 1 07:52:02.697
20 972 Katie Vernola San Clemente, CA POL 1 07:52:56.873
21 997 Corbin Wells St George, UT POL 1 07:54:46.536
22 970 Bryce Lamont Okotoks, AB CAM 1 07:55:20.266
23 951 Mitch Guthrie Jr. Glendora, CA POL 1 08:04:11.318
24 968 Hubert Rowland Lascassas, TN POL 1 09:16:57.800
25 994 Jason Merrell Santa Ana, CA POL 1 09:28:13.151
DNF 986 John Brannon Los Alamitos, CA CAM 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 948 Matt Burroughs Norco, CA CAM 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 996 Sven Ellstrom Woodway, WA POL 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 922 Bernie Gomez Huntsville, AL POL 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 929 Lars Leckie Truckee, CA CAM 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 920 Pete Libby Bethel, ME CAM 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 931 Craig Scanlon Maple Grove, MN POL 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 966 Paul Wadlington Colorado Springs, COPOL 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 914 Tyler Walker Happy Valley, OR POL 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 930 Noah Warren Carlsbad, CA POL 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 935 Bill Zemak Waxhaw, NC POL 0 00:00:00.000

UTV P
1 1941 Broc Smith East Rochester, OHPOL 1 06:46:51.639
2 1916 Cody Nygren Farmington, NM POL 1 06:50:46.120
3 1895 Kaden Wells Saint George, UT POL 1 06:52:09.202
4 1903 Seth Quintero San Marcos, CA POL 1 06:52:41.178
5 1929 Sam Chournos St George, UT POL 1 06:56:27.490
6 1907 Mike Deley Meifee, CA POL 1 06:59:13.375
7 1906 Derek Holland Yorba Linda, CA POL 1 07:07:17.133
8 1938 Kolton Hustead St George, UT CTM 1 07:09:24.658
9 1952 Jonathan Mcvay San Tan Valley, AZ POL 1 07:09:52.173
10 1910 Ryan Mcintire Rockwall, TX POL 1 07:20:04.611
11 1958 George Felix Henderson, NV POL 1 07:21:51.701
12 1957 Joe Bolton Corona, CA POL 1 07:21:55.261
13 1946 Art Andersen Las Vegas, NV POL 1 07:38:32.805
14 1871 Josh Blalock Colorado Springs, COPOL 1 07:57:05.460
15 1921 Michael Mamelli Jr. Costa Mesa, CA POL 1 07:58:20.438
16 1991 Dominick Gaglione Henderson, NV POL 1 08:08:24.435
17 1947 Dean Wheeler Jr Phoenix, AZ POL 1 08:14:10.262
18 1808 Madeline WedekingTemecula, CA POL 1 09:12:21.524
19 1824 Kirk Harkey Perris, CA POL 1 10:16:38.836
20 1845 Josh Herzing Cypress, TX POL 1 11:03:48.142
21 1807 Larry Sobolewski Redlands, CA POL 1 11:08:56.528
DNF 1988 Darwin Hansen Glendale, AZ POL 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 1964 Robert Vanbeekum Queen Creek, AZ POL 0 00:00:00.000

UTV Unl
1 2916 Bill Whittington Scottsdale, AZ POL 1 06:52:27.505
2 2910 Brett Comiskey Rock Hampton, BCCAM 1 06:52:41.808
3 2939 Michael Isom St. George, UT CAM 1 07:01:20.810
4 2950 Dustin Walker Phoenix, AZ CAM 1 09:50:44.563
DNF 2925 Jeramiah Drew Las Vegas, NV CAM 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 2937 Jerry Stutsman Ukiah, CA YAM 0 00:00:00.000

Photos by: Ricky Birks // UTVUnderground

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UTVUnderground.com http://utvunderground.com <![CDATA[Raceline Wheels – 2018 UTV World Championship (video)]]> http://www.utvunderground.com/?p=58371 2018-05-08T15:50:55Z 2018-05-08T15:50:55Z

