Here's what we'd like to do to our RZR
No other machine has captured the imaginations of custom builders, or average enthusiasts looking to add a little custom flare, than Polaris’ RZR line. The top selling unit, the RZR XP 1000, has such a wide range of accessories available that picking the ten best Polaris RZR accessories is nearly impossible. There are just so many good options, how could we possibly narrow it down? So instead, we started thinking, what accessories would we add to our own Polaris RZR? We narrowed it down even more by making it just for trail riding, and everything had to be bolt-on accessories. We also looked at areas where we could do what we wanted and save a little money at the same time. Let’s face it, if we really went all out, we could easily spend more on a machine and accessories than it would cost to buy a new truck. Here are our Ten Best Polaris RZR Accessories to give your machine a better trail experience.
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Tires and Wheels
One of the first things most UTV owners do is swap out the stock wheels and tires for something a little more suited to the conditions they ride in. You go to a lot of dealerships and you’ll see some sweet deals on take-off tires and wheels. For our RZR, we went with a taller tire in the Sedona Rock-A-Billy to give us better trail clearance, and some extra grip on rocks and slick terrain. We mated these tires to some seriously beefy Walker Evans Racing Beadlock Racing Wheels. These are wheels designed for toughness, so yes, they may lack a little in the style department, but if you’ve ever trashed a wheel trailside, you know how valuable serious beadlock wheels are.
How could we do a list of the best Polaris RZR accessories and not include a winch? We went with Warn’s new Axon series 4,500-pound winch with synthetic rope. This is a seriously well-designed and yet compact winch with a wireless remote control. A winch is great for pulling your stuck machine out, clearing the trail of debris or helping out a stranded rider along the trail. Polaris makes its machine easy to add a winch to, as well, so installation is easy.
We could have easily went with an aftermarket GPS system to keep us on the trail, but if we’re looking at the best Polaris RZR accessories, going with Polaris’ own Ride Command System is a no-brainer. It has a 7-inch, glove-touch screen that displays machine info and diagnostics, as well as GPS location, trail mapping and the locations of others in your party as long as they have a connection. We’ve tested the Ride Command system quite a bit and love it.
Spare Tire Rack
You need a spare tire when you go way off the main trail. Trust us, we know. It can make the difference between being held up for ten minutes while you change a tire, versus sitting around for hours, waiting for a buddy to get back to you with the spare you should have hauled with you in the first place. Tusk makes a sweet spare tire carrier with a compact jack built into the carrier frame. The system mounts high enough to let you use more cargo space too, making it one of the best Polaris RZR accessories for peace of mind.
Another Accessory for your RZR you won’t want to be without is a roof. There is a huge selection of RZR roof options out there, but we are going to focus on the KEMIMOTO aluminum roof here. This roof has a rubber strip on the underside, which provides some vibration/noise reduction. And with its aluminum construction and black powder coat finish, it should hold up to years of off-road abuse. At less than $170, it is also a great price.
Don’t laugh. Those plastic drain plugs always seem to come out on our RZR and then next thing you know, dust and mud comes flying in from the floor.These drain plugs are made from an elastomer material so they don’t vibrate and flex with the machine, so they don’t come out unless you want them too. This is one of the best Polaris RZR accessories that gets us thinking, “Why didn’t we come up with that?”
OK, we’re just going to go ahead and say it. We have not always been the biggest fans of Polaris doors. We’ve had latches that stick and plastic that separates. Not always, mind you, but it happens. Pro Armor has a fix and it’s one of the best RZR accessories for sure. Pro Armor’s Stealth Doors are made from aluminum and look great. The latch and handle are easy to find and use and the fit is nearly perfect. They help keep mud water and dust from coming in and very sturdy too.
We’ve tagged enough trees with machines to know that a good front bumper is easily one of the best Polaris RZR accessories you can invest in. Polaris makes an accessory front bumper that fits perfectly and even though it is called the Desert bumper, it works amazing for woods work and riding just about anywhere.
Rigid is well known as one of the best RZR accessory lighting companies, and for our machine, we would run two different types. The first would be a 30-inch, dual row light bar to add extra lighting to the trail at night. When you go past 45 miles per hour, you’re going faster than your headlights, meaning there is no way to stop in time if something pops up. You can add more lighting to help change that because sometimes, you just wanna go fast! For close work picking our way up rocks or down a rough trail, we added their four-piece rock light kit that adds light right over your tires so you can see exactly where they are going as you crawl along.
It may seem like a weird thing to have in a list of the best Polaris RZR accessories, but oil is definitely worthy. If you’ve ever had serious oil breakdown, you know that it can trash your engine and it usually comes at the worst possible moment. We like to run Red Line Performance Synthetic oil in our machines. It keeps everything running smoothly in the engine and transmission, as well as the differentials. We’ve found it helps with fuel economy, too, a nice bonus along the trail.
Polaris Accessories vs. Aftermarket
So you’ve got a Polaris RZR in your garage and you want to add some accessories. Do you go with genuine Polaris accessories or turn to the aftermarket? There are advantages for both choices. If you stick with parts and accessories made by Polaris, you can be absolutely certain they will fit easily. However, the aftermarket has been building products for the RZR for more than a decade now and the good companies have it down to a science. And when you open yourself up to the aftermarket, you get a lot more choice in materials, style and price. In our experience, it is worth checking out every available option.
What is the most important Polaris RZR Upgrade?
This is a bit of a loaded question. The easiest way to get improved performance out of your RZR (or pretty much any ATV or UTV) is new tires. That’s why we put them first in this list. But don’t just go and buy any tires. Match the tires to the type of riding you want to do. If you like to play in the dunes, than aggressive mud tires aren’t going to do you any good. If you like to do a little bit of everything, look for an all-around tire rather than one designed for a specific type of terrain. If you want to see a good selection, check out our article the best all-terrain UTV tires.
Beyond tires, a great addition to any RZR is a winch. Most anybody who has been behind the wheel of a UTV has gotten in over their heads a time or two. A winch can help get you out of a tight spot and back on the trail again. They can be a bit spendy, but a good winch will be worth its weight in gold if you end up stuck somewhere and nobody is around to lend a hand.
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