in hardpack and sand-dune bowls and
ridges. The narrow 10-inch rear rims
and Crawler XG tires encourage drifts
into turns and deliver consistent slides
on exit. The rear torsion bar keeps the
body roll under control in turns yet still
articulates in rocks.
WHAT ABOUT THE SUSPENSION & WER
Ride quality is excellent. Although
the rear WER piggyback shocks don’t
have the fluid volume of the remote-
reservoir shocks on XP Turbos, it takes
a lot of high-speed whoops to cause
heat fade. Travel is still 16 inches
front and 18 inches rear, but the high-
clearance lower A-arms and radius rods
are stouter and more rigid. Balance
is good between front and rear ends,
and the spring and damping settings
are very good. Polaris recommends
compression clickers be set at 5–7
clicks out. We tried 7 out all around
and were comfortable with the ride in
desert, dunes and rocks, but we ended
up at 5 out in front for choppy whoops.
HOW STRONG ARE THE BRAKES?
Very strong. Dual-puck calipers
squeeze 248mm rotors at all four
corners, and the Pro Armor Crawler XG
30-inch tires provide a lot of braking
traction. We ran them at 15/16 psi and
then went to 11 psi for better grip and
WHAT ABOUT ROCKY TRAIL COMFORT?
It’s excellent. Bolstered seats are
very comfortable—more so with the
Click- 6 harnesses, which are padded
and allow movement for reaching into
the deep glove box or center cubby for
the winch remote but lock in a panic-
brake situation. The adjustable driver’s
slider and tilt wheel accommodate most
drivers, and elbowroom is plentiful with
the curved quarter doors and updated
cab. Noise and vibration in the cabin
are low, and the adjustable passenger
T-bar is nice; however, the Maverick X3
High Lifter and Gold Matte Metallic Limited Editions get high-
clearance lower front A-arms, a bull front bumper with winch hook,
and a 4500-pound winch with synthetic rope. Six LED headlights are
bright enough for night rides.
Width is still 64 inches, but the Gold Matte Metallic LE gets narrow
rear 30x10-14 Pro Armor Crawler XG tires and beadlock wheels
for racer-like handling in turns. High-clearance lower radius rods are
mated with larger and lighter upper rods that are standard on all RZR
XPs for 2017.
The Gold Matte Metallic LE is also big fun between rocky sections and slides predictably with 30x10-14 Crawler XG tires and 14x7 beadlock
rims on all four corners. We aired down to 11 psi for traction and a plusher ride on desert hardpack.