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UTVUnderground.com http://utvunderground.com <![CDATA[Rockford Fosgate Joins the Legends Rally as Supporting Sponsor]]> http://www.utvunderground.com/?p=58358 2018-04-30T18:35:11Z 2018-04-30T18:35:11Z

Rockford Fosgate Joins the Legends Rally as Supporting Sponsor
Participants to receive exclusive discounts off all Rockford Fosgate Products

What: Lazo de Guadalupe Canyon
WhenMay 4th-7th, 2018
Honorary Legend: Larry Roeseler
Mileage: ~250 miles
Rockford Fosgate, the industry leader in high-performance audio systems, has joined The Legends Rally as supporting sponsor of the 250 mile journey through Baja May 4th-7th.  Rockford Fosgate has spearheaded the car audio revolution for decades and has set the standard for excellence in the audio industry.  Rockford will be bringing two cars down for the ride led by off-road Legend Larry Roeseler.  Each Legends Rally participant will receive exclusive discounts on their first order with Rockford Fosgate for an awesome opportunity to dial in their vehicle with some the best speakers in motorsport audio solutions.

Rockford Fosgate provides a full line of multi-stage kits for off-road vehicles including Polaris, Yamaha, and Can-Am models. All kits are designed to provide high performance audio for the backcountry and twisted trails while out in the elements. Rockford keeps the installation simple by offering incredibly efficient plug-and-play kits designed to fit factory locations perfectly by utilizing precise 3D scanning so there is no loss of storage or cabin space.

“We are excited to head down South for a few days of riding in Baja!” said Tammy Lowe, Rockford Corp. Director of Marketing.  “We’ve been following these rides and they look like a blast.  It’s great that our support of UTVUnderground now extends to their own consumer events like The Legends Rally and we’re happy to extend that support to their participants with our discount for all participants.”

There are still spots available!  The Legends Rally will explore the most epic trails between Horsepower Ranch and mountains west of San Felipe, all while eating and drinking in typical Legends Rally fashion.  On day 1, we will ride from Horsepower Ranch to Ojos Negros, then straight north to the treacherous Rumorosa Grade.  Once at the bottom of Rumorosa, we will head East around the mountains then straight South to our end destination of Guadalupe Canyon.

Michelin Star Chef Drew Deckman will prepare Saturday night dinner and Sunday morning brunch in Guadalupe Canyon.  Participants will arrive to Guadalupe Canyon with camping accommodations waiting for them.

On Day 2, we will once again pass over the mountains on a new trail just pre-ran with legend, Larry Roeseler.  This trail provides some of the most epic views on the ride.  Once on the other side, we’ll head to Laguna Hanson for a quick photo op before dinner at La Cava de Marcelo.  From there, it’s one last stop at Rancho El Tule for epic sunset views 5 miles back to the city of Ensenada.  The Guadalupe Canyon Legends Rally will conclude with a party at Horsepower Ranch.

About Rockford Corporation
Setting the standard for excellence in the audio industry, the Rockford Corporation markets and distributes high-performance audio systems for the mobile, motorsport, and marine audio aftermarket and OEM market.  Headquartered in Tempe, Ariz., Rockford Corporation is a publicly traded company and manufactures or distributes its products under multiple brands: Rockford Fosgate(R), CrimeStopper, and Renegade. For more information, please visit: www.rockfordfosgate.comwww.crimestopper.com, and www.renegadecaraudio.com.

About The Legends Rally
The Legends Rally is an exciting new, approachable off-road event series in Baja, Mexico designed to preserve, celebrate and share the culture of off-roading and introduce new people to the culture in a fun, exciting and approachable way.  The Legends Rally is a culinary off-road experience that explores the stunning beauty of Baja, while enjoying gourmet food and drink prepared by local chefs and craft spirit experts from the region. Our events are led by various off-road legends including Larry Ragland, Walker Evans, Ivan Stewart and Larry Roeseler and each event will feature a different 150 to 200 mile loop starting at the famed Horsepower Ranch nestled in a quiet rural valley just outside Ensenada, Baja, CA.

