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#16 2009-09-27 18:15:23

Darryl89
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From: Farmington, NM
Registered: 2008-06-18
Posts: 50

Re: New Toy Project

Dose the prowler have a steel bed or plastic bed :?: . And did you use a spray in bed liner :?: . The reason I am asking is I would like to do the same to mine but i have had conflicting information that the spray in bed liner will not bond well to plastic :?: .

It has the OEM plastic bed that comes textured already. If I had to put in a bed liner, I would use Line-X. Seems to hold up really good and adhere good.
Couple more photos...
Got the ITP Beadlocks on, just waiting on the King Shocks to give it a few inches lift, and yes, it was rode hard and put away dusty...

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#17 2009-09-30 11:52:50

Darryl89
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From: Farmington, NM
Registered: 2008-06-18
Posts: 50

Re: New Toy Project

Okay, it's almost done... waiting on the Quick Detach Steering Wheel from DragonFire Racing, A-Arm Bracing from UTVCrap and the low windshield from AC. Plus a few other little things that will get ironed out over the next couple of weeks.
King Shocks are mounted now. Gotta love that stance and those shocks...


Sits more aggressive now, but I need to reroute the front brake lines to counter for the increased height.
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Remote Res. King Shocks on the rear
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Piggyback King Shocks on the front
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13.5 inches ground clearance, but I'm going to lower the shocks back down a little..
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Even with the additional ground clearance, the roofline of the modified XTZ is still 1.25 inches lower than the stock XTZ.
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#18 2009-10-21 13:26:42

Darryl89
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From: Farmington, NM
Registered: 2008-06-18
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Re: New Toy Project

Well,
I finally got a chance to go thrash it....
Saturday morning, my buddies and I took a RZR and the XTZ for a ride in the desert southwest, just outside of Farmington, NM. Over 80,000 acres of BLM land with all kinds of trails from sandwashes, hillclimbs, rockclimbing and tight, twisty trails through trees.

Right off the bat, about 2 miles into the ride, we found that the fab shop had allowed the rear diff vent line to lay up under the exhaust shroud. At about 40mph, I happened to notice smoke starting to come out from the engine shroud area. We stopped and proceeded to put the fire out. A small hole had burned in the vent line bellow and allowed some diff lube to spill on to the exhaust and burn. Made the repairs and off we went again.

The front end was a bit stiff between the 8-ply tires and the shocks being cranked up just a little too much. I adjusted them down and inch and thing were much better. I found that the King Racing Shocks did a great job of nullifying the small bumps and taking the hard hits real well. It tracked quite well and pretty quick I found myself alone on the trail as the RZR was bouncing and twitching really bad trying to keep up with the XTZ. Once my buddy caught up, we swapped so I could follow the XTZ and see how the suspension was acting from behind. I noticed immediately the RZR felt less confident in the rough stuff and pretty soon wasn't able to focus on what the XTZ was doing, but rather on trying to keep the RZR on the trail and keep up with the XTZ. First chance I got, we switched back.

Then on to a fire road. Running up to 70mph I found that the XTZ had no problem outrunning the RZR as he was bumping his speed limiter at just over 60mph. Sweet, and I still had throttle left.

Then on to the hillclimbing. The RZR sat quite a bit lower than my XTZ, so I was sure he might outclimb me, but everywhere we tried, they came out about even. I did notice the RZR was doing a lot more tire spinning to get up the hills, might've been driver style though.

After that we dropped into a sandwash running up a canyon with steep side walls, kind of felt like running slot cars. The Prowler could out handle the RZR through the tight corners and had more than ample power coming out of them. Our speeds in the canyon were around 45-50mph and the Prowler felt stable and right at home doing this.

Finally, into the tight and narrow trees. My buddy was sure that his RZR would beat me through the tight areas.... not a chance, the ITP BajaCross tires dug in to the corners, the King shocks kept them down and the XTZ turned like it was on a monorail. On even the mid-turn jumps, it felt awe-inspiring, making me feel like a champion driver.

All in all, I really like the mods done to the XTZ. Everyone that drove the XTZ really liked it and wanted more. All the mods work real well together and make this a real desert performer.


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#19 2017-05-07 22:42:45

Wheelzer
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Registered: 2017-04-26
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Re: New Toy Project

that's a great looking Prowler

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