Polaris RZR 800
Polaris RZR 800 EFI with aftermarket long
travel kit from Fireball Racing
2011 Polaris RZR Changes:
For 2011, The
family receives aggressive front-end
styling that increases cooling airflow area by 29 percent, new side
protection for easier ingress and egress, a new in-cab accessible glove box,
High/Low headlights for increased night visibility, and a new fuel
management system coupled with a new tank that offers 30 percent improvement
in range with better slow speed drive-ability. Quality improvements include
better clutch/belt cooling, improved front and rear drive durability and
sealed dash switches. The units also will feature new easier-to-use side
RANGER RZR 800 will offer
more razor sharp trail performance with six percent more power in 2011 with
the addition of an 800 H.O. engine giving the
800 55hp and quicker acceleration
corner-to-corner. Built for the trail, the
800 also will include new trail-friendly
rear rack extenders to make it easier and more convenient to carry more
gear. For hunters, Polaris also will offer the vehicle in the new Polaris
Pursuit Camouflage pattern.
2010 Polaris RZR Changes:
New 60 mph/96.6 km top speed, 52 horsepower and ROPS Certified Cab.
Limited Edition models include Tequila Gold and Turbo Silver. Additional
Limited Edition Models include: RZR S LE-Purple Thunder, RZR LE-Pearl White,
RZR LE-Sunset Red with Electronic Power Steering and RZR LE-Walker Evans.
2009 Polaris RZR Changes:
New for 2009, RANGER RZR and
RANGER RZR S have improved,
low-speed drivability due to the inclusion of a heel pocket which allows more
controlled operation of the gas pedal. Operators also will find improved
transmission shifting, a more durable shoulder bolster, reduced exhaust noise
and covered, under-seat storage.
Air Intake Fix - Looks like the throttle body now has a lip to help keep
the boot on. The boot that connects the filter housing to the throttle body
has a few bellows that help with flex, and the filter is much larger.
It has been rumored for months as the Ranger's "Evil Twin", but now it is the real deal. The RZR stands for "Razor".... As in Razor sharp side-by-side.
The all new Polaris Ranger RZR. It is smaller, lighter,
and faster than any side-by-side currently on the market. It is incredibly
responsive with lots of power provided by a twin cylinder 800 EFI engine, low
center of gravity and front/rear anti-sway bars.
Looking at the RZR head-on, it looks very tippy, but from the
side you can see the lowered seat placement and a longer wheelbase which will
help keep it on four wheels.
KMS Performance was kind enough to let
us take their brand new Polaris RZR out for a test drive while at the UTV Rally
in Moab, UT. The power was smooth and would spin the back tires on loose soil.
The throttle was a bit twitchy. A heavier throttle spring may help there.
The RZR did not feel narrow or small with two of us in it. Climbed up some
decent rock areas with ease. And it accelerated up to top speed real quick.
Electronic fuel injection
The RZR is powered by an 760cc EFI even-firing, twin cylinder engine that is mounted sideways behind the seats. The electronic fuel
injection system constantly and automatically compensates for changes in altitude, pressure and temperature, making the RZR extremely reliable no matter where the rider chooses to go. In addition, the need for re-jetting after upgrades like high flow intake and exhaust systems
should be eliminated (may need a EFI fuel controller to take full advantage). There are some reports that this engine puts out 40+ horsepower!
RZR's 760cc EFI twin cylinder engine
The good news is the 760cc EFI engine is not new to Polaris (also
used in the Polaris Sportsman 800 EFI) so reliability in early models should
Power delivery is a bit twitchy. Since the RZR is fuel
injected, the throttle isn't really moving anything in a carburetor like the
Rhino. A stiffer feel to the pedal would be nice.
The dry weight of the Polaris RZR is 100 lbs. less than the
Rhino. With a larger engine (800cc delivers 30% more horsepower than the
Rhino) and EFI, the RZR's power-to-weight ratio is
reportedly 44% better than a Rhino. It also reaches 35 mph 26% faster than a
The RZR also has the highest top speed of any currently
A stock RZR can make it to the top of
Sand Mountain, NV.
Stock Rhinos can make it about one-half way up the hill. Big
difference in power.
At 102" long, it is almost a foot shorter than the Yamaha
Rhino (113.6”). Not enough room for people to turn it into a four seat UTV.
At 50" wide, the RZR is narrow enough to be used on most ATV trails.
Although the RZR is shorter, it actually has a longer wheelbase by almost two
The RZR is 4 1/2 inches narrower than the Rhino.
Rhino vs. RZR vs. Prowler
The RZR is smaller than the Rhino in every dimension except wheelbase.
Polaris Ranger RZR is 50" wide so it can fit on ATV trails.