About UTVUnderground.com
The world’s fastest growing all inclusive UTV site contributed to by both enthusiasts and manufacturers alike. UTVUnderground is the go-to site for fresh, original content and is known for its dedication to hosting all of the latest news and insight surrounding the UTV industry. Thousands of monthly visitors from over 100 different countries around the world go to UTVUnderground.comfor their daily dose of UTV news and information.

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UTVUnderground.com http://utvunderground.com <![CDATA[Casey Sims Remains Out Front in 2018]]> http://www.utvunderground.com/?p=58360 2018-04-30T17:34:13Z 2018-04-30T17:34:13Z

Casey Sims Remains Out Front in 2018
Race Report Quad X 2 & Dirt Series 3

April 15, 2018- Victorville, CA- The Quad X Racing and Dirt Series double race weekend was
one of my most favorite weekends to date! My team and I headed up to 333 MX Park in
Victorville, CA on Saturday morning. The Quad X Racing Series round 2 was scheduled for that
afternoon and I was pumped to be back in my RZR 1000! The course was different from the last
time I raced there and I was stoked! I got to run practice and the course was awesome! It was
perfect for UTV’s!

When we lined up in the afternoon for moto 1, there were 3 cars running in my class and 1 car
running in the Pro Production class. We took off as the green flag dropped and it was a race to
the first corner. I fell in just behind the car in the pro class, but I wanted to see what I could do
against him so I stayed on it. It’s really great experience for me to race against drivers in the pro
classes. We changed positions several times throughout the race and had a ton of fun. After 8
laps, I crossed the finish line in 1st place in my class!

It was the same format when we lined up for moto 2. The flag flew and we took off. This time, I
got the hole shot and took off over the first jump! It wasn’t long before the car in the pro class
passed me but I stayed with him and chased him down even though he wasn’t running in my
class. We changed positions several times again throughout the race, and I was able to stay in
the lead position in my class for all 8 laps. I crossed the finish line in 1st place in the Production
1000 class!

That evening, the series was running some fun exhibition races. I signed up to race in the UTV
buddy race with RZR 170 driver Chase Mankin. The 170 class ran first and Chase came in 4th
place in his stock RZR 170 racing against modified cars! The 1000 class ran next. I was running
against the car in the Pro class, several 1000 cars, a 900, and a few 800 cars. We took off and I
was in 2nd place off of the line behind the pro car. I raced as fast as I could but I couldn’t get
around him and after 8 laps, I crossed the line in 2nd place. Between Chase’s 4th place and my
2nd place combined, we landed on the podium taking home the 3rd place spot! It was tons of fun
and I hope I get to do it again!

On Sunday, we headed back to 333 MX Park to run round 3 at the Dirt Series. I did not run
practice in the morning because I had run so much the day before and the course didn’t change
overnight. My class was race 13 in the line-up for the day and when it was time, I headed to the
line. There were more cars racing than the day before. There were 4 cars in my class and 3 in
the Pro Production class. This time, they started the pros 30 seconds ahead of my class. After
the pro class left the line, I got ready for the flag to fly and took off! I got the hole shot and
headed out over the first jump. I was able to stay in first and gradually increased my lead with
each lap. After 8 laps, I crossed the finish line in 1st place!

We lined up for moto 2 in the afternoon and I was ready! We took off 30 seconds behind the pro
class again. I fell into second place off of the line this time, but I was able to make a pass in the
first lap. I increased my lead again with each lap over the jumps and through the awesome
whoop section of the course. I was seconds behind the pro class when I crossed the finish line in
1st place in my class! The weekend was very busy but so much fun!

This weekend, I’m jumping back in my RZR 800 and we’re heading to Hurricane, UT for
WORCS round 5. I’m looking forward to it!

Thanks so much to all of these amazing companies and people that support my program: Got
Sand Performance, Addict Racing Engines, Demon Powersports, Method Race Wheels, GBC
Motorsports, Crow Enterprizes, Factory UTV, Baja Designs, Gates G-Force, RT Pro, Rugged
Radios, Maxima Racing Oils, Crown Performance Products, Elka Suspension, Surface Sun
Systems, Butter Supply Co, HOK9, Pavement Recycling Systems, Perrault Motorsports, SignArt
Graphix, Dirt Rider Designs, UTV Underground, and my parents who make this possible for me!
Thanks to Steve for putting on the awesome events all weekend long, and thanks to Gary Bennett
and Lisa Gonzales for the rad pictures! You can check out the Sims188 Racing team on
Instagram @csims188 or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/csims188/.

