The Polaris RZR Isn’t Perfect (But it’s Close!)

Hot take, courtesy of the CA Tech team: the Polaris RZR isn’t actually perfect straight from the showroom floor (no matter what the salesman tells you.)  That doesn’t mean it’s not a great starting point for whatever you’re building - a trail machine, farm tool, or a way to get around town when the weather’s awesome.  At CA Tech, we’ve been taking the Polaris RZRs and pushing them into the realm of perfection for years, and these are our top five recommendations for how to take yours there, too.

While the Polaris RZR might be one of the popular models in the UTV market, it can be tough to figure out which one is right for you. Let’s take a quick look at what’s available now, and why you might consider each model.

Polaris RZR Trail vs RZR Trail S

The Polaris RZR Trail and Trail S are the smallest, most trail-friendly RZRs in the adult-sized lineup from Polaris.  While they both are available in similar trim levels - including Ultimate and Premium packages that offer optional sound systems upgrades, different suspension setups, and more - the biggest difference is the trail width of these models.  The RZR Trail comes in at just 50” wide - narrow enough to tackle the tightest trails you might come across.  The Trail S, on the other hand, comes in at 60” wide - still narrow enough for most trails, and with a little more power and suspension travel to tear down the trails with even more ease.

While both have the ability to tow up to 1,500 pounds, neither one has a great way of getting it done.  Luckily for you, the team here at CA Tech has already worked out the details.  If you’ve somehow managed to get these machines stuck on the trail, good luck getting pulled out.  The good news is that with the CA Tech pull plate, we can help you adjust to whatever you need to get done - whether it’s pulling someone out of a sticky situation on the trail, or doing some work around your hunting property. 

With the CA Tech BAMF Pull Plate, you can swap out the attachments and use the tow hook or tow loop for recovery on the trail. 

Yes, BAMF stands for…that.  We know what our pull plate is capable of thanks to its billet aluminum construction, and we know what kind of chaos y’all get into.  This BAMF will get you and your buddies out of a situation, and back on the trail having a great time.  Just swap out the attachments for what you need, when you need it.

Polaris RZR XP vs RZR Pro XP

The Polaris RZR XP has become the standard for performance and power in the side-by-side business, but the RZR Pro XP takes it to a whole new level.  Both are powerful, but the Pro XP has a 181hp 910cc engine, versus the 110 hp 999cc that comes standard in the XP 1000.  The Pro has more going power, more stopping power (see: upgraded brakes), and a more capable upgraded suspension.


When it comes to that upgraded suspension, the difference between these two machines starts to become pretty substantial - high clearance A-arms bring more travel to the table, and more adjustable shocks (with Position Sensitive Spiral Technology and QS3 compressions adjusters) mean a more comfortable, more capable ride.  Radius rods in the rear up the suspension game even further, helping to keep your alignment straight and your rig together. 

Even if you choose the Pro XP,  you’ll want to start upgrading that suspension in no time - especially if some airtime or catching a rock knocks your wheels out of alignment.  We’ve got you covered.  Check out the High Clearance Radius Rods from CA Tech.  They’re the largest rods on the market, and that means you’re not going to wind up fighting the steering wheel, fighting breakage, or fighting extra wear on other components.  With a lifetime warranty and American-Made quality, you can trust that the first time you upgrade is the last time you’ll need to mess with your radius rods.

Polaris RZR Turbo R vs Polaris RZR Pro R

If you’re looking for an apples-to-apples comparison between the Turbo R and the Pro R, the premium trim level is a great way to get a look at just how different these two models can be.  While both offer outstanding performance straight from the factory with more power, suspension capability, and trail performance than the other models we’ve looked at so far - the difference between these two high-performance models is pretty staggering.  The Turbo R makes 181 hp thanks to a turbocharged engine, which is nothing to turn your nose up at.  The Pro R basically saw that number and said “hold my beer.”  With 225hp straight from the factory, the Pro R is a killer machine.  It gives you a few driving modes to choose from, and Baja mode is next level - instant acceleration on the trails and the suspension to take on the wildest whoops in the desert without blinking an eye.  All that power and the driving modes are not available in the Turbo R, so in our minds - if you’re choosing between the two - go for the Pro, and don’t think twice about it.  It’s worth every penny.


Once you bring that RZR Pro R home, and you’re ready to make some tweaks, give the team at CA Tech a call.  Even though the Pro R is great, we can make it better.  Our top pick for the already-great RZR Pro R is an upgraded set of Trailing Arms. (Soon to be Released)  We’ve used all the factory geometry for mounting points, so installation is easy.  The components are all top-of-the-line (think FK Uniballs), and we can give over 2.5” of usable ground clearance to your Pro R.  Yes, it was great you bought it.  And yes, we can still make it better.

No matter what model Polaris RZR you land on, we’ve got real ways to make it better. Keeping your Polaris RZR functional and looking great when you’re out on the trails (or tending to the work on your property), shouldn’t get in the way of a good time.  The American-Made reliability from CA Tech can get you what you need. If you’re looking for advice, need help with an install, or just don’t know which parts you might need, CA Tech has experts on hand to help.

 Give us a call at 423-790-0230 or shoot us an email at - We got you!




  • FYI you’re incorrect regarding the comparison Turbo R vs Pro R driving modes. Both models offer the exact same live suspension driving mode’s in the Ultimate Package, Baja, Rock Crawl, Track, Comfort modes. Major difference is the 4 cylinders in the Pro R vs 2 cylinders Turbo charged in the Turbo R. Also you fail to mention the disparity in wheel base and overall car lengths.

  • You really should get up to date .2024 model has been out since before Oct.
    Your horsepower ratings are incorrect.
    Rzr xp 1000 has 114 hp

  • Picking up my 2024 Pro R 4 Ultimate this week. Can’t wait to see the price on your trailing arms although I have a few add ins I am focusing on currently. Can’t wait to get this beast out on the trails!

    Richard Tanner
  • I have a 2021 Rzr xp4 pro. What are your rear trunk options?

    Lj wohlebet

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