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Employee Spotlight: Justin Eaton, Design Engineer

Would it surprise you if I told you one of SuperATV's design engineers has gotten his wife to go into labor by taking her creek crawling in his RZR? No? What if I told you that if he didn't cut his teeth designing bath tubs, you might never have gotten some of SuperATV's most defining parts? That's Justin Eaton for you, and there's no way you can accuse him of thinking inside the box. He found an uncommon path to SuperATV where he helps bring some of our most ambitious projects to life.

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Portal Pairs! What to Add to Your Portal Gear Lift to Take Your Machine Over the Top

Our GDP Portal Gear Lifts are pretty great on their own and come in a couple different varieties. You can either go with our 4" portal lift which gives you a 30% gear reduction in addition to the lift or our 6" portal which gives you a 45% gear reduction. They're both great choices but why stop there? It's easy to take the next step and pair your portal with a big lift or bigger tires. Portals open up a world of possibilities that will allow you to cross the Rubicon with an unwavering poise reminiscent of Depth Finder. But you can go bigger still. Let me show you how. First, you should take a good look at Depth Finder. DSC_5443 Are you finished? ....OK let's talk about Depth Finder. It's BIG. Really big. You know what makes it big? It's not the square tubing or the sweet graphics. Apart from the fact that it's a 4-seater all the bigness of Depth Finder comes from the 10" lift on 4" portals with 36" Intimidator tires. You could achieve even greater bigness (I promise I won't use that word again) by putting the same 7-10" lift on 6" portals with 40" Assassinators. Then you would have a full 4" more clearance than Depth Finder. Imagine pulling up next to Depth Finder and looking down at the driver. That's pretty big. Mud Trudgin'Maybe you don't want to go bigger and you just want to take advantage of that newfound torque. In that case, you'll just want to slap on the biggest tires that will fit. You'll feel how much torque you have when you hit the gas and don't feel the weight of those big tires at all. You'll be grinning ear to ear as you crawl over huge obstacles like you were in a tank. If you're slapping on big tires you'll want to make sure you've got power steering that can handle it. If your stock machine doesn't have power steering be sure to grab a kit. You could also simply bolster your suspension with a set of boxed high clearance A-arms to give you a bit more clearance and stability without making any major modifications. While you're at it grab a set of Rhino 2.0 axles. Our portal gear lifts are kind to your axles but it never hurts to beef it up! Plus they come with that oh-so-sweet 18-month warranty. No matter what you do, grab an ECU Handheld Tuner for an instant upgrade to torque and power. Pair that with a clutch kit and you'll be golden. If you want even more torque you can pick up a Transmission Gear Reduction Kit. Then you'll have gear reductions on top of gear reductions! You'll be crawling up the side of buildings. Don't forget a winch! Your portals will make you the most capable wincher on the trail and your buddies will be looking at you for help. Just like they look to After Shock for help. If you've got a little more time on your hands, you could take your portal gear lift and make your own After Shock.

These Guys are Riding on Portals and Here's What They Have to Say About Them

We talk a lot about the advantages of running our GDP Portal Gear Lifts. Why would you believe us though? Of course we're trying to sell you something and of course we think the thing we made is great. Well don't listen to us, listen to these guys:
Ross PilgreenI installed the Gear Driven Performance portals on my custom rock crawling and racing RZR. I raced the second trip out with them and won the Ultra4 Hot Springs event on a brutal 9+ mile course. The amount of gear reduction is excellent for 32-35" tires. I'm now able to use high range like a stock machine. I'm an axle killer and I have yet to break an axle since installing the portals. The extra clearance and load off the drivetrain is phenomenal. -Ross Pilgreen, Little Rock, Arkansas
scott maloneGDP Portal Gear Lift from SuperATV has Turned my 2015 RZR 900 Trail into a tire shredding, mud-slinging beast. The portal lift keeps my axles from extreme angles and reduces stress on drivetrain with the 30% gear reduction. The super dense Midwest mud doesn't stand a chance. -Scott Malone aka Northern Rider, Lake Island, Illinois
I will never own another RZR without portals. We didn’t brake one factory axle, or burn up one factory belt. For us that is very very rare. The 30% gear reduction relieved so much stress throughout the whole drivetrain. Oh and by the way we are running 34″ tires! The added ground clearance made typical obstacles easier and allowed us to stretch outside our comfort zone and try harder and more difficult obstacles. A big concern was what were we going to lose off the top end and that concern was quickly put to rest when I still hit 65 mph with ease. I am running a 2015 RZR XP 1000 and it pulls harder off the line than a new stock turbo. That is no exaggeration. These portals are designed and built so well. -Jake Andersen of SlikRok Productions, Logan, Utah IMG_0125

