Bill Baird had his RZR XP1K armed to the teeth with RCV Ultimate UTV axles
($925 each) that extend up to 3 inches during the suspension’s travel (instead
of the OEM axles plunging in and out of the diff case), and they’re claimed to
be 275 percent stronger than stock. This allows the CVs to be better sealed
with polyurethane cups instead of rubber bellows. See www.rcvperformance.
com. Baird also used Tire Balls to save the weight of a spare, jack and tools.
Aaron Clark and friends came up with this trick jack setup with a folding arm
that fits into holes on the lower A-arms or lugs on the trailing arms and the
scissor jack. The co-driver jumps out with an impact gun, removes the jack
(lowering it slightly from its mount) and extension (one pin), plugs the system
into the suspension, and jacks up the flat tire in record time.
Rocky roost can foul rear brakes and even break the suspension or hub carrier, so mud flaps are clamped to Lone Star Racing trailing arms on this UTV
Underground RZR. An LSR torsion bar is set at the stiffest setting, and check
out the screen over the third duct outlet. Scoops on the roof force-feed air to
the other CVT duct and to the engine.
Blake Van De Loo solved an age-old problem with this hydraulic torsion-bar
link, so he can lock it to fight body roll in the desert or relieve pressure for full
articulation in rocks, giving the Jagged X team an advantage at KOH.
Mitch Guthrie removed the bed for lightness but placed a Plexiglass panel over
the engine to keep rocky roost from possibly damaging the spark-plug wires
or other vitals. Mitch also had something secretly going on with his torsion-bar
links that were covered with bellows—possibly pneumatic instead of hydraulic
Guthrie’s Nelson & Nelson Racing Products RZR had long-travel, gull-wing
A-arms with UHMW guards and a front torsion bar. Also, check out his push-bar front bumper with winch-rope guide and horn. All this and great driving
explain Mitch passing 23 UTVs in 24 miles of open desert.
Michael Napp had two
screened vents in his
CVT cover and quick-release pins securing
the cover for fast belt
changes. His RZR also
had holes in the hood
and cage mounts for
his Fox DSC remote-reservoir front shocks.