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This past weekend a group of us took off from Slash X Cafe in Barstow and made our way to Stateline.  It is around 120 miles and can be done on a tank of gas in a SXS depending on which SXS and speed.  We stop at the Shell station in Yermo to top off for the 100 mile stretch.   If you need to re-fuel again you can always pull into Baker, but this year we opt not to because the dry lake bed was a lake from the recent rains.

The best part of the recent rain is there was no dust the entire ride out.  The bad part is there were big puddles on parts of the ride that makes for a nice water/mud bath if you don't hit them right.  I nailed a few of them just right for the water to come over the hood and roof of my X3.  My kid though it was funny.  I let me kid drive 100 of the 120 miles.  He got to drive at night which he enjoyed.  There is just something cool about pulling in to Primm, NV at night with the casino lights in the distance as you get closer. 

Only one mishap on the way there.  A rock got wedged in the wheel and took out the rim on one of the X3s.  He had 15" wheels and normally the rocks don't get wedged in there.  My guess is the mud in the wheel caught a rock.  Those rock blockers would of helped prevent that.  Slapped on the spare and continued the ride.  Only bummer is that was going to be my spare tire if I had a flat.  I had no place for a spare for this ride and I have not figured out what I am going to do as far as spare tire carrier with my new cage.    

We spent the night at Buffalo Bills and the next day we spent the day exploring the Neveda desert in the surrounding area.  We rode up to the Seven Magic Mountain monument, then back to Jean where we headed up to Pioneer Saloon in Good Springs.  We ended up on part of the Mint 400 course heading into Jean.   Those trophy trucks left whoops that were at least 4' deep and ruts that were super deep.   The trophy trucks make everything look so easy.  

When we heading up to Goodsprings we took this brutal rock trail that turns out is not the good trail.  Some other group in some pre-runner buggies was on the same radio channel as us and told our group there is a better trail on the left side of the highway.   When we got to Pioneer Saloon was saw the pre-runner group and I thanked them for the tip on the better trail.  Turns out the pre-runner group was CJ Hutchins, who is a Class 1 champion off-road racer.  That was pretty cool.

Pioneer Saloon is a cool place.  Good food and drinks.  We took the good trail back toward Jean and then made our way back to Buffalo Bills for night.  Ended up cover 75 miles on Saturday.   

Headed home Sunday morning and everything was going good for about 6 or so miles.  My friend lost an upper ball joint on his XP1000 which also took our the axle.  My friend had a spare ball joint for a XP900 and I had spare ball joints for my X3.  Turns out a X3 lower ball joint can work in pinch.  We were able to get it into the a-arm and it survived the next 100 plus miles. 

We ended up covering 316 miles in the 3 days.   My kid drove more than half those miles.  He gets better each time and figured out how to throw my X3 sideways in the long sweeping turns.  LOL!

It is always a fun ride and being out in the desert never really sucks.  

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The kiddo took over the driving duties.   Love my Baja Design lights and it made for a fun experience for my kid's first time driving a night.  

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Seven Magic Monument is pretty cool 

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Pioneer Saloon

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Trail fix 

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My skid plate took some damage 

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316 miles of mud and dirt is all gone with a quick stop at the co-op wash.  

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We did also stop at that huge Terrible Herbst gas station in Jean.  It has 96 pumps and some strange cars. 

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Sounds like an AWESOME trip!!!!

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Awesome!!!!!

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Hell yeah 😎 sounds like a good trip to me! I'm going to talk to a few buddies and see if they want to go 😁       edit to ad, do you have gps for this trail? Or a map or anything?

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Fantastic, that looks like a great time. Really appreciate sharing the trip👍👍👍

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Thanks for the amazing photos and documentation of the trip!!

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Awesome!
I heard a boat is hanging from a powerline tower somewhere out there?

Who watches the SxS’s at night?

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14 hours ago, The looney duner said:

Hell yeah 😎 sounds like a good trip to me! I'm going to talk to a few buddies and see if they want to go 😁       edit to ad, do you have gps for this trail? Or a map or anything?