Guest Post: SlikRok Can't Keep Their Wheels on the Ground in Sand Hollow, Utah

SlikRok Productions is back yet again with another guest post. This time they cover their outing to Sand Hollow, Utah. Their YouTube video posted at the end sums up their trip nicely. I don't know if I mentioned it before but these guys are based out of Utah, which means they've got some of the most gorgeous riding country in the world right in their backyard. So be sure to follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to keep up-to-date on all their builds, rides, and destruction. Now check out this video from their Instagram to get you started:
We took our 3rd trip to Sand Hollow, Utah earlier this year. This ride is one for the history books. We had more carnage in this one trip than any of our other trips combined. I know that sounds horrible but let’s put something out there. We are constantly building our machines to become better, stronger, trying to always take them to the next level, and by doing so we are pushing them to their limits of what they can handle, and what they can achieve, hell even what we as drivers are capable of. Rolling over is inevitable with the kind of riding we do. We build our machines to use them, not to sit on a trailer. We spent 3 epic days riding sand dunes, washes, and the one aspect we crave, rock crawling. This was the 1st ride I used my new drone and was really happy with the footage we were able to capture. Anytime I can give a new perspective of this sport, I will jump at the opportunity. The drone has done just that. This was also our first trip out running our SuperATV 4″ Portal Gear Lifts, and you want the honest truth, here it is. I will never own another RZR without portals. We didn’t break one factory axle, or burn up one factory belt. For us that is very very rare. The 30% gear reduction relieved so much stress throughout the whole drive train. Oh and by the way we are running 34″ tires! The added ground clearance made typical obstacles easier and allowed us to stretch outside our comfort zone and try harder and more difficult obstacles. A big concern was what were we going to lose off the top end and that concern was quickly put to rest when I still hit 65 mph with ease. I am running a 2015 XP1000 and it pulls harder off the line than a new stock turbo. That is no exaggeration. These portals are designed and built so well. We have not had a single issue up to this point, and we will keep you posted if we do. Thank you for reading and as always reach out to us with any questions! Check out the video and see for yourself!

Moab Must-Haves

When we were thinking about what we wanted to do at Rally on the Rocks in Moab, we knew a stock vehicle wouldn't quite cut it. We wanted a vehicle that could handle every bit of eastern Utah's rocky desert terrain. So we took a stock 2017 Polaris General 4 1000 and threw some of our best machine protection, suspension, and accessories on it to make sure we got the most out of our visit to Moab. [gallery ids="624,635" type="rectangular" link="none"] Here are the top 11 pieces of gear we added and that you need to crush the rocks at Moab.

11: Mirrors

Sometimes it's the most basic stuff that gets forgotten first. So don't forget to put mirrors on your vehicle! You certainly don't want to be the guy who unwittingly cuts off another rider that's trying to pass (hopefully you don't do too much damage) but side view mirrors are also surprisingly handy when navigating rock gardens. You could hop out and check your tire placement every time your passenger rear tire gets hung up on something, or you could just check your mirror. SuperATV General 4 Custom Build Mirrors  

10: Tinted Roof

Let's not forget that Moab is in the desert. The one thing I'm sure you can find a lot of in the desert is the sun. Before this year's Rally on the Rocks, I would've said you can find heat in the desert too. We protected ourselves from the sun (and also heat theoretically) by outfitting our General with a tinted roof. It'll keep you cool and sunburn free. SuperATV General 4 Custom Build tinted roof