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UTVUnderground.com http://utvunderground.com <![CDATA[Polaris RZR Announces Race Contingency & NEW UTV Purchase Program]]> http://www.utvunderground.com/?p=58353 2018-04-20T18:37:53Z 2018-04-20T18:37:53Z

POLARIS RZR® FACTORY RACING ANNOUNCES INDUSTRY LEADING RACE CONTINGENCY FOR RZR DRIVERS AND A NEW SxS PURCHASE PROGRAM
                  
RZR XP Turbo Awarded to Highest-Placing Driver in Each Designated Series and Class at Select Races, Eligible Drivers can Join Team RZR

Minneapolis (April 12, 2018) – Polaris RZR® Factory Racing is now offering RZR drivers an unmatched contingency program for select race series. Each contingency series winner will be awarded a 2018 RZR XP Turbo. Qualifying racers will also be eligible to join Team RZR, giving them access to its industry leading purchase program. These programs are designed to support privateer RZR racers.

RZR has powered the most dominant race team. Within the last two seasons, Polaris RZR Factory Racing has amassed more than 45 wins and 122 podiums. That success, coupled with this year’s electric start, has attracted significant interest from privateers to race RZR.

“After a historic run last season, and a podium-filled start to 2018, we want to extend our support outside of the factory teams, awarding top privateer racers who drive RZR’s in 2018,” said Matt Boone, RZR and GENERAL Marketing Director at Polaris. “We have received enthusiastic feedback from privateer racers looking to capitalize on their success, and what better way to reward top racers than to offer an industry-leading contingency program.”


The Polaris 2018 FACTORY RACING’s contingency structure breaks down as follow:

Series Class  Winner Payout
Best in the Desert UTV Turbo 2018 Polaris RZR Turbo
Best in the Desert UTV Production 2018 Polaris RZR Turbo
SCORE UTV Turbo 2018 Polaris RZR Turbo
SCORE UTV Production 2018 Polaris RZR Turbo
WORCS SxS Pro 2018 Polaris RZR Turbo
WORCS SxS Stock 2018 Polaris RZR Turbo
LOORS Turbo 2018 Polaris RZR Turbo
LOORS Production 1000 2018 Polaris RZR Turbo
Grand National Cross Country UXC1 Pro Turbo 2018 Polaris RZR Turbo
Grand National Cross Country UXC2 Pro UTV 2018 Polaris RZR Turbo

Privateer racers who meet the eligibility requirements can join Team RZR and receive discounts on the purchase of any RZR XP or RZR RS1 units, as well as a one-time discount on any parts order.

This season, Polaris RZR Factory Racing has earned victories at the Desert and Short Course races at the GMZ UTV Winter Nationals Casey Folks Parker 250, and the WORCS season opener at Orleans Arena, along with a podium sweep at the Can-Am King of the Hammers UTV Race. Most recently, Polaris RZR Factory Racing secured victories in all three UTV classes at the Mint 400, the UTV World Championship and SCORE season opener at the San Felipe 250.

To learn more about these programs, including eligibility details, visit Contingency Program and Purchase Program on the Polaris website.

More information about Polaris Off-Road Vehicles and Polaris Engineered Accessories, can be found at RZR.Polaris.com. Also visit us and join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

About Polaris 

Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) is a global powersports leader that has been fueling the passion of riders, workers and outdoor enthusiasts for more than 60 years. With annual 2017 sales of $5.4 billion, Polaris’ innovative, high-quality product line-up includes the RANGER®, RZR® and Polaris GENERAL® side-by-side off-road vehicles; the Sportsman® and Polaris ACE® all-terrain off-road vehicles; Indian Motorcycle® midsize and heavyweight motorcycles; Slingshot® moto-roadsters; and Polaris RMK®, INDY®, Switchback® and RUSH® snowmobiles. Polaris enhances the riding experience with parts, garments and accessories, along with a growing aftermarket portfolio, including Transamerican Auto Parts. Polaris’ presence in adjacent markets globally includes military and commercial off-road vehicles, quadricycles, and electric vehicles. Proudly headquartered in Minnesota, Polaris serves more than 100 countries across the globe. Visit www.polaris.com for more information.

