Fox Podium front shocks with adjustable compression, rebound and spring preload replace last
year’s KYBs. Travel is only 0.2 more than last year, but ride quality is much improved.
The Fox Podium shocks are compliant on small impacts with very good control and bottoming
resistance on big hits. Rear suspension travel is 8. 3 inches, the same as the 2013. The A-arms
are big and sturdy, like the chassis.
Fox Podium shocks give the Kawasaki a
beautifully plush ride and great control on big
There are 24 clicks of compression
adjustment, and 12 out is stock. This
is a great setting for all-around driving.
It’s comfortable on rocky, low-speed
terrain with very good feel and control
even on fast fire roads with big, high-speed bumps. Firmer settings provide
even more control and flatter cornering
for high speeds without being harsh.
We tried the softest setting for a very
rocky section, but found it too loose for
Power steering adds a measure of
smoothness to the Teryx4’s feel too.
It dampens bumps before they send a
kick through the steering wheel.
HOW DOES IT HANDLE?
It’s extremely well-balanced. True
HOW IS IT ON HILLS?
mid-engine placement and a fairly low,
wide stance do worlds of good for the
Teryx4’s overall feel. It turns easily and
accurately with a minimum of body roll.
The front swaybar and semi-long-travel
suspension keep the Kawasaki flat and
stable, even in fast, repeated corners.
The T4 is rock steady in a straight line
too. It’s not a whoop-gobbling monster
like machines with massive travel, but
it is predictable and composed, even in
seriously rough terrain.
Capable and confident, whether
you’re on your way up, down or along
the side. Even without the extreme
width of many pure sport UTVs, the
Teryx sticks to tilted terrain like a
refrigerator magnet. The Kawasaki finds
the traction to climb so well, differential
lock is rarely needed, except in rock-
The Teryx4 descends downhills in
complete control, too, thanks to four-wheel engine braking in 4WD and
exceptional front brakes. The oil-bathed
multi-disc rear brake works, but we
like the extra bite and feel of four wheel
HOW IS IT IN MUD?
It tackles bogs without bogging.
Obviously, the 800 is no 900 or 1000,
but makes its way through deep mud
with real gusto. The larger motor
propels the four-seater with ease, even
in sloppy conditions, and the 2014 has
a little more ground clearance than last
year— 11.1 inches versus 10. 8. The
Maxxis Bighorns grip mud well ,and the
T4’s bodywork keeps the slop off the
driver and passengers much better than
most pure sport UTVs.
HOW ARE THE DETAILS?
Truly impressive. All UTVs should
have doors as great as the Teryx4’s,
and this vehicle is a breeze to enter and