Another nice part about the length of the RZR at 102 inches is
you can load it sideways on a trailer and still be legal on the road. The
Rhino and Prowler are too long to sit sideways and still be within the maximum
width of 102 inches. The RZR will also fit in the back of a truck much easier
than a Rhino.
Center of gravity
With the traversally mounted engine placed behind the seats,
Polaris was able to lower the seats by at least 7 inches to that the Rhino
& Arctic Cat. The lower center of gravity will help stability and
responsiveness. Polaris thinks this is such an advantage they have a patent
Seat position helps lower center of gravity.
Weight bias is about 45 percent to the front and 55 percent to
Suspension features - More travel out of the box
The Rhino sports 7.3” travel front and rear. The Polaris RZR
has 9" of front wheel travel & 9.5" of rear wheel travel.
The RZR independent rear suspension
has 9.5" of wheel travel.
The rear suspension is an "Rolled" Independent Rear
Suspension (IRS) System that is canted backwards so as the wheels travel up,
they also travel backwards to help absorb some of the shock. Polaris calls
this feature "recessional wheel travel.”
The RZR is also the only side-by-side that is available with a
front anti-sway bar. Front and rear anti-sway bars make the RZR more stable in
hard cornering. We need to take a look at how easy it is to disable the
anti-sway bar for rock crawling type use where the bars limit off-camber wheel
travel. The front sway bar is pretty weak in the dunes. If you want to
jump at all, I would recommend removing the front sway bar.
All Wheel Drive
Polaris equipped the RZR with an all-wheel drive (AWD)
traction system. The AWD is enabled or disabled via a dash-mounted
switch. When enabled, the RZR senses wheel slippage and automatically
engages the AWD. Then when traction is no longer needed, the system
automatically reverts back to 2WD. In the dunes, I find it is more fun to
run in 2 wheel drive. But I did find that the RZR would climb steep
hills farther in AWD.
And it looks like Polaris did their homework and learned from
Yamaha's mistake. They include nets and deep foot wells to keep your legs in
the vehicle during a roll-over.
The RZR comes with nets to keep legs inside the UTV. This is a pre-production
This is the production version. The leg nets are there, plus another net that
overlaps and goes higher. Not overly user-friendly. And doesn't help
with the RZR's overall appearance either.
Since the engine sits sideways, the exhaust exits right near the passenger
fender. Not the greatest location. Aftermarket exhaust manufacturers
will have to make a similar bend, so don't expect this to be fixed with a
And the exhaust "heat shield" will touch your plastic and
This problem is fixed with the 2011 Polaris RZR. All
RZR models now use the RZR S headers and there is heat shielding on the
The radiator hose routing seems a bit sketchy. This hose runs
right next to the passenger side front shock. It can easily touch the
The RZR seats are much improved over Yamaha Rhino, but are a bit stiff. They
are pretty thin so aftermarket seats will be tough to fit without losing leg
The Seat belts can be a bit sensitive when trying to retract
the belt on un-level ground. Moving to level ground seems to help. Best
solution is to swap to an aftermarket four-point harness.
There have been problems with the air filter letting debris
into the engine. New aftermarket air filter setups will help cure
this, but hopefully Polaris will come out with a fix for this problem. There
is a TSB on all units made before August 2007. Check with your local
Polaris dealer to see if the TSB applies to your RZR. Newer units have
had some adjustments to help seal the intake.
Tilt Steering Wheel
Tilt steering from the factory is a nice addition, but the wheel does feel a
The factory "roll" cage definitely has a case of the uglies. The roll
cage material sounded real thin when you tap on it with your fingernail. I
would quickly invest in an aftermarket cage to increase safety and
I am 6' 1" and the RZR it was a bit tight for
me. I would be more comfortable with a bit more
The bed on the RZR is very small, but setup to use Polaris lock and load
type tie downs.
2011 RZR has new cargo box
Ground clearance of the RZR is advertised at 10" vs. 12" for
the Rhino. In reality, it is lower than 10" and hangs up on lots of
trail obstacles. Also a bit low in the dunes when crossing ridges.
I think that the low ground clearance is probably the
biggest negative to the Polaris RZR.
The RZR does not have a separate emergency brake or parking
brake. The gear selector has a "Park" selection which puts the
transmission in Park. A separate e-brake would be nice to have.
The RZR has a
Hitch Towing Capacity or 1500 lbs, but don't expect to tow that much. The
receiver cannot handle any tongue weight. I towed a wood splitter
(very little tongue weight) a short distance and bent the receiver mount.
The RZR roll cage does not have any provision for a whip flag. Plan to
add a whip flag mount if you are headed to the dunes.