 

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UTVUnderground.com http://utvunderground.com <![CDATA[Polaris® Introduces Completely Reinvented 2019 RANGER CREW® XP 1000]]> http://www.utvunderground.com/?p=58341 2018-04-20T18:18:22Z 2018-04-20T18:18:22Z

Polaris® Introduces Completely Reinvented 2019 RANGER CREW® XP 1000
Fueled by More than 100 Owner-Inspired Improvements, the All-New RANGER CREW XP 1000 Sets the New Standard for Six-Passenger Utility Side-by-Sides

More Rugged. More Refined. More RANGER.

More Rugged: 82 Horsepower, Industry-Leading 13 Inches of Ground Clearance and 1,750 Pounds of Payload Capacity
More Refined: All-New Interior with Unmatched In-Cab Hauling and Comfort for Six
More RANGER: More than 100 Owner-Inspired Improvements, Standard One-Year Warranty and 200-Plus Accessory Options

Polaris RANGER®, the industry’s No.1-selling utility side-by-side vehicle, today introduced the completely reinvented 2019 RANGER CREW® XP 1000, setting the new standard for six-passenger utility. It brings added passenger and payload capacity to the world’s HARDEST WORKING. SMOOTHEST RIDING.® side-by-side. Fueled by more than 100 owner-inspired improvements, including best-in-class power, towing, ground clearance and payload capacity, the all-new RANGER CREW XP 1000 redefines what a six-person utility machine can do.

“After 20 years of building more than one-million RANGER vehicles, we know what it takes to deliver industry-leading innovation. The all-new RANGER CREW XP 1000 embodies our ongoing commitment to improving the owner experience and surpassing their lifestyle needs,” said Chris Musso, president of Off-Road Vehicles, Polaris. “This machine delivers an unparalleled balance of capability and comfort, offering the ultimate solution for any job that requires more people and more gear.”

Best-in-Class by Any Measure
The 2019 RANGER CREW XP 1000 is the undisputed king of six-seat utility side-by-sides. It has been engineered to outwork the competition, starting with the ProStar® 1000 power plant, which generates a class-best 82 horsepower. All that power is turned into productivity with a massive 2,500 pounds of towing capacity – 500 pounds more than the closest competitor. When the job calls for a full crew, the machine effortlessly hauls up to six people and their gear with an industry-leading payload capacity of 1,750-pounds.

Much more than just a workhorse, the all-new RANGER CREW XP 1000 builds on the legendary ride and handling RANGER is known for. It boasts up-to 13 inches of class-leading ground clearance and more durable, 27-inch, 6-ply tires to conquer the toughest terrain. With an unrivaled 11 inches of suspension travel courtesy of RANGER CREW-specific shocks, the ride stays ultra-smooth even when the land is not. Thanks to a 10-percent tighter turning radius and standard EPS, drivers can navigate tight confines with precise control.

Unmatched In-Cab Refinement
Drivers and passengers alike will appreciate the entirely reimagined in-cab experience of the RANGER CREW XP 1000. The cut-and-sew seats are thicker and more durable to provide all-day comfort, while entering and exiting the vehicle is made easier with an additional five inches of clearance for both front and rear passengers. A new digital/analogue gauge delivers information to the driver at a glance.

The vehicle’s innovative interior design allows riders to haul more gear with new flip-up front and rear passenger seats, plus a new under-seat pass-through for hauling items that require more space. It boasts an expansive 19 gallons of in-cab storage, including 8 cup holders and a huge double glove box.

