SCRAMBLER XP1K HIGHLIFTER EDITION
We recently posed the question on Instagram whether there’s merit in Polaris producing a 1000cc Scrambler XP1K Highlifter Edition and honestly weren’t surprised by the almost unanimously positive response. So here’s our logic for asking the question in the first place:
Right off the start, a Scrambler mud machine would compete directly with Can-Am’s Renegade Xmr. Can-Am owns 100-percent of the factory share of space in the pure sport mud performance category with its Renny, which is enough reason alone for Polaris to want in on the action.
Yes, we know there’s already a Sportsman Highlifter so what’s the big deal about a Scrambler? Well, probably the biggest factor is about mud clearout.
The Scrambler has significantly less fender plastic to build-up mud as you progress through the gnarliest skeg and muck. Better clearout means less restriction so you can utilize all the engine’s power to propel you to the other side without getting completely weighted down by mud. Furthermore, stock plastic means you don’t have to take the dremmel to your brand new ATV and cut up the plastic.
Creating a Scrambler for mud involves more than just slapping some big-lug tires on it. We’d like to see high clearance A-arms, a cool looking snorkel, relocated radiator and perhaps pattern-cut footwells that would allow better flow-through of water and clearout of mud.
Tweaks to clutching and extra low gearing would also take performance to a new level. Outlaw tires similar to the Sportsman Highlifter would be the ticket to get you out of the deep-and-dirty and a stock winch is a must when you eventually run out of talent mid-mudhole.
We think this setup would be a real winner and since it’s not like Polaris to leave a category unchallenged, we have to think we’re not the only ones daydreaming about an ATV like this.
More Like This
UPCOMING DIRTTRAX AIRTIMES
LATEST VIDEOS View All
Dirt Trax Television 2018 - Episode 16 Sneak Peek
October 15, 2018
Luke is looking to tackle some rough terrain with his review of the purpose-built, 172hp turbocharged ...
Dirt Trax Television 2018 - Episode 15 Sneak Peek (Encore)
October 8, 2018
Coming up on this encore episode of Dirt Trax. . .
All-New ITP Versa Cross Tire Install & Test on RZR RS1 & Maverick X3 X rc
October 10, 2018
In the Trail Tech shop, we are upgrading both the Can-Am Maverick X rc Turbo R and Polaris ...
Full REVIEW: 2019 Yamaha Wolverine X2
October 9, 2018
Mark looks to see if the 2019 Yamaha Wolverine X2 can bring riders a balance of both fun and ...
Ripping the 2019 Can-Am Maverick Sport 1000R at CKMP
October 11, 2018
AJ travels to Carl Kuster Mountain Park in beautiful British Columbia to test out the recently ...
Top Gear View All
October 15, 2018
WARN VRX WINCH
WARN VRX winches feature full IP68 waterproofing to keep water and the elements out for years of reliable performance.
Ask Motorhead View All
April 18, 2017
WILDCAT TRAIL VS. WILDCAT SPORT
Would you be happier with a Wildcat Trail or would you go for a Wildcat Sport if you had your choice?
Headlines View All
October 10, 2018
American Honda to Produce Sport Side-by-Side
Today at the AIMExpo powersports trade show, American Honda revealed that it will produce a new sport side-by-side.
Tourism View All
November 17, 2017
WIN AN OFF-ROAD FAMILY ADVENTURE GETAWAY
Win an Off-Road Family Adventure Getaway at Spearhead Trails in beautiful Southwest Virginia.