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2014 Polaris RZR XP 1000 SxS / UTV Trail Drive Review

The Walker Evans Position Sensitive Anti-Bottoming Needle Shocks provided a very smooth ride on the scenic Barney Top Trail near Bryce, Utah.  The trail was littered with rough rocky terrain, which the 2014 Polaris RZR XP 1000 SxS soaked up with the Walker Evans shocks thus creating a more stability, smoother ride, and better driving experience.

Polaris RZR XP 1000 SxS
The Walker Evans Shocks soaked up the very rocky terrain on the Barney Top Trail

To have a plush ride is great, but there is always another element that has to be paired with smooth suspension and that is great steering. To help aid in the steering department, Polaris decided to revamp the On-Demand All-Wheel-Drive system - an 80 percent improvement in strength over the Polaris RZR XP 900 for better durability. The new all-wheel-drive system features a brand-new, close ratio final driveline that keeps the front wheels pulling stronger and longer that maximize power delivery to the ground while driving on all types terrain.

In the past, the rear had 20% more drive than the front in all-wheel-drive. This created a sluggish feeling while accelerating hard in corners. You could feel the front end dragging and being pushed instead of being pulled around the corner.  Polaris has tightened up the ratio, the all-wheel-drive ratio is now 1.5% different. Now you can enter a corner under throttle and feel the front end pull you around the corner making you much faster and more stable than in the past.

The new on-demand all-wheel-drive system was also paired with new electronic power steering that comes standard on the 2014 Polaris RZR XP 1000 SxS / UTV. At times, the Polaris power steering in sandy conditions has been too much assist and there was almost no feedback between the steering wheel and tires, but in our opinion there is enough feedback now that you know where the tires are. To make it even easier to have an idea where your tires are pointed, Polaris designed the steering wheel with a grove that marks the center of the steering wheel – something that many SxS / UTV racers do very often to know if there tires are straight while racing.

Polaris RZR XP 1000 SxS
The Polaris RZR XP 1000 SxS is almost nine inches longer than the Polaris RZR XP 900 SxS. The longer wheel base makes the RZR handle better over deep whoops

Another feature that was adopted from Polaris RZR SxS / UTV desert racers was a longer chassis. Many racers have chosen to race the four-seat Polaris RZR XP 900 that has a wheelbase of 107 inches because of better handling in the whoops that are ever so common in Best in the Desert Races. Polaris designed the Polaris RZR XP 1000 SxS / UTV with an all-new chassis that is near 9 inches longer than the Polaris RZR XP 900 and it is also stronger. Instead of using rectangular tubing for the main frame, Polaris chose to use circular tubing that is 50% more ridged than in the past, thus creating a stronger chassis and better durability.

Polaris RZR XP 1000 SxS Walker Evans Shocks
Doors come standard on the 2014 Polaris RZR XP 1000 SxS

One of the most sought after aftermarket accessory and a main requirement to race any SxS / UTV is the addition of doors. Polaris nailed this issue on the head when they designed the 2014 Polaris RZR XP 1000 SxS / UTV. The Polaris XP 1000 comes standard with arguably the best-designed door on the market even compared to aftermarket doors.  The doors feature an automotive style latch that is very simple and easy to operate. There is also enough room so that your elbows don’t hit and its half door design features cut out so that you can see where your tires are at all times. Even with the cut outs, the tires will not sling debris into the cab of the machine! Polaris also offers door inserts as part of their PURE Polaris parts line for added safety and customization.

Polaris RZR XP 1000 SxS Walker Evans Shocks

The doors feature an automotive style latch that are very easy to use

The doors them selves were not only the parts on the Polaris RZR XP 1000 SxS / UTV with aftermarket accessories in mind. Polaris started designing their aftermarket line of parts from the engineering stage. They did this so that installation of any PURE Polaris parts accessory could be installed in a matter of minutes. From the predrilled holes for nerfbars and rocksliders, to access holes in the frame and quick connect hook ups, Polaris knew aftermarket parts play a big role in customer satisfaction. Polaris also went as far as using an automotive battery to ensure there is enough power to run aftermarket speakers, winch, or additional lighting.

The cab on the 2014 Polaris RZR XP 1000 is very comfortable with newly designed bucket seats, redesigned dash, and LED lit floorboard lights. The seats were completely redesigned and Polaris has added a new membrane over the foam that keeps water and moister out of the seats.

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