It is pretty straight forward.   Once you get to the Shell Station in Yermo it is pretty much following the powerline road the rest of the way.  

I have it saved on my GPS, just don't know how to download it. 

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12 hours ago, TD said:

Awesome!
I heard a boat is hanging from a powerline tower somewhere out there?

Who watches the SxS’s at night?

We saw the boat hanging.  It is near the dry lake bed that takes you into Baker.

We just lock up the SXSs in the parking lot.   This is the 3rd time we have done the ride and have not had any issues.  

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Cool trip report, thanks for sharing! Sounds as if it's time for another side by side so you can both drive :thumbup:

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Pretty awesome stuff, thanks for posting it up for us here.

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22 minutes ago, raspadoo said:

Cool trip report, thanks for sharing! Sounds as if it's time for another side by side so you can both drive :thumbup:

Another year and I will be looking at getting him a RS1.  He has to tell his mom she can't park in the garage  when I come home with it.   LOL!!! 

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6 minutes ago, CRUSTY said:

Pretty awesome stuff, thanks for posting it up for us here.

The desert is a beautiful place and so many cool things to see.   

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Awesome Trip..I would love to do that at some point

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On 3/17/2020 at 4:55 PM, Sand Shark said:

Another year and I will be looking at getting him a RS1.  He has to tell his mom she can't park in the garage  when I come home with it.   LOL!!! 

Please video that when it happens!

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Sounds like an awesome trip/destination ride.

Hey how does your friend with the XP Pro like that thing?

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35 minutes ago, dbart said:

Please video that when it happens!

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Sounds like an awesome trip/destination ride.

Hey how does your friend with the XP Pro like that thing?

My friend really likes his XP Pro.  He let Eibach use it to figure out the spring rates for their spring kit.  After the spring change he says it rides even better.  It is very quick and nimble.  Much more stable with the 96" wheelbase.  

Only issue he had was a recall on the clutch to change out the primary spring.  Otherwise he has no issues with it.  He has over 1500 miles on it

I kinda like the 2 seat XP Pro, just wish it came in a 72" wide model.  I think Polaris is suppose to release a 72" wide model, but that may be on hold until the Covid-19 stuff clears up.  So maybe by Camp RZR they will release it or by the Sand Show.  

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1 hour ago, Sand Shark said:

My friend really likes his XP Pro.  He let Eibach use it to figure out the spring rates for their spring kit.  After the spring change he says it rides even better.  It is very quick and nimble.  Much more stable with the 96" wheelbase.  

Only issue he had was a recall on the clutch to change out the primary spring.  Otherwise he has no issues with it.  He has over 1500 miles on it

I kinda like the 2 seat XP Pro, just wish it came in a 72" wide model.  I think Polaris is suppose to release a 72" wide model, but that may be on hold until the Covid-19 stuff clears up.  So maybe by Camp RZR they will release it or by the Sand Show.  

That's what I heard...they will be coming out with a 72" wide version.

I think that is gonna be on my short list when I'm ready to step up to something new. I love the fact that it has a longer wheel base, it has a full tube chassis and 181 HP isn't too shabby. I know it does weigh more...almost 1800 lbs I think or right around there, but it's built better/more stout, and there are 3 different models of it regarding price point.

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7 minutes ago, dbart said:

That's what I heard...they will be coming out with a 72" wide version.

I think that is gonna be on my short list when I'm ready to step up to something new. I love the fact that it has a longer wheel base, it has a full tube chassis and 181 HP isn't too shabby. I know it does weigh more...almost 1800 lbs I think or right around there, but it's built better/more stout, and there are 3 different models of it regarding price point.

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It is a good SXS.  The price point is killing the sales right now.  You can pick up a Turbo S with the live value and ride command for a lot less.  I like the Turbo S in the four seater, not a big fan of the 2 seater.

Camp RZR HCR had a 2 seat XP Pro with their 72" wide kit.  It made the XP Pro look so much better. 

The frame cut away I saw showed how much more substantial the frame is and how Polaris did their homework.  It is a really good SXS.   Had it been out when I got my X3 I would of seriously considered getting one.   

I hope the 72" wide model comes with 32" tires. 

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