Aftermarket upgrades and
modifications for the
Yamaha’s revolutionary YXZ1000R is a shrunken sand rail for the masses and an economical way to get into short-course racing. But beyond gobbling
up sand whoops at speed, most desert dwellers will want
softer suspension, and so will those negotiating rocks—
from eastern limestone in West Virginia and Tennessee to
the Rocky Mountains and Utah’s sandstone. Long-travel
kits and shocks will be on many people’s lists for the ultimate UTV. And, many enthusiasts will want more power
and speed out of the YXZ, as it’s roughly equal to the RZR
XP 1000 in acceleration. That won’t quite cut it in today’s
turbo world, and two companies already offer turbo kits
for the Yamaha. Racers will definitely want to move the
radiator to behind the cab and upgrade the cage to meet
promoter safety standards. Rock crawlers will want to
arm other areas as well, and those wanting to add lights,
audio and communication accessories will need to add
another battery and accessory alternator. Here is the first
wave of many upgrades for the YXZ1000R.
LoneStar Racing and Weller Racing offer YXZ long-travel Suspension kits that
work with re-valved stock shocks to deliver 20 inches of front/rear travel via
3.5-inch-longer arms for $4250 with 300M axles, tie-rods and hardware.
Powdercoating will be extra. Weller Racing is at (408) 507-4771.
LSR also built the WR-branded race cage with integrated rear bumper and
strapped spare-tire mount. The race-legal cage sports an aluminum roof and
rear bumper for $1699, including powdercoating. LSR designed the cage to flow
better and use either DOM or chromoly steel. WR offers the cage, roof and both
bumpers for $2650. LSR is at (800) 4-LSRACE and www.lsracing.com.