Rear View Mirror
The RZR does not come with a rear-view mirror.
Production Polaris RZR Photos:
Available colors are green and red. The Polaris RZR is now
available at Polaris dealerships, with an MSRP of $10,299.
2008 Polaris Ranger RZR 800 Specifications:
Liquid-cooled, even-firing Polaris Big Bore 800 Twin EFI
Selectable 2WD/AWD with on-demand AWD
Gear range: Dual range (high / low) forward, neutral,
IRS w/ 9" of front wheel travel & 9.5" of rear
Suspension: Rolled Independent w/Anti-Sway Bar - rear;
Double A-Arm w/Anti-Sway Bar - front
10" of ground clearance
Weighs in at 945 lbs.
Towing capability:1500 lbs. with 1 1/4" receiver
Cargo bed rated for 300 lbs with lock & ride storage
7.25 gallon fuel tank (under passenger seat)
500 watt alternator
Front tire: 25 x 8 - 12 Maxxis
- Rear tire: 25 x 10 - 12 Maxxis
Max speed - 55mph
Adjustable steering wheel
Adjustable driver's seat
Adjustable passenger grab bar
Full skid plates
Wheel Bolt Pattern - 4X156
Polaris Ranger RZR Accessories
- 14" aluminum wheels & tires
- 12" aluminum wheels with simulated beadlocks
- Stealth front/rear bumper
- Pre-runner front/rear bumper
- Rock sliders
- Spare tire rack
- Half & full windshields
- Bikini top
- Poly carbonate top
- 3500 lb. Warn winch
Limited Edition RZRs:
Minneapolis, January 21, 2010 – Polaris Industries today
announced the company’s new limited edition ATV and Side-by-Side offerings.
In the past, Polaris’ limited editions have been cosmetic upgrades such as
paint but this offering also includes units with performance and technology
upgrades. Included, is the first RANGER CREW and RANGER RZR with electronic
power steering, and a 50-inch RANGER RZR with a premium Walker Evans shock
2010 RANGER RZR LE-Walker Evans
2010 RANGER RZR LE-Sunset Red with Electronic Power Steering
2010 RANGER RZR LE-Pearl White with Sonic Blue Graphics
2010 RANGER RZR S LE-Purple Thunder
RZR LE-Sunset Red
RZR LE-Stealth Black
RANGER RZR Pink Power
2010 Polaris RZR 4 Robby Gordon Edition:
“Polaris saw a market for a multi-passenger Sport vehicle at a
significantly lower price than an expensive Sand Car or Rail,” said Eric
Nault, product manager for RANGER RZR 4. “The RANGER RZR 4 fills that need
for a Sport Side-by-Side experience for multiple passengers.” The RANGER RZR
4 has all the performance and attributes of the RANGER RZR family and the
ability to carry four people. With a powerful 800cc High Output Twin EFI
engine, the RANGER RZR 4 has a class-leading power-to-weight ratio and
strong acceleration. Its 60-inch/152.4cm width coupled with RANGER RZR’s
patented design that places the engine behind the back seat for the lowest
center of gravity, makes the RANGER RZR 4 more agile than most competitive
two-seat Side-by-Sides. At 1,255 lbs/569.3 kg., it’s also lighter than many
2011 Polaris RZR XP 900:
The RANGER RZR has the only family of Sport Side x Sides with Razor Sharp
Performance for all types of recreation. It all started in 2008 when Polaris
introduced the only trail-capable Side x Side, the RANGER RZR 800. In 2009,
came the only true-sport Side x Side, the RANGER RZR S 800. With the
introduction of the RANGER RZR 4 800 in 2010, Polaris introduced the world’s
only four-seat sport Side-by-Side. For 2011, the family adds the RANGER RZR
XP 900, a whole new class of Side x Side that continues to offer the
ultimate combination of power, suspension and agility and takes it to the
Built for razor-sharp, Xtreme performance, the RANGER RZR XP 900 has a
new 88 horsepower, 900 Twin, Electronic Fuel Injected (EFI) engine, a new
3-Link Trailing Arm Independent Rear Suspension (IRS) with 13-inches of
ground clearance and 14-inches of travel, and is light weight with a low
center of gravity for unmatched cornering. These features make the RANGER
RZR XP 900 the only extreme performance Side x Side on the market.
Aftermarket Parts & Accessories:
Roll Cage and Doors from PDS Fabrication
Long Travel Kit, Bumper, Roll Cage from LoneStar Racing
Polaris RZR racing in the Baja 500 - DragonFire Racing
Ranger RZR - Direct link to RZR on the Polaris website
Polaris Industries, Inc.
2100 Highway 55
Medina, MN 55340