Built for the Long-Haul
The all-new RANGER CREW XP 1000 is also proven to be tougher, stronger, and more durable. It features dozens of durability improvements, including a more rigid, one-piece chassis, a completely redesigned heavy-duty PVT clutch system, a full-body skid plate, and sealed suspension bushings – all backed by a standard one-year factory warranty.

Off-Road Climate Control
When the weather turns harsh, ride in comfort in the RANGER CREW® XP 1000 NORTHSTAR HVAC Edition. This special edition features a factory-installed heating and air conditioning system and the new, premium RANGER Pro Shield™ cab system –proven to have three-times better dust protection than competitive OEM offerings. Larger sealing surfaces and new gaskets help keep the controlled temperature in and dust out, while both front and rear ventilation provides better airflow and comfort for all passengers.

Next-Level Accessory Integration
The RANGER CREW XP 1000 takes accessory integration to new heights. The industry’s largest stock front bumper includes an integrated Polaris Glacier® plow mount as well as mounting points for lighting accessories and a Polaris winch – now featuring industry-first Rapid Rope Recovery technology. Additionally, the Polaris Pulse™ electrical system allows for plug-and-play installation of Polaris Engineered™ powered accessories.

With more than 200 options available, Polaris Engineered™ accessories – which have been designed, tested and validated with the machine – make it easier than ever to customize the RANGER CREW XP 1000 for any work or recreation application. For example, the RANGER Pro Shield™ cab system offers more than 1,800 customizable configurations; and Pro Armor Harvester® tires, developed in partnership with Pro Armor® specifically for RANGER, feature triple-belted sidewalls, a 10-ply rating and a 5,000-mile tread life.

Offered in Sage Green, Sunset Red Metallic and Polaris Pursuit® Camo, the all-new RANGER CREW XP 1000 will be available in dealerships starting in late April. Even with the 100-plus owner-inspired improvements, the machine starts at $16,299 US and $19,999 CAN.

You can find more information about RANGER and the all-new RANGER CREW XP 1000 at ranger.polaris.com. Also visit us and join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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UTVUnderground.com http://utvunderground.com <![CDATA[Feature Vehicle: 2017 Polaris RZR XP Turbo – CINDERELLA]]> http://www.utvunderground.com/?p=58153 2018-04-20T17:27:46Z 2018-04-18T20:58:31Z

Feature Vehicle: UTVUnderground’s 2017 Polaris RZR XP Turbo (#Cinderella)

UTVUnderground’s foundation was built on vehicle modification. Our love for off-road and specifically UTVs led us down a path of becoming a leader in the industry for building over the top machines. Our years of trial and error have led us to the point where we know what we want to build before we ever start. In the case of CINDERELLA, we set a plan for a pure dual sport vehicle with no frills, no disco and geared it towards reliable performance.

Last year we introduced phase 1 of this build and it took us the rest of the year to get the machine to the finish line. What we have today is exactly what we envisioned and CINDERELLA has become one of our most liked machines, not only internally here at UTVUnderground but by our fans and followers. Everywhere we have taken this machine it grabs attention mainly because of its simple yet stout appearance.

The first thing you notice when you look at this 2017 Polaris RZR XP Turbo is its stance and its clean and simple appearance. We maintained the factory titanium grey color throughout the entire car accented by candy red and black. Powder coating was applied by American Powdercoat in Escondido, CA and was matched perfectly. American Powdercoat also has a sister company called American Off-Road and they assisted in the phase 1 assembly of the machine as well. We used the candy red sparingly but just enough of it to break up the monotone titanium and black. What resulted was a look that stands out amongst some of the most flashy builds in the sport without the actual flash!

While every mod we made is bad ass and everything has purpose on this machine we first had to establish our cage. We went with the CageWRX Race Cage, CageWRX tire carrier and SDR Motorsports doors. We also utilized CageWRX rear light bar wing and pre-runner style front bumper. We have always loved the clean lines of the CageWRX race cage & looks, functionality and style of the SDR Motorsports door package. The cage set the car off and established our overall style of the car perfectly.

