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Post up pics and stories describing how you got you into UTV's!

I knew I had to have a Rhino when I first saw one in early 2005. I started saving and following the likes of RhinoCraft, Rhino Mafia, LTR, and Jagged X. I remember the first time I saw a long travel Rhino I knew that UTV's were going to be the next big thing. By October 2006 I had saved up enough cash to buy one. Got on Craigslist and found a brand new one for sale for way under msrp. Had the guy deliver it to my house. It was Nick from Rhino Crap! I drove it into the garage and ran to Dragonfire Racing. I bought HID's, a digital dash, a lighted whip, billet folding whip mount, and a CDI box. Grabbed a trailer on my way home. Had everything installed in an hour and was in Glamis by 10:00 pm that night. Rolled it TWICE in the first hour of being there!

I'll never forget that day!

Needless to say, UTV's have been a big part of my life ever since. RhinoForums happened a few short months after..... I still own that very same Rhino.

I'm now in the market for a new UTV to build into a racer and believe its going to be a Maverick!

The first day of ownership!





A month or so later





3 months or so later. Took first place motorcycle at Nopi





 

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Then the racing obsession started. This was the second race ever in AZ up at Canyon Raceway. Took home a first place trophy that weekend.





 

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Been racing ever since and dont plan on stopping any time soon!

What it looks like today after 3 or 4 revisions!





 

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Well it all started here and evolved exponentially!



Brand new.



New cage and a turbo!



Big bore motor, +8 suspension kit and new tires.



Raced out and the first UTV ever to race to the clouds!



The following year at the Peak - stretched, new cage and an Apex motor.



As it sits now :D

 

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Brian, thanks for letting me drive your awesome Rhino out at Martinez with Troy from UTV Off-Road magazine. That thing is a blast WOT!!!



The very first time I was in a side by side was Jan 08 at the Kawasaki Teryx intro at Sand Hallow state park.



Troy found a spot where there was a 65 foot long jump. We had 4 machines doing a figure 8 up one dune and pointing it down at full throttle before launching it in the air. I never have had so much fun in any vehicle in my life. I would yell every time I hit the launch I was having so much fun. Unfortunately I don't have any photos of the jump. I was a driver, although Troy had some in one of his 08 issues.

Ever since then I have been in almost all the different side by sides and love them all.
 

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My pleasure Don!
 

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WoW great thread idea Brian!

Well I will try to keep this short, I have been around 4wd's my whole life, in fact my first memory is going with my Dad when he bought a brand new Toyota Land Cruiser back in 67. Almost every good time I can remember involves some sort of off road vehicle, my first car was a Manx Buggy. I got into building jeeps but it wasnt something my wife didnt enjoy so I evolved into a Rhino. We have pounded the thing since 07 and it still keeps going, I wont be getting rid of it. I was the 100th member of Rhinoforums under a different username. I have gotten away from that name because its associated with a UTV buisiness that we sold. I have aleways respected BrianB and frankly I dont think this sport would be what it is today if it wasnt for Brian and a few more guys promoting it. I am waiting to see this Maverick, and am not yet sure I will get one but we'll see. Here is some pics of my Rhino's evolution, and yes it's all the same Rhino....

First day


first paint job.... hated it...



repainted



another paint job



Back to plastics



More plastics and long travel



Moab - met Doug (4nines) this trip. Great guy who went out of his way to help a friend locate a replacement LSR +3 axle.





Local stuff



And now... Back to Red plastics again!



My friends have all moved from Rhinos into XPs so I have to dune on this now just to keep up

 

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mine was simple, we always enjoy powersports, we rode jet skis (PWC) from april til oct in nevada for years, however when teh water gets cold, we wanted a winter powersports. as luck would have it we was at bryce canyon utah in july 3 years back, its cool up there even in summer. they had a polaris crew for rent. so we did it, got hooked and went home and bought off road mptor, the rest is history. we take it to the north every summer now, glacier national park, yellolwstone,etc...
 

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My love for the UTVs started back in the Ranger / Rhino days with a 2005 Polaris Ranger. Back then it was like the Ford, Chevy competition with the Rhinos always having the edge in the power and speed department. Then came the RZR. How things have changed.......
 

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If you can try and keep your Rhino Brian. My first UTV was sold to a guy who is now a customer of ours, im always trying to buy it back, not really for any reason other then the history of the machine and what came of it.
 

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Got my first 4 wheeler the first year the "Quadzilla" Suzuki 500 2 Stroke came out and had some sort of 4 wheeler or 2 ever since. Raced the Quadzilla a couple of years on the local Go-Cart Track and had a ton of fun with the lowered, bored, shaved, highly modified beast. I started doing coal truck maintenance at a Massy Coal Company mine in Kentucky + construction work all over the Southeast and got out of racing because I just didn't have time. Since I'm getting a little older and broken down, in body, I decided a UTV would be the way to go. Saw the Commander and decided I had to have 1. Didn't even test drive any other brands, called and bought a 2011 1000 XT over the phone without even driving it first. I love it and wouldn't be without it unless it was out of my control. The Maverick is looking better and better every day, so I most likely will by 1 over the phone just like I did the Commender, when they become available in our area!
 

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Man I would love to. Need the funds for the purchase of the next one. Buyer will be here Tuesday. Going to be tough seeing it go!
 

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Welp, this just happened. Upward and onward I suppose!

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I grew up on dirt bikes and was into motocross and hill climbs, never thought I could get into sxs because they was slow. Well after a few riding trips with some family members on rhinos I started researching what was available. Around the same time the rzr s came it, bought it over the phone practically. After owning it for 2 months sold every dirt bike I had I was officially hooked. I moved into the rzrxp when it came out and recently sold it to buy a maverick. I still find it hard to believe how much the sport sxs has evolved. Seems like it was just yesterday I was amazed at how well the rzr s performed with 50 hp, now after the maverick releases to be competitive you need 100 hp. Great time to be part of the sxs evolution
 

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Started Racing go karts when I was little then moved to quads then to mud bikes. After that I had a street rod mustang that was fun as hell but I kept getting in trouble because when your in college and have a fast car and lots of pretty women.... well you guys can imagine how that goes. Then starting seeing rhinos out on the trail and then bought and heavily modified this! Rhinocruise.jpg
And sounded like this

Then the commander came out and I got all antsy in the pantsy and was stupid and had to have one of the first ones. Also after putting a small fortune in it, might be about time for it to find a new home and move on to something else.
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