front bumper so we could slam our
way through anything or anybody
that somehow got in front of us. The
Pro Armor bumpers are aluminum,
keeping the weight to a minimum
while still offering plenty of durability.
The bumpers are offered in black
or brushed aluminum and in several
styles. We chose the Ultra in black;
it has tabs welded to it, making it a
piece of cake to mount lights.
We poached a set of Maxxis
Bighorn tires clamped to a set of
Polaris/Walker Evans beadlock wheels
from a Jagged X RZR. When you travel
long distances from your base camp,
you want to minimize tire issues. We
went with the eight-ply Bighorns, and
you really want the beadlock upgrade.
What the beadlock allows you to do is
run the tire flat if you have to without
the tire de-beading. Running the tire
flat will most likely destroy the tire,
but it will be there to get you back to
camp. It’s always best to stop and
repair a puncture, but if you end up
cutting a sidewall, beadlocks will help
get you back. ITP, GMZ, MotoSport
Alloys, STI and others have affordable
beadlocks for most machines.
MORE COOL STUFF
— We went to Rugged Radio for
their RZR kit. The RRP 660 kit is the
way to go. It offers a mount made
specifically for the XP that holds a
radio and intercom setup. The radio
is for car-to-car or car-to-camp
communication, and the intercom is
so you can talk to the passenger. The
intercom is voice-activated, so there’s
no button to push. When talking
car to car, you need to activate a
button to open the microphone. You
can purchase either the radio or the
intercom separately, but having both
with a few cars that also have them
is really cool. The radio puts out 50
Pro-Armor four-point harnesses and doors provide extra security,
and door bags also increase carrying capacity and convenience. The
Asylum cage also provides a handy spot to secure the fishing rods.
A Rugged Radio intercom (RRP 660 kit) mounts cleanly under the
dash and provides hands-free intercom communication inside the car
and back to camp or other explorers.
First off, the stock cage was replaced with a Pro-Armor Asylum cage, which also strengthens
the rear link-rod plate and provides a nice place to mount a spare tire. Pro Armor also
supplied the Asylum roof and a heavy-duty front bumper.
Being so far in the outback calls for more than just UTV armor, so Knowles carries a Ruger
10/22 Takedown in the XP 900. Brown bears and California cougars roam these trails in
search of food.