9: Tinted Half Windshield

In Moab, the albedo of the desert terrain can be fairly high at times. That's why we grabbed a Tinted Half Windshield for our General. It keeps the sunlight reflecting off the surface out of our eyes and helps deflect sand and rocks that are heading face-ward while still letting in enough air to keep you cool - which is helpful in our imaginary hot desert. SuperATV General 4 Custom Build Tinted Half Windshield

8: Nerf Bars

Nerf bars are an obvious choice for when you want to do some rock crawling. It's a great way to keep rocks from grinding away the molded plastic on your vehicle's body and to keep you from catching your rear wheels on obstacles along the trail. We threw these on our General so we could have fun slamming into rocks instead of worrying about our custom graphics. SuperATV General 4 Custom Build Nerf Bars

7: Front Brush Guard

Don't be caught dead at Moab without a front brush guard. The stock bumper is OK but we wanted to make sure the entire front end and headlights were protected. So we slapped on our much beefier Front Brush Guard in case our driver decided to go straight into that boulder instead of stopping or, better yet, going around it. #justsendit SuperATV General 4 Custom Build Front Brush Guard

6: 4500lb Winch

The winch is the ultimate crutch for the less-than-ultimate rider, but even expert riders like you can get stuck sometimes.  We wanted to be able to survive even the toughest trails at Moab like Steel Bender and Behind the Rocks, so we outfitted our General with our 4500lb Winch. That way, even if we screwed up, our machine could pull us through.

5: High Clearance A-Arms

High Clearance A-arms are a must for navigating rock fields. The difference these things make when navigating over obstacles is night and day. We wanted to make sure that when we hit the trails with our General, the trails didn't hit us right back. That extra clearance from these a-arms gives us plenty of breathing room. SuperATV General 4 Custom Build HC A-Arms

4: Skid Plate

We knew we would have a bumpy ride at Moab. Even with high clearance a-arms and a 4" Portal Gear Lift (which incidentally comes in at number 2), we wanted to make sure that if we were high-centered, we didn't wreck the underside of our new General. So we bolstered our under-belly with our 3/8" thick UHMW Skid Plate. We use an industrial router to make these, and apart from that, nothing gets through them. Don't forget this one when you go to Moab. SuperATV General 4 Custom Build Skid Plate

3: Healy Fast Series Beadlock Wheels and Intimidator Tires

What tires and wheels to use for the slick rock at Moab might well have been the very first thing you thought about. You need something that won't slip and can handle a variety of trail surfaces from rock to dust and dirt. For that, we chose 32" Intimidator Tires. They can handle just about any terrain that we throw at it and they have enough sidewall flex to get us over the trickier obstacles at Moab. We mounted them to 14" Healy Fast Series Beadlock Wheels because we wanted to run them with a nice low air pressure for maximum grip. Beadlock wheels are an obvious choice for Moab. SuperATV General 4 Custom Build Intimidator

2: GDP 4" Portal Gear Lift

When it comes to rolling over things (like rocks), a 4" Portal Gear lift really makes it a breeze. We knew that the 30% gear reduction it provides would really come in handy as we climbed rock shelves in our General. The extra 4" of lift it provides lets us cruise over obstacles that a stock machine would grind over. And our GDP 4" Portal Gear Lift feels perfectly at home pulling us over rocks at Moab. It brings more power to the ground and the difference you'll feel when battling obstacles is extraordinary. SuperATV General 4 Custom Build GDP

1: Rhino 2.0 Axles

We take our axles very seriously. The last thing we want to break is an axle which can be especially easy to do when your machine is pitted up against the rocks and shelves at Moab. Nothing puts a damper on your day quicker. So we got some Rhino 2.0 Axles to put on our General. They are twice as strong as OEM so we can sit back and relax while we abuse our General and take the difficult routes all day long. If you do decide to stick with stock at Moab, we'll be happy to fix you up with a nice set of Rhino 2.0 Axles when you break them. SuperATV General 4 Custom Build Rhino 2.0 We had a lot of fun with our fully upgraded Polaris General 1000 at Rally on the Rocks in Moab this last week, even if it did get a little cold at times. The trails didn't know what hit them when we came rolling through. To read about our full experience at the event, click HERE.