Join Date: Oct 2010
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"I'm sure I have the same story as many of you... started with a lifted golf cart, moved on to a Yamaha Rhino and then as machines began to evolve I eventually upgraded to a brand new 2013 Polaris Ranger Crew. After many sleepless nights and lots of discussion my wife and I decided that would be the best machine to meet the needs of our family of four. We weren't really "duners" or rock-crawlers, just trail riding and hunting so this was really a perfect machine and fit our needs perfectly. After almost four years, the kids getting older, a few trips to the dunes and Discount Tire Rally on the Rocks we decided it was time to upgrade. Not that the Crew wasn't perfectly capable but it just didn't keep up with everyone in our riding group and as our riding advanced (especially in Moab) it wasn't exactly suited for that type of use.
Again, after many sleepless nights and debates back and forth between the new General 4-Seat and RZR XP1K4, the RZR won out. After checking them both out firsthand the General still felt too "work" and not enough "play"; we are old enough now to want to get out and play a little more (midlife crisis?). After the final decision was made it came time to decide what was essential in making this things ours... first off we hated the two(2) color options for the 2017 models so after seeing them in person we decided that we could do enough to the Titanium model to make it satisfactory as far as color schemes and that is where the snowball began to gain momentum."
Only two(2) miles on her!
"I called Herbie at Triple X and he was very happy to help us out with our build. The wife and I met him at his location so that she could decide on material, pattern, piping color, etc.. etc. Herbie was amazing to deal to with, had the seats done on time as promised (even while trying to get everything ready for Sand Sport Super Show) and we couldn't be happier!
One thing that did take some negotiation between the wife and I was what to do with the rear seats. I was leaning heavily towards two buckets and she really wanted a bench. I seemed to think the buckets would look better; you still retain both cup holders and they are easier to get in and out. However, my wife had other ideas. We try and take our dog on as many travels with us as we can and my wife insisted that Zoey would prefer a bench (so she can lay down) versus a bucket. At that point I was out of ammo and could debate no more. As you can clearly tell we have a bench seat in the back of our RZR. My wife and Zoey are both very pleased that I eventually came to my senses."
"We ordered new +2 forward a-arms, high-clearance radius rods and high-clearance trailing arms from our good buddy Nate over Zbroz Racing. We have known these guys for years through events such as Discount Tire Rally on the Rocks. They build great products and are great guys!! Anyhow... Saturday morning rolls around, the shop is prepped, we have everything we need and are ready to get a full suspension upgrade underway.
Figuring the front is going to be the most time consuming we decide to start there. Once we get the stock arms off and begin pressing out the bushings we realize something is different. The 2017 comes with brass bushings!! Oh Boy, we've already got these things pressed out and pretty much destroyed the little plastic spacer "thing's" that keep the bushings from going too far into the arm. At this point we have our fingers crossed that these things will fit into the ZBroz arms... well our optimism was soon shredded to pieces!!
The 2017 brass bushings will NOT fit into a-arms from previous model years. At this point we can't get the OE stuff back on (we ruined the spacers) and we have no bushings for the new arms. After calling all over town we find some 2016 bushings for everything except the short side on the upper arms. three hours later (after chasing parts) we come to the conclusion that we are going to have to fabricate something just to get the new arms on and secure enough to hold everything together well enough to get the machine back on the trailer. Some grinding, sanding and filing on a couple of the OE bushings and we manage to get them in the new arms enough to be able to roll "Shades of Grey" back on the trailer.
However, the day was not a complete waste. We were able to get the entire rear end done without any complications at all and we did actually learn something that may be helpful to some of you other guys (and ZBroz) regarding the front suspension on the 2017 models. Nate is getting us a set of his premium brass bushings for his arms sent out ASAP and we will have this all dialed in by the end of the week. Sometimes you just have to do things twice."
"We have been working with Nate and the ZBroz crew for the past several years and they are stand-up guys... that is a huge factor for us! Aside from that they build what we consider to be an awesome product. Up front we chose the ARS-FX +2" A-Arm kit so that we have the option of going up to a 32" tire and will have no tire rubbing concerns while crawling in Moab (plus they look AWESOME)! In the rear we chose to replace the stock radius rods with ARS-FX high clearance set up; much stronger than the stock rods, great clearance for rock crawling and they look fantastic! With that being done we just couldn't leave the stock trailing arms alone... this is "Shades of Grey" right? We chose to complete the ARS-FX suspension package with the high clearance trailing arms and quick disconnects for the sway bar. This rig should be ready for the rocks or anything else the trails or the dunes can throw at it."