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Hi! I just purchased a salvaged titled 2015 900s from Copart. This will be my fall/winer project and hopefully save me some $ versus buying a new or used one. If not, it'll still be fun learning more about RZR.

Anyway, I'm going to use this forum to document my experience, in case there are others out there that have ever thought of buying a wrecked RZR.

Auction:
This RZR was located in Memphis area, about 3 hours from me, so I bid on it without seeing it in person. Normally I would go a few days before and inspect it in person, so this was very risky. Given how the RZR looked in the pics, I made my max bid and luckily (at least for now) it worked out for me this time. I've been outbid many times on Copart, even when I thought I was bidding too much. TN is a dealer only state, so I had to use a broker to buy my RZR. After the broker fee of about $250 and the Copart fee, roughly $500, my RZR already cost me $750 in addition to my winning bid.

I took a day off of work and drove to Memphis with my trailer. Luckily, they use a large loader and getting it on the trailer was a breeze. Getting it OFF the trailer at home took some more effort. I ended up using a winch and some snatch blocks - but it worked.





Condition:
Based on the Copart pictures, I knew the cage needed to be welded, the suspension was toast, it didn't start or run, definitely didn't drive, the plastic was busted and it was missing various parts including the passenger wheels. FUN.

First step was to examine the actual condition. Surprisingly, the motor started...so that's good news. However, it won't run unless it's under throttle, but it starts up easily. It backfires a bit and there's also an occasional popping sound coming from driver's side. Anyone have any insight here? I'm going to change plugs and inspect valves, clutches and belt.

Here's some of the damage up-close:
ORB Suspension trashed...axles broken





Parts:
As far as parts, my budget is at $2,500. Here's initial list:
Front & Rear Axles
Front Suspension
Front Shocks
Tie Rods
Brake Rotors
Brake Lines
Fluids and Filters
Instrument Cluster
Weld Cage
Seat Belts
Front Wheel & Tire
Rear Wheel & Tire
Hot Staple Plastic or New Plastic
Plastic Hood

I've done enough projects to know that more parts will be needed, but I'm crossing my fingers nothing major happens. I've already started sourcing parts from RZRforum vendors, other users on here and of course, eBay and Amazon.

Thanks for reading! Oh, and if this one belonged to any of you - would love to know the story behind it. That, and I might cuss your name occasionally as I'm wrenching...ha.
 

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i would get superatv "s" suspension kit
 

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i would be very concerned if there was frame damage though
 

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Cool project! So out of curiosity, how much was the winning bid? I'm interested to know what it costs to get into a salvage project like this.

If it were me, I'd start with a full disassembly rather than trying to immediately repair. Chances are portions of the supporting frame structure is tweaked. I wouldn't be scared of this, simply need to identify where it's torqued and straighten/strengthen. Would also allow you to to properly fit a replacement cage.

Neat project, look forward to following, and good luck with the build!
 

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Based on the copart fee - anywhere from 2500-3000, which sounds like a heck of deal! I would start shopping the classifieds looking for used take-off stock parts to replace those broken.
 

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I would say he paid anywhere from $6500 - $9000.


Even though it is wrecked these things go high as hell!
Agree! These things go for stupid bc the parts are worth so much.


$2500 to fix it would be a deal....lots of parts needed there.

Good luck and post pictures, should be a fun project!

Looks like 2017 1000 wheels and tires atleast! :redrzr:
 

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Thanks for all of the replies and the positive interest. I'm sure there are some folks that think this is not the smartest idea, but for me, building it is most of the fun (at least for now)!

The frame looks to be straight and there are no stress fractures or bents that I've seen. I've completely removed everything on the front end so I could really see the extent of the damage. It appears as though the suspension on the right side took the brunt of the damage.






The ORB suspension definitely took a hard hit. I can't speak to the quality of the product yet, but their customer service is TOP NOTCH! I can't warranty the suspension because I'm not the original buyer, but they've helped me in getting the pieces I need to rebuild the rear suspension on the right side. I plan to run the ORB in the rear, which allows me to keep stock axles.

As for the front - I ordered the SuperATV front A-arms, ball joints, bushings and tie rod kit. I'm a bit worried about my budget, so I'm taking a stab at the East Lake Axles. They seem to be well made. We'll see how they do when I get up and running.

Parts showing up daily now...
 

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East lake axle company is a breeze to work with. I have ordered axles for several atv's and SXS's through them. Usually sitting on your door in 3 business days and their axles are $70 shipped. Cant beat em! Good luck on the build. Your last pics didnt upload? Try again?
 

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Heck, that'll buff right out.

So did we figure out how much the winning bid was? Just curious
 

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Heck, that'll buff right out.

So did we figure out how much the winning bid was? Just curious
Ha! I wish it would buff out. Would make my wallet heavier.

As for the winning bid, I'm going to keep that to myself for now; however, when I'm done, I'll provide a project total including all costs and a tally of my hours wrenching.

I may also include the # of beers I consumed in the process - which is already in double digits. :beer8:
 

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Heck, that'll buff right out.

So did we figure out how much the winning bid was? Just curious
Ha! I wish it would buff out. Would make my wallet heavier.

As for the winning bid, I'm going to keep that to myself for now; however, when I'm done, I'll provide a project total including all costs and a tally of my hours wrenching.

I may also include the # of beers I consumed in the process - which is already in double digits. :beer8:
How about a hint on how much you had to pay for it? Without the double digit beers
 

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Heck, that'll buff right out.

So did we figure out how much the winning bid was? Just curious
Ha! I wish it would buff out. Would make my wallet heavier.

As for the winning bid, I'm going to keep that to myself for now; however, when I'm done, I'll provide a project total including all costs and a tally of my hours wrenching.

I may also include the # of beers I consumed in the process - which is already in double digits. :beer8:
OK.

Sounds like a fun project! Keeps us updated please.
 

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Most of the front suspension components came in last week, so I took to getting them installed. I had completely removed all of the components on the front end. When I pulled the tie rods, I was surprised to see the rack & pinion was also destroyed (another $150 out of the budget).

Here's some more carnage from front end:



Just barely warped - Ha.


Thus, this weekend I installed SuperATV front A-arm kit, SuperATV rack & pinion, new bushings, new ball joints, new rotors, new pads, new brake lines, new (to me) Fox Shocks (yep, they were also missing - more $$$) and East Lake front Axle.

New Parts!


Does anyone know if the heim joint on the tie rod goes above or below on the knuckle? Here's how I have it now. Feel like it should sit in there tighter. The instructions from SuperATV only show how to assemble the kit, not actually install it.



Next step on front end is to finish up front end by adjusting toe-in, caster, double-check all bolts, cotter pins, etc.
 
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