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Old 03-17-2012, 05:03 PM   #1 (permalink)

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RZR 900 XP! That's what!!!

I've made the jump into the SxS world and figured that I've chosen one of the better rides right out of the box. I looked pretty hard at the Canned Ham Cowmander, but when it came down to it, the XP is more my style of ride.



After our last outing to the west this past Jan/Feb, my buddies and I are realizing that with age comes a cage - and the chance to sit down all the time in a seat.

I'll ride a bike as long as I can throw a leg over one, though - nothing tops that for me.

So I went out and found a 2011 RZR XP - cool machine. I'm gonna have fun with it too...

HP - for the time being, I'm not touching the engine. I like having a machine that starts right up every time. I'm just not into that run for 2 hrs work for 4 anymore. (although in general my rides are very reliable anymore). I may mess with the clutching but for now even that's fine. I only have about 6 hrs under my belt with it thus far. It has enough to go fast enough in the areas I'm running and playing.

Right off the bat I have to make stuff! A bunch of the things that were going to go into 2020 (this project is dead - I really don't need another two seat desert car - then again, I probably don't need the RZR, but what the Hell!) are ending up in the new XP.

I also happen to have a 2500 lb winch for a quad that I should be able to adapt quite easily - mounting plate is on order.

I did order a set of Team Tech harnesses and a few other goodies (fire extinguisher, super strap, 20" LED light bar)

I will be making stuff - billet pieces, front bumper (finished), rear bumper, roll cage and some other goodies.

Took it out to the woods and had a blast. Amazing what it will do and where it will go - especially for a bone stock ride.

I unfortunately live in Ohio (I WANT OUT!!!), so I'll probably not do a lot to the machines as far as suspension and/or adding hp. I will be working on the shocks though.

My main play areas will be forests and such - tighter terrain that's not friendly about faster/bigger rides. Once I get moved out west (Scottsdale in two years), I'll probably go about setting the XP up more for desert and running at the Dunes. A set of paddles and some shock mods will be easy changes.

I have a Lowrance GPS system - nice big screen. It's a little old (four years or so), but it's never been used and will work just fine.



GPS, power bus bar for electronics are installed.






I also want to figure out how to use the OEM seat mounting system and adapt the pair of Sparco Evo 2 seats that were to go in the now defunct pre-runner.



I sort of messed around with the OEM seat base and I think with a bit of work I can fab up a bracket that moves the Sparco adjuster rails inward so they'll line up with the notches that the OEM base uses to attach to the seat. I'll be a happy camper if I can pull it off - they have to fit like OEM or they're not going in.

While rummaging through my pre-runner's stash, I came across a quick release and a nice Sparco steering wheel. Yea, that needs to be used!

I pulled the steering wheel off and started studying. Push the center aluminum fitting out of the plastic wheel and then start making an adapter.



I turned down the cast wheel center and machined the inside of the quick release weld on spline. Next I pushed the two pieces together - they have about .003" of tolerance and the fit is nice, tight and solid. Just to make sure that they two pieces can't rotate on each other, I'll put a pair of pins between the two, parallel to the steering shaft. That won't let anything twist at all.





A little more machining and I have a quick release adapter that fits the OEM RZR steering shaft.





The quick release hub fits perfectly.



Here's a test positioning of the steering wheel on the column.



Darned Iphone pix - half of them get turned sideways, half don't. Go figure!

Washed it after Sunday's fun and then started on a front bumper:







Been busy the last two days. I finished the bumper and got my lights and rear view mirror mounted up. I still need to wire the bumper lights.

The bumper is 1.5" x .083 1018 mild (cause that's what I had handy - would like it to have been .049 - let the bumper crumple, not the car) and it's fully TIG welded because I need the practice (and I suck except for four or five really pretty, short runs).

I used the four mounting points on the front radiator guard tubes as my locating and mount points. Instead of trying to tab it out, why not use what's already there?

I do realize this isn't the strongest part of the chassis, but for this first try, it'll do.

Since the tubing is 1.5" o.d. it doesn't fit well into the pockets down in the bottom front cover - I needed a way to adapt the tubing so I machined up a set of adapters:



Here's how they fit on the front:



The upper mounts:



All of the legs and adapters in place:



The finished piece:



Bumper mounted with a set of Baja Designs Fuego's - great lights.



I also got my 20" LED light bar and rear view mirror from TQS installed.



I'm waiting on my winch mounting plate to show up and then I may put a skid plate on the front of the bumper if there's room w/o any interference.

I also made up a couple of these little gadgets:



It holds my Super Strap (great things!). I've been using this sort of pocket for a while now - have them in the 10Dez.
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Old 03-17-2012, 05:09 PM   #2 (permalink)

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I know yah said no engine mods but if you hit Silver Lake and see what these 900xp's do with just an added turbo you might sneek one on it.
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Old 03-17-2012, 08:30 PM   #3 (permalink)

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Noooooooooooooooooooooooo,,,,you've gone to the dark side.

All good and all fun. Instant easy fun

Show us how you can break this one too
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Old 03-17-2012, 09:41 PM   #4 (permalink)

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Oh Brother!! Dang.. well keep us updated.. Nice little mods already I am sure tons more are sure to follow.
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Old 03-17-2012, 09:49 PM   #5 (permalink)

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Default Re: What have I gone and done???

Very cool,i had a feeling you were hunting for a SxS after that post you had asking about them.I've read a lot of good things about them.

The only mod I remember reading is something with the airbox?

Congrats and good luck.
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Old 03-17-2012, 10:39 PM   #6 (permalink)

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you will be needing these
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Old 03-18-2012, 08:48 AM   #8 (permalink)

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Noooooooooooooooooooooooo,,,,you've gone to the dark side.
LOL - according to some people that we both know, I AM the Dark Side! - And, I have cookies!


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NO!
I don't wanna!
But my buddy Brian did show me how you can make a stump remove the air from the side of the tire, though...

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Now those are the cat's meow! I'll need an extra long set.

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Now why would I want to do that? - wait, I need to copy it with the XP. (ouch)
Someone get a camera and I'll say "Hey ya'll, hold my beer and check this shit out!" (because I grew up in Texas).
Here in Hell (Ohio), it's "Watch this shit!" and out on the west coast it's "Dude, you gotta see this shit!"
Regardless, it'll hurt.

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I know yah said no engine mods but if you hit Silver Lake and see what these 900xp's do with just an added turbo you might sneek one on it.
NEVER!!! Couldn't pay me enough to put any sort of forced induction system on a ride ever again. No, no, no! The nightmares I went through with a street machine I had has totally tainted me. Absolutely ruined a fantastic car.

I want to be able to sit down, turn the key and go play. Doing any sort of add on system = sit down, turn the key, have issues, begin swearing, begin drinking followed with this sort of action , end up waking up the next day feeling like absolute shit. Not worth it one bit!

I'm just not into that "I need more HP" mode anymore. I've found that by having a well tuned suspension and some decent driving skills, I can keep up with, if not pass those guys with all the HP. It's all about flow and fun.
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I look forward to seeing this evolve. LMAO at Stoneman... he has awaken.
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K-fab I got to take a rental 900 XP for a test run last summer in STAnthony .As beat as the rental was it still had good power,With two aboard we went up Thunder or (Crapo) and turned out at the top and it handled very well I liked it a lot It made my buds Prowler look like a golf cart with a roll cage and kraggin HID lights... LOL Congrats on the new toy...
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