With protection in place we had to move to suspension. Over the years we have kept our suspension set ups fairly basic but we always like to upgrade the factory components mainly for durability. But in the case of CINDERELLA we wanted to go all out and that meant a big, beefy, and purely bad ass long travel kit by HCR Racing. We selected the HCR +4 Dual Sport kit and paired it with their HCR spec tuned King Shocks 2.5″ Internal By-Pass coil overs. The suspension provides for a wider stance and increases suspension travel to 21″! Many of the LT kits on the market simply increase track width while still utilizing factory length shocks. This system is a true LT kit that uses bigger shocks, a front shock tower changing motion ratio and has a boxed design that not only looks bad ass but increases durability. The HCR system uses OEM style ball joints which is shocking to many who expect uni-ball type pivots at uprights. While you can use the factory ball joints we upgraded to fully rebuildable and ultra strong RCV Performance ball joints. In addition, we ran RCV Performance Pro Series II axles. Assault Industries sway bar links and rear radius rods finished off what we think is one of the best suspension set ups for the Polaris RZR platform available in the aftermarket.

To finish off the exterior of the machine we moved to wheels & tires. Having a wider foot print demanded a taller tire not just for proportion but also for added ground clearance, performance and of course stance. We selected Method Race Wheels 401 bead locks and wrapped them with 32″ Tensor Tire DS race spec tires. They completed the overall look of the car perfectly and we couldn’t be happier with the performance of the vehicle. We do swap them out when running in the dunes but the DS’s are perfect for all other terrains including the harsh & rocky terrain of Johnson Valley or in the fast and aggressive trails of Ocotillo Wells.

While lighting on off-road vehicles is a must, we went with a rather simple package for CINDERELLA. Don’t be fooled by the limited amount of lights on the build, what we used puts out an insane amount of illumination. We selected Baja Designs for the project for a couple of reasons, the main being quality. There is a lot of really nice lighting products on the market but you will be hard pressed to find an off-road brand that can prove to be brighter while looking as good esthetically. We replaced our factory head lights with the RZR “Unlimited” headlight replacement kit which places one Squadron Pro Combo fixture & Squadron Racer Edition fixture per side, increasing punch and spread. The kit is full plug & play and installed with basic tools in a rather short amount of time. The same could be said for the Squadron XL’s that we placed on the bumper. The 6 total, and rather small lights we placed on the build do the work of what you are used to seeing out of 40″ long light bars + lights on bumpers. Best part is, we did it all in a compact, clean and simple way. To complete the lighting package we installed a pair of 4′ Buggy Whip’s. These whips have not only the best light output of anything on the market, they are also the most robust with the cleanest and strongest mounting bases. You have to really screw up to hurt one of these and we have yet to have a whip that we have to constantly “wiggle” to make contact and work.

With the overall exterior design in place we moved to the interior. We spend a lot of time behind the wheel of our UTVs so we know exactly what we like and how we like it set up. There is no one way to design your interior which is great. In off-road, we all have different needs and different things we like displayed and within arms reach. I anticipated spending a lot of time in this machine by myself and therefor I wanted everything within reach from the drivers seat. To do this meant I had to install a custom dash and so without question I called upon our friends at GlazzKraft. The team at GlazzKraft set us up with their carbon fiber XP1K dash and brand new VTX carbon fiber center console. The package totally changes the inside look of the RZR and gives it a high end race car appearance. It also allowed us to place our Rugged Radios intercom & race radio as well as our SwithPro’s touch panel right in front of the gear selector.

To go along with out communications and switching on the dash, we removed the factory digital gauge and replaced it with the all-new AEM Electronics CD7 digital dash. The CD7 allows you to customize your dash layout while remaining 100% plug and play. The CD-7 gives you a much larger and easier to read layout and can display all of the vehicles diagnostics such as boost, oil temp, RPM’s and more. Lastly, it added to the overall look to our interior by giving our dash that final premium layout.

To go along with the Rugged Radios intercom & race radio, we also installed their all-new M3 Extreme Air two-port race pumper. The new M3 Extreme has a carbon fiber & billet aluminum design that not only reduces weight and improves versatility from a mounting standpoint, it also moves some serious air through your helmet. The compact unit is powered by a brushless fan motor that comes with an adjustable switch allowing you to fine tune the amount of air being pushed into your full face blown helmet. This is handy when riding in certain conditions where more air, or less, is desired based on the external temperature of the area you are riding.

