From here, repeat the same process for the other set of side skids. Next, install the front center skid just as you have on the previous ones.
Next, finish up the installation with the center differential skid plate. Make sure to slide the backside of this skid underneath the front edge of the front center skid plate. Using the supplied fasteners, flat washers, and locking nuts, install the front two first.
Using a ¼” drill bit, drill into the factory tab to allow for the rear mount of this skid.
Next, it’s time to install the a-arm guards. First, you will remove the black plastic boot guards using a torx bit.
Next, slide the center edge of the front a-arm guard up above and flush to the bottom of the a-arm. Line up the holes and insert the 1-1/2” ¼-20 bolt out near the spindle first, then the remaining 5/8” ¼-20 bolts using the lock nuts on the top side. Repeat the same steps for the other side and then move back to the rear a-arm guards.
First, remove the black plastic boot guards using a torx bit.
Next, place the Dirt Performance a-arm guard up flush against the bottom of the a-arm and secure using the 3 supplied bolts and lock nuts.
Repeat the same steps for the opposite side.
To view the comprehensive installation videos, visit the following two YouTube videos:
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Now that the installation is complete, there are a few noteworthy reasons why we chose these skid plates over the competition:
1) Entire Skid Plate System is constructed out of 3/16” thick aircraft grade aluminum. Many other available kits are a combination of 3/16” and 1/8” thick aluminum, which we don’t think is quite enough protection.
2) Strategically placed drainage holes = This makes cleaning mud out of the skid plates a lot easier. Just angle the RZR up slightly in the front and spray water rearward, and most of the mud will easily drain out. Plus, with these drain holes located where they are, there’s a lot more solid aluminum underneath instead of numerous holes to help scoop up mud.
3) Dimpled Mounting Holes = No more tearing off factory bolt cups and bolt heads making the skid plate hard to remove.
4) Side Skids = Rock slider that prevents body damage by sliding you away from the rear quarter panel of the body.
5) Side Steps = Rock slider doubles as a nice step to get in and out of the RZR.
6) Bent Edge of Rear A-arm Guards = Brake lines don’t rub against a rough edge
After having the skid plates on for multiple rides, so far we’ve pounded them hard in Moab UT, Evarts KY, and Windrock TN with little to no noticeable damage to the skids, let alone the machine’s crucial components. To me, the slight advantage of sliding over rocks with UHMW doesn’t surpass the importance of true protection that 3/16” aluminum can provide from big impacts. I’ve tried both, and with UHMW you have to run ½” material to compare to the impact resistance of 3/16” aluminum and that’s 5/16” less of ground clearance that you need every bit of in the RZR 4 due to it’s extended wheelbase.
Next, we installed the Dirt Performance RZR 4 Roof.
Rylan really takes his time to produce the best looking, most functional roofs on the market. He constructs all of his roofs out of 1/8” diamond plate aluminum to not only withstand sliding across trees but to look sharp too.
Plus, with this roof for the RZR 4, he designed in drip rails that we put to good use this past weekend in Oliver Springs, TN at Windrock OHV. It rained most of the day, and the roof kept 90% of the interior space dry. The only real wet part on me was my left leg due to me hanging it out the side window nets a tad. Overall, I believe this is the sharpest looking and most functional RZR 4 Roof on the market.
To install the Dirt Performance RZR 4 Roof, it’s pretty simple. Just place the roof over the roll cage and use the supplied clamps to install it where the holes are pre-drilled in the roof. Once installed, you’ll quickly find that there are no creaks or weird noises from the roof rubbing on the roll cage. In fact, when you tighten everything down, it pulls itself away nicely from the cage keeping this from happening. Overall, we’re very pleased with the fit, appearance, and function of the Dirt Performance RZR 4 Roof.
To find out more information regarding these modifications, watch the following installation videos:
Skid Plates –
A-Arm Guards -
For more information, visit:
Dirt Performance, Inc.
Dirt Performance Website
Stay tuned for the next issue when we install and review the following aftermarket products for the RZR 4:
1) Warn Winch
2) Brand New Warn HID Lights
3) Warn Front Bumper
4) Dirt Performance Rear Storage Box
5) Dirt Performance Doors
In addition to this, we’re going to give you a full review of the Rockers, the latest UTV tires to hit the market from PitBull.