Polaris Ranger RZR 800 (2011) $11,299

Polaris Ranger RZR 800 (2011)

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For 2011, The RANGER RZR 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 nets. The 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 RANGER RZR 800 55hp and quicker acceleration corner-to-corner. Built for the trail, the RANGER RZR 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.
2011 Polaris RZR 800 | Price: $11,299 | Displacement: 800cc | Horsepower: 53hp | Drivetrain: AWD/2WD | Suspension: A-Arm 9″ |  Color: Red/Camo 
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The 2011 Polaris RANGER RZR® is the industry’s only trail capable side-by-side*. It has Razor-Sharp Performance and 30% better fuel range for 2011. Key features are:

  • 800 Twin-Cylinder High Output EFI Engine
  • Only Trail-Capable SxS Vehicle – 50 in Width (127 cm.)
  • Patented, Lowest Center-Of-Gravity Design
  • Polaris Pursuit Camo – $14,499 CN MSRP
  • Only Trail-Capable* Side X Side—50″ Width
  • With a 50″ width, it goes where other Side x Sides can’t. With ZF Sachs shocks on the corners and the lowest center of gravity, it’s the definition of razor-sharp performance on the trails.* *Check applicable laws for trail requirements.

  • On-Demand True All-Wheel Drive (AWD)
  • True AWD keeps you moving, automatically engaging all four wheels when you need more forward traction and reverting back to 2WD when you don’t.

    • New! Glove Box Storage
    • Passenger-side glove box has 3 gallons of space for convenient, water-resistant storage

    • Incredibly Agile And Lightweight
    • Exclusive front and rear anti-sway bars keep the chassis flat while cornering. Dual Front A-Arms and Rolled IRS allow for adjustable precision. With class-leading low weight, the RZR has a massive hp-to-weight ratio, giving it unbeatable power and acceleration.

    • Lowest Center Of Gravity
    • Patented engine-behind-the-seat design provides the lowest center of gravity at 20.3″, easily beating the competition and delivering agile, razor-sharp handling.

    • New! 800 High-Output Twin EFI—Fastest Acceleration
    • NEW! High-Output engine cranks out 53 hp and delivers the fastest acceleration, from 0 to 35 mph in 3.8 seconds.

    • New! Extended Rear Cargo Box
    • Redesigned with 60% more cargo volume and extended sides to strap down and carry more gear and supplies to easily bring what you need on the trail

    Engine Type 4-Stroke Twin Cylinder
    Displacement 760cc High Output (H.O.)
    Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection
    Cooling Liquid
    Transmission/Final Drive Automatic PVT P/R/N/L/H; Shaft
    Drive System On-Demand True AWD/2WD
    Front Suspension Dual A-Arm with Anti-Sway Bar 9″ (22.9 cm) Travel
    Rear Suspension Dual A-Arm, Rolled with Anti-Sway Bar 9.5″ (24 cm) Travel
    Front/Rear Brakes 4-Wheel Hydraulic Disc with Dual-Bore Front Calipers
    Parking Brake Park in Transmission
    Front Tires / Model 25 x 8-12; Maxxis
    Rear Tires / Model 25 x 10-12; Maxxis
    Wheels Stamped Steel
    Wheelbase 77″ (196 cm)
    Dry Weight 945 lb (429 kg)
    Overall Vehicle Size (LxWxH) 103 x 50 x 69″ (261.6 x 127 x 175.2 cm)
    Ground Clearance 10″ (25 cm)
    Fuel Capacity 7.25 gal (27.4 L)
    Bed Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 22 x 42 x 10″ (56 x 107 x 25 cm)
    Box Capacity N.A./300 lb (136.1 kg)
    Payload Capacity 740 lb (335.6 kg)
    Hitch Towing Rating 1,500 lb (680.4 kg)
    Hitch/Type Standard/1.25″ Receiver
    Cargo System Lock & Ride
    Lighting 55W low/ 60W high
    Electronic Power Steering Not Equipped
    Instrumentation Digital Gauge, Speedometer, Odometer, Tachometer, Tripmeter, Hour Meter, Clock, Gear Indicator, Fuel Gauge, Hi-Temp/Low-Batt Lights, DC Outlet
    Screamin Yellow LE

  • Maxxis tires on 12″ Black Crusher aluminum rims
  • Screamin’ Yellow painted dash and rear panels with Gloss Black painted hood
  • Color matched painted front and rear suspension springs
  • Custom cut and sew Black and Carbon Fiber seats with White RZR emblem
  • Custom graphics package
  • Nuclear Sunset Orange LE

