So apparently, there’s extra to the SHERP than simply large tires.
What occurs whenever you put monster truck-sized wheels and tires on a Polaris RZR 800 side-by-side? Good query. Fortunately, the fellows at Bikes and Beards tried it and discovered.
After they’re not busy promoting Hondas and Harleys at SRK Cycles, the crew will be discovered blowing-off steam on side-by-side ATVs. The supply of inspiration for this wacky venture got here from none apart from the mighty Sherp offroad vehicle, who’s motto is “Obstacles don’t block the trail, they’re the trail!”
The primary order of enterprise for the construct was to borrow some 60-inch turf tires off of an agricultural manure-spreader. Subsequent, the crew fabricated some giant-sized wheel spacers to mate the 500-pound tires to the side-by-side hubs.
At this level, in line with Sean from Bikes & Beards, the venture was proper on monitor. “Although the RZR hubs break on a regular basis with inventory tires, I’m fairly positive it’s going to be OK,” he mentioned.
As soon as the tires have been mounted, issues have been trying good. Sean hopped in and shifted into drive. Then, issues went sideways. Actually. “There was a lot flex within the steering and suspension, and wheel hubs, that every tire needed to go it’s personal course,” he mentioned.
To not be deterred, the fellows did the sensible factor, and changed the Fox shocks within the suspension with some sq. metal tubing. That just about labored, however then the RZR hubs gave out.
A Victory Lap
With this let-down, a lesser group might need given up on the venture, however not this one. They doubled-down and mounted the entrance axle from a John Deere tractor to the RZR. Success! They have been off to the native golf course for a victory lap.
The monster RZR was doing remarkably properly, going over obstacles and wading (partially) by ponds. “I used to be virtually capable of get out of the pond myself, however as a result of we transformed it to two-wheel-drive I wanted some assist,” mentioned Sean.
A high-speed check revealed that the beast topped out at 30 mph. Not unhealthy. There was nonetheless yet one more feat for Sean to overcome, the “mild-sized topsoil pile close to the driveway.”
“We’ve bought to go hit that mound,” he mentioned, after which proceeded to navigate the supersized side-by-side to the highest of the incline. Mission achieved.
So, what’s subsequent for the Sherplet? Sean is open to recommendations. “We plan on doing much more enjoyable stuff with this side-by-side.”
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