The Long Haul: Polaris’ Tough As Nails RZR XP 1000

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On the first ever Trek Across Nevada, the Polaris RZR XP 1000 was the hands down favorite amongst all of our drivers and the different units on the trip.

The turnaround point of this expedition put us at roughly 1,000 miles and we opted to do some preventative maintenance before starting back. Again, the XP 1000 had no issues of any oil leaks, dust passing into the engine or anything that would cause any worry. On the way home we opted to play around in some of the sand dunes and put the XP 1000 head to head against the Maverick and the consensus was unanimous. Every driver felt that the Polaris was not only more powerful on acceleration and handled better through the bumps, but the cockpit was far more comfortable than every other machine on this adventure. So with the end of our journey, the XP 1000 has logged in over 2,000 miles and we’ve had no mishaps, mechanical issues or complaints. In fact, the only thing we’ve had to even think about fixing was a punctured tire that was quickly fixed with a plug.

I took the Polaris RZR XP 1000 straight from the trail to the track with only minor changes, mainly for safety, and was able to compete with some highly modified cars at the 12 Hours of La Tuque.

The next and last adventure for our XP 1000 was to haul it up to the providence of Quebec, Canada to race in the 12 Hours of La Tuque endurance race. Since I opted to make a road trip out of it, I made a few stops along the way and one of those stops put me at Houser Racing. The fine folks at Houser have been making top notch ATV products like A-Arms, steering stems, swing arms and more recently their Pro-Bounce Nerf Bars and have realized that they needed to keep up with the times and started getting into the business of UTV parts. They were supplying me with one of their 1st Gen race cages, Impact front bumper and Side Saver UTV nerf bars. Before departing for this event, I had already installed Pro Armor doors and a few goodies from Highlifter, such as their high clearance radius rods and a set of ITP 30” UltraCross tires on OMF beadlock wheels. I didn’t want to go overboard, but wanted to ensure that the unit was safe and sound for racing purposes.

The field consisted of every high performance UTV you could think of, and out of them all I was able to secure a fairly high qualifying spot for the start of the race. After two 2-hour race sessions, I was able to pull off a 3rd place finish in the stock 1000cc class, which I really can’t complain about since I had to pit a few times because of mud clogging the radiator during the race. Had I known then what I do now, I’m 100% positive that I could have pulled off a 1st place finish by taking a few precautionary measures. Oh well. You live and you learn, but who can really complain? This machine probably has more use than all of the others in the field and it was able to hold it’s own in the heat of battle.

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Is this machine worthy of your hard earned money? Absolutely! The performance, styling, reliability and fun factor of the Polaris RZR XP 1000 are hands down the best in its class. The evolution of the RZR has come a long way and if it keeps on this track, I can only imagine what we’re going to see in the coming years.

This being said, I have determined that the Polaris RZR XP 1000 is well worth the investment for the hardworking American consumer. As long as you perform regular maintenance, this machine will provide you with thousands of miles of high-performance enjoyment without leaving you stranded in the middle of the desert trails. Even since It’s release, Polaris has continued to make advancements in the reliability of this unit so rest assured you’ll be satisfied with your purchase.

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