    • Maxxis tires on 12″ Black Crusher aluminum rims
    • Nuclear Sunset Orange painted dash and rear panels with Gloss Black painted hood
    • Color matched painted front and rear suspension springs
    • Custom cut and sew Black and Carbon Fiber seats with White RZR emblem
    • Custom graphics package
    • Walker Evans LE

    • 12″ black Crusher rims with Maxxis tires.
    • Indy Red painted dash and rear panels with Gloss Black painted hood
    • Color matched painted front and rear suspension springs
    • Custom cut and sew Black and Indy Red seats with White RZR emblem
    • Custom Walker Evans graphics package
    • Premium Walker Evans Shock Package
    • EPS Super Graphite Rally LE

    • Electronic Power Steering (EPS)
    • Maxxis tires on 12″ Black Crusher aluminum rims
    • Super Graphite painted dash and rear panels with White Lightning painted hood
    • Color matched painted front and rear suspension springs
    • Custom cut and sew Black and Carbon Fiber seats with White RZR emblem
    • Custom Rally graphics package
    • Orange Madness LE

    • Electronic Power Steering (EPS)
    • 12″ black Crusher rims with Maxxis tires
    • Orange Madness painted dash, box panels, and hood
    • Bright White painted front and rear suspension
    • Custom three-color cut & sew black, orange, and white seats with RZR emblem
    • Custom graphics package
    • Indy Red/White LE

    • 12″ black Crusher rims with Maxxis tires.
    • White Lightning painted dash with Indy Red painted box panels, Gloss Black hood
    • Bright White painted front and rear suspension springs
    • Custom cut and sew black and charcoal carbon fiber seats with RZR emblem
    • Custom graphics package
    • Boardwalk Blue/White LE

    • 12″ black Crusher rims with Maxxis tires.
    • White Lightning painted dash with Boardwalk Blue painted box panels, Gloss Black hood
    • Bright White painted front and rear suspension springs
    • Custom cut and sew black and charcoal carbon fiber seats with RZR emblem
    • Custom graphics package

    By Doug Meyer – ATV.com

    In November of 2003 the ATV world was turned upside down when Yamaha introduced a new model to its lineup. It was called the Rhino and it wasn’t an ATV, but it wasn’t really a utility vehicle either. Basically it was a combination of an ATV’s agility, a UTV’s capability, and the pure fun of a dune buggy. Yamaha used the term Side-by-Side to classify this new model. With the Rhino, Yamaha started a whole new class of off-roading and from that day on the off-road world would never be the same.

    Then in February of 2007 it happened again! This time it was Polaris that was responsible for the upheaval when it introduced a new model that was a whole new Side-by-Side. Called the Ranger RZR, it seemed to fit better into the category of a 2-seat ATV rather than a Side-by-Side like the Rhino because the RZR fit on the 50 inch ATV-only trails.

    Polaris did not sit idly by with its RZR. For 2009 the Minnesota-based manufacturer continued the RZR’s development by making a host of evolutionary improvements. First, to improve safety, the protective roll cage was strengthened by 30% and the side safety nets were revised for easier use. Also modified were the shoulder protectors.

    One of the most noticeable improvements was the change in the throttle pedal. The early models were plagued with complaints by many of a too-quick throttle response that could cause jerky operation at slow speeds over bumpy terrain. For 2009 the throttle linkage was modified to require a bit more movement for the first portion of throttle application. In addition to that, a heel pocket was added into the floorboard to help keep your foot from sliding around as much in rough terrain.

    For 2010 Polaris kept things pretty much the same, but it did give riders a little more oomph by increasing the top speed by 5 mph to 60 mph.


    One of the nicest features of the RZR is that it gives you the ability to adjust the seats fore and aft for a better fit. Although not quite as easy as a sliding lever like you find on your car, you can unlatch the seat from the RZR and by loosening 4 torx-head screws slide the seat forward or back. We do question the use of Torx-heads bolts for the adjustment as we’re not sure how many people carry a set of those around in their toolkit! Fortunately, there’s enough adjustment to the seats to provide a comfortable seating position for just about everyone from 5’ 5” to 6’5”. Also helping in that department is the tilt steering wheel. Simply pull the lever on the side of the steering column and a hydraulic shock allows the wheel to tilt up for easy egress and seating for the big and tall group, and down for easy reach by those in the category of short and thin. The plastic steering wheel has a pair of bulges at 10 and 2 o’clock that help make it more comfortable to grip, even in tough going. 