With all of our electronics in place it was time to wire the vehicle. When you break it down, this was a rather basic electronic package then we usually put in our machines. Normally our custom cars are covered in lights from top to bottom, stereo systems and more. Despite our basic set up, we still wanted it to be done right, and again, CLEAN! We enlisted the help of our friends at SXS Performance to tackle the install & wiring of our electronics which would all be pushed through our SwitchPro’s 8 button control panel. The SwitchPro’s system is amazing and keeps your wiring simple without the need of a bunch of rocker switches. In addition, we were able to eliminate the our actual key’d ignition and instead replace it with a hidden whole car kill switch and program an ignition & fire button on the SwitchPro’s. This is something we are all used to seeing on high end Motec & Life Racing electronic systems on race cars, rally cars and trophy trucks.

To make sure we were comfortable for long periods of time in the machine we installed two of the cleanest BEARD seats we have ever had. BEARD built us a custom set of Torque suspension seats designed specifically for CINDERELLA. Its hard to beat the fit, finish, stitch & sew of the BEARD products. The seats are comfortable and durable and when paired with their 5-point 3″ race harnesses, we are held in secure no matter what!

A myriad of accessories finished the build off including mirrors & grill from Assault Industries, billet body mounts from Packard Performance, suede steering wheel and disconnect from GRANT Products, fire extinguisher from Safecraft, Blowhole clutch fan by MTNTK Performance, and my favorite; the Fourwerx carbon fiber hood!

What resulted is one of our best builds to date. A clean and simple look yet full of form and function and it works as good as it looks. We have loved driving this vehicle and the few people we allowed to take a spin in it have loved it as well. While we will list and sell this machine like so many of our top builds, we can say for certain this will be a tough one to let go of. For sure we can say we are done with this build, but we can also say that its going to be hard to top this one!

We want to extend a huge thank you to Polaris RZR for providing another bad ass unit for us to build. The machine in stock form is already amazing, but paired with our mods its definitely one of the best performing UTVs money can buy. We also want to thank all of the build partners associated with CINDERELLA. Of course, none of this happens without your awesome support!


SPECIFICATIONS

Model: 2017 Polaris RZR XP Turbo
Builder: Joey D. / UTVUnderground.com
Engine: Factory Polaris Pro Star Turbo Engine
Suspension: HCR Racing +4 Dual Sport Suspension
Axles: RCV Performance Pro Series II
Radius / Tie Rods / Sway Links: Assault Industries +4 HD Barrell Radius Rods / Tie Rods / Sway Links
Shocks: King Shocks 2.5” Coil Over Internal By Pass – HCR SPEC
Cage: CageWRX Race Cage w/ Rear Wing
Tire Carrier: CageWRX
Bumper: CageWRX
Doors: SDR Motorsports
Seats: BEARD Seats Torque
Harnesses: BEARD Seats 3X3 Padded 5-Point
Wheels: Method Race Wheels 401 Beadlocks
Tires: Tensor Tire 32” DS Race Tires
Mirrors: Assault Industries B2 Bomber
Lights: Baja Designs XL’s (Front Bumper) & RZR Headlight Replacement Kit
Steering Wheel: GRANT Products Suede Race Wheel w/ Billet Disconnect
Powdercoat: American Powdercoat
Assembly: UTVUnderground & American Motorsports
Fire Supression: Safecraft
Rear Storage: Polaris OGIO
Dash & Console: GlazzKraft Carbon Fiber
Digital Display: AEM CD7 Digital Dash
Communications: Rugged Radios
Whips: Buggy Whip
Switching: SwitchPros
Race Air: Rugged Radios M3 Extreme Air
Wiring: SXS Performance
Hood: FourWerx
Body Mounts: Packard Performance

Photos by: Jason Zindroski / Daniel Schenkelberg
Words by: Joey DiGiovanni

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