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Old 05-03-2012, 09:29 AM   #1 (permalink)
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2012 Rzr S feedback

I've been looking around at the new Rzr S models here lately. Specifically, the baseline S model. They only come in red which doesn't bother me, but I did realize they now come with an oem shock. Not the fox shocks. Has anyone had any experience with these new shocks? They look a little cheap, but I'm not sure if they will perform or not. Any other info or worries with the 2012 Rzr's will be appreciated also.....
This will only be used for a trail ride. No dunes or mud.....
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I know they went sachs shocks on 2011 models for a cheaper option on the s models but it seemed to be a get what you pay for deal. I read about tons of people who were losing shocks on the first few rides and the springs weren't as easy to get as fox podiums. From what I saw of them in person they are more suited to lower the cost for people who are going to upgrade the shocks anyway instead of running it how it is. Look at the initial price it is still about $1,000 difference for the base compared to limited edition isnt it? If you were to buy aftermarket shocks you are going to spend $2k or so compared to buying a good set of springs for the podiums and being done. I had a 2010 so it was before the shock options but a set of dual rate springs made 100% difference in ride and it could handle whatever I threw at it compared to the stockers.
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It's about $1500 difference around here. It's taking everything I got to make myself spend this much on one. I just can't justify spending $15k+ on a toy. Is the ride quality night and day difference? Thanks for the reply btw....
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I wish I knew someone with the S you are talking about I could answer better, but I do have a buddy with just the base RZR and I have the S LE with the Fox shocks. I have ridden mind and then my buddy's one right after another; I can tell you, without a doubt, there is a HUGE differance in the ride between the 2. His seems to be solid, harsh and 'skids' on top of the ground, where mine is soft but firm, plus it 'digs in' and moves. He has flipped his twice from spinning out where mine has never even seen 2 wheels on the same surface (I even tipped his up once or twice).

I know the control arms are longer on the s than the base, but if the shocks are the same as a base model, I would gladly spend the extra coin for the Fox shocks again. Even if you get the regular s and put it in your buget to upgrade the stock shocks, it would be well worth it.

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My S is the LE model with fox shocks and bighorns. Worth the upgrade. Even the fox shocks are not the greatest. I upgraded the springs to dual rates and am pretty happy with the ride now. 15K sounds like a lot. Don't forget the couple grand your going to spend on accesories.
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Don't forget the couple grand your going to spend on accesories.
ya, no shit there.
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I was doing a little digging and racertech offers dual rates for the sachs shocks now so that would be a huge upgrade and if you were to do that from the get go I don't see them being an issue. I know what you mean about the money but the dealers I have dealt with cut me a break on accesories after buying it. I still get a 15% discount at the can am dealer and 800 bucks of purchase of any sxs at the polaris dealer. If you go with the base and spend about $400 on springs i think you will be happy with the base s model, intakes are still an issue so be sure to keep it sealed good and clean if you get in a lot of dust I would swap it out. Rzr's are tough as nails though and if I wasn't a power junkie I would still have an s.
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Thanks guys, y'all just cost me an extra $1500
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It happens.

Now, time to mod it out.
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Anyone have any opinions on making the cage a little stronger? I'd rather just mod it than startfrom scratch. I have a jd2 bender and some tube......sucks they discontinued the down bars across the back end.....
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Adding to the rear kind of completes the cage. The thing is, you'll need a rear bumper to do this. No biggie because it's good to protect the plastics and it all adds strength. Many people make kits like one of our vendors super atv or others like racer tech. There is a ton of these out there, all in different shapes, sizes and strength.

One of the good things about a RZR; there is a metric shit ton of accessories out there.
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Be sure to go with aftermarket front cage mounts if you are going to beef the cage, the stockers are really cheap made and barely welded. I prefer the style that tie the upper frame mount all the way to the lower frame rail but it depends on how safe you want to be.
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Personally, I hate the stock cage. I'd like to start from scratch, but hate to disable it while I'm building it. I'll let the new wear off before I do that.....
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Daniel @ Lumberton Offroad built a cage for one that I am looking at. It is HREW so it is a little heavier than stock im sure. i will take pics of it this evening. He put the down bars in the back and it doesnt sit up as high as the stock cage. Only bad thing is that aftermarket stuff wont fit it unless it is custom. this one has an aluminum room b/c the stereo ones wont work and no windshield b/c it would have to be customized
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