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Hello, I'm new to UTV's and am looking to purchase my first RZR. I was wondering which one is preferred for trail riding, mud and some lite rock crawling? I've been riding ATV's mostly on private property so the 50" restrictions aren't a problem. Is there much to be gained from the wider stance of the RZR S in those types of riding?
 

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If 50" restrictions aren't a problem I prefer the S. For my California desert riding the S is the only way to ride. For rock crawling I think the S wins again with more suspension travel. I'm sure some of the standard guys can give you some of the strong points from their side.
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I like the 50" . The S is only 6" narrower than a jeep cherokee....and a used cherokee is alot cheaper. I live in VA and we have tree's here to fit between. Where is it you'll be riding? I would love to rise a S but on tight trails the 50" gives you more of the trail to use....esspecially in high speed situations.
 

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I'll put it this way from my experiences trail riding with the S......when the atvs bypass something because they know they cant go through it, then the other utvs get stuck, pull them all out of the way and go through it in your S. The long travel suspension is the key.
 

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Mine was at 55 inch with 14" tires. Got tired of finding alternate routes when I wouldn't fit. Back the 50 inches now. Best move I ever made.
 

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Definitely if you have larger trails buy the S. My experience is if its any largely used trail system the trails are wide enough anyways. Also as posted above, you can go through most anything with a few minor modifications. An inexpensive 2" lift , some more aggressive larger tires, a clutch kit, and the S turns into quite the Mud machine. Then you wont have to go around the fun stuff.
 

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Here is what it comes down to. The S has better ground clearance, ride, and stability. But this all comes at the cost of width. If you ride the same set of trail all the time, go to the tightest section of trees or rocks you ride in and get out your measuring tape and see how wide it is. If its less then about 62" and cant get around it any other way you may want to really look into the standard. But otherwise I would have to say the S is the way to go.
I ride wooded, muddy, moderately rocky trails, in the wooded state of Pennsylvania were its not always practical to have an S. A friend of mine has an S and has to usually stop every 20 minutes and make a new path or find another path on the private network of trails we ride, what a pain in the ass. With my standard I'm able to squeeze between the trees and some large rock with only a few inches to spare.
I know I'm not going to get all of it, without going wider. But I'm currently doing all I can with some radial tires, shocks and maybe a lift kit, to get most of the perks of the S without the width.

With all that said, the S is the way to go if width is not an issue. Otherwise stay with the standard and get yourself some uhmw skid plates.
 

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I have both and I prefer the S if your trails will work with it. Like others have mentioned, it is more stable especially if you have to climb rocks!
 

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I went from 50" to S suspension and would never go back. Like mentioned before if you have tight 50" trails then the std is an obvious choice. If not the S is 10x more fun and a better ride.
 

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Buy the S.. If your trails have some very tight sections, Carry a saw. I was die hard 50" RZR guy due to all our trails around the house being very tight.. I have since went to a +4 and have just made the trails wider where needed.

Just do some looking around. Tons of people that buy the standard add a LT sooner or later.. Most of the ones that don't add a LT, Is cause of the cost involved.. Pretty much everyone else that keeps a 50" only do so because their trails leave them no choice.. That sorta of says it right there.. Only buy the 50" if you have no choice.. be it money or trail restrictions
 

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Wow, thanks for the input guys!

I'm here in Texas and have 4 to 5 different ATV parks within a couple hours of me that are mostly woods with wide trails, mud and sand. I'm not wanting to turn it into a mud boggier though. I did find out that Crystal Beach and Bolivar Peninsula are now allowing side by sides and golf carts to ride. According to most it seems the wider footprint on the S is a plus for the sand.

I guess the expense of converting a 50" to an S later would probably cost more than it would to just start out with an S??? The most important things to me would be the ride and stability as mentioned above. It sounds to me most agree hands down the S is a night and day difference when it comes to that. Is there anything else the S has over the 50"?

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As far as cost.. Well thats a little up in the air.. A year ago your right.. You couldn't convert a standard into an S for the price difference.. 10,500 vs 13500. This is give or take of course.. But in general its around 3k difference.. Well Now you have Complete LT kits minus shocks for 1300 bucks. Stock RZR S shocks can be found for around 800ish.. On top of that Polaris has changed the standard so now it has the same HO motor. So yeah you can convert a standard to a S now for the same if not less money.. You can also buy a standard S for around 12,500 that has cheaper shocks.
There is alot to consider lol. But IMO Standard Vs Long travel its a simple choice.. If you dont have width restrictions your going to want a Long travel of some sort..
 

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Thanks guys for all the great advice, I've decided to go with the RZR S and will be picking it up this Friday!! What's the best way to break in the motor properly?
 
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