    The dash layout and gauges remain the same as it has been, with a large dial speedometer located in the center of the dash with the odometer, trip odometer, hour meter, tachometer, clock, fuel gauge, and drive position all located inside its face. Also on the dash are the switches for the headlights, the all wheel drive system, along with a 12-volt accessory plug. Missing for 2009 is the switch and the rear backup and work lights that switch operated. Evidently few people use their RZRs at night or Polaris saw the elimination as a way to save a few dollars along the assembly line. On the passenger’s side you’ll find the same great adjustable T-handle grab bar that’s typically found only in off-road racecars and sand buggies. Although other manufacturers have tried their best to provide a new and improved way for passengers to comfortably hold on while pounding through the back country, the simple T-handle is still by far the best, easiest to use, and most comfortable. What’s missing is any type of sealed storage in the cabin – except for a small box located under the driver’s seat.




    Throttle and brake pedals are set up like any automatic car or truck.


    Powering the RZR is a longitudinal-mounted, liquid-cooled and fuel injected, 760cc Twin cylinder engine putting out 52 horsepower and propelling the RZR to a top speed of approximately 60 mph. There is a lever between the seats to direct the engine’s power through the CVT transmission that’s mounted to the rear of the Twin cylinder engine. Pull the lever all the way back for high range. One notch forward of that is low range, and forward from that is neutral and forward from that is reverse with park position at the very front. For 2009 Polaris has modified the shift linkage for easier shifting between gears, and most importantly the shifter can now be moved more easily from the park position even when the RZR’s parked on a steep incline.

    Previous RZRs have been plagued with problems of dust getting through the air filter intake system and causing engine damage so Polaris redesigned the intake system for improved durability. Now the RZR can be driven for many more miles before requiring the air filter be cleaned. Also redesigned is the exhaust system with better heat protection at the exhaust manifold and a redesigned muffler for an even quieter sound.

    The brakes are hydraulic-operated discs at each wheel, controlled like your truck by a foot pedal next to throttle. Unfortunately still missing is a good, hand lever operated cable brake system for use as a parking brake or as an emergency brake should the hydraulic brake system fail.




    Five-way pre-load adjustable shocks are found at each corner.


    Polaris strengthened the frame around the front and rear suspension’s attachment points as well as the rear suspension and shock mounts to better withstand the stress from adding long travel arms and shocks on the RZR S model. The front and rear suspensions consist of dual A-arms with 5-way preload adjustable shocks at each corner. Total suspension travel is 9 inches up front and 9.5 inches in the rear.

    To help keep the RZR more stable when cornering, you’ll find anti-sway bars on both the front and rear suspensions. Although the anti-sway bars can help on the fast stretches of fire roads, they do limit the articulation of the suspension in the slow-going rough stuff. Although the ground clearance sounds reasonable at 10 inches with the stock 25-inch Maxxis bias-ply tires mounted on 12-inch steel wheels, the 77-inch wheelbase can still cause the RZR to drag its middle over many obstacles an ATV would more easily clear.  Remember that even though the RZR is barely any wider than the typical ATV it has over two feet more space between the front and rear wheels!


    At only 945 pounds, the RZR has a comparably light dry weight compared to the other side by sides. Unfortunately that lightweight has been achieved with the extensive use of plastics throughout its construction. Although the RZR’s primarily designed for fun running on the trails, a small bed at the rear is rated to carry 300 pounds. It measures 42 inches by 22 inches, which is more than large enough to carry the supplies for two on a long trip, or even overnight if you pack light enough. The RZR can tow 1500 pounds using the slide-in hitch receiver system, which was reinforced in 2009. The bed is also equipped with Polaris’ unique Lock N Ride cargo latching system.




    “>Thanks to its 50-inch width, narrow trails are no problem for the RZR.


    The RZR has a whole lot going for it. We like the sporty, clean looks and the great handling. Thanks to the 760cc Twin and the RZR’s light weight, it has an amazing amount of power. The engine is both great sounding and yet wonderfully quiet at the same time. Of course to us, one of the best features of the RZR is that it fits on those incredible 50-inch, two-track trails that we keep seeing more and more of around the country. We also appreciate the adjustability of the steering wheel and the seats that help the RZR to be comfortable to ride in for hours at a time


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