dumping bed with a 600-pound
capacity. Body panels replace;the rear
T4 doors, and an awesome storage
bin with two locking lids, 48-gallon
capacity and center section with tie-down points for a small cooler replaces
the rear seats. Also, the new Teryx gets
its sweet doors, which are light years
beyond the old Teryx nets, from the T4.
Suspension is also reworked, with
the torsion bar moving to the front and
long A-arms providing 8 inches of front
travel. Rear travel is 8. 3, and all four
shocks are Fox Podium X piggyback
with 24-position compression adjusters
(750 FI fronts were HPG without
reservoirs). Kawasaki also adds EPS to
all Teryx and T4 models; EPS reduces
steering effort and protects against
bump steer, and all also have a three-
year limited warranty. The base Teryx
has steel wheels and no roof, while
the camo sports both and a Realtree
APG-HD dip, and the;LE sports a roof,
special paint, matching seats, a pre-
runner front bumper, and lightweight
aluminum 12-spoke wheels.
The John Deere RSX850i was all
new for 2013 and hasn’t seen updates
for 2014. We tested it in the October
2012 issue, and it’s the first recreational
UTV for a company that has been
building utility and military vehicles since
1987 and side-by-sides since 1992.
John Deere enlisted NASCAR and F1
engineers to develop the RSX850i,
which is powered by a motorcycle
engine built by Piaggio. An 839cc
V-twin with four valves per cylinder,
EFI induction and a dual-range CVT
produces a claimed 62 horsepower.
It sits sideways behind the seats in a
WHAT’S NEW FOR 2014?
The Kawasaki is all new. The
upgraded Teryx engine was stroked
3mm and given higher-compression
pistons ( 10.7:1 versus 9.3:1; the
old Teryx was 8.8:1) for 2014. The
slight increases in displacement and
compression upgrade horsepower by
26 percent and torque by 12 percent.
The huge Teryx airbox still sits under the
tilt hood, and a large plenum chamber
rides above the larger, 36mm EFI
The new Teryx uses the Teryx 4’s
double-X frame, which places the
new engine mid chassis for mass
centralization, and dual crossmembers
provide rigidity not seen in old Teryxs.
The Teryx has the same 85.7-inch
wheelbase as the T4, but it has a
Both have twin-puck caliper front brakes, but larger rotors make the
Kawasaki’s stronger and more effective. With 14-inch wheels, the
Gator has room for much larger discs.
The Gator engine sits sideways behind the seats, so its cabin can be
much smaller, and the rubber airbox sits in front of the bed. The
RSX850i has two 88mm pistons on a 69mm stroke for 839cc, and
compression is 10.3:1. The Teryx shares a 69mm stroke but has an
85mm bore for 783cc, and its compression is 10.7:1. The Gator is
faster but doesn’t have the Teryx’s deep-sand pulling power.